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Parable of the Sower
Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
In 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful journey toward a better future Lauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Behind the walls of their defended enclave, Laurens father, a preacher, and a handful of other citizens try to salvage what remains of a culture that has been destroyed by drugs, disease, war, and chronic water shortages. While her father tries to lead people on the righteous path, Lauren struggles with hyperempathy, a condition that makes her extraordinarily sensitive to the pain of others.When fire destroys their compound, Laurens family is killed and she is forced out into a world that is fraught with danger. With a handful of other refugees, Lauren must make her way north to safety, along the way conceiving a revolutionary idea that may mean salvation for all mankind.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the authors estate.
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Kammbia1
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Can you one of your all-time favorite books be read more than once and is still an all-time favorite?

I just reread Parable of the Sower for the third time and answer the above question on my latest blog post.

https://marion-hill.com/can-an-all-time-favorite-book-be-reread/

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MallenNC
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Though I had read Kindred, this was my first time reading Parable of the Sower. It is disconcerting to read a dystopian novel that is is set in our (now very near) future, and it isn‘t far from a believable possibility. Butler was very prescient in talking about what extreme environmental issues could lead to. The main character, Lauren, is a compelling character. The religious elements were less interesting to me, but they did make a good frame.

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jenniferajanes
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I think this might be a case of the right book at the wrong time for me. The world is so crazy right now, and this very dystopian novel is set just a few years from now. I couldn‘t wait to be finished. If it wasn‘t the October book for #mmdbookclub, I would have DNF‘d it and come back to it later. #modernmrsdarcy #Libby #audiobook

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Ellen_C
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Outstanding. Sci-if but Butler was accurate in the way she imagined what would be happening in the 2020s. Lauren is a hyperempath living in a world full of violence and chaos. She imagines a world and religion based on embracing change and trying to shape it. When the walls come down (literally) she and a small band of travelers have to rely on each other to survive. Book 1 of 2. https://cannonballread.com/2021/09/parable-of-the-sower-elcicco/

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SkeletonKey
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Shew, this library book has seen better days. But I‘m enjoying it nonetheless. Reading before bed.

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ThisIsAvaRose
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Enjoying this much-loved library copy on a beautiful September day.

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Paperback.Propensity
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Such a good book. I don't read dystopian often, but there is something so gripping about watching people survive in such chaos and tragedy. It's easy to imagine the world Butler created become a reality.
I don't know when I will get Parable of the Talents, but I will get it.

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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Bailedbailed

I'm not in the right head space for this type of book right now.

Texreader One absolutely must be in the right headspace for this one! 4mo
glamhobbit I had the same reaction! Which is so hard because I love octavia butler 😭 4mo
Kenyazero Definitely a hard read, so best to be in the right headspace for this one! 4mo
IamIamIam I read all kinds of horror and suspense and true crime and I had to put this aside because it scared the life out of me!!! 3mo
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Kenyazero
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The society we know in the US has fallen apart in 2025. Lauren learns what it means to survive inside of her walled neighborhood and outside. I'm not much for books about religion, or dystopian/post-apocalyptic stories (I mostly picked this up because I've loved other Butler books). Even so, I enjoyed this book. I thought the world building was excellent, and loved the collecting of their found family quite a lot. Content warnings for violence.

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suvata
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Beginning in 2024, when society in the United States has grown unstable due to climate change, growing wealth inequality, and corporate greed, Parable of the Sower takes the form of a journal kept by Lauren Oya Olamina, an African American teenager. Her mother abused drugs during her pregnancy and left Lauren with "hyper-empathy" or "sharing" – the uncontrollable ability to feel the sensations she witnesses in others, particularly pain.

JazzFeathers Oh my goodness, the setting of this novel sounds uncomfortably close to home... 4mo
suvata @JazzFeathers Yes there are some similarities. 4mo
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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This novel took a while to get into - its gorgeously written, but so so bleak. However, once I was engaged I was totally along for the ride. This has hard, upsetting subject matter, but so many interesting things to say about family, and religion, and strength. Will definitely be picking up the sequel.

#bookspin #doublespin
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 5mo
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Dogearedcopy
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I‘m not a big fan of ‘Kindred‘ but my workplace book club chose this other Butler title in a nod to climate change. I‘m a third of the way in and finding it utterly compelling!

In the now-near future, Lauren lives in a poorly fortified enclave of 11 neighborhood houses 20 miles away from L.A. Climate change, social inequity, deteriorating infrastructure & civil services and, polemical politicians have lead to people living in survival mode…

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Well, June was a gigantic Bookspin fail, so here's hoping July looks better. 😆

Here's my July list!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Good luck!! 5mo
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AvidReader25
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This classic dystopian novel hits close to home. It starts in 2024 in a world that‘s been torn apart by climate change & political discord. It‘s terrifying to see how quickly things devolve into chaos. A small band of survivors backpacks up the west coast to a safer area in the north. I‘m both excited & terrified to see what happens in the sequel.

