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The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

pupaebug's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging emotional inspiring reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

lerox's review against another edition

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challenging slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated

1.0

evelasco's review against another edition

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emotional 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

hartway's review against another edition

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emotional reflective medium-paced

5.0

shiynma's review against another edition

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challenging reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Everything about this book wants to and has changed me.

jefffrane's review against another edition

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5.0

Brilliant.

awerring's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

youngthespian42's review against another edition

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3.0

I loved Le Guin’s writing style and the world building of this nice is impressive in a relatively short novel.

I was disappointed the political intrigue didn’t go deeper and fizzled out. The back 1/3 of the novel becomes an adventure novel and drags. The book felt slow but also rushed right at the end.

I intent to read more of the Hainish cycle. It’s a short read if you’re on the fence. It’s interesting to see where modern sci-fi got inspiration from. The cozier parts of the book and focus on friendship really reminded me of Becky Chambers.

gregdv's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

maxgoatcher's review against another edition

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I'd like to come back to this at some point, but I'm not in an intellectual reading place at the moment. The bit I've read is good, I just can't seem to absorb more than half a page without feeling dumb!