“Unexpected Stories” by Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler (1947-2006) is one of my all-time favorite authors.  She uses the platform of speculative fiction to deeply explore themes of race and gender, dominance and submission, and the use and abuse of power.  She sheds light on the dark side of human nature and shows how exploitation can become entrenched within a people’sRead more

“Mind of My Mind” by Octavia Butler

“Mind of My Mind” is the second book in Octavia Butler’s Patternist series (chronologically, at any rate).  It works as a standalone, so don’t sweat it if you pick this one up first. In Wild Seed, we were introduced to Doro, a mutant immortal who survives by jumping from body to body.  He was bornRead more

A few new books

I’ve acquired several books over the past week: I received an ARC in the mail of Patricia McKillip’s short story collection Wonders of the Invisible World, which comes out in October.  I love McKillip’s ethereal writing style, and I’ve been looking forward to reading this one for months.  Even the cover art is stunning.  ThisRead more

“Wild Seed” by Octavia Butler

I received a review copy of Octavia Butler’s “Wild Seed” from the publishers via Netgalley.  The book was originally written in 1980, and is being re-released as an e-book by Open Road Integrated Media. Before I get into my review in which I gush about how awesome Octavia Butler is, I’d like to share thisRead more

Post-finals book buying binge

My classes for this semester are officially done, and I got A’s.  Now that I’ll (hopefully) have more time to read, I went on a bit of a sci-fi book-buying binge. I went into the used bookstore with the intention of picking up something else by Sheri S. Tepper.  I recently read Singer From theRead more