Next on the TBR pile.
The luck that had turned in Ethwen now turned the world with it under my hand. I never had a gift but one, to know when the great wheel gives to a touch, to know and act. I had thought that foresight lost, last year in Erhenrang, and never to be regained. A great delight it was to feel that certainty again, to know that I could steer my fortune and the world's chance like a bobsled down the steep, dangerous hour.
Apollo, the god of light, of reason, of proportion, harmony, number--Apollo blinds those who press too close in worship. Don't look straight at the sun. Go into a dark bar for a bit and have a beer with Dionysios, every now and then. I talk about the gods; I am an atheist. But I am an artist too, and therefore a liar. Distrust everything I say. I am telling the truth.
Well I finished this this morning. My book group met on Sunday and discussed it, but I was a little bit behind. Having finished the book, I am now wondering if we read the same book because I had so many different opinions and thoughts about it! It was very good, and I would read it again.
we made tomato soup from my tomatoes that I grew in my garden last night, and my house still smells delicious.
Ursula Le Guin parachutes you straight into the world of Gethen with little by way of introduction. I floundered for a while, trying to get my head around the political intrigue as well as understanding the fantasy world. But there was enough to compel me until I gained sure footing. I read the second half of the novel in a couple of sittings, fully immersed in the journey across the ice.
I know that sometimes I can get lost listening to a book rather than reading it, particularly with science fiction, so I‘m switching to paper for this one. Plus for some reason, George Guidall‘s narration is grating on me and that‘s distracting. #queerbooks #bookclub
“But they did not go to war. They lacked, it seemed, the capacity to mobilize. They behaved like animals in that respect, or like women. They did not behave like men, or ants.”
“There are things that outweigh comfort, unless one is an old woman or a cat.”
The first one I found very clever. The second just speaks to my very soul. 👵🏼 🐈 #queerbooks #bookclub
A masterpiece! This novel of the Hainish recruitment of humanity as found in the Galaxy, deals with culture shock, gender identity, compassion and human decency. Written from various viewpoints, it is fully fleshed out and thoroughly riveting. Hugo award winner, and deservingly so. A must read for any fan of fiction or science fiction.
#AugustABC #Day2 #BlueBooks A few of my most recent pretty blue books, apart from the special edition of Godsgrave with the blue sprayed edges. I tried having my #TBRshelves organised by rainbow but it didn‘t work for me. Looked pretty but I ended up double buying books coz I forgot I had them & it was twice as long to find books I was looking for. Dewey decimal is my king 👑 🗄 Did look good though.🌈
“Truth is a matter of the imagination”
I really enjoyed this! It took me a bit to understand what was happening, but it really drew me in as I kept reading. I definitely want to read more of her books!
I recently read my first Le Guin book for #bookclub, The Lathe of Heaven, and several people spoke so highly of this one that I decided I will need to read it too! I‘m starting to dive into the #SFF genre this year! #24in48 #readathon #scifi
#BookMail Pt4 This is the 6th & final book in the #PenguinGalaxy series that I‘ve collected. With novels by William Gibson, Robert Heinlen & T.H.White, it‘s a beautiful little collection to have on your shelves. This one is Guins 1st full novel in her “Hainish Cycle”, it follows Genly Ai, a native of Terra who is sent to the planet Gethen as an envoy to bring them into the confederation of the Ekumen.
1) Tagged. It was sooooo good.
2) Feed. Sorry Mira Grant fans, it just wasn‘t for me.
3) I‘m looking forward to the sequels of The Poppy War and Children of Blood and Bone
4) Yup and I‘m so boned. I always set a goal of 52 books a year but I‘ve been in the mood for dense epic series. I don‘t think I‘ll hit this goal when reading WoT.
📘 Still working on The Memory Tree and The Left Hand of Darkness. I thought I would be able to read more in the evenings after BookExpo but every night I have been dead on my feet.
📘 To finish the 2 books in #1!
📘 Just last night recommend Recursion to my fellow Littens!
Finally finished last months book for #12littens12books (sorry for being late)
It made Yoda a bit tired as he‘s still just a baby.I also had some struggles with it,but am happy I finished it, I ended up being really intrigued.There are so many interesting and important thoughts in it,especially regarding the time when it was written. Winter-a world without gender, without war-what an interesting place to travel to, even if only in the book. 3/5⭐️
Man, what an amazing book. Le Guin makes so many bold statements about the nature of gender and society in this book. I love fluffy books every now and then but I always gravitate towards authors that have something important to say. I‘ll absolutely be processing this book for awhile. Thank you so much for sending me this book @vivastory ! I truly enjoyed it.
I‘m not a patient woman, lol.
Thank you so much @vivastory for the beautiful #sffs package. I haven‘t read either of these books and the covers are so beautiful. The tote is awesome and the socks are great! I‘ll be taking this tea to work with me! I really do appreciate the package and I can‘t wait to get into these books. 😀 @Avanders
Hey, Litsy, who else is readathoning today? For a number of reasons, I‘ve had a terrible last few weeks of (not) reading. I started these back in December and still haven‘t finished them. My big goal today is to finally get these marked as read. #deweysreadathon
Didn't get much reading done within the last days... Now sitting on the train for the next hours.... Hope to read a bit... 😴😴😴
It‘s my birthday! 🎂
Thank you all you beautiful people who have sent me cards, I feel very special! Thanks especially to @robinb for the bookmark and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie for the book ‘Mexico‘.
I had a lovely time just browsing the shelves of a book store today and I came home with the tagged book, lucky me!❤️
@whatsthEStorey @throwmeabook @Stacypatrice @Kerrioke @LaurensLibrary @aroc @CoffeeNBooks @Bookwormjillk
I stayed up too late reading this one, but it was worth it, I think. This book was written in 1969, and I do find myself curious to find out how contemporary readers find it, now that we have more vocabulary to talk about gender outside of the binary. I‘d heard Le Guin, herself, give an interview where she said she‘d have done things differently, particularly with pronouns. In any event, I thought the book was very good.
Yesterday during #bookanddinner i finally finished #12Littens12Books read which (as expected) i enjoyed. Ursula K LeGuin just knows how to deliver timeless complex sci-fi/fantasy that both connects with traditional going-on-a-quest entertainment AND contemporary meta/sociological/political/spiritual discourse resulting in a great foundation for a book series.
I get why people like Ursula Le Guin but this is just not for me. Such a slog - I liked some of the ideas she was playing with but I found myself skimming quite a bit, especially as she seemed to go back and cover the same territory over and over... There were enough moments where I did connect and I can see how she's good at what she's doing, but in the same way I don't want to read political manifestos for fun, this is not my thing.
Admittedly, I struggled to get into this book. Of its 300 pages, it took about 130 before I really felt interest and I even, briefly, considered bailing. But I am so glad I didn‘t. I didn‘t care for the main character at the start and disliked reading his narrative, but he goes through some pretty tremendous character growth. By the end I was deeply invested in each new page. If you‘re giving it a read and aren‘t sure at first, stick with it.