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The Found and the Lost by Ursula K. Le Guin {2 Stars}

by Ursula K. Le Guin
Published by Saga Press Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Novella, Sci-fi
How I got my copy: Publisher

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Found and the Lost from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

This is going to be a very different review than I normally post because I want to get down my thoughts, but they are scattered and completely due to where my brain is at currently. This is very much a time when my rating is a reflection on my experience only and not any attempt at an objective evaluation of these stories. Basically, I can’t evaluate these stories in a way that I consider fair because they just aren’t working for my reading mood right now.

  1. Repeating in case you didn’t read the paragraph: I only finished one of the novellas. I started all of them with every intention of finishing them, but ended up DNF’ing most of them.
  2. I have never read any of Le Guin’s other work and thought this would be a good place to start because I like novellas.
  3. I was definitely not in the right mood for this type of storytelling. There is a lot of discussion of sexuality in rather uncomfortable situations: people with mental illness, unhealthy relationships, children discovering their sexuality for the first time in slightly weird contexts. All of those are important situations to discuss, but not what I was looking to read at this moment.
  4. The novellas that didn’t have that issue often ended up just boring me. I’m used to novellas being exceedingly compact full stories, and that is the kind of novella I like to read, but apparently there are other ways to structure a novella, who knew! /sarcasm All of these stories felt very slow to develop and many didn’t really have a central motivating plot.
  5. I’m still going to try others of Le Guin’s work, but this was a collection that didn’t appeal to me.

I’m really curious if this is a representation of all of Le Guin’s work. I have been wanting to read The Wizard of Earthsea for ages, but now I’m starting to worry that her writing, characters, and magic aren’t going to appeal to me. Any fans out there who can guide me?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya


 The Found and the Lost by Ursula K. Le Guin

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  1. From what you’ve said about this collection, I think you’ll like A Wizard of Earthsea a lot better. This sounds very different!

  2. I’ve been meaning to read Earthsea too, for years now.

  3. Read A Wizard of Earthsea. I do not think you will encounter the problems you did here.

    If that does not grab you, I also recommend the YA trilogy Gifts — Voices — Powers. Especially the last one.

    If none of those work out, then LeGuin is just not for you. It happens!
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