Friday, January 9, 2009

#1Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

I just finished this yesterday evening and I loved it. Its about a modern young black woman in 1976 Los Angelos who gets pulled into early 1800 Maryland in order to save one of her ancestors from drowning. Turns that her ancestor is a slaveowning white man.
I had a hard time putting this down. The characters are so well fleshed out, that is was very involving. Every time something happened to one of them, I could feel it happening. Butler's language invokes all her images beautifully, and many a night I stayed up till 1am or later cause I did not want to stop reading. When I came to the end of this book, the turn of evens was actually heart wrenching to me; I wanted to jump in and say it would get better, but that is what is amazing about Butler's books. She wrote mostly science fiction, but its the kind of science fiction that doesn't put you on another planet. She looked at our own society, made it seem unreal and foreign, but pulled so much truth in the story, that you couldn't deny that it could actually happen if we let it.
Amazing story and one that everyone should read.


  1. Congratulations on starting your new blog! The links to post your reviews are up in the right sidebar at J. Kaye’s Book Blog for the book challenges.

  2. I have this book on my shelf. I plan on reading it next week for a challenge that I'm in on Shelfari. Your review has me looking forward to it!

  3. Congrats on your blog. I enjoyed Kindred too. I was my first Butler book, but I plan to read three of her other novels for the series challenge.

  4. I am a big fan on Butler. I read Parable of the Sower in college and loved it. I definitely recommend that one.