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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.
Tags: 2012 reading, books, le guin, short stories
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