Hugo: The Left Hand of Darkness (1970)

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The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Read June 16, 2010 – June 22, 2010

Premise: A political emissary from a planetary alliance tries to bring a frozen planet of ambisexual humans into the alliance and must contend with the strange society he finds there.

Verdict: I had read this book for the first time a few years ago and remember being incredibly moved and absolutely blown away. This time around I already knew the story and what was going to happen so I paid close attention to the details and the construction of the thing. It’s just as good on a second read and perhaps even more so since you can take a close look at what’s going on with the mechanics of the story instead of trying to figure out what’s going on. I’m not exactly sure what else to say, except that this is a very good novel and it reads very fast so even if (for some reason) you turn out not to like it you’re not out much.

I adore this book. It’s definitely a must-read, especially for a sci-fi fan.