I am a huge fan of many of Ursula LeGuin's novels, so I picked up this collection of short stories with excitement. But. Alas! There were very few tales inside that really got to me. The first story, "The Author of the Acacia Seeds," was absolutely brilliant, the kind of fantasy writer meets anthropoligist stuff that really gets you looking at the world from another angle. But many of the stories didn't have the science fiction touch that keeps me reading her other works, and I had to trudge through them. Not that any of them are poorly written, just not for me, particularly as someone who generally has a hard time getting into any sort of short stories.