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The Left Hand of Darkness
The Left Hand of Darkness | Ursula Le Guin
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Chris
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Starting the year with one I‘ve been meaning to read for a while

LeahBergen Happy New Year! 1mo
Chris @LeahBergen Happy new year! 1mo
SamAnne What a powerful book! 1mo
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honeydew_reader
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I will never EVER get over Harth's death

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psalva
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📚Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (and tagged)

✒️ Ursula K. LeGuin

🎞 Lawrence of Arabia

🎤 John Lennon, Lizzo

🎼 “Little Green,” by Joni Mitchell, “Love of My Life,” by Queen, “Life During Wartime,” by Talking Heads, “Lost in the Supermarket,” by The Clash

#manicmonday #letterL @CBee

jlhammar Yes! Love all of those choices! 3mo
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Libby1
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“Science fiction is not predictive; it is descriptive.

Predictions are uttered by prophets (free of charge), by clairvoyants (who usually charge a fee, and are therefore more honoured in their day than prophets), and by futurologists (salaried). Prediction is the business of prophets, clairvoyants, and futurologists. It is not the business of novelists. A novelist‘s business is lying.”

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Books_and_cwtches
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I adored reading this book. It's the kind of story that I know will be sticking around in my mind for a while yet.

I discovered Le Guin after hearing that she was an inspiration of Becky Chambers, and I can 100% see that in the details of the differences between the worlds' species, e.g. kemmer.

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bookishbitch
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This is such an interesting look at gender & culture. It is amazing that it was written in 1969 considering how relevant the themes still are. I did have to Google some words so be aware that is a thing in the writing. Overall I'm glad I read this & will read more by her. I saw an article where she did say she would have used neutral gender pronouns instead of he/him as the default if she had written it more recently. I highly recommend.

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bookishbitch
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"A man wants his virility regarded, a woman wants her femininity appreciated, however indirect and subtle the indications of regard and appreciation. On Winter they will not exist. One is respected and judged only as a human being. It is an appalling experience." Note: this sounds great to me. Definitely not appalling!

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psalva
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This was beautiful, one of the best sci-fi novels I've read in recent years. The world building is almost like a fantasy novel. There is a mythology and a rich history, all explained poetically by Le Guin. The writing of the relationship between the lead characters of Genly Ai and Estraven is extraordinary. This is the fourth book in the Hainish Cycle and, though you don't need to read them in order, I do plan to go back and read more Le Guin.

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Happy #NationalBeerDay‼️

I love #BooksandBrewsClub sponsored by my Library and held at local Brewery. Glad will be discussing this Classic Sci Fi book because it's a lot to take in. Hearing other members thoughts to helps me to process. 📖📚🍻

Sparklemn Fun name! 10mo
tokorowilliamwallace Same, I can process better with discussion---and then I can bounce off of others' input and ideas associatively and get to rambling a barrage of thoughts that arise momentarily. 10mo
LeahBergen That beer looks tasty! 10mo
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Moll
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It's been a p exhausting week (a mix of great and not so fun) but I am HERE with my #BFC22 March review!

In March I read 3 books and started a 4th/5th, took the month off for the most part with yoga/Blogilates to allow my body to recover properly from Covid but got going again in the last week or so there & I've really enjoyed the Mindful March calendar😊

For April, my goal is to keep listening to my body and going with what it needs!😊

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Kshakal
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Eggs 💚🐉👏🏻 10mo
TheBookHippie 💚💚💚 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💚🙌🏻 10mo
WJCintron Love it!! 10mo
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Books_and_cwtches
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Enjoying a cozy day of reading with my new buddy 😊🐈‍⬛

#myfavouritebreedisrescued

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Moll
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I'm taking a little break from Black & British to read this little gem - I'm not sure what to expect from this one but it looks great!

