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The Left Hand of Darkness

c07b4c16-a946-4064-8b55-06393d3e5b0aimg100Title: The Left Hand of Darkness
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Series: Hainish Cycle, book 4
Genre: classic science fiction

Opening sentence:

“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 imagination.”

I have read The Left Hand of Darkness as part of my goal to read more classic fantasy/science fiction this year. I picked this book because it has been brought up quite a lot in the dissections of Ancillary Justice this year. I had also forgotten that I had ever read Ursula LeGuin when I picked up the book in Amsterdam this April. Since when, thanks to Sword & Laser, I have realised that I read The Earthsea as a teenager. I don’t remember much about the book other than quite liking it.

The Left Hand of Darkness has been a controversial book for me. I don’t remember ever being so conflicted about a book that I have finished reading. At times I quite frankly wanted to throw it at the wall while I have been reading other parts aloud to my mom because they were so pretty and made me very happy.

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Reading: The Left Hand of Darkness

c07b4c16-a946-4064-8b55-06393d3e5b0aimg100Title: The Left Hand of Darkness
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Series: Hainish Cycle, book 4
Genre: classic science fiction

This year I set myself a goal of reading some classic fantasy and science fiction works. When I was in Amsterdam in the spring I picked up a copy of “The Left Hand of Darkness”. I have tried starting it three times now. I decided that if I am going to motivate myself to reading it I properly need to write it about it as I read.

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Thinking about Genre: Link Mash Up

Thinking about GenreDo I am reading tons of blog posts today and a lot of them were super interesting so I thought I would share them with you! This will be a new recurring feature – I will make a new of them when I think I got a good about of links. I will try to gather links that make me think about genre in new ways.

For good reasons Tansy Rayner Roberts won the Hugo for her fan writing last year. Today she is a great post on the influence of female authors on her as an author. That of course added to my to read list on GoodReads (evil). Go read her post “On Influence

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Day 4, story 4: Tensegrity

18680662Title: Tensegrity
Published: 2013 by Audible Frontiers
Collection: METAtropolis: Green Space
Genre: Science fiction, near future
Length: Novelette
Listing time: 110 min (just under 2 hours)

I read this as part of my reading challenge: 25 short stories in 25 days.

I have been listening to this over the last few hours and I have decided that this will be my story for the 28th because it is too good, not to give a separate post and I did finish it after midnight so I guess that is fair. That of course means that I will have to read a novel today, or at least not include any new stories I read in the challenge.

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Ancillary Justice

17333324Title: Ancillary Justice
Author:  Ann Leckie
Published: October 1st 2013 by Orbit
Pages: 416 pages
Status: First reading, 26/10 – 29/10 2013
Genre: Science fiction

The book is about an A.I. hiding in a human body. She used to be a spaceship, but is no longer that. She tries to navigate a human world. It is an epic science fiction story of the same kind of cloth that Dune was cut from.

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Examining my bookshelves

stack_of_books2So this is my first meta-post reading. I have been listing to a lot of discussions about diversity as of late – which is awesome, eye opening and thought provoking. So I decided to take long hard look at my own bookshelves. In particular what I have over the last year. I decided to only look at books because I read a lot of short stories and comics over the last year, but I am still new to reading both so I don’t think I am quite to the point of having any patterns yet. I know I read a LOT of books by women with female protagonists. But how many books do I read that are written by non-whites, non-westerns, non-middle class and/or quiltbag authors? I might not look at all of those today, but lets see how this goes. Are all of the protagonists abled bodied young people? Well lets take a closer look…  Continue reading Examining my bookshelves