The Left Hand of Darkness

Ursula K. Le Guin
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The Left Hand of Darkness


The Left Hand of Darkness is the first book I've read of LeGuin, and it is great. Although it surely is SF, big parts of it read more like an adventure novel about friendship, set on a barren world - so don't expect laser guns, giant AI-cores or wormholes. It combines a sense of wonder with some original ideas, an emotional ending, and, at times, beautiful prose.

It's an A-list book, that very much has its own voice, but it's not extraordinary. It could have been A+ though, if LeGuin had fixed 3 quibbles...


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