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February 27th, 2006

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05:41 pm - Octavia Butler ...
(from the "... it's a bit late now" department)

Sadly, I don't think I've ever read any Octavia Butler. Certainly, I don't recall reading any of her novels - I may have read a short story or two in a collection somewhere along the way, but nothing that I can bring to mind.

So, what would you recommend ?
Current Mood: curiouscurious

(4 touches | En garde !)


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Date:February 27th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
Date:February 27th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)

Er... Kindred is brilliant and weird timetravel/horror. Not typical science-fiction at all.

Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago are terrific and possibly the most straightforwardly science-fictional of all her writing - post-apocalypse/alien invasion.

The "Patternmaster" series - Wild Seed, Mind of my Mind, Clay's Ark, Survivor, and Patternmaster, are variable in quality but maybe the best sequence to start with, because all of them are stand-alones.

The two Parable novels - Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents - are both scary because we are so close to the world she describes.

There's a collection of short stories available, Bloodchild, which may be a good introduction.
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Date:February 27th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
I heartily endorse this.
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Date:February 27th, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
I think I am in exactly the same position, sadly. I must ask rhionnach if she has any.

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