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Parable of the Talents
Parable of the Talents | Octavia E. Butler
As America rebuilds itself, bigotry threatens a peaceful havenLauren Olamina was only eighteen when her family was killed, and anarchy encroached on her Southern California home. She fled the war zone for the hope of quiet and safety in the north. There she founded Acorn, a peaceful community based on a religion of her creation, called Earthseed, whose central tenet is that God is change. Five years later, Lauren has married a doctor and given birth to a daughter. Acorn is beginning to thrive. But outside the tranquil groups walls, America is changing for the worse.Presidential candidate Andrew Steele Jarret wins national fame by preaching a return to the values of the American golden age. To his marauding followers, who are identified by their crosses and black robes, this is a call to arms to end religious tolerance and racial equalitya brutal doctrine they enforce by machine gun. And as this band of violent extremists sets its deadly sights on Earthseed, Acorn is plunged into a harrowing fight for its very survival.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the authors estate.
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BC_Dittemore
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Parable of the Talents takes what Butler began with Sower and, I dare say, improves upon it. Talents is bleaker, the conflict is more frightening and the end had me tear up a bit. The final act felt a bit rushed, but I think that‘s because I was so invested in Lauren‘s journey that I wanted more. Really, though, Butler made the right choice; more would‘ve made it repetitive. I highly recommend both Sower and Talents. Really fantastic works.

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Oldschool_millenial
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Madame Butler once said that all she did for her books was take then-present-day problems and imagine how they'd look when left to fester for at least a few decades.
In another eerie prediction in this duology: an election between a radical wanting to "Make America Great Again" who's inspired disturbing violence, vs an older politician who DOESN'T want the radical to have his way.
Guess who won in the book? ?

Itchyfeetreader I‘ve found myself thinking a lot about this since I read it earlier in the year 2mo
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BC_Dittemore
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Took a few days off from reading to focus on my own writing, but I‘m jumping back in it today by following up with the second Earthseed book, Parable of the Talents.

CuriousG I love everything about Octavia Butler's mind and all of the 9 books I've read so far...chipping away at the rest. I even have a compilation of interviews with her and read one interview every few months. Enjoy! 2mo
BC_Dittemore The Parable books are the first works I‘ve read of hers. Her foresight is uncanny. Thinking about moving onto Kindred next. 2mo
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cdreincarnate
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I thought it was interesting that this book was told from multiple perspectives, which gives the reader a chance to see Lauren as a complicated human being instead of some sort of all-knowing prophet.

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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This second book was more riveting than the first as the action REALLY ratcheted up, in my opinion. The book is set in a future where the world has been taken over by religious zealots (a la The Handmaid‘s Tale) who are actively trying to control the citizens through brute force. I did enjoy the plot lines and action, but never really bought into the motivation espoused by the character Lauren.

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Susanita
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This sat on my in-progress shelf far too long. Thanks to the #bookspin kick in the pants, I finally finished it. Not sure if this book or the first one was more harrowing!

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Itchyfeetreader
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I enjoyed this more than the first book (which I still found compelling). Hearing the remainder of Lauren and the Acorn community story was still pretty dark but adding an extra narrator‘s voice was a positive and gave a better picture of Lauren who was a tough main character to really know on the first book.

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suvata
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Five years after the events of the previous novel Parable of the Sower, Lauren has founded a new community called Acorn centered around her religion, Earthseed, which is predicated around the belief that humanity's destiny is to travel beyond Earth and live on other planets in order for humanity to reach adulthood.

The concept of “Earthseed” intrigues me but I found this second book to move slowly and, maybe, be a little wordy.

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Ellen_C
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Amazing follow up to Parable of the Sower. Butler predicted MAGA! The story of Lauren and Earthseed continues. Violence and upheaval almost destroy the community. Told by Lauren, her daughter and the views of a couple of other characters. https://cannonballread.com/2021/09/parable-of-the-talents-elcicco/

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smjohns
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After finishing The Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler, I really want to start this one. But, I have to work tomorrow, SIGH.

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Hillea2
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Not my favorite read but felt like I needed to read it after reading the first one.

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Auntynanny
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I really enjoyed this. The structure of the novel was interesting, with the main character's daughter's narration combined with diary entries from Lauren's journal. For some reason I had it in my head that this was a trilogy, so I was a bit disappointed to learn there's not a third book.

SpaceCowboyBooks Sadly she died during the writing of the 3rd book. 1y
Auntynanny Ah, that's probably why I was confused. 1y
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Beccacraft
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This sequel was interesting (especially the parallels between Jarret and Trump) and wonderfully written. The book follows the Earthseed community as they encounter a world overflowing with religious extremists, and the effects on Lauren and her daughter. It explores difficult topics including rape, murder, and trafficking. Overall, this book was less compelling than Sower and had too many religious undertones for me, yet still a recommended read.

