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Rocannon's world (original 1966; edition 1979)

by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Title:Rocannon's world
Authors:Ursula K. Le Guin
Info:London : Gollancz, 1979.
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Rating:****
Tags:science fiction

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Rocannon's world by Ursula K. Le Guin (1966)

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    quigui: I found the aliens on Rocannon's world reminiscent of the future species in the Time Machine. And although there is not actual time travel involved in Rocannon's World, there is a time lapse difference due to space travel at near light speed.
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Le Guin’s first published novel is set in her Hanish universe (though it is not chronologically the first of that pseudo-series). The earliest portion of the novel tells the tale of Semley, a native of a planet that is slightly involved with the League; the latter portion follows the League scientist Rocannon, one on the same planet a generation later. The rest of Rocannon's expedition is killed by another highly advanced group, enemies of the League, who have arrived on the world. With his ansible destroyed, Rocannon embarks on a journey with a local Lord and several followers, hoping to locate the invaders’ base and use one of their ansibles to call for assistance. The planet is unique, as it has numerous intelligent species, including some telepathic groups. As Rocannon journeys across the continent he slowly learns more about the people and places of this planet, which have intrigued him for years.

The novel is an interesting, quick read, though it does not have the level of intricate world building found The Left Hand of Darkness or The Dispossessed. Some of the transitions are unwieldy, and the descriptions do not always feel complete. The reader does not develop a close understanding of or bond with the protagonist, and the protagonist does not grow in the way Shevek and Ai do. Nonetheless, it is a good read for one who is interested in the Hainish novels, though I would not personally recommend it being the first Le Guin novel one reads. ( )
  Ailinel | May 1, 2015 |
Been a fan of Ursula Le Guin for a long time and decided I should probably read the rest of the Hainish cycle. Ursula does a great job exploring anthropology, race, and really what makes humans humans. She does a good job of blending this within the story, while also captivating your attention with the occasional suspense. It's a good book and beautifully written. ( )
  renbedell | Apr 7, 2015 |
It's not great - like LeGuin says in the introduction, science fiction + fantasy only sometimes works, and this one isn't one of them - but there are some great moments. Rocannon's last conversation with Kyo, for instance. And the overall shape of it is good. It's just - well, it doesn't quite all hang together. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Oct 20, 2014 |
This book wonderfully written with a well thought out story line.
Great descriptions of species and planets and a whole lot of plot twists.
It was a shame it all had to fit on 122 pages, it felt a bit cramped and rushed.
If this books was longer the occurring events could have been written out more, which would have helped to keep a better pace.
this being my Le Guin read I definitely enjoyed it ! ( )
  lisa.isselee | Sep 26, 2014 |
This was Ursula Le Guin's first novel, one of the books in her Hainish series that includes the famous Left Hand of Darkness. It's not anywhere near as impressive as that book or the first three Earthsea books, classics in science fiction and fantasy--but you can see glimmers of their promise here. As with all her books, this is at the very least well-written, and in its cadences reminds me of Tolkien. It reminds me of Middle Earth in other ways, this world of Rocannon--the world of the "Seven Folk" some of which remind me of elves, some of hobbits and some dwarves. There are "windsteeds"--feline winged beasts, there is a fellowship on a quest, a cursed necklace, and I can see similarities between Rocannon and the staff-wielding Rocannon with his "magical" armor. Embedded is a fairy story along traditional lines--only with a rationale of relativistic physics, and a kind of Gotterdammerung alluded to--of a prophesied return of extra-galactic enemies. So you could call this a science fantasy, an adventure story with a mythic feel and certainly an enjoyable read. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Jun 11, 2013 |
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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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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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