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Three Hainish Novels

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  64 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published March 29th 1966 by Nelson Doubleday
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Terence
Oct 01, 2011 Terence rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Le Guin fans
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Three Hainish Novels is an omnibus collection of UKL’s early novels Rocannon’s World, Planet of Exile and City of Illusions.

Rocannon’s World: This is the earliest and the least satisfying of the three. Rocannon is an ethnologist of the League of All Worlds (what would become the precursor of the Ekumen of later novels when Le Guin’s Hainish Cycle actually took shape) who’s intrigued by the natives of Fomalhaut II when one of its representatives visits the nearest League outpost. Coupled with hi
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Linda Robinson
There are hundreds of years between the three novellas, which are quite short and require the reader to fill in the backstory, which is fine with me. The three together bring into clear frightening focus what an initially benign grouping like the League of All Worlds might be about 2 thousand years into the future. High intelligence life forms may not include humans after all. Rocannon's World begins with Rocannon himself, an ethnographer on Fomalhaut II, sent to evaluate and help prepare the HI ...more
Robin
This omnibus volume of the first three books of the Hainish Cycle is also available under the title Worlds of Exile and Illusion . I chose to lead with the simpler, more plainly descriptive title, mainly because it happened to be this edition that I borrowed from the public library. To be sure, it's a bit of a misnomer. The first three installments in Ursula Le Guin's multiple award-winning series—titled Rocannon's World, Planet of Exile, and City of Illusions—are really more on the order of nov ...more
Myles
When reading this, I thought I'd treat it like any other compilation of novels, reviewing each book separately. But after finishing City of Illusions I can see that, despite appearances: all three novels are at widely different time periods, though chronological, set on different planets and, of course, have different cultures; all three of these books build off of each other and are the better for being read together.


In Rocannon's World LeGuin covers a lot of ground, fully living up to the prom
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David Lovato
Three Hainish Novels is, as the title suggests, a collection of three of Ursula K. Le Guin's books, these ones set in her science fiction Hainish Cycle.

Rocannon's World is Le Guin's first novel, and the first in this collection. A lovely tale, science fiction at its finest, and wonderfully told. Some of the paragraphs run on a little long and the story begins to feel exhausted toward the end, but it doesn't wear itself out and instead comes to a clean, beautiful close. 4/5 stars.

I'm not usually
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Ethan
I'm reviewing Rocannon's World. I'll get to the others later.

I wouldn't put this up there with the likes of The Left Hand of Darkness or The Dispossessed (two of my favorite books of all time), but it's not bad for LeGuin's first Hainish novel (and, I think, her first novel). This is an interesting mix of science fiction and mythic fantasy. Sometimes this kind of thing doesn't work for me, but here it does, maybe because of the interesting interactions between the off-world visitors and the inha
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Lane
Found this in a used bookstore a while ago. It has what may be the cheesiest cover of any book I own. A guy with a sword, a viking helmeted dwarf, and a hobbit ride two giant bat-winged cats high above a castle. It looks like something a fantasy obsessed middle school girl might draw.

The cover illustration is apt for one out of three of the novels, at least in subject matter if not in quality, though there aren't really any elves, dwarves, or hobbits, just different subspecies of humanity on an
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3sm3
Anthropological sci-fi, enjoyed the first better than the rest, found myself skimming the second, all good tho.
Jess
I read the first story but wasn't really compelled to go back and read the other two. I might at another time. I'm in a weird place, reading-wise right now. Dissatisfied by a lot of things.
Allison
I haven't read Ursula Le Guin in force in quite some time, so these were a real treat. You delve into the cultures and worlds you create completely seamlessly, and her mastery of time and space and the progression of society is wonderful to explore.
Kelly Wagner
I think /Rocannon's World/ is my favorite Le Guin novel after /The Dispossessed/ - which is my very favorite. The viewpoint of the alien people meeting humans is so well done!
Leslie
terrible cover, great series.
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As of 2013, Ursula K. Le Guin has published twenty-two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards: Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, etc. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls. Forthcoming ...more
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