The Compass Rose
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The Compass Rose

by Ursula K. Le Guin
Release date: 1982
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, fantasy, short stories
Tags: locus award

Locus Award 1983.

North to Orsinia and the boundaries between reality and madness... South to discover Antarctica with nine South American women... West to find an enchanted harp and the borderland between life and death... and onward to all points on and off the compass.

Twenty astonishing stories from acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin carry us to worlds of wonder and horror, desire and destiny, enchantment and doom.

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Le Guin is an ashtonishingly versatile writer, and this collection of short stories is a good illustration of her wide range. The Compass Rose mixes science fiction with fantasy, alternative history with feminism, and sometimes just knocks you over the head with a good, plain, old-fashioned fairy tale. Some of these stories don't really come within the realm of 'speculative fiction' at all, and I think it's these that show Le Guin's mastery most clearly. Her characters remain well-rounded ... (more)
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