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The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K. Le Guin

matalinpirtz's review against another edition

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reflective medium-paced

3.5

elizafiedler's review against another edition

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4.0

Something about the instability of dreams and reality in this novel really speaks to me.

__apf__'s review against another edition

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5.0

This book ranks among my all-time favorites. “The Lathe of Heaven” shows how small tweaks to reality can have large and unintended side effects on society, individuals, and Earth. Le Guin asks: what would happen if your dreams affected reality? What if you couldn’t control it? What if you COULD control it? The book steers you through a series of charming and nightmarish dystopias, tied together by three main characters who experience them all. Le Guin shows off both her world- and character-building skills.

I expect that this book would have broad appeal, including people who don’t typically like “science fiction.” It’s set on Earth, and the narrative is driven by dreams.

donotronix's review against another edition

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5.0

people i trust have been telling me to read le guin for fifteen years and i didn't listen to them because i'm a fool. don't be like me, start reading le guin today.

astralumpia's review against another edition

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dark emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix

4.0

starfondant's review against another edition

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4.0

Wow. I loved this - reminded me of my favorite short stories from middle and high school.

donaidh_camshron's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional mysterious reflective sad 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

stitchinthyme's review against another edition

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challenging dark sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.25

nicolekaiser's review against another edition

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challenging dark reflective fast-paced

5.0

handsomerandy's review against another edition

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dark mysterious tense slow-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? It's complicated

3.5

Least favorite LeGuin work I've read, she overcommits early and then has to keep doubling down on things to the point that they may begin to get ridiculous.