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October 15, 2006 | Ursula K. Le Guin, Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of many books, including "The Left Hand of Darkness," the series of novels known as "The Earthsea Cycle" and, most recently, a young adult novel, "Voices."
SUSANNA CLARKE keeps her immensely lively imagination on a tight rein. This hyper-control may be the key to her popular success, for it allows her always to share a wink or a shrug with the reader -- as if to say, "We really needn't take this seriously, you know." Like her novel "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell," this new volume of tales is resolutely sophisticated.
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October 15, 2006 | Ursula K. Le Guin, Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of many books, including "The Left Hand of Darkness," the series of novels known as "The Earthsea Cycle" and, most recently, a young adult novel, "Voices."
SUSANNA CLARKE keeps her immensely lively imagination on a tight rein. This hyper-control may be the key to her popular success, for it allows her always to share a wink or a shrug with the reader -- as if to say, "We really needn't take this seriously, you know." Like her novel "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell," this new volume of tales is resolutely sophisticated.
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October 2, 2005
*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction *--* *--* 1 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead: $14) A writer returns to Kabul to rescue the son of a childhood friend. 2 Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury: $15.95) Two magicians try to steer history's course. 3 The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Penguin: $15) A quest for the truth about a Spanish novelist.
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April 10, 2011 | By Scott Timberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Sometimes inspiration comes in the unlikeliest places. While vacationing in Puerto Vallarta in fall 2008, USC professor Deborah Harkness, a historian of science, was consumed with the upcoming bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth, but the rest of the world, including the airport in the Mexican resort city, was gripped by a madness spread by vampires: The last of Stephenie Meyer's four "Twilight" novels had just been published. "To walk through the airport was to be hit with vampires, witches, ghosts and demons at every angle in the bookstores," says Harkness, a good-humored and enthusiastic woman of 46, over a cappuccino in Pasadena.
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January 9, 2005
*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction LAST WEEK WEEKS ON LIST *--* *--* 1 State of Fear by Michael Crichton (HarperCollins: $27.95) 1 3 A globe-trotting thriller involving nefarious environmentalists and manufactured threats of global warming. 2 The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom 2 66 (Hyperion: $19.95) An amusement park maintenance man faces his life, death and afterlife in this three-part parable.
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