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Parable of the Sower

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  33 reviews
The follow-up to Kindred, the #1 bestseller, comes Octavia E. Butler’s groundbreaking dystopian novel

In this graphic novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, by Damian Duffy and John Jennings, the award-winning team behind the #1 bestseller Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, the author portrays a searing vision of America’s future. In the year 2024,
Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Abrams ComicArts
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Why read a graphic novel adaptation of a novel? For the same reason, one watches a movie adaptation of a novel. It adds a different aspect to the story. Often, if successful, such an adaptation can breathe new life to a story and flesh out things that were not as significant. This graphic novel tells the story of Butler's apocalyptic vision of the future in plain inked drawings, sometimes leaving characters in shadows and not fully illustrated. The story is broken down piece by piece in comic ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first introduction to Butler's work, but I'll definitely be back for more. Her unique take on a dystopian America still feels futuristic, even though it's set in 2024 and was written in 1993. I decided to give this graphic novel adaptation a try since I thought the story would lend itself well to this form - there's so much intense imagery described. The story was incredible - both tragic and hopeful - as a young woman does all she can to survive during intensely threatening times. ...more
Nicole| Booklover.zzz | Zamudio-Roman
Thank you Netgalley and Publishers for the opportunity to read an ARC of this graphic novel!

3.5 stars

I liked the art style they chose for the graphic novel. I just read the novel for class so, having the story fresh in my mind. I was excited to read graphic novel but found that too much information was skipped over/missing or not translated though the artwork that the graphic novel could not be a stand alone work. If someone were to pick it up without having read the book, there were times
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not sure about this one. I got it as an ARC and some panel really seem unfinished, was it part of the style, all of the art look a bit sketchy, which I enjoy I'm not saying that negatively, but some of it really look unfinished... anyway! I wasn't a big fan of the story, never read the original source material so I can't compare... but I find the rhythm to slow for me in a graphic novel format, maybe the novel would be a better choice for me. I never really engage in it...
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even though this ARC is far from finished - the preface is missing and some art is just sketches - this graphic novel has the potential to be a huge up and coming seller next year. I just very recently finished reading the novel version of Parable of the Sower and loved the world building. This graphic novel version does it just as well as Butler's prose. The themes in the novel and this adaptation speak so poignantly to our experiences in 2019 and I hope this graphic novel will have more people ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The graphics aren't finished in the advance copy so I'm looking forward to holding a finished copy in my hands. The novel is set in our all too near future you can feel it. I also read too fast & write reviews to slow. More in the future. Bottomline - get this book.
Ms. Kelly
Although this ARC has inconsistent art (still having some sketches, some outlines, some almost complete art) it is still as riveting as the original.

The distillation of the text into graphic novel sized bites and images is excellent. The art that is there, even the sketches, are full of movement and life.

This story has not only stood the test of time, but become more relevant with time. With a Netflix series on the horizon for this world, I anticipate the novel AND this graphic novel having a
Thank you to Octavia E. Butler (author), Damian Duffy (illustrator), ABRAMS, AbramsComicsArt, and NetGalley for allowing me the extreme pleasure of access to an advanced reader copy of “Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation: A Graphic Novel Adaptation” for an honest review.

This graphic novel adaptation of Parable of the Sower was quite a surprise when I opened it. I've never recieved an ARC that was in such a rough draft format as this one arrived, so I'm going to do my best to cover
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Parable of the Sower through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

To be clear: Parable of the Sower is a graphic novel adaptation of a novel by Octavia E. Butler (of the same name, in case that wasn’t clear). The novel originally published back in the ‘90s, and it seemed right to try and do something more with it now.
Damian Duffy handled the writing for the adaptation, and John Jenning lent his artwork. Together they brought Butler’s tale to all-new
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Parable of the Sower: Graphic Novel
by Octavia E. Butler,
adaptation by Damian Duffy and John Jennings

This is a tricky one to review. On the one hand, there is the stellar story behind this adaption. Butler was a master of the field, weaving powerful prose with profound ideas to create something transcendent, at times.
The Parable of the Sower novel is deep, and compelling, and important.

