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    The Dispossessed and The Left Hand of Darkness. The Earthsea trilogy always struck me as being incoherent in terms of story development. I have the impression that LeGuin started out with a story concept that she then largely abandoned as the trilogy developed. The individual books stand up well but don't add up to a collective whole.

    I'm afraid I take a heretical view of Doc Smith. Zero interest. I tried reading him as an adolescent. Outside of the unintended campiness of his dialog, I thought he was a dreadful bore.

    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 04:47:40 AM PST

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    •  I Agree about Earthsea (2+ / 0-)
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      Youffraita, MT Spaces

      The Earthsea books are not a trilogy in the same way Lord of the Rings are; they do not present a unified story arc.  But the individual stories, as you say, do hold up well.  I suspect LeGuin's publisher wanted a trilogy, so she wrote three books.

      As for "Doc"; I suppose my fondness for him is in part nostalgia.  I discovered him at an age where most science fiction geeks discover John Carter of Mars.  He, along with Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov Writing as Paul French, was my entry drug into the world of SF.

      "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

      by quarkstomper on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 11:59:40 AM PST

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      •  quarkstomper, Earthsea's okay (2+ / 0-)
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        and it was the first LeGuin I read.  So it sorta-kinda made an impression.

        But I have no desire to revisit it.

        OTOH, I very much want to reread Dispossessed and Left Hand of Darkness.

        I think they probably epitomize the very best writing LeGuin ever did.

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 02:03:26 PM PST

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