This is a very short read, only 175 pages. I picked it for my first novel in my Project 10 Book - I need to read 10 books of my large queue before I'm allowed to buy anything! I admit it was a cheap move, but I wanted to get moving!
I read The Left Hand of Darkness as my first Le Guin book, the ending left me feeling a bit (or a lot) crushed, and I was hesitant to read anything else of hers. I'm very affected by emotion in books/movies/etc, and a depressing book can have me off-kilter for several days. And what I consider depressing probably isn't according to the rest of the world. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book, she develops characters very well and that's a quality that can be lacking with a lot of science fiction.
Anyway, I digress. That was a while ago, probably five+ years. I decided to read The Dispossessed sometime this year, and am happy to report that was much less soul-crushing! I enjoyed it, but it was a little political for my preferences. But I do enjoy her writing so it encouraged me to read something else. I don't even remember buying The Lathe of Heaven but I imagine I picked it up at the same time as The Dispossessed.
The Lathe of Heaven sucked me in from page 1. I started this on the train into work, and I was so focused I didn't look up until I was almost to my stop - usually I check periodically to see where we are. I read for an hour through lunch, and again home from the train. And the real clincher, I was reading it even while standing for the bus! I never do that. I wanted to get this post up quickly since I was tearing through this book, but alas I failed. I finished it today at lunch, enjoyed it start to finish.