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Wild Seed - Octavia E. Butler
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review 2017-10-02 14:29
Wild Seed Doesn't Grab Me Like Other Books
Wild Seed - Octavia E. Butler

Well this one didn't work for me at all. The only saving grace is that it was short. I loved/liked Octavia Butler's other books and this one just made my skin crawl. Reading about almost immortal beings named Anyanwu and Doro through 288 pages of their dysfunction was a little much for me honestly.

 

When Doro comes across Anyanwu (Sun Woman) he is happy to finally meet someone that he thinks can help him with his quest to breed the perfect children. Though Anyanwu is hesitant to be with Doro, she decided that she is tired of being alone more and watching her descendants die along with her husbands. Too late she realizes that Doro is a cruel being who doesn't care about people at all except to make sure that they do his bidding in all things.


They travel from Africa to the New World (America) and are able to change their bodies, color of their skin, and even their sex. I wish that Butler had these two stay African and have to deal with the problems their skin color would have living in the Americas, but that is quickly skated over by people saying how afraid of Doro they are and Doro and his villages are quickly left alone.


I also felt frustrated by Anyanwu since she is really just Doro's doormat. She keeps making all these concessions thinking it is going to keep her children safe and nothing she is doing does that. Doro is cruel and has caused her pain over and over again and she is in a love/hate relationship with him. I thought it was gross how Doro was forcing Anywanwu to breed with who he said since he wanted children off of her. I kept hoping someone would kill Doro.


The writing was good, I just lost interest in it after a while. This is not another Xenogenesis series where you can see the debates about consent going back and forth and gray areas. There is just simply Doro being awful and getting away with it for centuries. 

 

The flow as upside down too though. Nothing goes on forever it seems besides reading about how Doro is trying to breed people and then we come to an end which I assume sets up the next book in the series. I plan on skipping that. 

 

 

 

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text 2017-09-28 23:12
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Wild Seed - Octavia E. Butler

I am reading this for the "Supernatural" square.

 

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review 2017-04-25 08:02
Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler
Wild Seed - Octavia E. Butler

Series: Patternmaster #1

 

Finally, a book by Octavia E. Butler that I didn’t hate!

 

I really didn’t like Dawn and Parable of the Sower, you see. So it seems like Butler’s writing got worse as time passed, at least in my opinion. I’m not entirely sure the ending was all that convincing since it seemed like such an abrupt shift, but it’s late at night and I’m willing to accept it for now.

 

Anyway, Anyanwu is a witch and she meets another witch, Doro. Anyanwu is immortal because her body stopped aging naturally and she’s gained complete control over it while Doro is immortal because his spirit keeps stealing bodies. Doro is the epitome of taking because he’s powerful without giving anything back (other than his “protection”) and is basically a kind of soul-stealing vampire. He seeks to control Anyanwu too with only moderate success. Wild Seed is the story of how they met and the first 150 years or so of their relationship.

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review 2016-10-23 23:15
Book 77/100: Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
Wild Seed - Octavia E. Butler

I've put off writing this review for weeks because this is one of those books that it is hard for me to be articulate about.

The experience of reading this book is claustrophobic at times; this is an interesting juxtaposition with the fact that its central characters are immortal or nearly so,which seems like it should lend itself to a feeling of "expansiveness." Instead, despite her immortality and her incredible shape-shifting and healing abilities, Anyanwu spends much of the book "trapped" by Doro due to her reluctance to put her children in danger or subject them to his manipulations.

Despite her entrapment, Anyanwu never feels totally "powerless" -- even as a prisoner, she loves those around her even when they appear abhorrent or unlovable. She's an almost Christlike figure and embodies the idea of "feminine strength" that persists no matter how much the world tries to control or break her down.

I really hated Doro.

Other references I read to this book made it sound like a love story between Doro and Anyanwu. It's more of a "love-hate" story. There's a whiff of Beauty & the Beast in the idea that perhaps Ayanwu's strength and goodness can save or change Doro throughout the centuries. I feel conflicted about their relationship and the book in general. It is not an easy book to read because it offers no easy answers to subjects of consent, dominion, sex, or history. The historical details are vivid, which is not really pleasant in colonial, slave-driven America. I wish the questions this book wrestles with were not still so relevant today.

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