It is a story of humanity in danger, of faith and creed and hope. It is about race and love and humanity. It
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I will start this by saying that I have never read anything by Octavia E Butler and only became aware of her in the last couple of years. So when I say this graphic novel version of her story Parable of the Sower I thought this would be a nice way to be introduced to her. Now obviously this isn't the original but instead a graphic depiction of her original story. Just like a movie adaptation can help you fall in love with a book so can a graphic novel.

This a story set less than ten years from
Annette Jordan
This is a difficult review to write because it is virtually impossible and certainly unfair to review a graphic novel where the artwork is as incomplete as it is here. The illustrations are key to the success of any graphic novel , and they are what really make a difference when you adapt such a beloved classic as the wonderful Parable of the Sower. From what I could see in several of the more finished panels, the illustrations have promise and certainly seem in keeping with the story, but there ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for the free graphic novel.*

Octavia E. Butler is a force to be reckoned with if you are into sci-fi. "Parable of the Sower", originally a novel published in 1993, takes place in a post-climate-change U.S. where poverty and violence reign. This dystopia was adapted into a graphic novel, which makes absolute sense.

The story is well done. Our protagonist Lauren Oya Olamina is a black girl who can sense other people's
Susie Wang
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very solid read. The adaptation from novel to graphic novel seems very smooth. There are more long passages in it than most graphic novels, but I suppose they already tried their best to not include too many.

I haven't read the novels yet, but I'm assuming this adaptation stops where the first novel stops. (I just checked the last few pages of the novel, the adaptation indeed ends where the first novel ends. I also noted that the adaptation is quite faithful to the original materials.)

I read the
Paisley Green
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This ARC is hard to review.

I love Octavia Butler's Earthseed books, of which Parable of the Sower is the first. People have praised Butler time and time again for her prescient depiction of 2020s America and her hopeful Afrofuturist science fiction philosophy. Seriously, read those books.

This graphic novel is a faithful adaptation, and some artistic choices, like the voiceover boxes being the lined paper of Lauren Olamina's journal, already capture the protagonist's inner life well. BUT, it's
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First off: I received an ARC of this graphic novel through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own for better or worse, etc. On to my thoughts:

This book is GORGEOUS. I can't wait for it to come out in January 2020, because I am absolutely going to buy it. I hoard graphic novels and comics, as well as science fiction and fantasy literature, so this will fit right in with what I've got going. Plus, I have an abiding love for the work of Octavia Butler. Soooo... yeah,
Lucy Goodfellow
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: graphic novel lads
An excellent way to introduce a classic science fiction story to new readers.
The illustrator is able to show the dystopian horrors of this world superbly with drawings that take the intense imagery that Octavia E. Butler crafted and amplify it tenfold. The artwork helps the fragmented nature of the story- that can cause an issue for readers of the original, to flow seamlessly from scene to scene, making the passage of time easy to follow.
The story itself is adapted faithfully from the original
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every prophet's story begins somewhere and this is the story Lauren Olamina. The story begins behind the Wall. A barrier that protects Lauren and her neighbors. The story follows the family's quest to survive. Drug addicts, scavengers, dogs and fire threaten their way of life. In the midst of growing up, Lauren begins writing her thoughts down. Earthseed the Book of the Living is born. Her thoughts about God, growth and community spur her and strengthen her as she has to grow up fairly quickly. ...more
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This graphic novel was my introduction to Octavia Butler. Yes, I have heard her name many times but have never read her work. I knew her work was dark and heavy so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to get familiar with Parable of the Sower. The graphic novel has imagery which makes it easier to follow along with the story. I can't really rate the images because the ARC I received is mainly rough sketches. But if the finished product is like the vivid cover that attracted me to this ...more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it confused and frustrated. Or maybe this is just a good lesson for me: beware requesting ARCs of graphic novels?

