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Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler

theydontseewell's review

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful informative inspiring mysterious reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

mbell801's review against another edition

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dark emotional informative inspiring tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

This is the first book I've read by Octavia Butler and I can guarantee I won't stop now. Her storytelling is unparalleled and her writing will continue to be relevant for years to come.

flannelshirt's review

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adventurous challenging dark emotional mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

luvandkiwi's review

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5.0

God I love Octavia Butler’s mind. Will always be the Queen of sci fi.

caramarie345's review

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adventurous challenging emotional mysterious reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.75

ohnoitsaghost's review against another edition

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challenging slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

jane_anon's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

charadreemurrs's review against another edition

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adventurous dark hopeful reflective sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

unladylike's review against another edition

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5.0

I'm bumping my rating up from 4 stars to 5 after listening to the audio version of Wild Seed. It remains my favorite of the Octavia Butler novels I've read, though there's a lot in her catalog I haven't read yet. The person who narrates this recording, Robin Miles, did a fucking fabulous job through and through. Her range of character voices allowed me to vividly imagine these distinct characters. I see now that she also narrated [b:Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents|54918685|Caste The Origins of Our Discontents|Isabel Wilkerson|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1597384484l/54918685._SX50_.jpg|75937597], which is probably why her voice sounded familiar to me.

Butler's best work, as seen in Wild Seed, forces the reader to grapple with difficult, undesirable actions/directions/plot points. On my second read-through, I still find the ending surprising and problematic, but Butler's job isn't to provide a neat lesson of justice and peace after portraying centuries-long relationships full of twisted manipulation and murder.

Oh! One lingering question I have is, why was Anyanwu only able to give birth to "girls?" Something to do with DNA/RNA and chromosomes, I'm guessing?

**Original review from first time reading circa 2011-2012 (reading slowly)**
This was my first Octavia Butler read and I thought it was fantastic, but ended without the revolt I was hoping for. Now the character Doro lurks in my daily introspections as I seek to find out and purge any of his possessive, reifying, patriarchal ways from relationships with those I find "valuable."

jbarrett1's review

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medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75