Hey, is anyone gonna be partying? If so, please let me know, so I can live vicariously through you. :P
We'll be going to dinner tonight with my uncle--Guess where? *rolls eyes*--but that's about it. I'll probably stay up past midnight, but that's just coincidental.
Anyway, as far as I'm concerned, it's just another day to read. (And exercise. Or, rather, exercise and read at the same time, thanks to handy ledge on the control panel of the elliptical.)Le Guin, Ursula K. Rocannon's World. 1966. New York: Harper & Row, 1977.Summary
: Rocannon, a League ethnologist assigned to the the primitive world of known only as Fomalhaut II, discovers, after the rest of his team is massacred, that the rebellion has made this planet their home base. With a number of native companions, he journeys to where the base is, learns some telepathy so that he can read the minds of his enemies on the way, and is able to send a message back home from the enemy base. After the base is destroyed, he lives out the rest of his life on the planet, never knowing that the League decided to name it after him.Comments
: I believe this novel was Le Guin's first foray (to use one of her favorite words) into genre fiction, and I can see why she was so well-received from the very first start. This novel is a tour de force, occupying the hairline dividing fantasy from science fiction--the implication is that magic and religion-laced legends are merely retold events beyond our level of understanding--with plenty of plotline borrowings from Tolkien. (Her prose, though, thank God, is more matter-of-fact and scientific, except when her characters talk...that's a bit over-formal and overblown.) The setting and especially the races and species that populate it are utterly fascinating. Once again, the people on the top of the food chain are not white (dark-skinned and golden-haired, if you can believe it ^^; ) but still tremendously beautiful. Talk about idealized female characters! And, I must say, those hive-like vampire bat humanoids were a stroke of brilliance--both deliciously creative and creepy. Of course, I see prefigurings of The Left Hand of Darkness
even this early in Rocannon's relationship with Mogien; Le Guin's not one to shy away from the word "love," by any means, even if it's only love between brothers or father and son.Notes
: hardcover, 1st hardcover printing, out-of-print (library book)
; trade paperback 3-in-1 omnibus edition availableRating
- One of the best (if not strictly the first) words on what I call "sociological sci-fi." A quick read, and well worth it.