I am a huge fan of the novel Parable of the Sower - it truly changed my life when I read it years ago. So no question, a 5-star story for me.

But the artwork here is so unfinished, I just have to wonder why the publisher even bothered to release an ARC of it? Because as it stands right now, it is so painful, confusing, and so obviously in flux that I would never ever recommend it.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

It is 2024, and the United States looks nothing like what people from the late 20th century would recognize. Environmental and economic crises have devastated the country. Teenager Lauren Olamina lives in a walled-off neighborhood, which gives her family some protection from the worse conditions outside the walls. Lauren is afraid to tell her dad that she doesn't believe in his Christian god. Instead, she
Carro Herdegen
Jul 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language: R (87 swears, 2 “f”); Mature Content: R; Violence: R
In 2025, America is not the amazing place it used to be -- communities close themselves off for safety, only leaving when they have to. But not all those spreading harm and fear are deterred by a locked gate. As the world around Lauren and her family becomes more violent and unpredictable, she tries to prepare them for the hardships coming -- unfortunately, some are not willing to listen until it is too late.
While the premise
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphics-comics
Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!
I really wanted to like this; I like the graphic adaptation of Kindred so much. I was pretty excited to get this, and I liked the first half or so of the book very much. I'm a big fan of the two novels (Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents) and know them well, so at first I wasn't bothered by the rough uncolored sketches of the ARC.
However, in the p0rtion of the book dealing with the trek on the road, as more and more people join--I had a hard time
As (many) others have said, it's unfair to grade this ARC as-is because the art is incomplete. If nothing else, it's black and white here, and will be full color in the final version. And that makes a difference. I haven't read the non-graphic-novel version of Parable of the Sower, so I don't have a good sense of how well it translated. Without full illustrations, the pacing felt off for me, I had trouble keeping characters straight and the Earthseed verses seemed scattershot, almost like ...more
Marta Ilieva
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Parable of the Sower was a fantastic graphic novel! It follows Lauren, the protagonist, as she goes on a journey to find a better place to live after her family dies. Octavia Butler does a wonderful job at building a world filled with economic, social, and environmental upheaval. The story was incredibly interesting and engaging, and I cannot wait to see the final published copy because the black and white sketches were super hard to follow. Actually, I hate to say this, but I think this was the ...more
J.D. DeHart
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am struck by the beauty of this work, as well as the power of the narrative. Octavia E. Butler's work is represented well in this graphic novel adaptation. Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel would make a welcome addition to classroom and personal libraries. This is the second adapation of Butler's novels I have had the opportunity to read, and a welcome reason to return to her original work.

The images are wonderful, and the work is thoughtful. More than that, this is a powerful testament to
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for a honest review from NetGalley.

I really loved this graphic novel adaptation of this classic book. The art is interesting and beautiful and this adaptation is just amazing overall. Well worth the read for lovers of the original and new readers who enjoy graphic novels.
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
The art in the review copy is unfinished and makes it very hard to complete a review of a graphic novel interpretation.

However, graphic novel may not be the best representation of this story. While the completed art is promising, the story is difficult to follow. The print will be small and details may get lost in the process of reading.

Unfortunately, even though I loved this title in original print, I cannot recommend this version.
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent and detail-oriented adaptation of Butler's classic Parable of the Sower. Like the recent release of her novel Kindred in the same format, it omits very little of the original dialogue and internal thoughts of the protagonists, and captures the fear and excitement that the novel so beautifully balances.
The Kawaii Slartibartfast
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Parable of the Sower from Abrams ComicArts through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Parable of the Sower is one of my favorite books and it translates really well to the graphic novel format. I loved Lauren's journal entries.
This is such an important story and I'm thrilled at the idea of it finding a wider audience.
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Damian Duffy is a cartoonist, scholar, writer, curator, lecturer, teacher, and Glyph Comics Award-winning graphic novelist. He holds a MS and PhD in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His many publications include academic essays (in comics form) on new media & learning and art books about underrepresentation in comics culture.

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