The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Left Hand of Darkness

Hainish Cycle #4

Ursula K. Le Guin

fiction classics science fiction adventurous challenging reflective medium-paced

336 pages | first published 1969

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Ursula K. Le Guin’s groundbreaking work of science fiction—winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards. A lone human ambassador is sent to the icebound planet of Winter, a world without sexual prejudice, where the inhabitants’ gender is fluid. His goa...
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Moods

reflective 76%
adventurous 67%
challenging 50%
emotional 38%
mysterious 21%
inspiring 19%
dark 17%
hopeful 17%
tense 17%
sad 16%
informative 4%

Pace

medium 54%
slow 42%
fast 3%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 48% | Character: 37% | Plot: 13%

Strong character development?

Yes: 77% | It's complicated: 15% | No: 7%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 32% | No: 15% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 67% | It's complicated: 24% | No: 6% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 58% | It's complicated: 22% | No: 18%

Average rating

4.02