Directly opposed is Lauren Olamina, founder of Earthseed - a new faith that teaches "God Is Change". Persecuted for "heathen" beliefs as much as for having a black female leader, Earthseed's followers face a life-and-death struggle to preserve their vision.
Best-selling author Octavia Butler's fluid writing and keen observations about race, gender, politics, and religion make for a moving parable that will be pondered for generations. A powerful reading from three standout narrators captures the multi-generational sweep of this poignant tale.
Butler's acclaimed novels have won numerous awards, and she is a recipient of a "genius" grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Parable of the Talents was selected as one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly.
©2007 Octavia Butler; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC
"Octavia E. Butler is one of the finest voices in fiction....period." (Washington Post Book World)
"These...are the keynotes of Talents: family and characters, warmth and endurance, hope and determination. It's a worthy book, well up to Butler's standard for thoughtfulness and insight." (Analog Science Fiction & Fact)
"Though not for the faint-hearted, this work stands out as a testament to the author's enormous talent, and to the human spirit." (Publishers Weekly)
Could have been interesting, but the format is much too preachy. I got three-quarters through and gave up.
I found this book pedantic. Too much was "told" instead of "shown," and the majority of the book seemed to be the simplistic promotion of a hackneyed personal philosophy. Like Ayn Rand for Greens.
I have read everything I can find by Ms. Butler every since I found Kindred and read it. Some of her work I loved like Wildseed, Adultrites, Blood Child, and of course her last book Fledging. Just super writing. But there are a couple I didn't like and couldn't read beyond the first couple of chapters, this book is one of them. The audio is great, skilled readers the book itself is the problem.
This attempt to anticipate an American Taliban consisting of members of "Christian America" is a shallow effort to address human weaknesses and strengths. It lacks meaningful insight or message and it is not an engaging enough story for pure entertainment.
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