A review by xalrynne
The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin

slow-paced
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

1.0

DNF at 35%. 

I've wanted to check out Ursula K. Le Guin for a while now, and I heard from many that The Left Hand of Darkness is a good place to start. Well, it apparently wasn't a good place for me because I couldn't even finish the book. 

I appreciate that Le Guin was really ahead of her time in the topics she wrote about, and her books are already renowned as science fiction classics. I wanted to love this, but I didn't. The Left Hand of Darkness is just not approachable or accessible in its writing. I read over one-third of this book and I still have no idea what's going on or why I should care. Absolutely nothing here was working for me. 

I really hope this book is not indicative of Le Guin's writing style because I already own six other books from her and I genuinely hope I enjoy at least a few of them. I'm most excited to check out the Earthsea Cycle because it's fantasy, which I prefer over science fiction. But I do want to give some of her other science fiction works a try before I decide if she's truly not for me. 

I hope if you give this book a read that you'll like it more than I did.