This week brought two books – one I bought for the Women of Science Fiction Book Club (and will be reading very soon since it’s for this month) and a finished copy of a book I already read as an ARC. Since I already posted about the ARC when I got it and will be posting the review very soon (probably tomorrow), I won’t include the description here. The finished copy I received is The Sea Thy Mistress, the third book in Elizabeth Bear’s Edda of Burdens trilogy. I was thrilled to receive it – I loved this book and want to reread the whole trilogy someday. Plus the hardcover is beautiful and matches the other two books very nicely.
On to February’s Book Club selection.
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Thanks to the Women of Science Fiction Book Club, I am going to finally read a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while. This has always looked like the most intriguing of Le Guin’s books to me – perhaps it’s the subtitle “An Ambiguous Utopia” or the fact that it’s won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy Award, and the National Book Award. In any case, I’m looking forward to finding out more about the utopia and how the main character challenges its conventional ideas and tries to change their way of life.
Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life. Shevek must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian mother planet, Urras, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change.