"Octavia E. Butler is one of the finest voices in fiction�period. . . . A master storyteller, Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty, and ignorance and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature."-The Washington Post Book World
"Readers familiar with . . . Parable of the Sower and Bloodchild will recall that [Butler] never asks easy questi...more
Fledgling opens with a birth scene of sorts. a little girl (we don’t yet know that she’s a little girl, but find out soon enough) wakes up in a cave in tremendous physical pain. her body is badly injured, more, we gather from the description, than a human being would be able to survive. she’s covered...more
Only in the hands of a skilled author could new life be breathed into the quickly becoming stale vampire genre, and Ms. Butler succeeds where so many others fail. Anyone looking for Anne Rice will be sadly...more
Her stories don't teach with luxurious literary language or complex psychological portraits. The earlier novels are a little bit wooden, with characters that sometimes seem like cardboard cut-outs. But rarely have I found stories so LOADED down with ideas that there's barely time to explore one before the next one bursts upon me. Her stories teach th...more
You are attracted to this person above all others, and he/she can give you the greatest pleasure of your entir...more
Butler was not one of those writers who spent a lot of time crafting words, or if she d...more
Well, a remarkable dearth of misandry! In its place was a really, really, really creepy story about how healthy and natural pedophilia can be. In context it makes sense, and technically the pre-pubescent girl was a 50 year-old member of an entirely differe...more
The story revolves around Shori, a vampire who wakes up near death from burns and physical damage...more
For a long time I have been wanting to read a novel by Octavia E. Butler. Her last book, Fledgling, somehow seemed to be the right first choice for me, as I've always had a thing for vampire-stories.
I ordered the book from a local book store and waited for days in eager anticipation for it's arrival. The book arrived and I read it. The first few pages seemed promising, for its premise was different than most other vampire books that I have read. The boo...more
While this book starts out strong, it quickly slips into long, drawn-out exposition on vampire politics, family history and mating habits. The writing, while clean, feels dry and flavorless. It was a struggle to get to the end.
Oh my. Way too much explanation of the ideas in here. That is to say, almost preachy, almost telling not showing. But the thing is, the ideas are absolutely fascinating. And the adventures, and the characters' behaviors, directly follow from the premise that the ide...more
Actually, I ended up deciding not to keep reading. Too much bad stuff for me to look past when I'm not totally hooked on the writing or the topics. Not enough for me to NOT recommend it, but not enough to keep me reading either.
It turns out that this book - young chick vampires - falls squarely into a genre I tend to really like. That she writes it more like traditional fiction only makes it better....more
in may, i finally started reading my copy of 'fledgling,' which i consumed with the same voracious eagerness as the vampir...more
I wish I could write a sequel or something. I want more. More more more!
Shori, the main character of the book, is an Ina (a type of vampire). Ina have a type of venom filled bite that makes humans lust after and eventually fall in love with them. In the book she has multiple sex scenes with men and women. Shori has the body of a 11-12 year old and despite being 50, by the...more
The book is about a young vampire girl. I had high hopes that Butler could take the REALLY overdone vampire story and turn it into an interesting exploration. Well, I was right but I was not...more
Butler does a great job of pushing all of the reader's discomfort buttons. The main character, Shori, physically appears to be a girl of eleven or twelve. In reality, she is fifty-three yea...more
"Fledgling" is the story of a young, African American vampire hybrid with human qualities that morphs into a story about race, age, and sexism in this underground and unknown society in America, at least that...more
Like all of Butler's novels the themes in this book range deep and wide hitting on prejudice, genetic engineering, sexuality, political maneuvering, etc...
what if Vampires didn't just feed on humans... what if a symbiotic relationship between the two species was required and mutually beneficial?
(This was a much more satisfying re-interpretation of Vampire lore than Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series)
|What's The Name o...: Man finds girl in woods, takes her to vacation home to learn she is a vampire. /s||7||39||Dec 02, 2013 06:21PM|
|SciFi and Fantasy...: Any interviews or other info with clues about what sequel to Fledgling would have contained?||1||14||May 20, 2013 06:45AM|
|other vampire of color books?||6||29||May 17, 2012 07:17AM|