Ruthie's Reviews > Lilith's Brood

Lilith's Brood by Octavia E. Butler
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Nov 21, 2008

bookshelves: currently-reading

Um. This trilogy (the three novels are, respectively, Dawn, Adulthood Rites and Imago) is some seriously weird stuff. (Duh. Sci-fi is weird.) But Butler is a helluva story teller. This is another instance in which I'm pimping an author I read for class. Butler is rightly renowned for her artistry, her characters and, of course, her imagination. Imagination in the case of this writer means not, "wow the author really effectively imagined how that conversation between those two ex-lovers would go" but rather "wow, the author really effectively imagines what life would be like if humans were genetically mixed with another species and began life anew on Mars." No kidding. The challenge--which I find fun--is to engage the story for what it says about this moment, now, for human kind. Perilous as "this moment" is, we made need science fiction for its myriad insights--we definitely need Butler for hers.

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Lilith's Brood.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.