The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Left Hand of Darkness

Hainish Cycle

Ursula K. Le Guin

304 pages first pub 1969 (editions)

fiction classics lgbtqia+ science fiction speculative fiction adventurous challenging reflective medium-paced

Description

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 74%
adventurous 72%
challenging 50%
emotional 39%
mysterious 23%
dark 20%
tense 20%
hopeful 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: 20% | N/A: 1%

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