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    Not one for the easily bored and impatient of mind

    A newcomer to Ms Le Guin, I had just read the original A Wizard of Earthsea trilogy and was captivated especially by the second book, The Tombs of Atuan – tight, suspenseful and with a vibrant relationship between the 'thief' and the priestess. So, it was with high expectations that I started The Left Hand of Darkness. After 87 pages I decided that it wasn't for me. Maybe I'm too impatient by nature, but I found it slow, meandering and, in fact, a transgression of an author's 11th commandment: 'Thou shalt not bore thy reader'. I realise that the above may reveal more about myself than about the book – so be it. In due course I'll try some other story by Ms Le Guin, but I'll look out for some reviews first.
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    Deserves the prices.

    More a travelling story then sci_fi..Excellently handled..well told..
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    Beautiful, thoughtful, amazing

    I'd been meaning to read Le Guin for years and hadn't gotten around to it. Picked this up last week and couldn't put it down. Her style was elegant without being pretentious, and the ideas in this book are amazing. Beyond the prose and the ideas, there's a strong sense of heart and humanity to this story. This book may have been written five decades ago but it's abundantly relevant now.
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