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DavidDiamond
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I think one of Butler's many Talents was predicting the future. It was impossible not to think of Donald Trump when she was writing about demagogue and fascist President Jarrett. With that said, I found this less compelling than Sower, and at times a bit repetitive with not much happening. There is no doubt Butler was an extremely talented writer, and I did enjoy the story, just not as much as I was hoping.

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bridge12
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I‘m pretty sure I said this about Parable of the Sower and didn‘t learn my lesson.... I don‘t know what took me so long to read this book. But holy cow this book was wonderful! It is so relevant and a quick, heartbreaking, read.

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Shievad
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Great duology, Butler‘s prose is beautiful. But this book was more emotionally difficult to get through than Sower. I kept thinking how close we came to going down the path in this book. It felt like Trump read this book, especially since he had the same exact slogan as the ultra-right fictitious president, “make America great again”. So many times I had to take a break because it felt so close to home.

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DavidDiamond
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“(President)Jarret condemns the burnings, but does so in such mild language that his people are free to hear what they want to hear. As for the beatings, the tarring and feathering...he has a simple answer: “Join us! Our doors are open to every nationality, every race! Leave your sinful past behind, and become one of us. Help us to make America great again.”

Butler wrote this in 2001 about events in 2032, but apparently predicted Trump in 2021.

BarbaraBB The parallel is striking 😱. You would almost think Trump read the book, but no 😉 (edited) 2y
DavidDiamond @BarbaraBB LOL...Trump can't even spell “book“, much less read one! 2y
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Lizerati
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Beautiful, heartbreaking, and eerily prescient. What an incredible storyteller Butler was. I loved Parable of the Sower and this was a captivating and worthy sequel.

#Booked2021 #SFWrittenByAWoman #SciFi

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TheSpineView
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This is the 2nd book in the series. It was good but I liked the first one better. The religious undertones became a bit much for my tastes. I did like how the author explored the idea that religion can be both good and bad depending on its use. Caution it does contain a lot of difficult topics, i.e. human trafficking, rape, murder, etc. Also the prose was outstanding. Butler is an awesome writer. 4⭐

TheSpineView This is my #BookSpin pick for January @TheAromaofBooks and also a book in a series #SeriesRead2021 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!!! 2y
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TheSpineView
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

"They'll make a God of her."

ShyBookOwl I love this author 💜 Her book Dawn introduced me to sci fi 😍 #blackvoices 2y
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Susanita
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1. I‘ve been struggling my way through the tagged book for...a while. I‘m determined to finish, even if it means that I‘ll have to wait on hold again after the current Libby loan expires. The writing is sooo good, but the story is sooo 😳😱
2. Regrets? I‘ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention. 🎶

#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 😊 2y
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readordierachel
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I've posted this quote before, but it seemed particularly fitting today. I've already cast my vote for Biden/Harris, now all I can do is wait and hope 🤞🏼

saresmoore So good. 2y
Tanisha_A Superb! 2y
Traci1 💙💙 hoping along with you. 2y
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SamAnne 💙💙💙💙💙 2y
vivastory Make Octavia Butler Fiction Again 2y
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Bette Worth reposting 💙 2y
Bookzombie Such a good quote! 💙 2y
Trashcanman I like your haircut. You rock it 2y
readordierachel @Trashcanman Thanks 😊 Hope you and your family are doing as well as possible 2y
SamAnne I am crying right now. So much relief. 2y
readordierachel @SamAnne I feel you 💙 2y
Palimpsest 🍾 🥰I also was flooded with emotion and have happy tears. 2y
readordierachel @Palimpsest Such good news 💙🎉 2y
saresmoore Yes!!!! Hope is restored! 2y
Cathythoughts I‘m so happy for you America ! And for all of us in the rest of the world 2y
SamAnne I‘m drinking tequila before noon. I live in a red county but I‘m headed downtown to find the Blue party! And I start weeping on the hour. 2y
sprainedbrain Yayayayayayayayay!! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
readordierachel @Cathythoughts Yes, this definitely feels like a win for all of us! 💙 2y
readordierachel @saresmoore Sweet, sweet hope! 2y
readordierachel @SamAnne That sounds like a perfect way to celebrate 🍸🥂 2y
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lalatiburona
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The best kind of breakfast.

Texreader Yum 2y
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lalatiburona
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My current active reading pile 👌👌👌

Ruthiella I have The Power in my pile for September too. 😀 2y
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j9brown
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Wow. I did not expect this to be so grim. What an amazing series, though. And what a terrifying peek at an almost believable future - the widespread terrible poverty and horrifying religious extremism - but never hopeless.

