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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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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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October 25, 2004 | Nick Owchar, Times Staff Writer
The Pacific And Other Stories Mark Helprin Penguin Press: 368 pp., $25.95 * Long before J.K. Rowling or Susanna Clarke wrote their big books of magic, readers were being awed by Mark Helprin's unique brand of enchantment and exotic atmospheres. He established his reputation in the early 1980s and 1990s with "Winter's Tale" and "A Soldier of the Great War," huge novels of vibrant decor and imagination.
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