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 speculative fiction adventurous challenging reflective medium-paced

272 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 75%
adventurous 69%
challenging 52%
emotional 38%
mysterious 22%
inspiring 18%
dark 17%
hopeful 17%
tense 17%
sad 16%
informative 5%

Pace

medium 54%
slow 41%
fast 3%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 51% | Character: 36% | Plot: 11%

Strong character development?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 14% | No: 6%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 51% | It's complicated: 32% | No: 14%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 68% | It's complicated: 24% | No: 5% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 56% | It's complicated: 22% | No: 19% | N/A: 1%

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