I have been meaning to read some Ursula K. Le Guin for years-pretty much since my brother started reading the Wizard of Earth Sea series when we were...moreI have been meaning to read some Ursula K. Le Guin for years-pretty much since my brother started reading the Wizard of Earth Sea series when we were kids. I managed to read a short story in high school, but that's about it. I don't know what took me so long, but this book was an excellent introduction. It concerns the re-arranging of reality via one lonely guy's dreams and the creepy, Ghost-of-Christmas-Present-type oneirologist assigned to treat his time/space-distorting malady.
It's really special to read along as the protagonist evolves from passive, shell-shocked, and drug abusing to harmonious and quietly heroic. Le Guin manages to create this character without him coming off as remotely hippie-dippie or smugly zen;his revelations and actions are quietly beautiful.
Oh yeah, and this book scared the crap out of me here and there. It's anxiety inducing but difficult to put down. I'm looking forward to reading The Dispossed next. (less)