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The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

isabellesbooks's review against another edition

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3.0

Excellent world-building but YAWN

the_sims's review against another edition

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reflective slow-paced

3.0

teddymasters0's review against another edition

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

5.0

I was not expecting to love this book so much. I thought it would be an interesting evaluation of gender, one in an unusual science fiction setting. It certainly was that. From the beginning I was on board with the premise of the book and wanted Ai to succeed in his mission. It was the ladder half of the book that really spoke to me.
From the moment when Ai is taken to the farm everything changes. The politic of the world comes into clearer focus. Then comes Estevan to rescue him. I hadn’t thought much of the character, that he was doing what he could to help. In the trek across the baron ice I came to love him. I truly believed that he would get a happy ending. I reveled in imagining him seeing the ship. Perhaps in developing his relationship with Ai further. His death was so heartbreaking, but also beautiful. It was sudden and his absence from the world was felt throughout the rest of the book.
This story is a triumph that will remain with me for a long time. 

ktopreads's review against another edition

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i have been a little lost for a while. i think its a good book, but i should have read the physical copy. maybe i will tackle it again sometime in the future. i didn't want to push myself to finish a book that i had enjoyed but wasn't fully committed to anymore. 

nthurman_dude's review against another edition

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dark reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated

4.0

etlahaine's review against another edition

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adventurous slow-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

4.0

mittland's review against another edition

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4.0

loved it, especially how well-integrated and thought-through the different cultures were, i could read an entire book just about the mythology and history of this world

kyouwa_today's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging mysterious 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

4.0

Wow - a bit confusing at first to get used to the world but the second half is amazing - a beautiful story of love and friendship.

randis32's review against another edition

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mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

1.25

soniaturcotte's review against another edition

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

4.5