Qalyar wrote:Regarding UKL, I agree that The Left Hand of Darkness is an important work, and it is definitely something that should be on the reading list of anyone with a passing interest in speculative fiction. Or feminism. Or, frankly, books. On the other hand, I've always struggled quite a bit with The Dispossessed. But my favorite of her works is a short story, even though I don't usually like short stories. "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" -- if you haven't read it, take the Time and do so...
The Dispossessed and The Left Hand of Darkness were both written around 1970. They reflect that time. The Left Hand of Darkness was the better book at the time, but both were excellent. What is striking, however, is that The Left Hand of Darkness is still relevant, whereas The Dispossessed has not aged in the same way.
Valarya wrote:I've had UKL's Earthsea Saga on my to-read list for about a year or so, just haven't gotten around to it. Since you both seem to like her so much - do you suggest I dive in to these?
And do try and ignore the miniseries or the Studio Ghibli movie version - one of their low points, unfortunately. I heard the mini-series was "not bad," but definitely do not see before reading the series itself.
I would characterize the mini-series as "not disappointing". But it does not measure up to the books.
The Earthsea trilogy is a fun read for adults, but it is young adult fiction. The Left Hand of Darkness is written for an adult audience (but is a great read for young adults).