(Really enjoying Black & British so far - it's just very long & dense so decided to break reading it up a bit with other books)😁

KathyWheeler I loved this book so much I went on to read some more of her books which I also loved. (edited) 10mo
Moll @KathyWheeler Ooo yay, thank you for sharing that! Now I'm even more excited😍 10mo
KathyWheeler @Moll I really hope you like it. 10mo
Moll @KathyWheeler Already very much so😊 10mo
KathyWheeler @Moll good to hear. 😊 10mo
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RamsFan1963
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❄ Tagged
❄ Not really, unless I can stay inside and read.
❄ The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge

#sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz Absolutely fantastic pick for 1! Thank you for sharing! 1y
tokorowilliamwallace The Snow Queen was in my last stack and still need to get to it! I recently found another fantasy by her at the resale charity shop I frequent nobody had been taken the last few times I had browsed---one in her Cat-Hydran saga. 14mo
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vivastory
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I just bought a sheet of the commemorative Le Guin stamp. The scene of a an arduous journey through #snow & ice is from the tagged book, which I read this year. I really liked it & plan on reading more Le Guin soon. #wishesandblessings @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

marleed Very cool! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect ❄️💙📚 1y
Eggs Great choice❄️☃️❄️ 1y
tenar I bought these, too. Love ‘em and love her! 1y
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cant_i'm_booked
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The plot felt a little plodding to me at first (being very new to sci-fi, I guess I was expecting star-ship races and lasers going “pew-pew”). But then it snowballed into something different, a rich story that seemed to incorporate a lot of Le Guin‘s anthropological background: how a man encounters an alien world where gender does not exist. The book (always gently) prods you to shuck off any notion that “mankind” appears as one fixed thing.

tenar Lovely review! I had the same sluggish experience with the opening, and by the finish it ended up being one of my favorite books. 1y
ozma.of.oz LeGuin tends to do that. ❤️❤️ I always love seeing people meet this book for the first time. It is one of my favorites! 1y
danx I have many of her books but have not yet read this one despite it being one of her more revered works, looking forward to the day I do! 1y
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cant_i'm_booked @danx I'm definitely now a fan and looking for more. If you have a personal fave from your own Le Guin collection to recommend, I'm all ears! 1y
cant_i'm_booked @tenar Thank you so much! It's a really nice intro/portal to all things Le Guin. I'm hooked. 1y
danx @cant_i'm_booked sorry only just noticed the conversations tab. The Dispossessed is a favourite of mine, I quite liked the Legend of Earthsea series also although more you g adult in style. 13mo
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Tonton
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Lindy Good news! Already looking forward to the shortlist next year. 😊 1y
Cathythoughts Great picture ❤️ 1y
tenar Thanks for sharing, this is the best news I‘ve heard today! 1y
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Tonton @Lindy I can‘t wait either! 1y
Tonton @Cathythoughts Thanks, the Strand backin the day❤️ 1y
Tonton @tenar it was a rather squee moment for me 🌟 1y
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Twainy
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🎧 📖 OMG how did this book get better than a 4 star rating? Are we talking about the same book? 🤨

OK it was well written. Very well written! The narration wasn‘t hideous.

At times it was ... Boring. Weird. Dated. I might listen to this one again ... Just to torture myself ... J/K ... maybe I needed to be in a mood? This 1 just didn‘t do it for me today. Snoozeville. Sorry. Classic snoozeville. I‘m seriously slating it for a re-read!

⭐️⭐️⭐️

nanuska_153 I love this book!The explanation of how a society without gender roles would work,that we see experienced by a human coming from a society where your gender determines so many aspects of your life (and therefore serves to highlight the problems with the way we treat gender in our society)and also the way Ai's views on gender and even sex are transformed through his relationship with Estraven makes this book fascinating and insightful in my opinion 2y
Twainy @nanuska_153 TY! Good insight!! It‘s on my reread TBR! My 1st read thru it felt like heavy handed 70‘s era hard & dry sci-fi. I wouldn‘t be surprised to find out that it was written in the 70‘s!

