Book review – The word for world is forest

Title: The word for world is forest
Author: Ursula Leguin
Genre: Fantasy

The word for world is forest is one of the books that is contained in the rumour that it influenced James Cameron to make his Avatar film. While I can see some similarities, there are not more in this book than there are in e.g. Fern Gulley, or Dances with Wolves (also contained in the rumour).

The word for world is forest introduces us to a planet with lots of forest, inhabited by a species of small creatures who call themselves the Ashthean, and who are related to humans. This species has a special way of interacting with their world, through dreams. Their peaceful life is disrupted when the humans arrive and see a lot of potential in this planet, being the trees. This is the start of an interesting number of events, where humans and Ashthean learn a lot.

2 thoughts on “Book review – The word for world is forest”

  1. Still Ursla K. Leguin is my favorite author. I first read her book entitled “Lathe of Heaven” which introduced me to Science Fiction. One thing that made intrigued me was her use of social norms bent out of shape intertwined into a engaging story and believable cast of characters.

    I had to seriously consider my author ranking today. I just finished reading everything you have written, available on Smashwords/iBooks, and seriously entertained the thought of putting you above Leguin. Not quite yet, but even considering it I think is a serious compliment. You have in my mind passed several legendary writers, which I will withhold out of respect.

    1. I – uhm – don’t know what to say. Except thank you.
      Honestly I am very honoured to read what you wrote. I admire the work of Ursula LeGuin a lot and I am proud that someone compares my writing to what her achievements are. Thank you very much once more.

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