Bloodchild and Other Stories
The title peice is about humans enslaved to giant bugs, and the bugs place eggs in the humans so they can hatch. It was intriguing and not for squeamish people. It reminded me a little of "Fledgeling".
Then there was a story that I forget the name of about a disease that made people destructive. People got the disease from a drug that could cure Cancer (kind of like the "I am Legend" movie) and passed it on to their...more
This collection perked my interest in picking up a couple of her nov...more
Warmed-up or not, most Butler stories are of course good reads.
Prior to reading this collection, I already suspected Butler was a crypto-Christian and considered her to be the quintessential late-20th century Yankee writer.
So it was interesting to read a piece...more
In my very li...more
The collection is a really good summery in short works of what makes Octavia Butler such a wonderful writer. Her works give a very complicated sense of realism. No matter how alien or odd the situation you know the people who populate her stories and if you don't agree with their actions you can at least understand them because they are so human. On the flip side of that hum...more
"Bloodchild" is about a very well-described alien species that finds, after a colony of humans arrives on its planet, a gruesome but important use for them. It's told from the perspective of a human child, who is growing up and learning just what it means that he's been chosen to be used in this way. (Despite the title, the aliens are not -- not exactly -- vampires.) I like this story b...more
Bloodchild is an anthology collection that is primarily dominated by sci-fi stories, but also includes some short fiction, essays, and a short biography of Butler complete with photos. Each item is followed by a brief discussion from Butler regarding the inspiration and meaning behind the piece.
I can honestly say there is not a short...more
So everyone knows that I love, love, love OEB and that even when I read stories of hers that are less than satisfying (which is rare, I'll agree), I'm still very satisfied. This compilation of short stories and essays is a wonderful insight into OEB's, well, awesomeness.
As she says at the beginning, she's not much of a short story writer. That is to say, her short stories, while wonderfully imaginative, provocative and genuine, are these huge, wonderful ideas, with lots of people to love and hat...more
“The illness, if it was an illness, had cut even the living off from one another. As it swept over the country, people hardly had time to lay blame on the Soviets (though they were falling silent along with the rest of t...more
Appearing in print for the first time, "Amnesty" is a story of a woman named Noah who works to negotiate the tense and co-dependent relationship between humans and a species of invaders. Also new to this collection is "The Book of Martha" which ask...more
Bloodchild and Other Stories is -- unsurprisingly -- a collection of short stories. The book comes with an introduction by Octavia Butler which explains that she wasn't very good at short stories, because most of them weren't meant to be short stories. The ones in this volume, however, were. And each story comes with an afterword by Butler, explaining what she thinks needs to be said about the story.
Bloodchild: I found this quite disturbing, especia...more
Does that mean I enjoyed them? Eh....
Butler has a lot to say about social responsibility. If you want to live among people, you have to pay a tax. If you expect to be happy for yourself, you must learn how to be happy for others. I suspect Butler is a wiser, more selfless person than I'll ever be, but there's something her ragingly self-destruct...more
Butler is still a relatively new voice in the world of writing. Rightly or wrongly, she is catogori...more