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Rocannon's world by Ursula K. Le Guin

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

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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 |
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 |
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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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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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