“All that you touch You Change. All that you Change Changes you. The only lasting truth Is Change.”

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Ange44
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My next #tenatatime #tbr. Number 37 already. I‘m looking forward to all of these.

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Skeeterisme
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I might not have been ready for near future dystopia 😬😬😬

Ruthiella Yeah, she got a number of things on the nose...40 years ago! 7mo
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Tywash
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I‘m at a loss for words. About a third of the way through.

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KCofKaysville
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Started this one. Another copy found at a Free Little Public Library. I've heard of her but have never read any of hers yet. I know it involves Global Warming.

TheKidUpstairs I loved this one, hope you enjoy the reading journey! 8mo
DrexEdit I second the thumbs up on this book. Hope you enjoy it! 👍 8mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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On sale on kindle in the US today! Such a great author, if you haven‘t read her yet, I‘d recommend it.

GingerAntics It‘s also on sale on Apple Books 8mo
ozma.of.oz I love this cover so much! ❤️❤️ 8mo
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cdreincarnate
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This is my first Octavia Butler and while I‘m not sure I can say I enjoyed it, it‘s definitely well written and I was very impressed with how accurate Octavia‘s predictions were when it came to climate change and employment practices.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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What the heck?! There‘s no “send to Kindle” option! I‘ve never had a Libby book that couldn‘t be sent to my Kindle before.

Of course, I know I have a copy of this book but it must be in a box at my parents‘ house so I can‘t get hold of it before book club…

Amiable Can you read it in the Libby app? That‘s what I do. I don‘t have a Kindle — just the Kindle app on my iPad. But I read library borrows in the Libby app. 9mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Amiable It‘s possible—I just don‘t like reading books on my phone. 9mo
Beatlefan129 I came across that once. It‘s something to do with certain books permissions. Drove me crazy! 9mo
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Amiable @Clare-Dragonfly I hear you —I had to finish a book on my phone once when we were traveling and my Nook died... I didn‘t love it. I recently read an article in the Washington Post about Amazon restricting library access—maybe it‘s along those lines? 9mo
Tera66 I had this happen once, I don't remember what I did, but I was still able to read it on my kindle. Maybe through the Overdrive app? Maybe play with it, I know I used another app to read it. 9mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Tera66 Huh, I‘ll have to give that a try! Thank you! 9mo
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BarbaraBB
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In a near future America has collapsed into a state of anarchy with danger everywhere. Lauren Olamina is a young girl leading a group of people across California, meanwhile inventing a new religion, Earthseed. It‘s an unpopular opinion but I didn‘t like this book as others seem to. It reminded me of The Stand, The Road and Station Eleven, and didn‘t stood out amongst them. Between a pick and a so-so.

#Booked2021 #SFbyaWoman #Pop21 #Afrofuturist

Megabooks I also picked Butler for my afrofuturism and finished it yesterday. 👯‍♀️ 9mo
Kalalalatja Too bad it didn‘t measure up to the others, but I‘m loving the cozyness of your pic 🙌 9mo
Cinfhen Stunning photo ♥️ 9mo
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TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 not read book though! 9mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I saw it! So cool. I liked Kindred too. 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Love the bright pic for a dark book. I haven‘t read the other books you mentioned (although I want to). So, maybe that‘s why I liked Parable so much. I‘m a big Butler fan! 9mo
BarbaraBB @BarbaraTheBibliophage I thought so too, that if I had read it before those others, I would have enjoyed it better. 9mo
QuintusMarcus I‘m with you- I didn‘t love the book, but the focus on empathy is incredibly appropriate for our current era. Weirdly prescient, but that‘s what science fiction is all about. 9mo
Vansa I loved this book! I found it very insightful about the way radical extremist groups can drum up political support, and quite realistic about how life would be on the road, and living off the land- things that are completely ignored in Station Eleven.Also a female protagonist in science fiction?! That alone makes it a standout! 9mo
BarbaraBB @QuintusMarcus That is so true! 9mo
BarbaraBB @Vansa I wasn‘t a fan of Station Eleven either. And you‘re right about the protagonist. Lauren is a wonderful character, tough and empathetic. Have you read the sequel? 9mo
QuintusMarcus @Vansa Great points - I think I need to re-read the book in light of current events. I read the book a few years ago, and my thinking has certainly changed since then! 9mo
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Beccacraft
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I couldn‘t put this audiobook down! A young girl, growing up in a world filled with fear, danger, and chaos, must find a way to a safer place using skills, smarts, and faith, while battling her affliction of “sharing” other people‘s pain. The book shows a scary potential reality of people choosing murder & pillage to survive in a deteriorating world, while also showing how people can come together to show kindness and mercy in the midst of chaos.

