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Seed to Harvest by Octavia E. Butler
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Mar 06, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: anyone and everyone

I really enjoyed this series. Maybe not as much as some of her other combined works but it was definitely a great read. I think part of the reason I didn't like it as much was that a few of the books (actually one in particular) had a pretty dismaying ending. The other part may have been that each book left me wanting more (which is a wonderful thing by the way). Still it was amazing to think about the evolution of new types of people and how their ways of life could pit them against each other in violent struggle (commentary on colonialism, slavery, and the genocide of indigenous peoples maybe?).

If I could add one thing to this collection it would be another story told from the perspective of the clayarks. I truly felt connected with the patternists but I couldn't help feeling like if I existed in the universe created by ms. butler I'd probably sympathize (or be) a clayark. Something about the way they were negatively spoken about by the patternists (who relied on not much but half-histories and stereotypes to make their conclusions about them) seemed to be an allusion to the ways people of color have been denigrated and degraded (among far worse things). Hmmmm...

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