The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Left Hand of Darkness

Hainish Cycle

Ursula K. Le Guin

256 pages first pub 1969 (editions)

fiction classics lgbtqia+ science fiction speculative fiction adventurous challenging reflective medium-paced
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Winter is an Earth-like planet with two major differences: conditions are semi artic even at the warmest time of the year, and the inhabitants are all of the same sex. Tucked away in a remote corner of the universe, they have no knowledge of space...

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Moods

reflective 73%
adventurous 72%
challenging 50%
emotional 39%
mysterious 23%
dark 20%
hopeful 19%
tense 19%
sad 18%
inspiring 17%
informative 6%
funny 1%
relaxing 1%

Pace

medium 55%
slow 39%
fast 4%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 50% | Character: 35% | Plot: 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 15% | No: 6%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 53% | It's complicated: 32% | No: 13%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 67% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 5% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 54% | It's complicated: 23% | No: 21% | N/A: 1%

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