I did feel it was well written just a bit cringe-worthy. Felt dated. I own a lovely version of the book & plan to investigate before I jump back in. I had no previous knowledge before this read thru. Looking forward to it! 🤗
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nanuska_153 @Twainy I think it was written around that time alright. It's one of the first feminist science fiction books written. I think it's just one of those books that either you love it or you hate it, or at least everyone I know who read it fits into either one of those! 2y
Twainy @nanuska_153 oh no! Really? I thought it was well written so it‘s worth a reread to me. 50 years old!! That explains a lot & definitely makes sense! I imagine I‘ll find a lot of info about it out there before I reread it with different eyes. 🖤 2y
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bookishbitch
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Another one from my book order. I've not read any of her stuff yet but I've heard good things. #tbrpile

Mitch Love that cover of your edition 2y
valeriegeary Beautiful edition! I just finished reading this and really enjoyed it...a bit of a slow start but worth it 2y
bookishbitch @valeriegeary That is good to know. Thanks! 2y
bookishbitch @Mitch Thanks! 2y
SamAnne She was ahead of her time. 2y
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wideeyedreader
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Finished my #doublespin! Tried to post this earlier, but Litsy wasn‘t working with me. While I did really like this book, there were some parts I didn‘t like, so it only gets ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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valeriegeary
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Weekend plans: edit some YouTube videos, go for a run, go for a long bike ride, snuggle the puppy, finish this book!

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valeriegeary
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Current read... 50 pages in and I'm a little confused but trusting Le Guin to take me on this journey.

bookseller_cate I read this in an anthropology course decades ago. It definitely was challenging, in both the literary and the societal sense. Thank you for the reminder. I definitely should reread it. 2y
valeriegeary @bookseller_cate I definitely wish I was reading it for some kind of class because I think I'm missing a lot of the nuance and metaphors but I am enjoying it! Hope it's a good re-read for you! 2y
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vivastory
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This is my second Le Guin novel. An ambassador from Ekumen is sent to Karhide in order to recruit them into joining as allies in a sort of intergalactic UN His mission is threatened when the politician who gave him audience with the king is declared a traitor. Although I didn't like this one quite as much as Lathe of Heaven, I still enjoyed it & found certain passages deeply moving & others mesmerizing. Will definitely be reading more Le Guin.

vivastory *The New USPS Le Guin stamp features a pivotal passage of Left Hand etc 2y
Ruthiella This is the only Le Guin that I‘ve read and I loved it. 2y
vivastory @Ruthiella I just ordered The Dispossessed which I've heard great things about 2y
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MsMelissa Le Guin is an author I‘ve been meaning to try for years. Despite owning a gazillion books though, none are written by her. I‘m going to have to check one out from the library at the very least one of these days. 2y
vivastory @MsMelissa Highly recommend Lathe of Heaven. It's like the best Christopher Nolan movies 2y
Twainy I received this book a couple weeks ago. I only need 2 more of the Penguin Galaxy books. Thank you I just added a bunch of the Penguin clothbound classics to my Amazon book wishlist & bought 2. This book is now on my TBR. 👍🏼 2y
vivastory @Twainy Nice! I do like the Galaxy editions, although the upside down logo on the spine drives me crazy 2y
rwmg Can I recommend the prologue to Rocannon's World? That was my first Ursula Le Guin as a separate short story. It is a wonderful combination of SF and fairy tale. 2y
vivastory @rwmg Thanks for the recommendation! I'll check it out. I've been meaning to read her stories 2y
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Lucy_Anywhere
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My list for March‘s #bookspinbingo - a good mix of genres to look forward to as well as the next chunk of Bleak House for #whatthedickens @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
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TCLinrow
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I adore the vivid imaginings of Ursula Le Guin, and this is just another beautiful example.

The alien-ness and the humanity of the different peoples, the weirdness of the world, the depth of the characters and the weaving plot all blew my mind as I was transported to the world of Winter.

I'm so glad I finally took the time to read it.

KathyWheeler I loved this book. I had never really read her work until a few years ago when I read this, The Lathe of Heaven, and The Dispossessed. I loved all three. 2y
TCLinrow @KathyWheeler I bought a couple of books by her over the years, but I'm only just getting around to reading them now, and I love them so much! This is my 2nd one after the tagged. 2y
KathyWheeler @TCLinrow I keep meaning to get The Word for World is Forest — I love that title. 2y
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andrew61
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What imagination +a remarkable bk.written in 1969 it references issues still relevant today.At the centre is an androgynous people visited by an envoy from another planet, politics leads to the kings minister escape to a neighbouring state as the envoy follows, is then sent in prison trains to a camp, & escapes across ice with estrahaven. Sexuality, climate & more

