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The Wild Girls
The Wild Girls | Ursula K. Le Guin
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Newly revised and presented here in book form for the first time, this Nebula Award-winning story tells of two captive "dirt children" in a society of sword and silk, whose determination to find a glimpse of justice leads to a violent and loving end. Also included is the nonfiction essay "Staying Awake While We Read" which demolishes the pretensions of corporate publishing and the basic assumptions of capitalism, and "Outspoken Author Interview," which reveals the hidden dimensions of America's best-known sci-fi author.
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claudiuo
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This is a great read: not only the Nebula award story that gives the title to this book but also the article, essay, interview and poems. The story itself is what I think science fiction literature and art should be: a story that despite taking place in a non-familiar setting or an alien world it is still populated with people that live a life which happy moments, problems, life and death, and more, a story that has a meaning beyond the setting.

claudiuo My March #DoubleSpin. I know I keep repeating myself but again, thank you @TheAromaOfBooks! This is the only challenge I am in but it already pays off: not only that I finished the 2 tagged books but 2 others on my #BookSpin list - I will update it soon to get ready for next month. (edited) 3y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! So glad that this challenge is working for you. Sometimes we just need a list!! 😁 3y
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claudiuo
The Wild Girls | Ursula K. Le Guin

And last one:

Because they‘ve put something of themselves into books, many people who read for pleasure have a particular, often passionate sense of connection to them. A book is a thing, an artifact, not showy in its technology but complex... If a book told you something when you were fifteen, it will tell it to you again when you‘re fifty, though of course you may understand it so differently that it seems you‘re reading a whole new book.

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claudiuo
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Also:

...you have to give a book your attention. You bring it alive. You can hear it only in your head. A book won‘t move your eyes for you... It won‘t move your mind unless you give it your mind, or your heart unless you put your heart in it. It won‘t do the work for you. To read a good novel well is to follow it, to act it, to feel it, to become it—everything short of writing it, in fact. Reading is a collaboration, an act of participation.

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claudiuo
The Wild Girls | Ursula K. Le Guin

Along the main story in this edition, there is an article titled “Staying Awake While We Read" with thoughts on corporate publishing. If we agree or not with the views expressed in it, there are some paragraphs that I loved. Here‘s one of them.

Nothing in the media provides pleasure as reliably as books do—if you like reading... And readers recognize their pleasure as different from that of simply being entertained... reading is always an act.

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claudiuo
The Wild Girls | Ursula K. Le Guin

Just started this story and noticed the kindle edition includes some poems as well, the first of which is this one that I had to share:

The Next War

It will take place,
it will take time,
it will take life,
and waste them.

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Rudis
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The story itself was shorter than I expected, if still good. It felt...not pointless, but i felt I should‘ve gotten more out of it then I did? I quite enjoyed the essays, poetry & interview, however.

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Crowcrumbs
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Quasifesto
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https://secure.pmpress.org/ Mostly know for their (fantastic) radical titles, PM press has something for everyone, especially at a $1 a pop. I dropped $30 myself. If nothing else, the have the tagged Ursula K. Le Guin title, and a few SF anthologies containing more of her work. Also, a couple of the graphic novels I posted earlier this week. I‘m not affiliated with PM press in any way, this is just me sharing a great deal with the Littens.

rather_be_reading 😮😮😮 5y
readordierachel Wow, thanks for sharing this. 5y
tournevis Thank you for this. I really like them. Did you get Mammoths of the Great Plains? It's one of my favourites ever. 5y
Quasifesto @tournevis I did! How could I not? 5y
tournevis @Quasifesto One of my top short stories ever. 5y
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Simone_Gibson
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The single finest, most perceptive, most gut-wrenching incandescent fucking piece of prose ever not written by somebody called Jonathan something.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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"The only means I have to stop ignorant snobs from behaving toward genre fiction with snobbish ignorance is to not reinforce their ignorance and snobbery by lying and saying that when I write SF it isn't SF, but to tell them more or less patiently for forty or fifty years that they are wrong to exclude SF and fantasy from literature, and proving my argument by writing well."

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katiedid
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