For 4,000 years, an immortal has spread the seeds of a master race, using the downtrodden as his private breeding stock. But now a young ghetto telepath has found a way to awaken - and rule - her superhuman kind, igniting a psychic battle as she challenges her creator for her right to free her people.
©1977 Octavia E. Butler (P)2014 Audible Inc.
TECHNICAL: My highest praise in this area is that I didn’t notice. When technical issues show up it’s because they detract from the listening experience. With this book, I didn’t notice.
PERFORMANCE: I imagine that it must be daunting for an author to hear a performance that is flat or worse that misses the ‘voice’ of her work with odd or awkward presentation of the characters or the story. Christie Clarke’s reading was a pleasant and enriching experience. I think Ms. Butler if she were still alive would be excited for us to hear this performance of her work.
STORY: Ms. Butler’s writing is unique. I read her ink and paper works before my discovery of audiobooks. And she became one of the authors whose work I started to hunt, wishing to read every opus she made. I’m not the only one to note her exceptional ability. She was the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. Back to this specific review: This work as with her others doesn’t just inform, but it transports you to a different perspective, a different world view, a different world. Characters are rich, well developed, consistent and engaging. The plot was a ‘page turner’ and I wished it was longer when I finished.
Nothing is better than the well-written sci-fi story. I'm even trying to write one too. But these days, I have expanded my taste --a bit.
I liked that the principal character was a strong African-American woman and with superpowers. I like that none of these characters are really "good guys." Some can be called the "bad guy" but everyone has flaws and thus they are very human.
The best thing is that it is a creative work of fiction unlike any that I ever read before. Finding something new is a gift in itself.
A good narrator enhances the story because it gives the characters a kind of life that the reader did not give them. And that makes it something different and new.
The death of a particular character moved me because I did not expect it and I expected her to be in the next took. Part of me wants to complain to Octavia Butler for it but I can see the reasons behind it.
I did not know how this was going to end and I think that was mostly because I read Wild Seed first. That is a great thing in a story. FYI: These books were not publisehd in chronological order in regards to the story. It's good to be able to read them as a series.
I'm saddened to see the character I grew to love in Wild Seed die :(
Gripping tale, I've come to expect nothing short of amazing from Octavia Butler.
The ending, just before the climax when Doro found out what was going on. Lawd have mercy!
As someone who hasn't read the first book, I consider this one to be very well written and although dry at some times was also well preformed. The story takes precedence over the characters and their archs but I imagine this has more to do with the world building aspect of the series than anything. still it a great read with an intriguing villain.
I liked Butler's concept of biological systems as the framework for the supernatural abilities of her characters. This made them paradoxically believable and fantastic. Many sci-fi/ fantasy just make up magic without a system, without the concepts of risk and cost for having gifts which can then be used to explore the moral and emotional transformations or conflicts that drive the story.
I did not enjoy the narrator. She has a nice tone and timbre to her voice but the way she enunciates certain words, as though she was congested - I found it irritating. But then again, I have preference for British/Scottish/Irish accented narration.
It's a good book. I would recommend that you read it.
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