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Worlds of Exile and Illusion (Hainish) (original 1996; udgave 2022)

af Ursula K Le Guin (Forfatter)

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.
Titel:Worlds of Exile and Illusion (Hainish)
Forfattere:Ursula K Le Guin (Forfatter)
Info:Tor Trade (2022), 352 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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Worlds of Exile and Illusion: Three Complete Novels of the Hainish Series in One Volume af Ursula K. Le Guin (1996)


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There are 3 novellas or very short novels in this collection. The first is Rocannon's World about a scientist from a group called The League of All Worlds who is in the process of making second contact with a civilization on the planet when he realizes he has been cut off from the rest of the League, which can only mean that war has broken out and that The Enemy have come to this planet. The only thing he can try to do is break into the enemy's base to use their communication device to warn The League that the Enemy have come. The story becomes a fairly straightforward '70s adventure story, but I appreciated the little details here. Careful attention is placed on the anthropological details. I appreciated the way Rocannon's name is spelled when a native is pronouncing it versus how people from off-world spell it. The League has an interesting approach to these worlds, in that they do not want to interfere with the natural development of the people on these planets and don't introduce technology that could sway them in a particular direction. This story, and well, all of the stories to some extent could be considered space fantasy, because the civilization on this planet that Rocannon is involved in, uses swords and armor, ride flying cats, and believe prophecy more than science. But on his journey, Rocannon basically assimilates into the native culture, but his name become's legendary in the greater League culture. The second story is called Planet of Exile, and it was a bit shorter, about 100 pages in the edition I read. The story involves another group of League scientists trying to survive on a remote planet where the seasons are incredibly long, and an invading group from the Northern part of the planet is threatening to destroy their settlement along with another native group who is slightly allied with the League scientists. Again, the League scientists don't use technology from the League and are also cut off from communicating with the rest of the League. This story is crucial for the last book, because it shows how the League group and the natives are able to merge and survive instead of staying separate and dying out. The story was more brutal with its depictions of violence and war, distrust, and stereotyping. But it ended on a hopeful note. The third story, City of Illusions was very interesting, especially the last 20 or so pages. The story follows a man with no memory as he travels the continent of North America in an attempt to find the truth of who he is and what happened to him. He appears to be from off-world, but during his journey he becomes an Earthling in his heart. We meet the Enemy, the Shing, in this story and the true conflict between the two groups is very interesting to me. The Shing believe in Reverence For Life, and preach not killing any life. They have figured out how to lie using Mindspeech, a form of telepathy that all of the main characters have been able to use to some extent. The difference being that normally, you cannot lie when using it. You are sharing pure thought, intention, and emotion directly from your mind to another's mind, and lying is impossible, but the Shing have figured out a way to transmit falsehoods, and so they are able to take over, despite their smaller numbers, because they convince everyone that there is no war, there is no enemy, just rebels from the League, and that they, with their reverence for life doctrine, are better at being the leaders and unifying everyone. But their process for doing this is to limit the technology that people develop or use, and using a device to destroy a person's personality and memory, but keeping them alive, because they have the superior reverence for life. How the main character learned about this and overcame the enemy was very interesting and thought-provoking. All of the stories were interesting, but the third one was the best and more mature novel. I'm looking forward to diving further into the Hainish cycle. ( )
  quickmind | Feb 9, 2024 |
At some point in all three of these novels, it felt like I had read it before, but I am certain I haven't, and if I have, I have no record of it and I've been keeping records for decades. Maybe I've just heard so much about them, or they are such basic SF stories, that they have that familiar, can't quite place it feeling. Regardless, these are the first of Le Guin's novels and for their time, pretty good. But they have not aged well. Still, I can see in them the seeds of the Le Guin we all know and love, and I am glad I read them. ( )
  wellred2 | Jan 28, 2024 |
Contains: Rocannon's World, Planet of Exile, City of Illusions
  Eurekas | Apr 12, 2023 |
I really enjoyed all of these. They are simpler, more direct scifi/fantasy novels, done in a very easy to read style with good characters. I appreciated the old fashioned minimal prose style that described the world and the action in sufficient detail, but not too much detail. These books are only loosely connected, this is not a series.

Rocannon's World - more of a fantasy adventure when Rocannon gets stranded on a primitive world.
Planet of Exile - a sort of 'first law' type of novel, when the high tech members of the league of worlds get stuck on a different primitive planet.
City of Illusions - set even farther in the future, humans on Earth are repressed by the alien Shing. ( )
  Karlstar | Jul 1, 2021 |
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. ( )
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