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DavidDiamond
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Set in the not too distant future (2025-27), this post-apocalyptic story set in Southern California hit really close to home. I was expecting spaceships and other worlds, so this was unexpected, but in a good way! Great characters and great storytelling by Octavia Butler.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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DavidDiamond
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In honor of #blackhistorymonth, reading this classic for the first time from one of the few but best known African-Americans in the sci-fi genre, Octavia Butler.

BarbaraBB This one is on my TBR too for this month 10mo
SamAnne Oh this has been on my TBR list for so long! 10mo
DavidDiamond @BarbaraBB @SamAnne
It was on mine forever too! In fact, I had bought the series when it was offered on BookBub for some crazy low price. I LOVED “Kindred“, so I'm hoping this will be just as good!
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ozma.of.oz Oh I am so jealous you get to read this for the first time! I hope you enjoy it! ❤️ 10mo
DavidDiamond @ozma.of.oz Thank you!! I‘m sure I will! 10mo
KCofKaysville I picked up a copy at a Little Free Library and plan on reading it. 10mo
KCofKaysville I just picked up a copy and will read it 10mo
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Chrissyreadit 🤣🙌 11mo
ozma.of.oz Oh no! 😂😂😂 11mo
Bookwormjillk I saw this too. Love it so much! 11mo
readordierachel Spot on 😆 11mo
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Mitch
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Love all rumination about covers and cover design .....

https://lithub.com/how-to-give-octavia-butler-the-covers-she-deserves/

eraderneely So badly needed. Those covers are awful! 12mo
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Hestapleton
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My last #feastmode post is coming at you from my covid+ cave. I was hoping to finish the tagged book, but I‘ve been too wiped to read.
This Readathon has brought me so much joy this holiday. Truly. It‘s made me so happy to read and “celebrate” this unconventional season. I‘ll try to post the winner of the giveaway as soon as I can this week!

SilversReviews Sorry to hear you are ill. 12mo
BethM Rest and lots of fluids! I had covid at the beginning of Oct while I was pregnant. Just take care of yourself! 12mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Sending you hugs! 12mo
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Kdgordon88 Wishing you a speedy recovery 12mo
Thousand-Lives Hope you are well soon! 12mo
Allylu Take care! I've heard Vitamin D3 and Zinc help. I hope you feel better soon. 12mo
QuietlyLaura I hope you feel better soon. 12mo
Clare-Dragonfly I hope you recover quickly and completely! 12mo
Hestapleton @Wife I‘m going to talk hubs into packaging and mailing my #lmpbc for me! (He‘s in the can‘t-get-reinfected-but-isn‘t-contagious zone). 12mo
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Ke633
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Newest book haul! I love a good used bookstore.

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AFrostCauseReads
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It‘s not a happy book, in fact it seems like one tragedy after the next keeps happening with no light at the end of the tunnel. And it‘s eerily realistic for being written in the 90‘s and talking about what‘s happening in the 2020‘s (government in chaos, rioting, California on fire, lead in the water, lack of gun restrictions).

AFrostCauseReads Those upsetting things aside, it‘s beautifully written as diary entries from the main character who is very smart, has the strongest will to live, and puts her faith in a better future.
I could not put this down, seriously. I think I read it in less than 24 hours 😅
13mo
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kgriffith
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“I don‘t know whether good times are coming back again. But I know that won‘t matter if we don‘t survive these times.”

Soubhiville 🙌 Amen! 13mo
readordierachel This book 💙 13mo
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Moonprismpower
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Thank you @rsteve388 for a lovely #litsylovefallswap #llfs gift. I‘m excited to start Parable, and Unnatural Magic! And thank you so much for the book darts! I‘ve never used them before & they remind me of someone I knew a long time ago. So thank you. 🤗
#litsylove

Hazel2019 Love the pin lol 😁 might need to get one for my book tote 1y
Bookgoil Such a cute pin love the choices of book! 1y
Hazel2019 And I had to go look up book darts but what a great idea! All these swap pics are going to make me go shopping for myself haha 1y
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rsteve388 The pin is actually a magnet! 1y
Crazeedi 🧡🍂🧡🍂🧡🍂 1y
rsteve388 I am sorry I didn't wrap anything! I am.glad you enjoyed it though. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎉👏🏻📚 1y
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licia.reads
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I‘m trying to read more sci-fi. I‘ve only heard good things about this trilogy.

