The Crucible in The Shifty Captive

The Crucible in The Shifty Captive-”“You’ll prove your worth in the Crucible.”

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The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin


3 out of 5

Ursula Le Guin did a good job worldbuilding the culture of the bisexual natives and the effects their environment and sexuality has on their culture. However, the protagonist’s First Contact procedures need to be ironed out to work for this book to work as more than mid-grade scifi. I find the fact he’s left on an alien planet with no proof he comes from another planet counterproductive to his attempts to establish diplomatic relations. How is he supposed to convince people he’s what he says he is and not crazy?

New Release: A Heart for Hubris

A Heart for Hubris is available on Kindle and paperback on Amazon.

Avenging goddess Nemesis administers the Olympian Gods’ judgments against mortals’ hubris. But things get complicated when divine favor interferes with her work. Not to mention the times when she’s moved to dispense tough love and severe mercy instead of punishment. This is a collection of her most troublesome cases.