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This has been a challenging year with this year's reading selections but finally a successful month. This month's challenges were to read a book written by a journalist and read a book by an author of color set in or about space. For the past couple of years, there have been challenges involving true crime and Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann keeps showing up on that list. Finally a… (more)
This month, I needed to read a science fiction novel with a female lead or written by a female author as well as a comic that isn't published by Marvel, DC or Image. I've had pretty good luck with science fiction novels I've read for this challenge, so I guess it was time for a clunker. What I should have done was go with my instinct - I really wanted to read Octavia Butler's Kindred. But the… (more)
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Only the tip of the iceberg of Butler's excellent writing. The main character is repeatedly transported into the life of an antebellum slave, who is revealed to be one of her ancestors.
PimaLib_RavenousReaders Aug 03, 2018
This title is also available in downloadable audiobook and ebook formats.
Part historical fiction and part fantasy, this book features a modern Black woman who keeps time-traveling to the plantation her ancestors are from; by a Black author.
One of the first science fiction novels written by a black woman. Follows Dana, a black women living in the 70s as she travels back and forth through time from present day to antebellum Maryland. Forced to aide the young white boy who will inevitably become her several times great grandfather.
PimaLib_RachelW May 29, 2015
I don't often think of myself as a Science Fiction reader, but this book kept me up at night, wanting to finish the next chapter. Octavia Butler beautifully explores difficult interpersonal relationships across race, gender, and time. Well worth the read!
From the critics
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Unsurprisingly, since this is about slavery, many scenes are frightening and intense
Sexual Content: sexual violence is present throughout, as is historically accurate
Violence: The use of the whip is particularly violent. Also, at least once, a character has a gun pointed directly at them. And a character loses an arm.
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I closed my eyes and saw the children playing their game again. “The ease seemed so frightening.” I said. “Now I see why.”
“The ease. Us, the children ... I never realized how easily people could be trained to accept slavery.”
Strangely, they seemed to like him, hold him in contempt, and fear him all at the same time. This confused me because I felt just about the same mixture of emotions for him myself. I had thought my feelings were complicated because he and I had such a strange relationship. But then, slavery of any kind fostered strange relationships. Only the overseer drew simple, unconflicting emotions of hatred and fear when he appeared briefly. But then, it was part of the overseer’s job to be hated and feared while the master kept his hands clean.