They discover Earth has been invaded by an alien microorganism. The deadly entity attacks like a virus, but survivors of the disease genetically bond with it, developing amazing powers, near-immortality, unnatural desires - and a need to sp ...more
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Perhaps it was the violence against young children that has me troubled. The ending, certainly, is not for the faint of heart. However, I did not dislike this book because of this. My dislike comes, perhaps from a bias regarding its place as part of the See ...more
Written in 1984, ...more
Originally published at Fantasy Literature
Clay’s Ark (1984) was written last in Octavia Butler’s 4-book PATTERNIST series, but comes third in chronology. It takes place after Wild Seed (1980) and Mind of My Mind (1977), in the post-apocalyptic California desert. Society has collapsed into armed enclaves, marauding ‘car families’, organ hunters, and isolated towns. It’s along the lines of Mad Max, with fuel sources depleted and social i ...more
That sounds like a good tagline for an ad poster for this book. However, as it was published in 1984 I doubt such a poster exists…
Octavia Butler is one of my all-time favorite authors, my reviews of her books tend to be somewhat fanboyish, short on objectivity, and of course completely unprofessional (this not being my profession). Still, I find it quite pleasant to ...more
Butler published Patternmaster in 1974, and then spent the next eight years filling in the history of the far-future world she had created. This produced Wild Seed, which became one of her best novels, but it also produced Survivor, which she later disowned, and Clay's Ark.
Clay's Ark has the usual Butlerian sexual, racial and xenophob ...more
Both novels concern a sort of new development for humanity -- Mind of My Mind has people with psychic abilities who are gaining power by working as a group, and Clay's Ark has an isolated set of people infected by an alien disease which changes them completely. All of the major characters in Mind of My Mind were part of the in-group of psychics; there was no real voice for the ordinary humans whom the psy ...more
Anyway, here's the plot in a nutshell: an astronaut has crash landed on Earth, carrying with him a contagious disease-or ...more
However, Butler does a tremendous job of describing the insidious and terrifying symptoms of the Clay's Ark disease, i.e. the physical changes, the urges, nee ...more
Clay's Ark was a space mission contaminated by an extraterrestrial organism whose sole survivor, Eli, is returned to earth where he infects others, and fathers a colony of this new, highly sensient, highly sexual, and physically strong breed. The earth in the western U.S. seems bleak and ...more
I don’t mind reading about the disturbing scenes, though. The lower rating is because I’m not sure how this related to the first two books of the Patternist series. It’s like this is a totally independent story with some similar elements that are present, at least, in Wildseed and Mind of My Mind. Also, I wish the backstory of how Eli tries to develop his community could have been explored and elaborated f ...more
This book definitely makes a lot more sense and gives a feeling of continuation if it is read AFTER the fourth and final book of the Patternmaster series. Herein the development of the other social group from "Patternmaster" is explained and it is very loosely connected to one of the characters from "Mind of your Mind".
But be warned. This book is probably the most disturbing and brutal of Butler's works. And Butler being Butler this means a lot! There is rape, mutiliation and horrible ...more
Besides that, great story, exceptional character development (naturally), and Octavia's signature emotionally intelligent writing style. Highly recommend.
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Around about now (although Butler was casting forward some decades from her own time), human civilization has degenerated grossly, with vas ...more
The sole survivor of a scouting trip returning from a far star, Eli, host to a powerful and contagious alien symbiont, tries to satisfy its demands without infecting the rest of the Earth.
It's finally clear to me that this is a 'series' in the sense of shared universe, not a continuing plot line. (I guess I might have been served better by a little research, rather than plunging in blindly. It seems Ms. Butler started with the fifth book and added the others somew ...more
The skinny, creepy people turn out to have a disease. You get flashbacks to how that spread which are a bit confusing.
Then you follow this father and his daughters through their horrible plight which ...more
It holds up beautifully.
While occurring within the universe o ...more
Clay's Ark is chronologically third in the series but was apparently published later to provide some background on one of the groups in Patternmaster that hadn't been introduced in the previous two books. Without that context, the connection to Mind of My Mind was unclear until more than halfway through the book, and then is only a brief mention of a relatively minor character from Mind of My Mind ...more
This one actually seemed a lot more like a zombie story; a virus hits that spreads impulsively and affects nearly everything in the host, but it was maybe mo ...more
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