A determined but awkward physicist from the anarchic communal world of Anarres returns to Urras, the sister planet from which his idealistic ancestors fled. Hoping to find freedom from tradition and habit, he finds a rich world with a host of flaws beneath the surface.
4.5 stars In brief: A remarkable achievement, and well-deserving its status as a classic.
Jim Grimson is a troubled young boy with a difficult home life. Eventually finding himself in group therapy, he’s encouraged to imagine himself as a character in Philip Jose Farmer’s World of Tiers series. Immersing himself in the experience, he develops a seeming ability to inhabit the character Red Orc at various stages in his life.
1.5 stars In brief: A fun project for the author, but dull for the rest of us.
Trying to track down their friend and Lord Jadawin-Wolff, Kickaha and Anana find themselves in a changing, chaotic world, along with its creator, Urthona, Earth’s Lord, Red Orc, and one of Red Orc’s thugs. They must adapt quickly, while searching for an escape.
Still on the search for Jadawin-Wolff and the last of the Black Bellers, Kickaha and Anana find themselves on Earth. Kickaha learns surprising things about the world he grew up on, and both find themselves quickly at odds with Earth’s lord, Red Orc.
2 stars In brief: A tolerable but not very interesting adventure story.
Having learned that he’s one of the mysterious and powerful Lords, Jadawin-Wolff falls into a trap laid by his father, and finds many of his siblings there already. They must fight through a multiplicity of worlds to find their way out.
2.5 stars In brief: The resolution mostly left me happy the book was over.