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Rocannon's World by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Rocannon's World (original 1966; edition 1972)

by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Title:Rocannon's World
Authors:Ursula K. Le Guin
Info:London : Tandem, 1972.
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Rocannon's World by Ursula K. Le Guin (1966)

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It seemed more fantasy than science fiction and a little hard to follow in spots. The story always cleared up for me after the bumps. I liked the variety of beings with their non-technical life styles and their gallantry for the most part. This is the third book I've read in this series as I go through them in chronological order. It stands alone as did the other two. It is a short read, highly imaginative, and certainly held my attention. ( )
  ajlewis2 | Jul 11, 2018 |
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  kephradyx | Jun 20, 2017 |
read this once long ago. Found it in a box and read it again. Early Le Guin as shown by its uneven flow. But still a great idea juxtaposing an interstellar future, near light-speed travel, and th ebronze age. It was slow to start and mostly thin but she packed alot into 136 pages, It could have been a trilogy on its own. She obviously read Tolkien. ( )
  JBreedlove | Nov 13, 2015 |
This story is just shy of 50 years old (first published in 1966) and is Ursula Le Guin's first published novel. It is a science-fiction novel with a generous helping of fantasy trappings. I read this when I was young and remember little more than liking it a lot. I did read the short story a few years ago that serves as the prologue to this novel to give me a taste of it.

So my re-read that felt like a first read of a minor classic turned out well. The fantasy trappings complete with lords, ladies, swords, winged 'windsteeds', ruined castles, dying bloodlines, lost inheritances, little dwarf peoples and so on is rather thick here. However, the pieces do add up to give me the reader an adventure and journey and it was pretty well done. This is a "good yarn" and I liked it quite well.

Rocannon is a space ethnologist who becomes the central character when he is marooned on the planet and it appears that an inter-planetary war and rebellion has begun. He sets out on, let's call it "A Heroic Quest" with an assorted group of natives. ( )
  RBeffa | Jul 1, 2015 |
Rocannon is the leader of an ethnological expedition to the planet Fomalhaut II, when his spaceship is destroyed and the rest of his team murdered by unknown alien assailants that are rebels from the League of All Worlds. He enlists the aid of the natives in an attempt to save himself and the planet from the alien invaders. What ensues is a tortuous journey, during which they face many hardships, across the world to the base of the enemy so that he can contact his own people using the enemy's equipment.

The book reads like a blend of fantasy and science fiction. The native intelligent life forms could have been lifted out of many fantasy novels, while the interaction with the alien humans adds the science fiction element. The journey is typical of a lot of fantasy stories, but the author's poetic style lifts it above other similar tales. ( )
  Bruce_McNair | Jun 19, 2015 |
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We do see Rocannon both as an alien anthropologist and as an Odin-figure, but it feels more forced. It’s also hard to like Rocannon, he’s too typical of the SF anthropologist hero, well equipped and resourceful, but too questioning of himself and the world to get away with that. I get the feeling that the story was pushing in the “what these people need is a honky” direction, in which Rocannon becomes a better alien than the aliens while saving their world and his, but Le Guin already right at the beginning of her career was pushing uphill against the weight of story.
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Tout d’abord, ce roman datant des années soixante présente de nombreux rebondissements et les personnages de Le Guin sont de la même veine que dans Terremer, trop humains et très attachants. Mais hélas, ce résumé se suffit à lui-même. Après un voyage qui constitue les trois quarts de l’intrigue et présente de nombreuses difficultés, la fin semble téléguidée… C’est bien mérité, dirons-nous. Et bien, non ! Depuis quand mérite-t-on de réussir parce qu’on a souffert ? Depuis qu’on lit l’imaginaire. Voilà exactement ce qu’on pourrait reprocher à ce livre un peu désuet : on y retrouve le pire (et il y en avait un peu, pas beaucoup, mais un peu) de Terremer ; un rien de niaiserie, un zeste de facilité narrative et une légère morale manichéenne que le plaisir du conte atténuait largement. C’est peut-être un tort de l’époque, cela dit. Mais cette fin téléguidée, l’enjeu rempli trop facilement, choque malgré tout. Le roman en devient sans grande conséquence, ni agréable ni pénible. Il traîne juste un peu en longueur, pour l’introduction à un cycle qui s’étend tout de même sur sept tomes…
 

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How can you tell the legend from the fact on those worlds that lie so many years away? - planets without names, called by their people simply The World, planets without history, where the past is the matter of myth, and a returning explorer finds his own doings of a few years back have become the gestures of a god.
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Dowry of the Angyar from Amazing, September 1964 is the prelude to this book.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 044173295X, Mass Market Paperback)

This debut novel from preeminent science-fiction writer Ursula LeGuin introduces her brilliant Hainish series, set in a galaxy seeded by the planet Hain with a variety of humanoid species, including that of Earth. Over the centuries, the Hainish colonies have evolved into physically and culturally unique peoples, joined by a League of All Worlds.

Earth-scientist Rocannon has been leading an ethnological survey on a remote world populated by three native races: the cavern-dwelling Gdemiar, the elvish Fiia, and the warrior clan, Liuar. But when the technologically primitive planet is suddenly invaded by a fleet of ships from the stars, rebels against the League of All Worlds, Rocannon is the only survey member left alive. Marooned among alien peoples, he leads the battle to free this newly discovered world and finds that legends grow around him as he fights.

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On the planet Hain earth-scientist Rocannon has been leading an ethnological survey on a remote world populated by three native races: the cavern-dwelling Gdemiar, the elvish Fiia, and the warrior clan, Liuar. But when the technologically primitive planet is suddenly invaded by a fleet of ships from the stars, rebels against the League of All Worlds, Rocannon is the only survey member left alive. Marooned among alien peoples, he leads the battle to free this newly discovered world and finds that legends grow around him as he fights.… (more)

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