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Three Hainish Novels by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Aug 14, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: fromfantastictoweirdtosci-fietc

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 alien planet. Rocannan's World, the novel in question is probably the least engrossing, though still entertaining. The other novels, Planet of Exile and City of Illusion, get progressively better.

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