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Three hainish novels af Ursula K. Le Guin
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Three hainish novels (original 1996; udgave 1966)

af Ursula K. Le Guin

Serier: Hainish Cycle (Omnibus 1-3)

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The author's first three novels--City of Illusions, Rocannon's World, and Planet of Exile--are included in an omnibus edition, all set in the same universe as The Left Hand of Darkness, as her characters battle forces in society that seek to tear them apart.
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Titel:Three hainish novels
Forfattere:Ursula K. Le Guin
Info:Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, ©1966, ©1967.
Samlinger:SF Collection
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Worlds of Exile and Illusion: Three Complete Novels of the Hainish Series in One Volume--Rocannon's World; Planet of Exile; City of Illusions af Ursula K. Le Guin (1996)

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Worlds of Exile and Illusion is an omnibus of three different stories set in the Hainish Cycle: Rocannon’s World, Planet of Exile, and City of Illusions. I decided to work through the series in more-or-less publication order, which is my usual preference, and these three were published first. The stories each stand alone, but each has some connection with the story that came before it.

All three stories focus on a different person or group of people stuck on a planet that is not their home, facing some sort of adversity. I enjoyed them pretty well. It’s been several years since I’ve read any Le Guin, but she had a great ability to create interesting settings and stories. Her characters are often interesting to read about too, although some work for me better than others.

Of the three stories, I think I liked City of Illusions the best. The story starts with a man stumbling out of the forest, incapable of speech, knowing and remembering nothing. I enjoyed the mystery of speculating where he came from and what happened to him, and seeing where his adventures took him. I did enjoy Rocannon’s World quite a lot, and that actually may be the one that held my attention the most consistently while I was reading it, but there was a bit too much bittersweet for me between favorite characters dying and characters managing to accomplish an objective only to realize that their whole purpose for that objective had been lost. The middle story, Planet of Exile, didn’t do much for me and it took me quite a while to get through that one.

My interest fluctuated while I read though the omnibus, and I often found it easy to put down, although at other times it held my attention fully. Part of it was probably just lack of reading time and/or the distraction of other activities I needed or wanted to spend some time on. I don’t have anything tangible to complain about, except that the endings were a bit too open-ended for my tastes. Each one left me unsatisfied as I wondered, “but what happens next?” The 2nd and 3rd stories do give some hints to that for the previous stories, but nothing very substantial.

I’m going to rate this at 3.5 stars, but I’m rounding down to 3 on Goodreads. ( )
2 stem YouKneeK | May 20, 2021 |
The all important Hainish series. ( )
  wickenden | Mar 8, 2021 |
I did not expect Le Guin's early entries in the Hainish cycle to be as interlinked as they are (at least, as interlinked as may be given the vast amounts of time and space that occurs between each of them), considering that I started with The Dispossessed, Left Hand, and The Word for World, in that order, none of which have the same kind of thematic and situational throughline that these three novels have.

Of the three, I enjoyed Rocannon's World the most, I think, given its more traditional hero's journey with fantastical elements based on a science fiction premise, much in the same vein as Robert Heinlein's Glory Road. It may be something in the simplicity of the narrative, with a hint of the larger intergalactic struggle, both of which build in intensity to the climax, that I enjoyed most. Planet of Exile was interesting as a story of two dying and incompatible cultures, one old and the other new(ish), coming together so that both can survive, even though their combination means that each will be lost and become something new. A similar scenario at the individual level presents itself as the ultimate struggle in City of Illusions (which is inaptly named, though not opaquely so), wherin the main character has to reconcile himself -- or himselves, rather -- through losses and resorations of memory, the lies and misleading truths of those around him, and the ultimate responsibility he has for the survival of the civilization that struggled so hard to endure in Planet of Exile. As one might expect, Le Guin threads all these stories with elements of the dualism and (communal) anarchism for which she is so well known.

While none of the novels in this volume supplants The Left Hand of Darkness as my favorite of the Cycle, they are all worth reading for their own sakes. I highly recommend reading them in a volume like this one that collects all three, given that they are more connected than the other novels of the Hainish Cycle (at least, that I have read so far). ( )
1 stem octoberdad | Dec 16, 2020 |
Well, that was interesting. I'm not a solid sci-fi reader, but this book (combo of first 3 in series) has been on my shelves for years and I was in the mood for something different. The three "books" are definitely a continuation, but there's SUCH a long period of time between each story that there aren't any characters left in common....it's basically a whole new book with new characters and events, loosely tied to the previous story. It always took me quite a few pages to settle into the new story and figure out what was going on.

The book was just okay for me. The writing style was readable, but felt awkward sometimes. I found characters I enjoyed in each story. I liked the way she handled the scientific or other-worldly elements - not so complex that I couldn't follow it, but unusual enough that it felt not-of-earth. Doubt I'll take the time to continue on in the series. ( )
  Terrie2018 | Feb 21, 2020 |
Epic. Amazing. Classic. ( )
  bit-of-a-list-tiger | Apr 29, 2019 |
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