FLEDGLING is an excellent story with a new creative and innovative twist to an old favorite of Sci-Fi fans, the vampire. Ms. Butler certainly had an imagination that far exceeds others in her genre. I've enjoyed all of her books and she will certainly be missed.
the male voices sounded so ridiculous they probably should have just not tried as hard. It's ok if it doesn't sound just like a guy--we know the publisher probably couldn't afford multiple actors and we know it's a female impersonating males. the story--I read it because I LOVED the Imago series. One of the best scifi works I've ever read. I knew Fledgling was not going to be scifi, but I enjoy vampire narratives and love the author. This one had me conflicted. Sexuality in a vampire narrative is quite typical and I found a lot of the sex in Fledgling to be endearing, not too forced or trite. But there was something about the dialogue? or prose? If it weren't for the R rated scenes, I would have swore it was a children's novel. The first scene was so visceral but then it didn't keep pace. And it didn't go deep enough into character complexity, space or time. and there were times I was screaming at the track, "WE know what a helicopter is!" Too much spelled out in the places where there could be more texture and content. otherwise, the whole symbiosis idea was very interesting and a nice contrast to the mainstream reputation vampires have of being mere parasites and murderers. which I suppose was the concept, but I don't read for mere concept.
Twisted Vampire Tale!
I love the twist on the whole vampire folklore. The story is an original and fresh take on a very old subject. I love Octavia E. Butler and Fledgling is just another example of her genius. Completely different subject from her other books but served only as Octavia Butler can.
I enjoyed the entire book. I read it before listening to the audio book. I enjoyed reading it more as the narrator didn't do it justice.
This book is her foray into vampirism as a theme and she is excellent and eloquent in her own style. She breathes life into the work.
I was expecting this story to have an element of surprise; it didn't. The world and cast of characters are interesting, but not fully fleshed out. I wish Butler had revised this novel a few more times before publication.
I'm a teacher and a 30 year reader of genre fiction. Urban and Epic fantasy are my main jams.
I cannot express my utter disappointment in this book deeply or loudly enough. Butler has been on my list of science fiction legends to read for a long time, so I was so stoked for this book. I partially blame Tracey Leigh and her unlistenable performance for how much I eventually did not enjoy this novel. Leigh alternates between this pedantic, Siri-like tone for the main character and embarassingly bad male voices. At first, I was placing all the blame on Tracey Leigh, thinking I just had a case of Good book: Bad reader, but as the novel progressed ( I was really into the first several hours) it became clear that Butler had issues. I hate to give a bad review to an author who passed in the past ten years, but this was just not good. Her need to use the word symbiont as if she invented it was tiresome. When I say tiresome I mean there's not a chapter in the book where the word isn't used, someone doesn't refer to them self as one or refer to the symbionts they own. Also Butler seemed to have a need to remind us who every character was again and again even if we just met them a few chapters back. Also, no one speaks the way people in this novel speak. Stilted, overly articulate people with an undying need to spew out every possible point of exposition in their heads, even if we'd heard it multiple times already. Also, the complete absence of slang of any kind outside of the things said by henchmen and minor characters was just flat out weird. I fully plan on trying other Octavia Butler books, I'm just bummed I started with this one.