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
Octavia Butler's insights into power, slavery, intimacy, and the role of sexuality in unequal relationships are unparalleled. And her insights are matched only by the narrative and erotic power of her writing. There's a reason that she's beloved by SciFi nerds, academics, and black power folks alike: she's the real deal.
The reader is also excellent--she does accents differently yet subtly.
i loved this book, not generally my style,but i loved it. gonna read everything she wrote in case there is another just as awesome
Uncomfortable concept initially, but get over it and you will find a very engaging read. Hard to classify, but the courtroom drama aspect is extremely interesting. Octavia Butler operated outside the box, brought to light several mind expanding concepts, and leaves you wishing for a sequel which, unfortunately will not be available unless another author picks up the story.
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.
During my commute Audible keeps me from going insane. I like books that keep my mind awake. No slow moving books here.
This book is still a great book for a person who has a long drive, can get past the thought of the main character looking like a 10-12 year old girl (while having a relationship with adult), and doesn't mind interesting twist on vampire lore. Also there are a lot of parallels to the Xenogenesis/Lilth's Broad series.
Meh.. The ending was a little flat. I was hoping to see how the main character develops beyond the child-like state.
She kept the story rolling.
I don't think the world is ready for a film for based on this book.
I love Octavia Butler. I have loved loved loved all the other books of her's I have read/listened to. This book, however, has sex between a child and adult men. Shori, the vampire, is said to be 53 years old. Fine, but she looks like an 11 year old girl, and by vampire standards, she is still immature - too young for mating. The vampires have a venum that bind and cause sexual arrousal in their human symbionts, but, despite this, both the adult human men in the story say they "wanted" her even before they were biten. The vampire males all seem to want her too, and even offer themselves to her. I found this nauseating aspect of the book too disturbing and repulsive and it ruined the entire thing for me. None of the story's redeming characteristics distracted me. I even started to skipped the sexually explicit scenes with the child and the adults, which to be often, but I couldn't improve my impression of this story. Not okay.
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.
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..
so there is a lot in this book I liked. But for some reason the main character looks like a 10-13 year old and she has sex with people. there is no reason for her to look that young. and it makes me very uncomfortable.
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.
Report Inappropriate Content