UKLG notes

Thanks to calmgrove, I’m seriously considering a series of pictures (and perhaps music) inspired by the writings of Ursula K Le Guin. I thought I might share some of the notes I’ve been taking from “A Wizard of Earthsea“. Apologies for the untidiness, handwriting never was my forte.

Picture of vocabulary from “Wizard of Earthsea”. Copyright Ursula K Le Guin.


Also, this from the UKLG website, looks fascinating (though, as always, I’m somewhat late for the party):

World Book Night

Thanks to Calmgrove for making me aware of this annual event: . Looks like there’s little or nothing happening in Wales. It’s too late this year but may be next?



The Left Hand of Darkness

This is it (The Left Hand of Darkness), the book I’ve been waiting to read and the book generally regarded as “Ursula Le Guin’s masterpiece” – Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels. I bought it today in Foyles, Bristol along with Carlo Rovelli’s “Seven Brief Lessons on Physics“.  It was on the shelves at Waterstones too but I couldn’t find the Rovelli book there and wanted both. I know, I could have bought each from different stores but that would be alien to me. UKLG books are a puzzle, they seem to be either in all book shops at any given moment or in none at all in another given moment. I keep eyeing up Melvyn Peake’s “The Gormenghast Trilogy” but I’m too mean to pay the £18 cover price.

Looking forward to reading these – I may have to go to bed super-early!!


carlo rovelli

Midnight is a Place

I finished reading the Joan Aiken book “Midnight is a Place’ this morning. It’s an absolutely brilliant book, teeming with ideas about freewill, social pressure and individual morality. It instantly became my favourite Joan Aiken book, which is some achievement because it is in such quality company. The power of great children’s fiction. For me, these books are just as inspirational as books on spirituality or biographies.


Night Birds have flown

I’ve just finished reading Joan Aiken’s “Night Birds on Nantucket”. It’s most definitely my favourite of the “Wolves of Willoughby Chase” sequence of books that I have so far read. It’s full of great escapist touches. It reminds me a little of John Masefield. Due to the marking of maths and language books, I don’t have time to post at length but there’s so much to love in the book – Dido Twite, Nate and his bird “Mr Jenkins”, the pink whale and Captain Casket and the “rum uns” who are on Nantucket to “do some skullduggery”.


I need to find a copy of “Limbo Lodge” next!

Update: As soon as I finished the initial post, I strolled over to Ebay and bought a copy.

Dido Twite

I finished “Blackhearts in Battersea” yesterday and was happy with how all the threads were pulled together except one – the fate of Dido Twite. My favourite character killed off 3/4 of the way through the novel. I thought, “How could Joan Aiken knock-off the book’s most lovable character?”.

Fast forward to this morning and a trip to Bristol. Waterstones managed to prise open my wallet once again and take out the money for two more Joan Aiken books – “The Stolen Lake” and “Midnight is a Place”. Guess what? Dido is alive and well though it seems that I need to buy “Night Birds on Nantucket” to find out what happened to her after “Blackhearts in Battersea”. So, I’ll read “Midnight” first and see if I can get “Nantucket” in the mean time.

Loving this set of books as much as I did the “Earthsea” sequence a few months ago.