Wild Seed

Wild Seed

Wild Seed Alternate Cover Edition can be found here When two immortals meet in the long ago past the destiny of mankind is changed foreverFor a thousand years Doro has cultivated a small African village care

  • Title: Wild Seed
  • Author: Octavia E. Butler
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Alternate Cover Edition can be found here When two immortals meet in the long ago past, the destiny of mankind is changed foreverFor a thousand years, Doro has cultivated a small African village, carefully breeding its people in search of seemingly unattainable perfection He survives through the centuries by stealing the bodies of others, a technique he has so thoroughlyAlternate Cover Edition can be found here When two immortals meet in the long ago past, the destiny of mankind is changed foreverFor a thousand years, Doro has cultivated a small African village, carefully breeding its people in search of seemingly unattainable perfection He survives through the centuries by stealing the bodies of others, a technique he has so thoroughly mastered that nothing on Earth can kill him But when a gang of New World slavers destroys his village, ruining his grand experiment, Doro is forced to go west and begin anew.He meets Anyanwu, a centuries old woman whose means of immortality are as kind as his are cruel She is a shapeshifter, capable of healing with a kiss, and she recognizes Doro as a tyrant Though many humans have tried to kill them, these two demi gods have never before met a rival Now they begin a struggle that will last centuries and permanently alter the nature of humanity.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E Butler including rare images from the author s estate.

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    “Recently, however, I began to suspect that calling myself a science fiction critic without having read anything by Octavia Butler bordered on the fraudulent.”“Books to Look For” - Orson Scott Card I have to thank OSC for the above-mentioned article (from 1990) which piqued my interest for reading Octavia Butler. It is strange that I first read Wild Seed in January 2012, I loved it and it made me a lifelong fan of Octavia Butler, but since then I have not read any of the sequels. I have, [...]

    Dear friends,If you like to read science fiction / fantasy you should get to know Octavia Butler.Love,LynButler’s 1980 novel Wild Seed is the first chronological book in her Patternmaster series. This details the beginnings of the sub-race of humans that will, in Patternmaster, be set in the far future. Butler begins her narrative in 1390, in West Africa, where her protagonist Anyanwu meets a strange young man named Doro.So begins a centuries old relationship, often rocky, between two immorta [...]

    I really don't know where to start with this review. Wild Seed is unlike anything I have ever read before but yet it was still very accessible and easy to read. I would say this book is a combination of urban fantasy, horror, historical fiction and fantasy. Butler addresses slavery, gender roles, racial issues, sexuality, and class issues so subtlety you can miss the commentary if you want to and she does this all through the lens of a fantasy world involving supernatural beings that are seeming [...]

    4.5/5As Woolf once said Middlemarch is one of the few English books written for grown-ups, so too is this one of the few pieces of science fiction written for the real world, not marketing and academia. Of course, so chock full is this work with critical engagement and unflinching history that the cries of 'polemic' and 'bias' would not be an unlikely reaction. If that doesn't work, 'prosaic' could always be used as a strong condemnation via completely arbitrary standards of institutionalized re [...]

    Wild Seed: Two African immortals battle for supremacy in early AmericaOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureWild Seed (1980) was written last in Octavia Butler’s 5-book PATTERNIST series, but comes first in chronology. The next books by internal chronology are Mind of My Mind (1977), Clay’s Ark (1984), and Patternmaster (1976). Butler was later unsatisfied with Survivor (1978) and elected to not have it reprinted, so I will focus on the main 4 volumes. Wild Seed is an origin story set well [...]

    blog | Most of us don't believe in gods and spirits and devils who must be pleased or feared. We have Doro, and he's enough.What can I say about Wild Seed that could come anywhere close to doing it justice? This is the story of how Doro met Anyanwu, the only living soul on Earth who could possibly match his will; test his patience, endure his passive cruelty, and time and again defy him in ways even she could not possibly understand.And forever is a long time to endure one another when you are t [...]

    Butler's sci-fi classic has so much to recommend it. She is a very talented writer, and she creates a mythology and cosmology which are, if not unique, then arguably the best-developed of their kind. "Wild Seed" is beautiful and lyrical and powerful, but the rampant misandry and peculiar romanticization of pre-colonial Africa mar it -- infect it like a virus. There is neither subtlety nor nuance in Butler's representation of the two sexes. No woman is ever a criminal or a monster or a villain -- [...]

