Philippa Pearce

I’ve just begun re-reading “Tom’s Midnight Garden” after a forty-ish year gap. I love the economic  style of writing. Philippa Pearce has been one of my favourite authors for quite a while. I bought the book nearly a year ago and only now have had the chance to begin reading it.


Making tracks — calmgrove

China Miéville Railsea Pan Books 2013 (2012) Imagine a world covered in railway tracks, the occasional settlement sticking out like an island in the ocean. This is the Railsea, a non-aquatic environment sailed by merchants, pirates, navies, hunters, explorers and scavengers in trains of every size and shape and powered by every means of locomotion you can imagine. China […]

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Tao and Lathe

Just a quick post as I pull together all of the paperwork for handing my class on to the next teacher…

I finished reading Ursula K Le Guin’s “The Lathe of Heaven” this morning and have to say that it was a wonderful read. UKLG has made the Tao central to the theme and structure of the book. At one point, I wondered if the whole book had been written around the sentence, “There is no way.”

The book’s central character George Orr has dreams that influence / alter reality and is haunted by the possibility that these alterations are not for the better. He undergoes therapy from a psychiatrist William Haber who uses the dreams to alter reality “for the better” but each alteration has unforeseen consequences (much like wishes in “5 Children and It”).

The narrative is filled with Le Guin’s customary thoughts about the morality of the influence we have as individuals (and collectively) on society. Eventually, the main character chooses the path of least resistance, the way of no action, and allows the dreams to exert influence in their own way.

I have to re-read the book immediately.