What are the best books by Ursula K. Le Guin?

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    #1The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)

    The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)

    The Left Hand of Darkness, the 4th book in Ursula K. Le Guin's Hainish Cycle series, is about a human ambassador sent to the planet Winter, where there is no sexual prejudice and inhabitants can change gender anytime.

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    Keith Wood
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book was a pretty interesting read considering I haven't read the other books in the series. The storyline is fairly straightforward though it gets interesting because the characters are able to change their genders whenever they feel like in this distant planet. It's kind of like reading Star Wars the with a semi erotic twist to the novel, a definitely interesting read."
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    #2The Wave in the Mind

    The Wave in the Mind

    The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination is a book by award-winning science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin containing essays on different topics. This book was published by Shambhala in February 2004.

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    Divya Yadav
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "he Left Hand of Darkness tells of Genly Ai, an emissary to the planet of Winter, or Gethen, who is inviting its people to join the Ekumen, a coalition of planets. The Gethenians are “ambisexual"
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    #3Lavinia

    Lavinia
    Lavinia is a historical fiction written by award-winning science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin. It is a retelling of the Aeneid but from the point of view of Lavinia. This book is the first edition published in 2009 by Mariner Books.
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    Larry Rivera
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "This book is a pure pleasure to read. This is not a guide for beginners. I did not expect the many complications and twists. "
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    #4Orsinian Tales

    Orsinian Tales

    Orsinian Tales is a book by award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin containing stories about medieval forests, stonewalled cities, and mountain railways. The book won the Pushcart Prize, the Kafka, and the National Book awards.

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    Felipe Nava
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "As someone who really likes Ursula K. Le Guin reading a collection of short stories by her was a great read. I liked being able to see her use a lot of different styles. I also like the themes of romance in front of the violent background of war and revolution."
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    #5Very Far Away from Anywhere Else

    Very Far Away from Anywhere Else

    Very Far Away From Anywhere Else is an inspirational novel for young adults written by award-winning science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin.  This book was published in October 2004. It is a coming-of-age story of a teen boy.

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    Frank Rice
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "I see the book to be very inspiring. I feel it appears light one is having a religious experience after reading this novel."
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    #6A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle)

    A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle)
    A Wizard of Earthsea is the first book in the Earthsea Cycle series, written by Ursula K. Le Guin.  The story is about Ged, he was the greatest sorcerer of Earthsea but he was once a reckless child.
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    Janice Beck
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This book is a great read for anyone with a magical imagination. The story keeps you reading and imagination flowing."
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    #7The Compass Rose

    The Compass Rose

    The Compass Rose is a book containing short stories written by Newbery and Hugo award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin. This book was published by Harper Perennial and is a reissue released in March 2005.

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    Eugene Gardner
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "You really can't beat these short stories. I personally think they're the best work this author has ever done. They're absolutely spellbinding. Seriously, I couldn't put them down."
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    #8The Birthday of the World and Other Stories

    The Birthday of the World and Other Stories

    The Birthday of the World: And Other Stories is a collection of short stories written by award-winning writer Ursula K. Le Guin. This first six stories in this book are set in Le Guin's hit series, Hainish Cycle.

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    Marcos González
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "This is a nice bunch of short stories by my favorite author of all time. She really hits some home runs with most of these, and I'm reminded why I love her so much. "
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    #9Four Ways to Forgiveness: Stories

    Four Ways to Forgiveness: Stories

    Four Ways to Forgiveness: Stories is a science fiction book by award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin. This book is a reprint edition released in December 2004 by Harper Perennial. It contains stories set in the Hainish Cycle.

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    Gerald Reid
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "Four Ways to Forgiveness is a perfect read if you're feeling a bit blue. Great set of stories that had me hooked for a couple hours."
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    #10Powers (Annals of the Western Shore)

    Powers (Annals of the Western Shore)

    Powers is the third and last book in Ursula K. Le Guin's young adult fantasy and adventure series, Annals of the Western Shore. This book won the Nebula Award for Best Novel. It is about a slave with a great memory trying to save his family.

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    Norma Quezada
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "Powers is an awesome book. I couldn't put it down."
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    #11The Telling (Hainish Cycle)

    The Telling (Hainish Cycle)
    The Telling is the eighth book in Ursula K. Le Guin's science fiction series, The Hainish Cycle. This book is the first edition published in September 2000. The series is about a lesbian from Earth sent to Aka to be an observer for the Ekumen.
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    Christina Walsh
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I loved this book. One of the best sci-fi books I've read so far."
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    #12The Wind's Twelve Quarters (Hainish Cycle)

    The Wind's Twelve Quarters (Hainish Cycle)
    The Wind's Twelve Quarters (Hainish Cycle) is science fiction short story written by Ursula K. Le Guin, published on  October 1976 by Bantam. It revolves around wizardry and cloning set in Utopia.
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    Ananya Shah
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "The Wind's Twelve Quarters by Ursula K. Le Guin is classic sci fi. It is an easy read and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in wizardry and fantasy. It is a series of shorts stories and every single one is great."

Summary

Best What are the best books by Ursula K. Le Guin
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)Books 37 Paid
2The Wave in the MindBooks 32 Paid
3LaviniaBooks 32 Paid
4Orsinian TalesBooks 30 Paid
5Very Far Away from Anywhere ElseBooks 27 Paid
6A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle)Books 25 Paid
7The Compass RoseBooks 24 Paid
8The Birthday of the World and Other StoriesBooks 22 Paid
9Four Ways to Forgiveness: StoriesBooks 21 Paid
10Powers (Annals of the Western Shore)Books 17 Paid
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