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Book Review: Kindred

KindredKindred by Octavia E. Butler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kindred is a dark and deeply disturbing novel that predominantly explores the lives of slaves in the antebellum South through the eyes of a time-travelling protagonist. The fact that this protagonist, Dana, is a woman of colour from the 1970s allows Butler to show a strong juxtaposition between the world that Dana knows and the world she finds herself unwittingly thrust into.

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Book Review: Parable Of The Talents

Parable of the TalentsParable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

[This review may contain spoilers.]

Where Parable of the Sower introduces us to protagonist Lauren Olamina and her journey towards the creation of her first Earthseed community, Parable of the Talents shows us the downfall and eventual rebirth of that community, albeit as a community that is more diffuse and distributed.

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Book Review: Parable Of The Sower

Parable of the SowerParable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Parable Of The Sower is the first half of Octavia Butler’s Earthseed series, and introduces us to a near future dystopia in which society has all but disintegrated following an ecological collapse. While the novel centres itself on the Western seaboard of the USA, it is implied (though not specifically confirmed) that the effects of the collapse have been felt worldwide. The story is presented through the eyes of the novel’s protagonist, Lauren Olamina, a teenage girl who initially lives with her father, step-mother and step-brothers in a walled community on the fringes of what’s left of Los Angeles. Lauren also has a condition which Butler calls ‘hyperempathy’, an ability which causes her to feel the perceived pleasure and pain of those around her.

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Book Review: Imago

Imago (Lilith's Brood, #3)Imago by Octavia E. Butler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

[This review may contain spoilers.]

Imago is the third and final volume in Octavia E. Butler’s Lilith’s Brood trilogy, and if I’m being honest I’m not entirely sure whether or not to say it’s my favourite of the three. On the one hand I found it to be an excellent read, but once I’d finished it I couldn’t help but feel a little disturbed by some of the concepts raised by the story.

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