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
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.
I think I could have enjoyed this book more without the cheesy voice changes the narrator did throughout the novel. It was really difficult to get through the book. The story itself is pretty good, and I wish I would have just bought a physical copy and read it myself. I would definitely never listen to a book read by this person again.
This, by far, is my favorite book from this author. It's such a shame that she's no longer with us. She was a brilliant writer.
A interesting spin on a vampire story. It uniquely creates a sub culture with details of a vampire society with a pecking order. It offers a glimpse into racism and prejudices from a unique perspective.
I love how Butler messes with traditional relationships, this was basically "the xenogenesis trilogy with vampires", which is much more attractive I think than the summary on the audible page.
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.
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