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review 2018-06-22 19:18
Octavia Butler - Lilith's Brood
Lilith's Brood: Dawn / Adulthood Rites / Imago - Octavia E. Butler

This is not really a review, but it's Octavia Butler's birthday, and I want to use the opportunity to encourage everyone to read this trilogy, one of the most disturbing and brilliant things I've ever read. I first read it about four years ago, taught it three times since then, and it always leads to intense, rewarding discussions. There are so many layers here, every time I read and talk about it, I come away with something new. Likewise, my impression of and opinion about the story's aliens, the Oankali, keeps changing, from horror to approval to longing and back again.

It's here where Butler remarks that humanities core problem is being 'intelligent and hierarchical'. So far,  I haven't found a better assesment.

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text 2018-04-07 00:53
Cannonball Book Club
Did you vote? The 2018 #CannonBookClub book selection polls have closed, and thankfully there was no Russian interference.   Join in on June 8-9, and  discuss  Octavia Butler's Kindred, one of the highest rated books in CBR history. 
 
Just after Halloween, November 2-3, you can celebrate Cannonball Read's co-founder, Alabama Pink, and discuss "https://cannonballread.com/alabama-pink-book-reviews/">one of the books she reviewed in the very first Cannonball Read, Between the Bridge and the River by Craig Ferguson. 
 
You've got 65 and 212 days respectively, so get your hands on these books and get reading. You don't have to be signed up for CBR10 for either of these, all are welcome.
 
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text 2018-03-01 03:13
Reading progress update: I've read 269 out of 346 pages.
Parable of the Sower - Octavia E. Butler

sigh. I love it--but it's a book that often makes me very sad, usually after a shock. I've gotten used to the fact that any character could be gone at any time, but Lauren's dream keeps me hopeful for some kind of optimistic ending...though there will be no paradise for these wandering souls. problem is: will I have to see Lauren fail? a great book, but tragic, at times.

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text 2018-02-28 14:47
Reading progress update: I've read 152 out of 346 pages.
Parable of the Sower - Octavia E. Butler

Lauren seems to represent the best form of struggle--thoughtful, caring, persevering no matter what--a human could achieve, in a decaying future wasteland. I wonder what's going to happen to her.

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text 2018-02-28 03:47
Reading progress update: I've read 103 out of 346 pages.
Parable of the Sower - Octavia E. Butler

so many interesting, marvelous books this February...and it looks like I'm wrapping the month with--just maybe--my favorite of any of them! well, we'll see; but Parable of the Sower has put a spell on me.

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