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Changing Planes by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Nov 25, 11

bookshelves: sf-fantasy
Read in November, 2011

1 star for a book I did not finish.

I am a long time fan of Le Guin's work, and even in this one star example the deft and musical arrangement of her words is a delight, but for me this work fails on every other level.

Each vignette showcases an alternative society in the most superficial and uninteresting manner possible. Characters never become interesting, plots never develop, and the cautionary fables, even when I agree with them, attack with bludgeoning force and no persuasive power, and even then send mixed messages: i.e. the likable character in the anti genetic engineering tale who is 4% corn.

The framing mechanism for these tales sounds like it is written by an overprivileged cranky old woman. Woe, life is hard, having to endure airports. oh, the drudgery of intercontinental travel!

Give me a break. Listen, Ms Le Guin, if your life is luxurious enough that you can complain about airports, then someone should be writing a cautionary tale about =you=.
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