Sunday, September 23, 2012

Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler

Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1980)
ISBN: 0446676977 (ISBN13: 9780446676977)
series: Patternmaster #1
Rating: 4 stars

From Goodreads:
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 is a shapeshifter who can absorb bullets and heal with a kiss and savage anyone who threatens her. She fears no one until she meets Doro. Together they weave a pattern of destiny unimaginable to mortals.

My Review:
This was a depature from the books that I normally read. Simply put Doro is a killer. Sometimes he as a reson for killing some times he doesn't. Anyanwu is a healer. Doro somewhat a spirit. He jumps from body to body. Anyanwu is  a shapeshifter. Both can and have chosen to use both genders and different races. Doro is drawn to Anyanwu unlike any one before her and because of that she is able to protect her people (children, grandchildren, etc) from being killled by his hands. The story as well as the characters are interesting and different. The incest was a little distrubing for me. It is difficult to accurately describe this novel. Unexpectantly different. It draws you in as much as it repulses you.

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  1. I loved the only Butler novel I've ever read, Kindred, but I admit that the more supernatural bent of her other novels doesn't appeal to me quite as much. I think I should give her another try, though, as I bet the writing style would win me over.

    Thanks for participating in A More Diverse Universe!

  2. You are welcomed. Kindred was to be the first novel I read by her. I'm glad I participated otherwise I probably would not have read Wild Seed.

  3. I have a Butler I bought forever ago and haven't read yet. This one sounds like something I would like - I enjoy books that play with gender. (And thanks for warning about the disturbing elements.)

  4. I haven't read this one yet, but like Aarti - I loved Kindred. And I just finished Parable of the Sower and it was amazong as well

  5. I can see this blog tour is going to definitely get me to read something by Octavia Butler, if no one else!

  6. It does sound different. And I *have* to get around to reading some Butler soon!

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  8. @Llinos Cathryn Thomas Sorry I removed your comment by mistake and have no idea how to reverse it.

    @Everyone. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Wild Seed is definitely different for me. If it wasn't for this tour I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have read it

  9. I've read some of her other books, but not this one; I can relate to what you've said about feeling compelled and repulsed. There are some very disturbing scenes in, for instance, Kindred, which really get under your skin, so that you cannot look away from the injustice; I really admire her writing. And how cool that the event inspired her to try something so different: I love it when that happens!

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  11. I have read Wild Seed, Kindred and Parable of the Sower. I loved ALL of them! I was broken hearted when she died. I knew for sure I'd have the occasion to meet her. But, was not to be.