I’ve only discovered Le Guin in the past year or so, and her novels are so thought provoking and layered. I’ve become a huge fan, and can’t get enough of her books. The Lathe of Heaven centres on George Orr; he discovers that the things he dreams come true – at least in some sense of the word. For example, he dreams that a relative has died, and then wakes into an altered version of reality in which she had been killed months earlier. When he realizes the power that he has, he seeks help from mental health professionals. Most […]
A year ago, I binge read the first three books in the Earthsea Cycle. A Wizard of Earthsea came in a three-way tie for my favorite read of 2018. Tombs of Atuan was my least favorite of the three. I felt like it was too fascinated with the labyrinthian tombs and the ending took too much of the lead character’s agency that she had built. Anyway, I decided to go back to the Cycle and read Tehanu, which is book four. When I discovered it would include the lead from this book along with Ged, I decided Tombs of Atuan deserved a re-read. The rich imagery of […]
I’m not normally a sci-fi reader, but that was part of the reason I decided to give The Left Hand of Darkness a try: I had an audible credit to use, I wanted to give Le Guin another chance, and the description said this was a classic sci-fi title. I think because I’m not familiar with the genre, the difficulty I’d had with the age of A Wizard of Earthsea didn’t bother me as much here, even though it was originally published in 1969. Sometimes groundbreaking doesn’t always equal entertaining, but I found much to like in The Left Hand of Darkness. Summary: […]
Without war there are no heroes./What harm would that be?/Oh, Lavinia, what a woman’s question that is.
I had mixed feelings about this book while reading it, but now that I’ve finished it I realize that I enjoyed it quite a bit! The first half slogged for me. It was not a page-turner, although I was interested theoretically in the protagonist and his situation, I found it quite easy to put the book down for a day or two and return for a chapter here or there. It wasn’t bad, I just wasn’t hooked. The second half, though, pulled it all together, and I finished the last third in one evening. Shevek is a physicist from the moon […]