You asked for recommendations of #UrsulaLeGuin books, here they are.
- The Dispossessed: For scifi folks. Utopian, anarchist, feminist scifi. ♥ Part of the Hainish cycle.
- Wizard of Earth: For fantasy folks. Coming of age story with a lot of plottage.
- Left Hand of Darkness: For SciFi folks. It's a take on gender's role from the 60s. Part of the Hainish Cycle.
@josch Hah, you inspired me to re-read it. It's as lovely as I remember.
I get your comment on the pacing, and I think it's not all that uncommon for 60s scifi – there's lot of great scifi there that is paced slowly in terms of action, but buries you in new concepts at an incredible pace. I *love* the feeling of my brain coming up against this.
The Left Hand of Darkness definitely had a similar style. Even her fantasy series (Earthsea) is *very* dense.