Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta by Doris Lessing

Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta

Canopus in Argos #1

Doris Lessing

365 pages first pub 1979 (editions)

fiction fantasy science fiction challenging reflective medium-paced
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The Devil's supreme achievement is that nobody believes in him. There is a Deity, certainly, but one to be seen within the terms H.G. Wells suggested, that when man cries out his little gimme, gimme, gimme, it is as if a leveret snuggled up to a l...

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challenging 85%
dark 42%
mysterious 42%
hopeful 28%
reflective 28%
emotional 14%
tense 14%


slow 87%
medium 12%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 80% | A mix: 20%

Strong character development?

No: 83% | It's complicated: 16%

Loveable characters?

No: 60% | It's complicated: 20% | Yes: 20%

Diverse cast of characters?

It's complicated: 40% | Yes: 40% | No: 20%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 60% | It's complicated: 20% | Yes: 20%

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