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The Wind's Twelve Quarters - Ursula Le Guin

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Okay... so... Ursula K. Le Guin. A big favourite of mine. I have many of her books still to read and happily nabbed this one when I saw it in a charity shop. The Wind's Twelve Quarters (title taken from A.E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad apparently) is an anthology of her very early work and as such a few of the stories are precursors to later works such as The Left Hand of Darkness or Rocannon's World. So it was quite interesting to see what they became, although in the case of the two Earthsea stories I don't know what they became because I haven't read The Earthsea books yet. I'm now putting that right. In fact, I liked them enough to get the book out and start it immediately and as it's part of my Chunkster Challenge then that's fine and dandy. The other one I really liked in this anthology is Nine Lives a tale about cloning. It's hard sci fi, rather thought provoking, and made me realise I don't read enough hard sci fi as opposed to fantasy. To tell the honest truth that's really because I'm not sure what I should read. Anyway, a good anthology if not quite up to the standard of The Birthday of the World or Changing Planes - but then you wouldn't expect it to be.

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