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

304 pages | first published 1969

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On the planet Winter, there is no gender. The Gethenians can become male or female during each mating cycle, and this is something that humans find incomprehensible. The Ekumen of Known Worlds has sent an ethnologist to study the Gethenians on ...
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Moods

reflective 76%
adventurous 67%
challenging 50%
emotional 37%
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: 49% | Character: 36% | Plot: 13%

Strong character development?

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

Loveable characters?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 32% | No: 16% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

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Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 57% | It's complicated: 22% | No: 18%

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4.02