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 reflective medium-paced

304 pages | first published 1969

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A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can choose—and change—their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing ...
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Moods

reflective 76%
adventurous 66%
challenging 50%
emotional 37%
mysterious 21%
inspiring 19%
dark 17%
hopeful 17%
sad 17%
tense 15%
informative 4%
funny 0%
relaxing 0%

Pace

medium 52%
slow 43%
fast 4%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 47% | Character: 40% | Plot: 11% | N/A: 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 76% | It's complicated: 15% | No: 6% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 51% | It's complicated: 30% | No: 16% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 5% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 22% | No: 15% | N/A: 1%

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