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I finished this book on August 30, Book 3 — City of Illusions -- the longer version You find yourself emerging from darkness and unconsciousness into a world of light, trees, and lifeforms. All you know is you are here as a blank slate of a person, a true Homo tabula rasa. This is condition the antagonist of Ursula K. He has total amnesia, no home, no companions, no food, no water, and very little hope. He is befriended by the indigenous population who teach him the ways of the forest, the companionship of the hearth, and the beginnings of to whom he is indebted for his survival and continued existence.

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The new friends name him Falk and a young girl named Parth helps to train him in things academic of sorts, while Jove helps him learn skills along with others who teach him a form of fieldcraft suitable for survival from the land. In the teachings, Falk learns of a city called Es Toch, and he discovers that others similar to himself may be found there. As he travels he has been given a laser gun which were considered essential to use in the survival training he had. He also learned how to construct shelter from available materials at hand. He encounters more primitive cultures and equivalent cultures in technology but far more primitive in social graces as well.

Falk eventually meets up with a Wanderer and Estrel, a girl with a keen sense of survival as well as how to deal with an individual like Falk. They share the journey west together, becoming closer as the miles and time pass. They eventually make it to Es Toch, and the reception is far from friendly. Torture, both mental and physical, are the norm from the beginning of their time there.

Falk and Estrel are separated early and are never really re-united in any true sense of the word. For reasons beyond understanding, after the torture and mistreatment, Falk is eventually accepted with what amounts to open arms. The individuals are now accommodating and pleasant. He is introduced to a person quite similar to himself in physical characteristics eyes, skin color, etc. This child, Har Orry, calls him Prech Ramarren, a type of honorific resulting in Orry treating him with much respect and honor.

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Falk takes this situation in stride, but a bit taken aback as the attitude toward his presence appears to have been totally changed, admittedly for the better, but still inexplicably changed. As the story progresses, Falk discovers that he is indeed one of two survivors of a space vessel that crash landed on the planet. The other is the boy Har Orry. Falk realizes also that he is truly Prech Ramarren as Orry has said from the beginning of their time together.


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They also discover that the planet beneath their feet is Earth, the planet that Ramarren, the crew of the ship, Alterra, and its passengers were part of an exploration expedition that was shot from the sky by an invading alien race called the Shing. Not only that, but in Chapter 7, the entire first two books of the compendium are summarized into a cohesive lead-in to the current read. So what are the connections? What do the citizen of Es Toch expect from Ramarren?

What do they expect from Ramarren? Are the Shing involved in some way? You will need to read the book for the answer to these and many more questions. Highly recommended, City of Illusions is fully deserving of my 5 stars as well. If anything brings the first three books together to beg to be called a series or cycle, it is Chapter 7 of this work.

It clearly sums up the works as part and parcel of a unified exploration by a group called the League of Worlds who share common philosophy, common threats, and a diverse but similar up to a point biology. Her writing style is unmatched in its serenity, beauty, and clarity.


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  • It is at one time calm, and the next deadly, then switching to surprising, and her transitions from scene to scene are so well developed, you cannot help but marvel at how things can move and resolve in the ways that they do. It is truly her artistry and her talent that allows the fortunate reader to be transported by her work to the worlds of exile and illusion.

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    Strong recommendation for any and all readers old enough to understand the vocabulary. Trust me — it will be a sweet read!!! Review of Ursula K. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at www. Review of Planet of Exile by Ursula K. Review of City of Illusions by Ursula K.

    Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at Sep 17, StarMan rated it it was amazing Shelves: novella , science-fiction. The 3 stories are connected in one way or another -- and the connections are well-done.

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    The settings are fun: a world where winter lasts 60 years, a future Earth ruled by mysterious, allegedly benevolent aliens, etc. The plots revolve around a single and different character in each story. There are moments of mystery, danger, intrigue, and sometimes love or poignancy. None are nail-biting, explosion-a-minute thrillers, but are interesting enough in their own way; I found them semi-unputdownable.

    And these tales hold up well considering the original publication date of I liked this collection better than Le Guin's better-known novel, The Left Hand of Darkness , which was set in the same universe. The latter felt overly long and a bit sleep-inducing. I gave it 2. Note these are very much planet-based stories, not spaceship operas. If you like character-based tales of non-Earth worlds, or future dystopias, give this collection a look. Jan 11, Sunil rated it liked it Shelves: own , I know it's a crime that I've never read any Ursula K.

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    Le Guin, and I also know that none of the three books contained in this omnibus are considered her finest work, up to the level of her well-known classics, but I was still happy to receive it as a gift so I could finally see what all the fuss was about. Rocannon's World is an interesting hybrid of science fiction and fantasy, taking a very traditional high fantasy setting and presenting it through the lens of an ethnologist Rocannon , who vi I know it's a crime that I've never read any Ursula K.

    Rocannon's World is an interesting hybrid of science fiction and fantasy, taking a very traditional high fantasy setting and presenting it through the lens of an ethnologist Rocannon , who views the creatures as alien species. The combination of spaceships and dwarves causes more cognitive dissonance than I hoped, largely because of Le Guin's dense prose that leans more toward summary than scene and rarely explains what's going on.

    In fact, I almost never had any idea what was going on or what the actual plot was or what Rocannon's character arc was supposed to be as he went through the motions of a typical fantasy adventure. The fantasy elements were so generic and familiar; it was the science fiction elements that interested me.

    This is the book that coined "ansible," for crying out loud! I love the ansibles in the Enderverse! But I never cared about the story at all and in the end it kind of felt like a White Savior narrative, which left a bad taste in my mouth. Le Guin again provides a neat perspective, as the two main races are the native humans of the planet and the "farborn" aliens But darker. And with telepathy. Each one considers the other, well, Other, which provides some unspoken racial commentary.

    At the center is a star-crossed romance, and also lots of battles. The plot is a bit easier to follow here, and the characters feel like characters and not walking archetypes. I enjoyed the worldbuilding in this one; again, Le Guin's science fiction concepts and ideas are really interesting.

    Out of the three books, it's the shortest and most satisfying.


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    • Strangely enough, this story also seemed to end up being about a man finding a sense of belonging in a foreign land. City of Illusions begins with a family who discovers a mysterious stranger with catlike eyes and no memory of who he is. The family is completely irrelevant, however, as the story focuses on the man, Falk, who goes in search of his true identity.

      It's a typical quest narrative, complete with quaint forest folk and talking animals A lot has changed on Earth, it seems. Like Rocannon's World , it feels like fantasy disguised as science fiction, and it's similarly meandering and kind of boring.

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      But halfway through the book, Falk reaches his destination, and he finds out what happened to him, and there are Big Reveals—that connect this book to Planet of Exile in a very cool way, making it a real treat to have read these books together—and it becomes All Science Fiction All the Time, telling a story about intergalactic civilizations, the evolution of humanity, and personal identity.

      There are more plot twists in the second half of this book than in all three books combined. Shame about that incredibly dull first half. It's clear Ursula K. Le Guin is incredible at worldbuilding; I loved that the three books were set in the same world, but in very different times and locations.