The Left Hand of Darkness

This is it (The Left Hand of Darkness), the book I’ve been waiting to read and the book generally regarded as “Ursula Le Guin’s masterpiece” – Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels. I bought it today in Foyles, Bristol along with Carlo Rovelli’s “Seven Brief Lessons on Physics“.  It was on the shelves at Waterstones too but I couldn’t find the Rovelli book there and wanted both. I know, I could have bought each from different stores but that would be alien to me. UKLG books are a puzzle, they seem to be either in all book shops at any given moment or in none at all in another given moment. I keep eyeing up Melvyn Peake’s “The Gormenghast Trilogy” but I’m too mean to pay the £18 cover price.

Looking forward to reading these – I may have to go to bed super-early!!

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carlo rovelli

Notepad

I’m going to keep a notebook beside me as I continue reading UKLG, there are so many quotable passages that I’d like to scan and keep when I’ve finished reading. I wish I’d thought of it before I began reading.

Thanks to Goodreads.com for the opportunity to cut and paste the following:

 “And the strangest thing about the nightmare street was that none of the millions of things for sale were made there. They were only sold there. Where were the workshops, the factories, where were the farmers, the craftsmen, the miners, the weavers, the chemists, the carvers, the dyers, the designers, the machinists, where were the hands, the people who made? Out of sight, somewhere else. Behind walls. All the people in all the shops were either buyers or sellers. They had no relation to the things but that of possession.”
“You can go home again, the General Temporal Theory asserts, so long as you understand that home is a place where you have never been.” 
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed
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Philip Taylor

I’ve met many wonderful and talented people through the internet. This morning I received a CD of all original guitar music by one such gentleman. I encountered Philip Taylor on the Acoustic Soundboard forum and his youTube channel is here. The CD is wonderfully relaxing, well played and the compositions a mix of many genres. Recommended listening and a worthwhile purchase. A worthy companion to “The Road to Easterbrook” by fellow forum member Robbie Jessop.