Sunday, August 4, 2013

Day 4 of 31: Sunday Series: Wild Seed by Octavia Butler

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews.  The rules are pretty simple:
  • Read an installment of a series;
  • Share your review/recommendation below; and 
  • Include the title, author and series name. 

TITLE:                                      Wild Seed
AUTHOR:                                 Octavia Butler
DATE FINISHED:                   August 6, 2011 (originally post 2/2012)
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 who 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 found another wonderful goodreads group "The Blerd Book Club" who will be reviewing each book in the Patternmaster series.  This is great because I didn't get to finish the series and also I love reading books with people so that I can have a dialogue and keep me accountable. The discussion of Wild Seed is actually today at 4pm (eastern time). Can't wait!!!! If you are late for the discussion please check out the hashtag #blerdbookclub

Back to the regular schedule.... REVIEW!!

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"!!

See you guys next month with a review of..........Mind of my Mind. 


Literary Marie said...

Woo hoo! Aren't series great! I am looking forward to your review of the Patternmaster book series. Glad you found the goodreads group that has you back in the groove.

Thanks for participating in Series Sunday, Neka!

Shannon @ Reading Has Purpose said...
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Shannon @ Reading Has Purpose said...

Ok, you've piqued my interest!I've been planning to read Kindred for the longest but maybe this will be my first read by Butler