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Addison_Reads
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#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

I've said it before, but Octavia Butler is one of the greatest authors I've ever read. She was a woman ahead of her time who was not afraid of writing about difficult subjects that would leave your mind spinning and your heart aching.

This was an emotional conclusion to the Earthseed story. It continues with the themes of religion from the first, but we see the story from a bit of a different point of view.

vivastory She recently made the NY Times Bestseller List, a dream of hers when she was alive. Love these books 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Even better than its predecessor, which I also gave 5 stars. A fascinating and heartbreaking dystopia about the ambitious (Black woman) leader of a new religion and her biological and found family. A terrifying science fiction imagining of what happens when a fundamentalist tyrant comes to take advantage of an apocalypse and his followers indulge in the worst abuses of power imaginable. A tough read (slavery, rape, poverty) but also hopeful.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Happy weekend! Peach beer not pictured as I couldn't hold it plus the book and my dog Whitey. Yesterday was her 17th (!!) birthday! #DogsOfLitsy

Prairiegirl_reading Happy birthday Whitney!! Wow! 17!! 🎉 2y
Ruthiella Wow, 17? You don‘t look a day over 5 Whitney! 🐶❤️ 2y
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SW-T She looks amazing for being only 17 years young! 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @SW-T Whitey says thank you! 2y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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"Presidential candidate Texas Senator Andrew Steele Jarret ... : 'Help us to make America great again.' "

If this dystopian sci fi hadn't been published in 1998, I'd say this was a too obvious allusion to Trump. ?

Ruthiella No kidding. She got so much right in that book! 2y
Kenyazero Haha yikes! That's not good when the president mirrors dystopians that predate him! (Not that it hasn't happened with other books, it just makes me laugh every time) 2y
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Texreader
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read_create_repeat
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While most works of dystopia bear resemblance to the world today, the 2020s in Octavia Butler‘s Parables look uncannily similar to today. 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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Pedrocamacho
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Octavia Butler is some kind of a prophet. This book hit close to home in a number of ways. It‘s amazing that she wrote this book (the last of the Earthseed duology) in 1998. I loved it.
It‘s bittersweet, however, since I think that I‘ve now read all of her books 😢

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KadeLexical
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Intense second book, with a fulfilling (if heartbreaking) ending. I had thought it meant to be a trilogy, but the two books were complete. Such an incredible story, if you can stomach some serious trauma.

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JeanaRae
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Has anyone else read this? It's not what I normally read and is challenging and thought provoking.

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underground_bks
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Everything you‘ve heard about this book‘s uncanny resemblance to today is LEGIT. If The Handmaid‘s Tale showed us what a totalitarian Christian takeover of America would look like, The Parable of the Talents shows us what a populist one would look like. Brilliant, unnerving, and intense.

Leftcoastzen 😻 2y
AmyG What a sweet cat ❤️ 2y
underground_bks @AmyG thank you! His name is Peter 🥰 2y
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underground_bks @Leftcoastzen just gonna make all my Litsy pictures of Peter from now on! 🤗 2y
Darklunarose Well aren‘t you a gorgeous cat! 2y
underground_bks @Darklunarose thank you! My husband and I just think he‘s the handsomest but we‘re not impartial 😉 2y
Darklunarose @underground_bks he is handsome and then some! 2y
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Since 2016, I‘ve heard people say Parable of the Talents, published in 1998, is eerily relevant to the America we live in today, and the resemblance is definitely more than the motto of the insidious President Jarret: “Make America Great Again.” This page contemplating why different groups of Americans, like evangelicals and poor whites, revere and support “Jarret” really puts that uncanny resemblance to our time on full display.

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Vansa
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This book makes me want to weep.

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Vansa
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Move over, Nostradamus. Ms.Butler foretold things the most accurately

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Vansa
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Again. This sounds like nonfiction about India.

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Vansa
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OH MY GOD. This is like nonfiction about India.

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Kathrin
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Final finished this puzzle while listening to my audiobook.

The book has been taking a dark turn... I don't know if I have the mental capacity for this right now.

PurpleyPumpkin Dark books are definitely not for me right now. On a lighter note, that‘s a beautiful puzzle! 😍 (edited) 2y
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Minervasbutler
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Sequel to Parable of the Sower, and the teenage protagonist of that novel is now a young woman, married and about to become a mother and even more firmly committed to the spreading of her Earthseed gospel. A compelling piece of dystopian fiction, an examination of the evils of religious dogma and the potential for spiritual growth once the shackles of organised religion are broken.

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Kathrin
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Jarret is a presidential candidate in the story. The book was published in 1998. If our president had a reputation for reading, I would have guessed that this is where his play book is coming from. Maybe one of his minons is a fan...