    A great book, I can’t believe that I just discovered Octavia Butler this year. She has been one the gems that I have encountered while reading through the NPR list of classic science fiction and fantasy. This novel could easily be a stand-alone novel, but I was intrigued when I realized it was the first in a series—I will be very interested to see where Butler takes the story from here.Although this is another book about extraordinarily long life, Butler examines it from a very different vie [...]

    My first foray into the unique world of Octavia Butler's imagination does not disappoint. Terrify, yes, and fascinate in an almost grotesque way, but it's oh so worth it. It is also a good example of speculative fiction and what you can do with it.For over three thousand years Doro has wandered the Earth, gathering together those born special, with latent potential or abilities, usually mental, that can endanger themselves or others. Born human, Doro died during his own "transition" as a boy, ye [...]

    4.5 stars. How do I even begin to review this? I'm going to have to think on this for a few days. If you have Kindle Unlimited, do yourself a favor and read/listen to this book. If you don't, just buy it. Doro, a man who steals the bodies of others and uses the until he must find another or he feels he deserves the body of another person, finds Anyanwu in the African forests living alone on the fringes of a village as a old medicine woman. While searching for one of his lost groups of people, pe [...]

    This is one of my favorite books ever, for its superb blending of atmosphere/landscape, characterization, politics, history, race/gender/sexuality, politics, and plot. Ms. Butler (may she rest in peace) created some of the most memorable characters in my mind in Doro and, of course, Anyanwu/Emma. I could read this book over and over. Just doing a text analysis of the opening 7 paragraphs is such an education to an aspiring novelist like me. Didn't like 'Mind of My Mind' as much, but wonder if an [...]

    This review is going to be hard, because Octavia Butler has a big reputation in the sci-fi world, and given that fact I had started this book in the series. But unfortunately this book was a huge disappointment, also I don't get as to how can I call this book sci-fi because although there were many people in this book with X-Men like abilities, but without a coherent story I just did not get the point of throwing them together.The book has basically has two main characters with some side charact [...]

    I really like what I've read by Octavia Butler so far and I wish I could give this at least three stars, but I can't because I hate Doro with a passionate fiery hatred and I wish he would die. I do not care if he is secretly a brain-hopping alien parasite and so thinks differently and that makes it okay for him to do eugenics. (Although, ooh, it will be supercool generations later when his offspring develop the power of flight and stop being crazy about their telepathy and basically become the X [...]

    I spent the majority of this book trying to decide whether or not I liked it, and debating whether or not I would want to read the rest of the series. The omnibus containing this series had been on sale for $1.99 earlier this month, and I bought it, so I already had the next book available.Early this year I’d read the author’s Xenogenesis trilogy, also sometimes referred to as Lilith’s Brood, and I really enjoyed it. This book shared a lot of similar themes, although the story and setting [...]

    This book drove me crazy! There were amazing moments in the book: moments where I was just truly shocked and excited. Times where I would tell my friends and family that Octavia Butler is one of the greatest writers to have ever lived. However, there were times where I struggled to get through it. The internal dialogue in this book is oftentimes long and repetitive. I found myself saying "Wrap it up, B" in the Dave Chappelle type of way. However, I truly believe that if Octavia Butler was alive [...]

    This book wasn't as good a match for my mood as N.K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, but it didn't suffer for being read immediately after it. It's an interesting concept: a being that might as well be a god, moving from body to body, amoral and utterly self-serving, trying to breed others like him so he won't be alone, and a being who is also immortal, or close to it, nurturing families so she won't be alone. The two of them are entirely different: Anwanyu loves the people she finds an [...]

    5 Stars Wild Seed by Octavia Butler is book one in her Pattermaster Series. I am a huge fan of Octavia Butler and have loved many of her works. She writes about strong women. She also writes to explore deep subjects and situations utilizing her fiction as the means in which to explore them. This is primarily the story of an amazing woman named Anyanwu. She is different from most people, a mutant per se. Anyanwu is a shapeshifter and a gifted healer. She can manipulate her body down to each indiv [...]

    Octavia E. Butler's women are incredibly strong characters. One of her themes is that people are either masters or slaves but occasionally there is a person who refuses to be either and that person becomes persecuted for their refusal to be labeled. The main protagonist of Wild Seed is one of those persons. She is a mutant who has lived 300 years, both feared and respected in her African tribe yet always living on the outside for her protection. She meets another non-human that is much older and [...]

