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By Patron79376 on Fri, 18 Dec 2009 12:30:23
Heavy, but very thought provoking.
★☆☆☆☆ Science Fiction?
By greatisrare on Wed, 25 Apr 2012 02:02:45
First, this there is no science and no test of the imagination in this slow tedious predictable post apocalypse narrative. Second you can tell what is going to happen 100s of pages or since it is a recording hours before you get there. Third, it is one of those "the middle ages are coming back" where Butler's version is the dead cliche of ignorance and violence. Fourth the reader has a cloying tone that takes what is already overwrought and obvious and lays it on like molasses. I waded through this because a scholar of scifi said it was a masterpiece. Don't suffer. It is without a novel idea, it is not credible and it is so terribly slow humorless and unsurprising that it would be hard to make a good short story from it...though that is what Butler should have done. She clearly needed an editor....and some inspiration.
★★★★★ A wonderful book!
By anyanwu on Wed, 26 Jan 2011 08:46:58
I convinced my reader’s group to read this book, I hope I’m not the only one who loves it. (I wasn't.) Lauren Olamina writes a first-person epistolary of how Earthseed came to be. (In this, I think she can be favorably compared to Anne Frank.) It is a community risen from the ashes of a dying California: there’s global warming, debt slavery, a lack of water, inflation, a drug that makes people love to set fires, where policemen and firemen are as likely to steal as anything else. Lauren who was raised in a small walled community called Robledo near LA. (Read Pasadena or Altadena, both cities that Butler lived in and in which she was raised.) Lauren’s father is a Baptist minister and professor at an unnamed college and he keeps the small walled community functioning and the bad guys out. Then that stops working. Earthseed is the religion, philosophy and community that Lauren develops. “Just before nightfall a gun battle began over toward the highway. We couldn’t see any of it from where we were, but we stopped talking and lay down. With bullets flying, it seemed best to keep low. The shooting started and stopped, moved away, then came back. I was on watch, so I had to stay alert, but in this storm of noise, nothing moved near us except the trees in the evening breeze. It looked so peaceful, and yet people out there were trying to kill each other, and no doubt succeeding. Strange how normal it’s become for us to lie on the ground and listen while nearby, people try to kill each other.” This dystopian heart-breaking novel that begins in 2024, is eerily prescient. This could happen, and it's frightening in that way. It's also violent, shockingly so, but for me Lauren's hope and faith win out. It also helps that I read McCarthy's The Road some months ago and that is one bleak novel. Butler's dystopia isn't as bleak as McCarthy's.
★★★★☆ Parable of the Sower
By truck on Tue, 02 Feb 2010 21:36:52
This book is fascinating, you read about hardships of a fallen economy and society. As a young adolescent of the age of 12, Lauren see's the truth of the times they live in, while the adults are stuck in the past. Everything has gotten so bad that the community had to build a wall around itsself to be safe. The world outside is a violent one with the mentality of kill or be killed. The wall comes down and Lauren does whatever it takes to stay alive ...even kill.
★★★★★ Butler, O
By lfgb on Tue, 09 Dec 2008 13:25:40
In a future United States gone mad, Lauren Olamina, an 18-year old with hyperempathy (she can feel the pain of others as if it were her own) works with other rag-tag refugees to stay alive. This is followed by Parable of the Talents. You would probably also like Butler’s time travel classic, Kindred.