#booked2021 @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen SFwrittenbyawoman

Cinfhen Wonderful review 2y
Moray_Reads I loved this one, so powerful. I've just started The Dispossessed which I think is pay of the same series. Also excellent 2y
andrew61 @Moray_Reads I will definitely give the others a go as I noticed this was book 4 of the series. An incredible imagination and given it's 50 years on the issues seem very relevant today. 2y
Moray_Reads @andrew61 she was so forward thinking. She had this ability to cut through right to the heart of an issue and say what is important 2y
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The Left Hand of Darkness may be a bit cold at first, both in temperature—it takes place on a planet called Winter—and in tone—it starts with diplomatic missteps and political intrigue, but somewhere in the middle of the northern Gobrin ice sheet, I found myself feeling an immense warmth toward humanity. Gender, sex, I and Thou relationships, Taoism...there are as many reasons this book is a beloved classic as there are Gethenian words for snow.❄️

underground_bks Read for January Bookland: Science Fiction, TBR Veteran 2y
Leftcoastzen 😻👏 2y
readordierachel I really want to read this one! And love the photo 😻 2y
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monalyisha Great review! 2y
tenar I just adore this book. You‘ve written such a lovely review! 2y
underground_bks @tenar thank you so much! I loved it and was so earnest to do it justice 2y
underground_bks @readordierachel you absolutely should! Google the introductions to it by Becky Chambers and Charlie Jane Anders too! 2y
underground_bks @Leftcoastzen 😺📘❄️ 2y
underground_bks @monalyisha thank you so much!! 2y
underground_bks @BookishMarginalia my boy Peter! 😺 2y
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Mitch
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Thank you UPS! #litsylove

Ruthiella Neat! 😍 2y
Crazeedi Awesome!! 2y
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rachelsbrittain
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I had high hopes for this book but it left me with mixed feelings. Fairly interesting story though slow going at times. Mainly I was put off by the fixation on the gender binary-- ironic for a book exploring a mostly genderless alien species. Very heteronormative, a bit sexist, and states a sexual drive is necessary to be human. Whew. Would've been much more interesting if the mc had those beliefs challenged or changed by the end, but alas.

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Aww man, this is on my TBR and I‘ve had high hopes for it too. The premise sounded great! I‘ll still read it, but I‘m glad I know more of what I‘ll be getting myself into. 😅 2y
Lylah I think for the time it was probably pretty revolutionary in how it talked about gender but it‘s definitely hard to read books like that nowadays. 2y
tenar Woah, this is one of my favorites as I felt like what the protagonist describes himself experiencing emotionally in the final act repudiates his earlier beliefs about femininity, the gender binary, and physical intimacy. I felt like he realizes his wrong-headedness through deep connection, then expresses it through love and respect. It is certainly aged, though, and this makes me want to reexamine it. So sorry it didn‘t stick the landing for you! 2y
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rachelsbrittain @tenar I can see that! There definitely did seem to be a turn at the end, I guess it just didn't feel like enough for me after all the rest. But everybody reads things differently! Definitely didn't put me off of Le Guin (who I for sure want to read more of), this one just clearly wasn't my cup of tea haha 2y
rachelsbrittain @Lylah you may be right. I was just hoping for more, I suppose 2y
rachelsbrittain @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm maybe you'll feel differently! 2y
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Liz_M
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A winter-themed light blue book that is overdue for a reread. #12ColoursofDecember #wintergames2020 #merryreaders, @Clwojick

+20 +1 points

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kathedron
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Ohhhh, book hangover! Another re-read (from a few years ago). I remembered the world and characters but little of the plot. Of course it's about gender (how could it not be?) but it's also about helpless miscommunication despite good intentions. At heart it's a story of trust and betrayal. UKLeG gives much to think about but she touches the heart too: how on earth did I forget that ending when it's taken me two days, this time, to post a review?

tenar I loved this one, and you‘ve made me want to reread it, too! The three LeGuin books I‘ve read have each given me that same book hangover, always such emotional endings. 2y
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kathedron
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"The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next."

