the thought of child sex
no I like vampire stories
did not finish because it offended me
the explicitness especially of a child-like being should be clearly marked in summery. I was given the impression from the summery that this book was about a young adult and explicit sex was not part of the summery. As I have children who also listen to my books, I would really like to know before buying about inappropriate segments..
I have really liked previous books I've read by Octavia Butler, and had been looking forward to this one, but I just didn't like it. I'm not sure how much was the narration and how much was the story itself, but it just seemed really stilted and flat. This particular vampire concept was unique and interesting, but I was not able to muster any emotional attachment to any of the characters, or really believe the emotions that they were feeling. Very disappointing.
At first I simply thought the performance was bad--that the reading was stilted and unemotional, but actually the reader seems to have done her best with the material she was given. It's the novel itself that is bad. While the concept--vampires using genetic experimentation to add African traits to their genome in order to withstand daylight, and the racism that results from this choice--could have been fascinating, the execution of the book is dismal. The writing is stilted with no attention to style, there is too much direct explication, and the mystery aspect of the plot provides little suspense. By the end I just wanted it over. If you like the concept of this book, read a summary. Don't waste your time ploughing through the whole thing.
I loved everything about this audiobook: excellent narration, intriguing characters, and riveting story. This is the second Octavia Butler book I've read. I look forward to reading the next one.
Octavia E Butler was an excellent writer. I plan to listen to all of her books in the audible library. Fledgling was very well written and the characters were outrageous. The book was fantastic and an unpredictable plot. I truly liked the vampire lore.
This book is sterile; the lifeless retelling of an otherwise interesting tale, made worse by the pleasant but utterly neutral reading of this narrator. The net effect is very disappointing, despite the subject matter's potential.
This book is something like The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest meets vampires. The way Butler introduces the characters and the world, through an amnesiac's eyes, it's done masterful storytelling. The mystery unfolds throughout the book and there's little I can say without spoiling it.
Great for action, suspense, mystery, and vampires!