Tuesday, August 25

Book Review: The Lathe of Heaven

Title: The Lathe of Heaven

Author: Ursula Le Guin

Pages: 184

Summary: In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George wields. Soon George must preserve reality itself as Dr. Haber becomes adept at manipulating George's dreams for his own purposes.

The Lathe of Heaven is an eerily prescient novel from award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin that masterfully addresses the dangers of power and humanity's self-destructiveness, questioning the nature of reality itself. It is a classic of the science fiction genre.

My Rating: 9/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I inhaled this book start to finish. It's one of those cases where I can't believe I haven't read anything by this author before - but I'm glad I did as it was a fantastic read and there's a good chance the author will be added to my must read everything lists.

It's hard to know where to start. The writing was lovely, if you've heard/think Sci-Fi can't be literary (which is not true), than this is book is the one to read. The writing alone was what pulled me in and kept me reading until the end. On top of that, it was an interesting story. I wouldn't say I loved the characters - they weren't the type that would stay with me in the end, but I was rooting for George and it did have a solid cast of characters.

The plot line had so many layers to it, which I enjoyed, although despite this it wasn't hard to keep track of everything. The novel is constantly changing and switching things up, but it adds an interesting element to the book. There's also a lot to gain from the book, it does show what humans are capable of - mainly how greed and power destroy things. The ending was just as good as the rest of the book, I think some readers might be disappointed, but I found it to be a satisfying ending - save the fact I wanted more from the story, it worked out.

Overall, a fantastic book - I'd highly recommend this one - to readers of any genre.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, not only is it a quick and engaging read, but the story is well done and has a lot to make you think. It would be a great choice for a book club.

What to read next: I'd say more by the author

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, New Author Challenge


  1. My favorite Le Guin book ever. I'm glad you liked it- I have a hard time finding other readers who have come across it. I put it in someone's hands yet and they were just baffled by it, not sure why.

    1. It was a fantastic read - so much to take from it. Any recommendations on what to read next by the author?

  2. Even though I think I've read this one before, I want to go and pull my copy off the shelf and see, thanks to your review. I think she's just wonderful overall. Short stories, novels, YA...I love her stuff. *swoons*

  3. Try The Dispossessed or The Left Hand of Darkness or if you like fantasy, the Earthsea series- first one is A Wizard of Earthsea.