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Texreader
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Reviewing both Parable books, I was immersed in the dystopian story and character development. What happens when catastrophic climate change and the pox decimate the country? We may find out in real life but Butler describes it brilliantly. I didn‘t like the new “religion,” however. It was boring and in the Talents, way too preachy, when the story would have been just as good without it. Excellent narration. #authoramonth

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Soubhiville
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#authoramonth #octaviabutler

We‘re in the last week of June, can you believe it? There‘s still time to enjoy an Octavia Butler book! I‘ll post on the first asking for your totals. Do you still plan to read more by her?

If you like to prepare, July brings us Mary Roach. If you haven‘t read her yet, I very highly recommend Stiff.

Happy Reading friends!

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Eggs Thank you Soubhi 😊 I have read all I can read for this month-shall I post here? I read 7 Butlers and enjoyed most of them. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm NONE from me this month. I have previously read Parable of the Sower and Kindred and I couldn‘t get hold of her other books this month. 2y
sudi I got zero this month, I'll try to get at least one in July 😁 2y
OriginalCyn620 None for me this month! 😔 2y
dariazeoli Hey, is Stiff really gory/gross? I haven‘t decided between that and Gulp for July. I have a weak stomach. 2y
Andrew65 Nine for me either this month. With libraries shut wasn‘t able to get hold of any. 2y
Soubhiville @dariazeoli if you have a weak stomach, maybe Stiff isn‘t for you? I didn‘t find it gory, but it definitely was gross in parts. As a vet tech, it takes a lot to really bother me though. But there is a lot in it about decomposition and both how it works and the yucky details of it. I don‘t know if you can handle that? 2y
Soubhiville @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I haven‘t read that one yet! I‘ll have to check it out. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @dariazeoli With a weak stomach, I‘d skip both of those and try Packing For Mars or another less bodily function one, maybe Grunt or Spook. 2y
dariazeoli @Riveted_Reader_Melissa That was the plan, but Hoopla and Libby don‘t have them 😔 2y
AmyG I skipped June...so 0 books read. Now on to find that Mary Roach book I have somewhere. 😳 2y
Melismatic I have Spook on hold. I‘ve never read her before but seeing what‘s available makes me very curious. Such a fun pick! As for Ms Butler - I finished 2 and loved her style. 2y
BookwormAHN I read Fledgling this month, so that's 1 more for me. 2y
Amiable With our library services still so drastically curtailed, I never could get a Butler book to read. 😕 I‘ll try July! 2y
NeedsMoreBooks Read only Kindred. Planning to read more in July. 2y
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Susanita
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1. Nice day with storms in the evening.
2. After dinner we sat on the patio and watched the rain.
3. Tagged book was pretty alarming when I started it last year, and it‘s even more alarming now. But it‘s for #authoramonth and it‘s going back to the library in a few days...
#thoughtfulthursday
Thanks for the tag!

MoonWitch94 Evening storms are my favorite. It‘s magical to watch Mother Nature‘s mighty wrath. Thanks for playing 💗🌸💗 2y
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readordierachel
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I don't have much to say that hasn't been said before. Butler is brilliant & these books are timely & unsettling. She builds on what has been to create a bleak vision of what could be, & it's all too easy to imagine.

But her image of God as change, a constant force that can be shaped for good, is a hopeful one.

My only complaint is that I wanted to know more about what Earthseed became, about how the vision played out in the distant future. 5⭐

Emilymdxn Amen! A perfect but unsettling book, I want a longer series so badly 2y
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Texreader
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Listening to this one now. So incredible that this one is about a scary candidate running for president in 2032 with the slogan Make America Great Again! Butler wrote the book in 1998. And he has a cult-like following. Yikes! #authoramonth #joysofjune #readathon

annahenke Wow 2y
Bookish.Leftist.Auntie Octavia Butler's work is amazing! This series was almost prophetic, unfortunately. 2y
GingerAntics Holy mother he could see the future!!! That is terrifying. I can‘t wait to see if he saw anything else coming. 2y
Emilymdxn This book took my breath away! Octavia Butler is always a master writer but this one was spookily prescient 2y
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"Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies."

Texreader Timely 2y
Emilymdxn This book took my breath away so much, even more than Parable of the Sower! hard to believe she wasn't writing it in response to our current situation, I suppose some things never change though 2y
GingerAntics This is so fitting for our current environment. 2y
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Reggie Oof. Here‘s to hoping that a change is made in November. 🤞🏼 2y
readordierachel @Texreader @GingerAntics It really strikes a nerve doesn't it? I'm tempted to say Butler was prescient (the word circles through my head as I'm reading), but she was writing these through Reagan and Clinton. I agree @Emilymdxn that some things don't seem to change. Yes, here's hoping @Reggie 🤞🏼🤞🏼 2y
GingerAntics Ah yes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. 2y
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