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SW-T
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Octavia Butler always wanted to be on the NYT Bestseller list. Fourteen years after her death, it‘s finally happened. Great for her legacy, but it would‘ve been even better if it had happened in her lifetime.

SamAnne Wow. And quite the list of other authors there as well. 1y
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j9brown
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Stayed up waaaay too late to finish this. So good, really a classic. And scary, a pretty plausible vision of a terrible future.
It has a similar feel to The Road, but much much more hopeful.

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TheSpineView
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This is a reread for me. It was just as good the 2nd time. Chilling story of a near future dystopian world in which civilization is crumbling. The MC questions religion, government, ethnic groups and from this she forms the basis of what will be a new religion/way of life. 5⭐

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bridge12
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Holy crap! I LOVED this book and blew through it. I‘m so upset I‘ve waited this long. The characters are excellent and the plot kept me on my toes.

I work as an environmental advocate and this hits a bit close to home, falling more in love with “cli-fi”

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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I can't believe I waited until 2020 (during a pandemic no less) to read this dystopian classic set only 5-7 years in the future. This is a fascinating page-turning book about a young Black woman surviving in a US descended into anarchy: drugs, disease, water shortage, environmental degradation and severe economic depression making it at once totally new and eerily familiar. The protagonist is a prophet of a new religion, very unique. Onto book 2!

Leniverse I‘ve been meaning to read that for a few years now. The only book of hers I‘ve read is Kindred, and that was excellent but kind of bleak. And I can‘t do bleak right now. But the Parable duology is apparently more hopeful than a lot of dystopian fiction? Maybe I should go for it? 1y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Leniverse I loved it but it is rather dark at the same time as being hopeful. Maybe not all the way bleak? I just started the second book and I think it's even more hopeful than the first one. 1y
Leniverse Hmm, I might wait a little bit longer. 1y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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In an interview at the end of the book, Butler says to create the 2027 dystopian world in the book she imagined "The United States becoming, slowly, through the combined effects of lack of foresight and short-term unenlightened self-interest, a third world country." ?

Sace Sh*t that's hella scary 😳 1y
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TheSpineView
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#24B4Monday @Andrew65 @SumisBooks @jb72

Friday's readathon hours are in the record books now. Currently working on 2 books. I got a good start on both.

Annie1215 I‘m about to walk to get a BIG coffee before embarking on my day 2. Good luck on your goals today! 1y
Andrew65 Going well 👏👏👏 1y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Happy weekend! A great book, beer, dog, and sunshine, what more could you want?

Julsmarshall The perfect weekend kick off! 1y
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atla
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PSA: Seven Stories Press (sevenstories dot com) is having a 50% off site wide summer sale! Perfect time to buy hardcovers of Octavia Butler‘s Parable duology 💕

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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I love finding notes in used books that other readers wrote! I am wondering the same question, fellow reader. #Marginalia

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ke1lbe1l
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August reads - Would recommend each of these even moreso than last months‘ reads. It was very difficult to pick a favorite this month, but who doesn‘t love a barely futuristic (set in the 2020‘s) story of survival of the fittest with a tinge of hope for mankind? Too close to home? Maybe. So read anything else on this list. I guarantee you‘ll like it. (Minus some anti-Asian sentiments in Bradley‘s, which I had a strong knee jerk reaction to.)

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ErinPringle
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Fantastic, compelling, horrific look at a future world. I listened to it while running, and I do run at night so few times it felt too dark for the book‘s darkness—it‘s a deep examination of human cruelty, survival, empathy, and pain. The narrator is interesting and smart. The characters so real. The audiobook is read by a woman with the perfect voice. I immediately moved onto the sequel when I finished this. #readthis

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read_create_repeat
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While most works of dystopia bear resemblance to the world, the 2020s in Octavia Butler‘s Parables look uncannily familiar. The books are written in the form of journal entries by Lauren Olamina (and later her daughter). In this duology, Butler creates a scary fictional world rooted in reality and explores many themes, including race, religion, ambition, familial tensions, class differences, violence, education and space travel.

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Johanna414
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The ending felt a little abrupt, so I'm going to have to read the sequel very soon. Overall though, I absolutely loved this! It felt so plausible which was a little stressful to be reading right now, but I couldn't put it down. I might be late in discovering Octavia Butler, but I'm a fan now!

Clare-Dragonfly It‘s never too late to discover Octavia Butler! 1y
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Johanna414
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My kids are enjoying a day with grandma, I got a bunch of cleaning done, and now it‘s time to reward myself with a book on the porch. I am loving this one - I can‘t believe it‘s taken me so long to read Octavia Butler!