The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)

The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)

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The Left Hand of Darkness, the 4th book in Ursula K. Le Guin's Hainish Cycle series, is about a human ambassador sent to the planet Winter, where there is no sexual prejudice and inhabitants can change gender anytime.

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  • Christopher Jimenez
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "It isn't that great as critics say it is. I read it after reading about the critical acclaim it received, but this book was not for the average reader, I guess. I didn't like it at all; it was not like the ones about a dystopian society in near future (the kind of stuff that I enjoy). This book is similar to movies that win the academy award for best picture which is enjoyed and hailed by critics but rejected by the general public."
  • Keith Wood
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book was a pretty interesting read considering I haven't read the other books in the series. The storyline is fairly straightforward though it gets interesting because the characters are able to change their genders whenever they feel like in this distant planet. It's kind of like reading Star Wars the with a semi erotic twist to the novel, a definitely interesting read."
  • Ethan Valdez
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The book is very forward thinking and addresses almost LBTQ issues for its time in the 1960's. The sci fi book really takes place on a planet where the occupants are gender neutral until they enter kemmer, a sort of heat, when they become randomly male or female. After kemmer they go back to the neutral state, unless pregnant. So one person can be the mother or two and the father of three."
  • Teresa Schneider
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "A amazing book that I feel like most people should check out when given a chance. It's something I think you should be into."
  • Timothy Brooks
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "A treatise on sexual preconceptions and gender fluidity. If you're into that kind of thing then this will be fine. If not, it feels like a sermon."
  • John Day
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The Left Hand of Darkness is a book that will really make you think. It is clearly quite dark and challenges your perspective of reality on a whole new level. "
  • Amy Ward
    Written on February 26, 2018
    "I seldom read science fiction but read this book when I learned of it in an article about the author's passing. It was described as a standout among science fiction books both in the quality of its writing and because of the uncommonly deep treatment it gave several issues. What set the book apart was its treatment of the planet Winter as a place where everyone (they were basically humans) was both a man and a woman in the sense that their reproductive organs would vary from time to time based upon certain variables. The point, I take it,was to depict how the traditional human who visited the planet would deal with the ambiguities and duality this presented."
  • Adam Moore
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Feminism is one of the most important cultural progressive issues of today. But who wouldn't like that type of issue intertwined in a great story with science fiction elements? I like feminism, I love science fiction. It only makes sense for the two issues to join in a creative progressive book. I think this book does a great of introducing this new element to my reading. "
  • Carl Murray
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Very beautiful story which deals with gender issue, political and environmental issue, betrayal, love, heart breaking concept "
  • Jose Jordan
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is not my kind of book, I have to admit. Those who are okay with gay romance and behaviors can read it and maybe will like it. To each their own. Just not interested in reading anything gay. "
  • Albert Walters
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I liked the main character in this book. The story line was average at best though."
  • Shirley Sullivan
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is a very special fiction book, it is written very professionally, it tells an amazing story, and has many different characters and everyone of them has something to tell, and i can say that it is one of the best sci-fi books i have read. I have had a very good time reading this book, and i am sure that it will be the same for many of the readers."
    Helen Edwards
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Left Hand of Darkness is a great sci fi novel. It explores some philosophical ideas that make you ponder and want to keep reading."
  • Jennifer Wheeler
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Ursula K. Le Guin has consistently proven herself to be one of my favorite authors, exploring themes most other American writers don't dare to (whether because they're afraid to or simply aren't interested.) Her novels always carry a profound message about the fate of humanity as we ascend from an age of prejudice and superstition, and no other story exemplifies that as well as those from the Hainish Cycle."
  • Matthew Boyd
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book is an eye-opening tale of a human that is sent to a foreign world that is totally free of sexual prejudice. The concepts are idealistic at times, but they present a new idea of a what it would be like to be free from today's standards and social constructs. The author's vision is clear, although I feel at times it becomes a bit repetitive. I recommend this book to those that are interested in gender politics."
  • Ronald Griffin
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "A Sci-Fi book without all the usual sci-fi inclusions. This is a great book especially with all the issues we are currently facing in the U.S about gender. Aliens being able to change there gender whenever they feel like it without any dilemma. "
    Samantha Hernandez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book has an interesting perspective on the genre in which a person can live their life. It's open, innovative, quite interesting, it's worth reading. I recommend it."
  • Albert Hicks
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The best books I have ever read have been awarded the Nebula Award. So, I decided to find the best novel that had won this prestigious reward. After reading many novels that had received this reward, I feel the best one I read is The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. "
  • Matthew Brooks
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I loved Le Quin's use of language and how a keen sense of intelligence radiates from her prose. Still, with the exception of the escape across the glacier, you may find the story to be rather boring and the exploration of sexuality too ambiguous. The complicated and delicate relationship between Estraven and Mr Ai was beautifully wrought. But,there were so many themes and intersecting threads that I found the book too broad in its scope and therefore, as a whole, unsatisfying. Use caution before diving into this one. "
  • Brittany Ford
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Not the most exciting or thrilling science fiction book I've ever read. The book is very well written and creates a depth and storyline that is easy to follow. My issue seems to be that nothing majorly exciting happens throughout the book. Its an interesting take on the world that I think will become more prevalent as we become more and more technology driven."
  • Louis Foster
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "interesting read"
  • Amber Soto
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle) is the most exciting novel and a real thought experiment about gender issues I've read in a long time. I can see how this book would appeal and even offer redemption to people who are secretly unsure about their own gendered reality, and offer compassion and insight into gender roles for gender normative people. Fantastic story, great read."
  • Barbara Hall
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a fairly decent science fiction novel. Definitely not my favorite of the series, but it was still a decent read."
  • Samuel Hall
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "If you love sci fi you must read this. Changing genders at anytime? Its addicting and hard to put down."
  • Zhang Yan
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "A topic like the best science fiction books is so broad over the years as to fill a library . Nevertheless the 1969 book The Left Hand of Darkness which tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can choose -and change - their gender is certainly excellent by writer Ursula K. Le Guin and made her a major sci fi author "
  • Leonardo Mata
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "this book is in the top 100 best novels by david pringle and is science fiction"
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