correct order of Ursula k.Le Guin's Hainish cycle?
October 3, 2011 2:34 AM   Subscribe

In what order should i read Ursula K. Le Guin's Hainish cycle?

should i read them in chronological sequence or in publication order?
posted by paperscissorsrock to Writing & Language (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Here are her suggestions for reading the series.
posted by taz at 2:41 AM on October 3, 2011 [2 favorites]

I started with the books of short stories, and really liked them.
posted by Pallas Athena at 8:32 AM on October 3, 2011

I generally think publication (or as written) order is the way to go with series. I'm also pretty neurotic about series order, but in this case, I don't think it really matters in terms of keeping the history and story lines straight. They're only loosely connected, and most of the time, those connections are pretty much just "the Ekumen" and "the ansible." You will not be missing anything if you read them randomly.

For what it's worth, my two favorites are The Left Hand of Darkness and The Telling.

You can also check out the series pages on LibraryThing, which should help you track them down, since there have been several collections:
Chronological (this one is missing some of the short stories)
posted by natabat at 10:13 AM on October 3, 2011

I read The Dispossed long before Left Hand of Darkness, without any damaging effect on either. TBH I don't really think order is very important at all.
posted by Artw at 10:56 PM on October 3, 2011

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