Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of "otherness" and questions what it means to be truly human.
©2005 Octavia E. Butler; (P)2007 BBC Audio
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.
Because I can hear the impending next book in those last lines.
sad times for book readers.
Fascinating revision of vampire tale has Humans engaged in symbiotic relationships with vampire. Central character is 53 years old but looks like a ten year old girl and that makes her sex scenes with various adults creepy. The power dynamics of these relationships are not fully explored but the plot has both battles and a long courtroom scene.
This was such an interesting spin on vampires. Wonderful and imaginative story! Some of the reviews had me weirded out saying it was paedophilic but it wasn't. It wasn't written that way at all. She was written as a small adult. I haven't found a book by Octavia Butler I haven't liked yet!
Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.
This is not my first book by Octavia Butler and I have to say it was not my favorite out of all the books of hers I've read.
A young looking girl wakes up in a cave with a unbearable hunger and no memory. With the body of a child Shori finds out her real age is 53 years old and she was apart of a "Ina" family who are no longer living. As she finds out what happened to her family she learns of her vampire abilities, history and her place in it all.
The overall premise of this book is really good and I have to say that was the best part. Having the story start with Shori not knowing anything about her past and who she is was brilliant. It gives the reader a chance to learn along with her. The reader knows what she knows. I really found that to be very intriguing because she asked a few questions I was asking myself along the way. But I have a few Pro's and Con's about this book overall.
I love that Shori is Black and the fact that she has abilities other vampires don't due to skin color.
I like the way the story unfolded.
I liked the characters and what they brought to the story
I felt like there should have been more to the story. It felt incomplete.
I hated Shori looking like a child and having a sexual relationship with a grown man.
I wasn't thrilled with the middle of the book. It dragged on here and there.
I felt there were a few characters who were introduced for no reason at all.
For these Pros and Cons I have to say that I thought the book was just OK and not Octavia's best book.
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