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2012 Reading #4: Orsinian Tales by Ursula K. Le Guin


1. Feral Cell by Richard Bowes.
2. Orlando by Virginia Woolf.
3. Fractured by Karin Slaughter.

4. Orsinian Tales by Ursula K. Le Guin. I wish I had a name more like Ursula, because if I was to create a fictional country and name it after myself I think the results would be less elegant and more obvious. Davidia? Doesn't work. I really like what Le Guin has done here; she takes this imaginary nation (which is located somewhere in Europe, probably Eastern Europe) and gives it a reality with stories that take place at different points throughout 800 years of its history. These are not fantasy stories (though one of them has overtones of such), and stylistically they feel a little bit different, as if the literature of Orsinia were distinguished by a sort of stoic melancholy. They aren't fantasy, but they have that flavor of regret. Malafrena, the only novel set in Orsinia, is up next.

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David J. Schwartz
Mumble Herder

Recent and Forthcoming

Novels:

Superpowers:


US Edition


UK Edition

Novellas:

"The Sun Inside," part of the Electrum Novella Series from Rabit Transit Press



Short Stories:

"Escape to Bird Island" at The King's English, Winter 2008-9 Issue

"Bear In Contradicting Landscape" in Polyphony 7, Coming Soon

"MonstroCities" in Tumbarumba: A Frolic of Intrusions

"Mike's Place" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet #22

"Proof of Zero" in Spicy Slipstream Stories, Out Now!!

"The Somnambulist" in Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, Out Now!!

"Oma Dortchen and the Pillar of Story" in Farrago's Wainscot, Summer 2007

"The Ichthyomancer Writes His Friend with an Account of the Yeti's Birthday Party" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet Number 13, Fall 2003 (Honorable Mention, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collecion); Reprinted in The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet

Criticism:

""Stardust" at Strange Horizons

Essay:

"On Making Noise: Confessions of a Quiet Kid" in Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales edited by Kate Bernheimer

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