Once a culturally rich world, the planet Aka has been utterly transformed by technology. Records of the past have been destroyed, and citizens are strictly monitored. But an official observer from Earth will discover a group of outcasts who still practice its lost religion-the Telling. Intrigued... show more
Once a culturally rich world, the planet Aka has been utterly transformed by technology. Records of the past have been destroyed, and citizens are strictly monitored. But an official observer from Earth will discover a group of outcasts who still practice its lost religion-the Telling. Intrigued by their beliefs, she joins them on a sacred pilgrimage into the mountains...and into the dangerous terrain of her own heart, mind, and soul.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: August 1st 2003
Pages no: 231
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Speculative Fiction
Series: Hainish Cycle (#8)
I don't know what it is with Ursula Le Guin, but every one of her books, whatever the rate I end up giving the whole, have at least one instance where she emotionally wreaks me, and it's always exquisite. It's like looking at the page and feel like telling her "Damn, that's one beautiful dagger you ...
I picked this up because I've enjoyed some books by Le Guin. I haven't read others in the Hainish series, though, so maybe I didn't get as much out of the book as I could have. I thought it was OK but seemed pretty formulaic, with the beautiful traditional culture full of knowledge being crushed by ...
I should read more Le Guin, if for no other reason than her prose is so gorgeous. This is a short novel, and even for that given how little plot there is it seemed as though it could have been shorter; however, I couldn't bring myself to mind as the writing was just such a pleasure to listen to. It'...
Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’...
I just reread this book, and I'm not sure what I think about it. I loved the story, and cried at the end, not because it was so sad, because it was a pretty happy ending, but I just felt so much for all the people in the story. Overall it seemed to be an example of what it was about, and maybe it'...