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Mind of My Mind (The Patternist Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Octavia E. Butler
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Book Description

A young woman discovers she has tremendous psychic power

The baby’s name is Mary, and her father is immortal. For thousands of years he has orchestrated a selective breeding project, attempting to create a master race capable of controlling others through thought. Most of his attempts have resulted in volatile mutations, but Mary—whom he has raised in the rough part of a Southern California town—is the closest he has come to perfection. If he doesn’t handle her carefully, this greatest experiment will be his last.
As Mary comes of age, she begins to grow aware of her psychic powers. And when she learns of her father’s plans for her, she refuses to acquiesce. She challenges him to a psychic war, battling to free her people and set a new course for mankind.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate.

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“Vivid . . . explosive.” —Publishers Weekly
“Has the piercing quality of a sliver of ice.” —The Times
“Wonderfully inventive . . . very satisfying.” —Fantasy & Science Fiction

About the Author

Octavia E. Butler (1947–2006) was a bestselling and award-winning author, considered one of the best science fiction writers of her generation. She received both the Hugo and Nebula awards, and in 1995 became the first author of science fiction to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. She was also awarded the prestigious PEN Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. Her first novel, Patternmaster (1976), was praised both for its imaginative vision and for Butler’s powerful prose, and spawned four prequels, beginning with Mind of My Mind (1977) and finishing with Clay’s Ark (1984).
Although the Patternist series established Butler among the science fiction elite, it was Kindred (1979), a story of a black woman who travels back in time to the antebellum South, that brought her mainstream success. In 1985, Butler won Nebula and Hugo awards for the novella “Bloodchild,” and in 1987 she published Dawn, the first novel of the Xenogenesis trilogy, about a race of aliens who visit earth to save humanity from itself. Fledgling (2005) was Butler’s final novel. She died at her home in 2006.     

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  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (July 24, 2012)
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  • Language: English
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars divide of human speciation April 17, 2001
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Will humans ever split into separate species? If so, what will be the cause and how will it happen? Octavia Butler addresses these questions in this fine novel. I was about to say that it was one of her best, but then her books usually divide themselves for me into the excellent and the truly outstanding, and there are more of the latter than the former. The quality of her fiction is better than any scifi writer I have ever read.
Her characters, even inhuman mutants, are entirely believable as they embark on the strangest of journeys into the unknown. And it is so well imagined as to be completely believable. Usually, I have to fight to stop thinking, "OK this is someone just thinking this up." Butler puts you into these fantastic worlds. So the heroine of this novel enters into a struggle with Doro, the vampiric mind-entity that has bred humans with purpose for thousands of years. As the culmination of his efforts - a theme in sci fi from Frankenstein but since then never so freshly done as Butler has - she will either grow beyond him or be destroyed.
Butler understands power so well, not so much from the point of view of those accustomed to wielding it as from those who must submit or die trying to escape it. Outstanding.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Book, I've read it at least 5 times!! February 12, 1999
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This book is great, I have read all of Octavia Butler's stories, and I think this one is my favorite. In this story, which can be considered the second in the series after Wild Seed, all of Doro's tampering finally comes to a head with his daughter Mary. Mary has the unique talent of being able to tie many telepaths together in a pattern. I think that this is one of the best written books I have read. Butler is really able to take you right to the spot, which is difficult to do, especially with science-fiction. Even if you haven't read Wild Seed, this book can easily stand on it's own, but I also recommend reading Wild Seed and the books that come after Mind of My Mind, Clay's Ark and Patternmaster.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book February 21, 1999
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Doro is immortal, whenever he gets hungry or is killed he eats another persons mind and moves into their body. Telepaths taste better and he has bred them over the years as a hobby and to provide a source of tasty meals.
Now though he has produced a new kind of telepath, Mary, who seems to be a little too much like Doro. Mary links a group of telepaths together in a pattern with her in the centre.
A struggle takes place between Mary and Doro for Doros wild telepaths who Mary wants to save, and have join the pattern, and who Doro would usually eat.
Who will win, 4000 year old Doro, less than 20 year old Mary? Will Doro eat Mary? READ THE BOOK!!!
This is the second in the Patternmaster series which include Wild Seed, Mind of My Mind, Clay's Ark, and Patternmaster. this one is my favorite.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An unsentimental view of human society July 7, 2003
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After thousands of years, the immortal Doro's breeding program has finally produced a young female telepath who becomes the cornerstone of a psionic network, a new kind of society called the Pattern. However, Doro and Mary can't see eye to eye, and conflict slowly comes to a head...
Butler sees human nature as paradoxical: people need communities and families to be healthy and sane, but humanity is inherently hierarchical and compelled to compete for power. Human society fosters both love and violence.
Butler is pretty honest about the uglier aspects of the Pattern, a society where mind-control is a regular practice, and non-telepathic "mutes" are well-tended slaves. However, when you compare it to life without the Pattern, thousands of people living in hopeless schizophrenia from uncontrolled telepathy, you can understand their decisions. As in most of Butler's fiction, it's about how people live in imperfect situations. Ask yourself what you would do in their place....
The book is a bit talky in places. The strength of the book is the characterization and dialogue, and Butler's perspective is unique and thought-provoking.
My only real complaint about this book is Anyanwu/Emma's role in the story. "Wild Seed" ends with her winning the war of wills with Doro, retaining her personal autonomy. I thought she would jump at the chance to renegotiate the terms of the society Doro created, but instead she just has a few cameos and sides with Doro to the end. It undermines the strength and integrity of her character as established in "Wild Seed".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another five stars May 23, 2001
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Excellent followup to Wild Seed, which was great. I recommend all of Butler's books, especially Kindred. Look her up and read her books, many of which are in a series. She is a science fiction writer for all people, who has a lovely personality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply perfect March 2, 2005
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"Mind of My Mind" is the story of Mary, a psychic approaching her "transition" at which point she will find out what abilities she really has. She was bred for the purpose by a body-changing being named Doro.

