Sunday, February 5, 2012


Series Sundays is an amazing meme hosted by Literary Marie.  The rules are simple:
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.
My first pick for this meme is a great one (if I do say so myself)!!

TITLE:                                      Wild Seed
AUTHOR:                                 Octavia Butler
DATE FINISHED:                   August 6, 2011
Should I BUY or BORROW:   This should definitely be apart of your personal library!!

Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts by reflex or design. He fears no one, until he meets Anyanwu. Anyanwu has also died many times. She can absorb bullets and make medicine with a kiss, give birth to tribes, nurture and heal, and savage anyone who threatens those she loves. She fears no one, until she meets Doro. From African jungles to the colonies of America, Doro and Anyanwu weave together a pattern of destiny that not even immortals can imagine.  (from Goodreads)

Typically I have not been into science fiction, but I am a regular reader of Racialicious and they started a book club where from August 1, 2011 and every month after that date, we would read a book written by Octavia Butler.  The first book was "Wild Seed".  Though the "online book club" basically stopped after the second month, it did introduce me to the world of Ms. Butler and her awesome Patternmaster Series!

I have read some weird stuff in my life, but nothing like this!  This book was a roller coaster of intellectual curiosity.  It goes to the theme of slavery and freedom, but not the type that we are familiar with.  It is on a whole other level and it really takes your mind outside of the box.

This story takes place across two continents and over two and a half centuries.  What is interesting and griping about the storyline is how Butler uses historical events.  In particular, Doro using the Atlantic slave trade to buy and transport people to "his" colonies all over the world.  Doro's colonies are of course control by him, but the methods he chooses (for example, his "breeding" techniques) could be disturbing to some readers.  Nevertheless Doro's ultimate desire was to create a community of beings that could live indefinitely. 

On one of his trips to Africa, he senses Anyanwu's presence and her power.  He becomes obsess with finding her and making her come to his colonies and breed powerful beings with him..... and others. Rather she wants to or not.  However that did not matter, she came and Doro tried with all his might to tame his "Wild Seed"!!

Next up for the series...... Mind of my Mind!


Literary Marie said...

Thanks for participating in Series Sunday. You DID pick a great one! I'm not into science fiction but this series sounds good with slavery, freedom and historical events.

P.S. I love your "Buy or Borrow" option. That is a great indicator of a book.

Dusky Literati said...

I absolutely love Octavia Butler, she's my fav author. Enjoy Mind of My Mind :)

Kesha said...

I am new to Octavia Butler's works and i received a copy of "WILD SEED" I ordered online and I cannot put it down. I am beginning chp 13 today and I just can't even find the words to describe my views of Doro he is enigmatic. Love, Love, Love this book. hope you will be reading the whole series. I'd like to read along!

Book Snob Wannabe said...

I would love to do a read-along of this series!

I have already read "Mind of my Mind".

How about we start with Clay's Ark for Memorial Weekend and we can be finish with the entire series by Labor Day?!