Review: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin

Mr Ai has been sent to observe the inhabitants of the snow-bound planet of Winter.  An androgynous people, like animals they enter phases of sexuality and can be both mother and father at different times in their lives.  To Mr Ai they seem alien, unsophisticated, confusing.  But during a long tortuous journey across the ice, he finds himself losing some of his progressional detachment, befriending one of their outcasts, and reaching a painful understanding of their true nature.  But will he ever learn to see them as they see themselves?

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Review: I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

“In an isolated village in the Icelandic Westfjords, three friends set to work renovating a derelict house. But soon they realise they are not alone there – something wants them to leave, and it’s making its presence felt.

Meanwhile, in a town across the fjord, a young doctor investigating the suicide of an elderly woman discovers that she was obsessed with his vanished son.

When the two stories collide the terrifying truth is uncovered . . .”

I Remember You was selected as one of the books we were reading for Hear… Read This!, a monthly book club podcast. I had heard a lot of praise for Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, in particular for her crime novels, so had high hopes for this mixture of crime and supernatural. After reading it over Halloween, sadly it fails to live up to an interesting premise and quickly outstays its welcome. Continue reading “Review: I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir”