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Those unconscious influences will get you every damn time.

52 Book Challenge: #15, Ursula K. LeGuin, THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS


Okay, so I'm reading along, and it hits me. Michelangelo Osiris Leary Kusanagi-Jones? Is Genly Ai. If Genly Ai's day job was killing people. Michelangelo even looks like Genly. And that frictionless personality thing Genly has? Angelo raises it to an art form. Literally.

Well, at least it's thematically appropriate.

I swear, I thought I was writing Joanna Russ/Andre Norton/Robert Heinlein fanfiction, not Ursula K. LeGuin fanfiction.

(Okay, so he's not exactly Genly Ai. But let's say that both characters are played by the same actor. And actor of talent, but limited range.)

Oi. *facepalm*

As for the book itself. Oh, I love this book.

"You don't see yet, Genry, why we perfected and practice Foretelling?"


"To exhibit the perfect uselessness of knowing the answer to the wrong question."

In other news, Sarah and Judith and Hal are among the nominees for the Crawford award, "for best fantasy writer whose first book has appeared in the last 18 months."


At least it's a great work of SF -- finding out Lyman is a "Sandbagger" was the ultimate in facepalm :)
*g* Alas. It happens.
I read The Left Hand of Darkness my very first week of college; I imprinted on Estraven.
*loffs Estraven*

Actually, I like him better than Genly. But apparently it was Genly who infected my head.
I think I might like Genly better if he'd admit his biases.

Then again, I'm not sure his and Estraven's trek across the ice would have nearly the same resonance if he did. When he re-realizes that no, Estraven isn't male, the suddenness gets me every time.
I point you to Robert Mulford's statements regarding India, Iran, and the UN vote. :)
I've always liked having Genly as the narrator with all his lack of tact and cultural blindness, though, because it's the kind of rug-out-from-underneath-the-reader trick that I love: because he's the narrator, you automatically trust him and accept the world as filtered throug his eyes, until slowly it begins to dawn on you that he's . . . totally wrong. It's marvelous to re-read his early conversations with Estraven (I'm thinking in both Erhenrang and Mishnory) when you can check them against both your own knowledge of later events and Estraven's accounts of the same interchanges, and see just how far off the mark Genly was: and just how far you-as-reader were still willing to follow him that first time, simply because he was telling the story. I love that sort of thing.
But apparently it was Genly who infected my head.

Now I'm very curious about this book. I want to see what second-generation viral Genly looks like . . .
Thank you!
I read The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed for my undergrad degree in English; they were part of a module entitled "American Science Fiction of the Twentieth Century". The book list was quite good, if I recall correctly -- it included Le Guin, Asimov, Vonnegurt Jr, Dick and so on.

I loved that class ^_^
In completely irrelvant news (such is my speciality) I started Hammered last night. Smooth beginning, still trying to get into the flow of the narrative jumps (not that it's too extreme, my mind just takes a few hours to warm up, that's why I skipped University...) but I do like a few things already. The policemen (5% good, 10% bad, the rest all want a car with a flashy light etc.) comment was beautiful.

egofood is warm and satisfying. I am glad you like it so far!
It is indeed! But if it is luke warm, I spit it out of my mouth! (Love it or critique it, nothing else helps me!!!!!)