    I haven't figured out what to say about the book so I'll just say that the audio was well done. He had to account for Doro changing bodies and characters that were going up and down the age spectrum. He also had to do a number of accents since the book went from Nigeria to New Amsterdam to New York to New Orleans.

    If you've ever wondered what the X-Men written by Octavia Butler would look like, this is that book.There are no epic super-powered battles, of course, and the word "mutant" (nor any other four-colored neologism for superbeings) is never used. But Wild Seed is basically about two people born with superhuman powers (including immortality) being born centuries ago, discovering each other, and then trying to guide other "gifted" beings (most of them being their descendants) along very different pat [...]

    Doro just needed a copy of Sims, but not Sims 4 because it sucks. Then he could breed people, manipulate them all day and have himself a good time without causing suffering and misery to actual people.But, it would have been harder for him to find a body. Somehow he gets drawn to Anyanwu living in some African town in the time of slavery. He ensnares this powerful woman in his web of control, dominance and general assholery as he tries to breed people he can fit in with.And control. Because that [...]

    Normally, I am not a science fiction fan, but the cover seemed really intriguing. I decided to read it and I was not disappointed. This book was so engaging that I just couldn’t put it down.The story was about two immortal beings, Doro and Anyanwu, and began a journey together. Anyanwu was a healer and a matriarch, whereas Doro was a parasitic patriach obsessed with creating the perfect civilization who would worship him. Doro was fascinated by humans and descendants who exhibited supernatural [...]

    Striking and unique. Where do I begin? Maybe at the beginning. The first few paragraphs of Wild Seed are a lesson on exposition. From a careful reading we get a developing picture of a very odd character. We're encouraged to look further. We're repulsed. We're drawn back. We care.This is the story of the meeting of two strange beings, Doro and Anyanwu. Both have incredible powers; but use them very differently: one kills coldly and easily and one is a healer. Their evolving and complex relations [...]

    Well this one didn't work for me at all. The only saving grace is that it was short. I loved/liked Octavia Butler's other books and this one just made my skin crawl. Reading about almost immortal beings named Anyanwu and Doro through 288 pages of their dysfunction was a little much for me honestly.When Doro comes across Anyanwu (Sun Woman) he is happy to finally meet someone that he thinks can help him with his quest to breed the perfect children. Though Anyanwu is hesitant to be with Doro, she [...]

    I enjoyed this, although it took me a while to get into it. I listened to it on Audible, and the prose is simplistic and has a folk-taleish quality--very appropriate for the content. These beings--they're not typical humans--are the stuff of which folktales are made. Anyanwu and Doro are two apparently immortal creatures living among normal humans. Anyanwu has the power to completely control her body with her mind--she can assume the shapes of other people or animals, and she can heal herself wi [...]

    I decided for my first book of the year that I started in 2012, I’d like to read something that I know I’d like, so I chose one of my favorite books to reread. “She followed him dumbly. He could turn from two murders and speak to her as though nothing had happened. He was clearly annoyed that he had had to kill the young man, but annoyance seemed to be all he felt.” (35) Why does Anyanwu go off with Doro? Yes, he understands her as no one ever has, but he’s so vile; but while she seems [...]

    I did not like this book as much as many of my GR friends though it would be remiss for me not to state that Octavia Butler is a great creative force. Her imagination seems unbounded to me. There are two main characters, with differing views of the sanctity of life: Doro, who kills and inhabits the dead (a thousand year old spirit of sorts) and Anyanwu, who is a healer and fierce guardian of her tribe and family (a shapeshifter, who has lived for hundreds of years.) Doro's mission is breeding gi [...]

    I love to read Octavia Butler. I'm sure I'll devour this series as quickly as the Xenogenesis series. She's so readable -- distractions melt away.

    Doro has lived on the earth for thousands of years, jumping from one body to another and feasting off the energy of others to gain strength. With his power to take life with a touch he has been forcing individuals with extraordinary powers to breed in pursuit of individuals who can serve him in various ways. He has been doing this both in Africa and the New World but his African population has been wiped out by slavers.Traveling to find a new spot in Africa to start over he meets Anyanwu, a woma [...]

    It's been too long since I immersed myself in one of Octavia E. Butler's magical-biological-genealogical-alien-witchcraft-historical-futuristic-mind-blowing series. I always forget, until I'm deep into one, how much I love them, love her way with language, with imagery, with storytelling, with poetry, with imagination.Wild Seed begins a series I've long had my eye on but had long avoided because my local public library didn't have all of it: the Patternmaster series, a late entry in which (Survi [...]

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