Release Date: August 1, 2005
Genre: Young Adult
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Synopsis (from Goodreads): Sita Dulip has missed her flight. But instead of listening to garbled announcements in the airport, she has found a method of bypassing the crowds at the desks, the long lines at the toilets, the nasty lunch, the whimpering children and punitive parents, the bookless bookstores, and the blue plastic chairs bolted to the floor.
This method - changing planes - enables Sita to visit fifteen societies not found on Earth. She will encounter cultures where the babble of children fades over time into the silence of adults; where whole towns exist solely for holiday shopping; where personalities are ruled by rage; where genetic experiments produce less than desirable results. And many other exotic landscapes whose denizens are fundamentally human...
Airports are boring places so when I read the synopsis of this novel I had to read it. And let me say that it did not disappoint. Le Guin is an amazing writer with immense imagination. She goes to areas and spaces where many writers haven't gone before. The stories are interesting and unlike anything I had ever read before.
This collection of stories was an exercise in imagination and it was thought provoking. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be transported.