This is the second time I’ve read this book, and given that thee stories are linked to endnotes and afterwords by Octavia Butler, it’s a valuable book for a lot of reasons, reading the stories themselves, not always. Butler tells us in the opening introduction that for the most part, she’s not a short story writer. She suggests that a lot of short stories either end up becoming novels, or are clearly novel openings that need to be abandoned, and this collection sometimes feels like […]
In this post-apocalyptic novel, there is not single earth shattering apocalyptic event. Instead, there is just a gradual breakdown of society brought about by climate change, corporate greed and social inequality (all interrelated anyway). Lauren Olamina is a relatively privileged teenager living in a small walled enclave. She’s privileged in that she has a home, her father still has a job with a salary, and she knows how to read and write. This is not much, but compared to the thousands, or maybe millions […]
Parable of the Talents is a dark/hopeful/painful/victorious dystopian novel. The 2nd in Octavia Butler’s Earthseed series, it follows Lauren as she fulfills her mission to introduce a faith based on truth and humanity’s future. Read it!
I hate writing negative reviews, especially for authors I love, but this book did not do it for me. Middle parts of a trilogy are difficult, I understand that, but this book just felt repetitive and barely moved the narrative forward. This novel focuses on the first male child born of a human (with genetic input from the Oankali) on earth since humanity was saved from extinction. Lilith, the main character from the first book is the mother but she barely appears as Akin, her […]
This is the fourth time I think I’ve read this book, not counting reading the graphic novel a few years back (which I thought was mostly unnecessary). What stands out to me now reading the book again in 2021 is a few shifts in my personal appreciation for the book, and knowing a little more about Butler’s career. Specifically to the last point, this was the very first novel of Butler’s I’d read. I followed it with Parable of the Sower and Parable of the […]