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The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin

rtansey's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging emotional hopeful mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

opalinz's review

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adventurous emotional inspiring reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes

4.5

mattmatros's review against another edition

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3.0

I understand why this book was revolutionary for its time--eliminating the concept of gender was obviously an enormous and somewhat outrageous idea in the 1960s--but the narrative aspect of the book doesn't hold up for me. The first third of the novel is essentially set-up, and it's set-up that uses as many alien words and phrases as possible, most of which only serve to distort. (I used to love this device when I was a teenager--ooh, that word I don't understand means this is a smart book! Now I'm not as easily taken in.) The second third of the novel is a drawn-out description of man vs. torture and man vs. the elements. And the final third of the novel is an overly tidy resolution to a story that I wasn't ever invested in to begin with. (Will this alien planet join a guild of other planets? Who cares?) The alien Estraven is, however, a great character and I would've liked a lot more time with him/her.

I'm glad I checked this book off my list, but I don't know if I'll be picking up another old sci-fi novel any time soon.

alice_rossi's review

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challenging reflective slow-paced

3.5

ladylegerwood's review against another edition

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i thought that the entire book was going to be a trek across ice. i was wrong.

massnorth's review

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adventurous challenging dark emotional hopeful inspiring reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

hayleypurple's review against another edition

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1.0

DNF 10%

sarahconnor89757's review against another edition

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3.0

Podcast review: http://youtu.be/sqvkTqXHZtQ

jeninmotion's review against another edition

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4.0

I need to reread this because I thought it was all right but I read it as a younger sci-fi fan who had read later sci-fi first.

troisha's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging emotional hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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