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Rocannon is a 43-year-old galactic ethnologist based on the colony of New South Georgia. One day a lordly female of the Angyar race (from a distant, largely unexplored planet) appears at his museum and demands the return of a golden necklace with a blue gem that is on display. The curators hand it over, and Rocannon decides to follow the mysterious but beautiful female to her home world, where at least four or five different higher life forms live in uneasy truce. It appears that an unknown invader with advanced flight and space travel technology has been wiping out settlements on this fairly primitive world so the planet can serve as a staging area for invasion of the greater League of Worlds. Rocannon forms a team with some of the locals to find and destroy the invader. Much of the novel concerns the team's exploration of mountains and water, with occasional firefights until the climactic battle. This was LeGuin's first science fiction novel (1966), and as such it is fairly short and simple, and its characters thinly developed.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   lasers Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   explorer Age:    -   40's-50's


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests    -   Domed/Underground City A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   inhabited by friendly aliens    -   unfriendly aliens    -   primitive aliens    -   empty, or nearly empty world Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   little dialog

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