2020: year of a whole new level of possibility! ?

TrishB Maybe a new approach! 2y
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RamsFan1963
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This is a struggle between a pick and so-so. It's short, only 215 pages, but so densely packed and paced, with long stretches of no dialogue just descriptions of snow and ice. It also didn't help that there was alternating POV both in first person that confused me who was speaking at times.
3 🌨🌨🌨
4th book for #votedearly (25:41:11) @howjessreads
1st book for #crushtherush (11:23:06) @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Too bad it wasn't better, but you're 1 book close to your goal! 2y
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RamsFan1963
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I'll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of the imagination.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Lucy_Anywhere
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A rare book haul 📚 I made a trip into the city so,of course, had to pop in to Kinokuniya! These are both books which have been on my TBR for a long time

Jess861 I loved The Ocean at the End of the Lane 2y
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TheSpineView
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Klou This sounds brilliant!!! 2y
TheSpineView @Klou Le Guin books are really good!💜 2y
Klou @TheSpineView hadn't heard of her until now! I'll have to check her books out on Goodreads!💜 2y
TheSpineView @Klou If you decide to read some of her books, I suggest you start with the Earthsea series. 2y
Klou @TheSpineView okay, thank you! I'll have a look at that one first. 2y
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RamsFan1963
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description or reason for wanting to read the book. Some are old, some will be new. Don't judge me- I have a lot of books.
Day 4

#tbrpile

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ozma.of.oz
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📕 The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin
✒️ Ursula K Le Guin
🎥 Lord of the Rings
📺 Leverage
🎤 LOLO
🎶 Let Em Talk by Kesha

#manicmonday #letterL @JoScho

JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 3y
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Ladygodiva7
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Starting off the morning right. #MugsOfLitsy

ozma.of.oz Love this book! Hope you enjoy it! 3y
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Ladygodiva7
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Sleepy time!

ozma.of.oz Love this book! ❤️❤️ 3y
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Ladygodiva7
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This was in the introduction by Ursula K. Le Guin, well said!!

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Ladygodiva7
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This was on my shelf for a while.

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MaGoose
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#bookmail

I haven't read much of Ursula K. Le Guin except one or two short stories for high school and college classwork. Certainly nothing recently. Is Le Guin a favorite author for anyone? If so, what do you like about her writing?

ozma.of.oz Oh, me me me! I adore her writing, and Left Hand is my absolute favorite! She was is a compassionate and empathetic writer. Her writing style is gorgeous. She is equally and masterfully skilled at science fiction and fantasy. And her examinations of what makes us human are breathtaking. ❤️ 3y
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HeyT
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It took me all the way until the afterward to realize why this book made me uncomfortable and it was because I inherently disliked something about the primary narrator. The rest of the book I loved because it was so interesting to follow this culture where there is no inherent sex outside of a brief period of time and even that is only defined in the moment not permanently.
#BuriedAliveChallenge

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HeyT
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Starting this today. Sierra is ready for reading buddy duty.
#CatsOfLitsy

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Good book! It‘s a fascinating look at gender fluidity. Le Guin has an interesting anthropological perspective (thanks to her dad, I‘m sure 😂) - I love her interpretations of culture. 3y
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GatheringBooks
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#NewYearNewYou Day 23: Reviewed by Iphigene, this book is #WrittenIn1960s: “I was profoundly, utterly, incredibly dumbfounded by my first science fiction novel. It was not what I expected it to be. Scifi has always been one of my least favorite genres for the simple reason that I could not care for alien characters, civilizations or even a futuristic world. But LeGuin changed that for me.” Her full review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-hpV

Eggs Awesome 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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Limonotte
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This book is a marvel of world building, I can see why it's so influential. The main character is deeply flawed. Misogynistic in a way that I have a hard time bearing even though I know that trait is being used to highlight the lessons he still has to learn about gender. This is a fascinating story but there's an emotional distance in it that I had a hard time traversing. I'm glad I read it but probably wouldn't choose to read again.

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Pogue
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The book club picked this book and I would have e bailed on it if not for that. I know she was writing about a society that was genderless, however she primarily used the pronoun “he” or “him”. So all I saw were male characters.

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