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January 24th, 2018, 03:15
Passed away a short while ago at age 88. For me "the Left Hand of Darkness" is still one of the best books I have every red.
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January 24th, 2018, 04:06
That's a sad thing to hear. I did enjoy and have been meaning for a long time to re-read her Earthsea series. I have a copy of The Left Hand of Darkness - maybe I'll pick that up as my next read.

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January 24th, 2018, 08:31
Met her once at the world SF convention when it was held in Oz many years ago. Very interesting and intelligent woman; always enjoyed her work.
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January 24th, 2018, 09:46
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Met her once at the world SF convention when it was held in Oz many years ago. Very interesting and intelligent woman; always enjoyed her work.
Which one? There has been three in Oz. I am no older enough to have attended the first but went to the next 2.
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January 24th, 2018, 09:59
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Passed away a short while ago at age 88. For me "the Left Hand of Darkness" is still one of the best books I have every red.
Mine too. Actually, I just bought it on Kindle in order to read it again. Also, just saw a short interview, in a TV program about the history of SF.

Sad news. RIP.

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January 24th, 2018, 12:36
The Earthsea series was the first fantasy books I ever read. RIP.
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January 24th, 2018, 16:12
That is very sad news indeed. What a stellar career, getting to do what you loved for quite a long time. She shall be missed.
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January 24th, 2018, 16:52
Loved the first three books of the Earthsea series. Thought the 4th book, many years later, was lame and out of touch. RIP Ged/Sparrowhawk.
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January 24th, 2018, 20:14
Earthsea was my very first fantasy book series when I was growing up…it was brilliant. I loved reading those books, they basically got me hooked and into the fantasy genre.
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January 24th, 2018, 22:51
Did you read Tehanu too, or just the original trilogy? I loved the trilogy.
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January 24th, 2018, 23:06
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Which one? There has been three in Oz. I am no older enough to have attended the first but went to the next 2.
I was at the first in Melb when she was the main speaker back in the 70's. I didn't hear about the other 2.
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January 24th, 2018, 23:41
me? I read the original trilogy. Didn't even know she had put out another book published years later in the series.
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January 24th, 2018, 23:49
Sad news indeed. She was a favorite author growing up.
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January 25th, 2018, 13:32
One of the things I like about her books: They're fairly short (or should I say "of normal length"), not hyperinflated 600+ pages. To the point.

pibbur whose last ULG read was "Changing Planes" (256 pages), and who recommends that book. Very much.

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PPS. Just read today (!) that the Guinnes world record for the longest novel goes to "Ŕ la recherche du temps perdu" by Marcel Proust. 9,609,00 characters (whitespace included), 3500 pages. Initially published in 7 books, but apparently considered one novel, not 7. DS.
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January 25th, 2018, 23:49
Nice Ursula K. Le Guin interview from 1992.

https://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/sh…rsula-leguin-1
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March 18th, 2018, 14:41
Somehow, this story was new to me. I am sorry to hear it. I also enjoyed her EarthSea series, and also never read the fourth one.
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