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Mostly Sci-fi and Fantasy, with a dash of "classic" literature sprinkled through.

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2024 Reading Goal

54% complete! Courts has read 23 of 42 books.

reviewed The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (Hainish Cycle)

Ursula K. Le Guin: The Left Hand of Darkness (Paperback, 2010, Ace Books) 4 stars

On the planet Winter, there is no gender. The Gethenians can become male or female …

Not Sure About this One

4 stars

I have mixed feelings about this book. I think it was the best of the three Hainish novels I've read so far, and I can appreciate the fact that the theme of a gender-changing alien race was somewhat revolutionary at the time.

However, I have to admit that I had to push through this book. I've read another review that likened it to homework, and that sums it up quite well for me, too. Maybe my expectations were too high and I have read it at the wrong point in time, just like in school when you have to read something that you cannot appreciate at the moment, but strikes you as profound at a different time.

So yeah, this novel leaves me a bit stumped about what to say. I liked it well enough to not stop reading, but have to admit that it could have been half as …

reviewed Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (The Locked Tomb, #2)

Tamsyn Muir: Harrow the Ninth (Paperback, 2021, 4 stars

"She answered the Emperor's call.

She arrived with her arts, her wits, and her only …

What is Going On?

5 stars

If you couldn't quite follow the events in Gideon the Ninth and found the book confusing, this one is definitely not for you.

Harrow the Ninth continues the Locked Tomb series where Gideon the Ninth left off. It is a complete mindfuck however (excuse my language) and with every page I was delightedly wondering "ok, what unexpected event or information will come next?"

If you liked the first one, this continuation will make you like the series even more.