#156713  by Jon S.
 Thu May 25, 2017 8:38 am
That's "grateful dead," small g, small d, as in the legend (or myth) of the grateful dead.

I just re-read this wonderful book, finishing it again this morning. And I was once again struck the power of its grateful dead motif as its protagonists tear down the dry wall, freeing the dead.

Wondering if anyone else has also enjoyed the book's unique "grateful dead" connection.

 #156722  by Jon S.
 Fri May 26, 2017 5:58 am
Only keep in mind that The Other Wind is Le Guin's final installment in a series. It can be read first but I'd recommend starting with A Wizard of Earthsea:

"Earthsea is a series of fantasy books by the American writer Ursula K. Le Guin, and the name of their setting, a world of islands surrounded by an uncharted ocean. Starting with a short story, "The Word of Unbinding" in 1964, there are six Earthsea books, beginning with A Wizard of Earthsea in 1968, and continuing with The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, and The Other Wind. There are eight short stories, all but "The Daughter of Odren" now collected in The Wind's Twelve Quarters and Tales from Earthsea."


"Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (US /ˈɜːrsələ ˈkroʊbər ləˈɡwɪn/;[1] born October 21, 1929) is an American author of novels, children's books, and short stories, mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. She has also written poetry and essays. First published in the 1960s, her work has often depicted futuristic or imaginary alternative worlds in politics, the natural environment, gender, religion, sexuality and ethnography. In 2016, The New York Times described her as "America's greatest living science fiction writer",[2] although she herself has said she would prefer to be known as an "American novelist".[3]

She influenced such Booker Prize winners and other writers as Salman Rushdie and David Mitchell – and notable science fiction and fantasy writers including Neil Gaiman and Iain Banks.[4] She has won the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, and World Fantasy Award, each more than once.[4][5] In 2014, she was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.[6] In 2003 she was made a Grandmaster of Science Fiction, one of only a handful of women writers to take the top honour in a genre that has come to be dominated by male writers.[7] Le Guin has resided in Portland, Oregon, since 1959.[8]"