SF & Fantasy

Terry Brooks Reviews: Left Hand of Darkness


leguin-lefthandLike many great authors, Terry Brooks reads as much as he writes.

He gets sent dozens and dozens of books from his publisher, other publishers, agents, editors, fans—all looking for blurbs, quotes, and reviews. He gives as much of his time as he can but he reads a lot outside of the genre. It takes a special fantasy novel to gain his blurb or review. And he never gives them out unless he feels strongly about the book.

Terry loved The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. Terry read it many years ago and more recently as part of his book club. Here is what Terry had to say about it:

How about a genuine treasure from out of the past. I just had the pleasure of meeting Ursula LeGuin at Get Lit (never had the chance before, oddly enough) and I was reminded how much I loved The Left Hand of Darkness. This is a thinking man’s (and woman’s) tale of political intrigue, treachery and duplicity. It makes you think in a way few stories do these days. The writing is deft and carefully constructed, and by the time you reach the end of the story you are genuinely moved by what has happened to the characters. I love everything she did, particularly in her early years, but this remains my favorite.

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There you have it! If Terry liked it and you are looking for a classic that is just as powerful today as it was yesterday, The Left Hand of Darkness might be the book for you!

Terry will see you next month with a new review!

Happy reading!


speakman-shawnShawn Speakman is the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel bestselling author Terry Brooks calls, “a fine tale by a talented writer.”

He is also editor and contributor of Unfettered, a fantasy anthology featuring some of the best writers in the genre. When Shawn isn’t lying for a living, he runs The Signed Page and Grim Oak Press.


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