Regular price: $19.95
Buy Now with 1 Credit
Buy Now for $19.95
What did you love best about Wild Seed?
The villain is so powerful, single-minded and so apathetic, without being at all campy or forced. He only had one main superpower and it wasn't blowing stuff up or moving objects, but it made him so frightening. This was the most creative story I've read in a long time.
What other book might you compare Wild Seed to and why?
I'ts not like anything I've read before, but I have to choose . . . For the protagonist, it most reminds me of Roots because mucn of the story takes place during the time of slavery, and the protagonist is enslaved, despite being so very powerful. For the antagonist, I think of the Exorcist because the villian is so evil.
What does Dion Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
This is the advantage of the audiobook. The narrator does his job so well, that each character is more than just an image in your imagination. They are a presence. In particular the antagonist of this story was a special challenge because he required different voices from time to time and there were several accents.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No. I did not laugh or cry but I felt very proud and connected. This is a sci-fi story by an African-American woman in which the main two characters are African. True, one of them is pretty messed up, but hey. He's the bad guy. It's the first book of that kind that I've come across.
Any additional comments?
I really loved this book. Octavia Butler is now one of my favorite writers.
20 of 20 people found this review helpful
The concept of this book is quite interesting. Two seemingly immortal people have very different perspectives on what they should do with their powers. One is a healer while the other is a killer. One sees people as only possessions to be used while the other sees all people as deserving to be free.
This book seemed at times to move very slowly, which made it difficult to get through. That said, the characters and the concept of the story kept me coming back to it. I do plan to read the next book in the series.
The narrator did a great job. Switching between male and female and between northern and southern accents was seamless.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
mind blowing . left me speechless. so good!!!!!
the characters were very complex. hate love relationship
This book had promise. A very interesting idea but never amounted to much. I tried the book years ago and didn't finish it and thought the ebook might give me the impetus to complete the story. It didn't. The ebook suffered from an irritating performance that killed the best experience for me. The reader has a very annoying habit of using exactly the same intonation over and over again, his voice pitching up at the end of every clause. So unchanging is this idiosyncrasy that it destroys the immersion of the story and you are all too aware of the reader's voice.
In true brutal Octavia Butler form this book pushes the boundaries of obscenity, forgiveness, acceptance and the yearning to connect. Great storyteller narrator and author alike. Can't wait to read the next 3!
This vast book is fascinating, horrifying and inspiring all in the space of one chapter