Shori wakes up in wilderness with extensive injuries and no memories. As she recovers, the realisation that she has very unhuman needs and abilities leads to a shocking conclusion: Shori is a 53-year-old vampire.
To have a future, she must unravel her past ... because the people that nearly killed her haven't given up....more
Mostly, however, I liked the book fine. Any major issues I have can be neatly summed up in my opinion on quasi-pedophile literature in general. It's designed to make us squirm. If it doesn't make you squirm then maybe you're reading just a tad t ...more
While I love Octavia Butler, I have been avoiding Fledgling for a while because Twilight* and the “paranormal romance” genre that followed in its wake are anathema to me. I knew of course that Ms. Butler would never slum it with Stephenie Meyer, but the subject matter is kind of spoiled for me. Still, I am running out of Octavias to read so I did not want to skip one of her - all too few – novels just because of my disillusion with vampire fiction in ge ...more
Another vampire book review from the guy who says he’s not a fan of vampires? Yeah, well I’m trying to find the good ones, not the dreck that’s jumped onto the Twilight bandwagon. And quite frankly I didn’t pick this one up because it was a vampire book per se, but because it was one by Octavia Butler, whose work I’ve been meaning to look into more, and this is the only stand-alone that I’m aware of. It turned out to be a good book, though there are some possibly ‘problematic’ issu ...more
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I am shocked that this was published by the same Octavia E. Butler who wrote PARABLE OF THE SOWER and KINDRED. It felt like it was written by a totally different person. If I hadn't looked at the publication date and seen the "2005," I would have thought that this was a less-successful first novel. That seriously bums me out because I love vampire novels, and the idea of reading a novel about a black vampire that explores the themes of r ...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
Fledgling doesn't measure up. I scanned the second half ...more
So it's perhaps odd that I've never met a vampire outside of Anne Rice's books that I liked. There's never been another vampire story to draw me in and get under my skin. I usually give vampire b ...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
You are attracted to this person above all others, and he/she can give you the greatest pleasure of your entir ...more
& innovation. Tired of the same formula, it breaks conventions as it establishes others. That there is a hybrid vampire able to move in sunlight, thus breaking with the status quo (or our interpretation of the status quo, you know, in some parallel universe where vampires exist), it is all just too majestically REAL.
The tragedy of FLEDGLING is that it invites us into a world that is so fully alive that right a ...more
Sexy sexy vampires...
Octavia Butler used the last of her considerable writing talents to leave us with the Ina, an interesting new culture and species of vampire.
The author decided to make the MC sexy vampire female.
Yes, good choice.
Great, love diversity in stories.
And ten years old.
You've lost me.
By the third sex scene where this little girl is joyfully plowed by an enormous hairy white twenty year old man, I decided the author had lost her mind.
If this is where ...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
1) Genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire in the body of a young, amnesiac girl.
2) Octavia Butler, because, she's awesome.
3) My first experience reading about a black vampire.
Reasons why this book was a disappointment:
1) The POV is a young, amnesiac girl who never "remembers." (It got old, fast.)
2) According to my book club, several of Butler's other books are *much* better.
3) The most radical thing about the book was the "underage" sex.
Usually, I'm d ...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
Butler was not one of those writers who spent a lot of time crafting words, or if she d ...more
The insinuations about Shori's "impairment" in the face of her obviously advanced abilities, extralegal attacks on her, and even the insistence of benevolent parties that "race means nothing to us" are all too familiar...
As usual with Butler, I couldn't put ...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
Okay, so I was *supposed* to read this with Nenia, but I was too grossed out and quit pretty early on. The vampire in this book looks like an eleven-year-old girl, but is 53 in vampire years (although she's apparently not mature in vampire years either). Anyway, it's super disgusting to read a graphic sex scene involving a child and an adult man, even if that man is "compelled" to be sexually attracted to her. No thanks.
Nenia ended up finishing it, and h ...more
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After her father died, Butler was raised by her widowed mother. Extremely shy as a child, Octavia found an outlet at the li ...more