by Ursula Le Guin
Science Fiction has been a constant in my reading habits since I discovered Arthur C Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama in the school library way back in the 1970s. So how is that in all the intervening years I have never – and I have to hang my head in shame here – never read any Ursula Le Guin?
It is ghastly oversight on my part and one I decided to rectify when I spotted this in a book store in Manchester recently.
“The Lathe of Heaven” is part of the SF Masterworks series, something I have learned to rely on as a guide to good fiction. Was it a good choice? Yes, but I suspect that there are better books out there for me to discover.
The plot centres around George Orr, a seemingly ordinary man, but one whose dreams can literary change reality.
Some of the ideas in the book I have come across before, but as this book pre-dates the others I have read, this is possibly where they originated.
The main characters in this book are well defined. The pace is good and the plot intriguing. The end was unexpected and welcome. Some very original storytelling by Ursula Le Guin. Will I read more? Definitely.