While this may sound like just another sci-fi book, it's not. All the characters are well-drawn, and within the first 100 pages you have eleven developed characters. Almost everyone acts in a realistic fashion, even given the bizarre circumstances. At times I even found myself asking why this book hadn't been made into a movie yet. I could pick out certain high-profile actors who would have been perfect for the parts, and by simply copying the book word-for-word they would have produced an Oscar winner. Virtually every line of dialogue rings of human emotion that would satisfy any critic, while also giving the masses something enjoyable.

The second half of the book is a bit less drama and more science fiction than the first, but events are taking place that change the rules applying to the psychics, so the rules have to be redrawn for the reader. The story remains great.

The only problem I have is the POV changes. The story is told from numerous POVs in 3rd person, but in a scene about Mary it is told from first person. I found this a little distracting, but it's still a great read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars This book was ok
Although the plot was interesting, the book tended to suffer from a lot of what I call "floating head syndrome. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Jenay
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a utopia plot
I'm not sure how much more of this series I'll read, but the first two books explored some interesting territory, and I really enjoyed them
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted...
I've been reading this series non-stop since Wild Seed. I love her books!!! Amazing author. If you want a great book to read, this is it.
Published 4 months ago by Tasneem89
5.0 out of 5 stars Accidently ran across this author. Genius. books were ...
Accidently ran across this author. Genius. books were written in the 70's. Someone needs to make a movie out of Kindred, Fledgling, and Mind of my mind. Just wow.
Published 5 months ago by Ursula Rice-Evans
3.0 out of 5 stars From Doro's Perspective
Completely different from Wild seed but still interesting. It gave a perspective from Doro's side while he's away from Emma. Very interesting.
Published 6 months ago by Victoria
4.0 out of 5 stars Telepaths begin working together under a "pattern"
An interesting concept is explored in this well-written book by Octavia Butler. Telepaths, "latents", and others with extra-human mental abilities have been bred and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Morgan Le Fey
4.0 out of 5 stars Butler is fabulous
This book links her other books in the series - rather like Empire Strikes Back. The events are important, but the introspection has a rather singular focus: how much can one... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Johanna Haas
4.0 out of 5 stars The Pattern begins
This book continues into the present and future the strange things that were planted in a previous book, Wild Seed . Read more
Published 8 months ago by Swank Ivy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent ending for the "bad' guy.
I loved this book. Octavia has a real gift for creating her characters and interspersing history and geography into her stories. Read more
Published 8 months ago by KELLI DUCLOUX
2.0 out of 5 stars Full of trashy, distasteful characters
After reading "Kindred" and "Bloodchild" by the same author, I was fascinated with Butler's exploration of the power struggles based on race and gender, as well as themes of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Steffi
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More About the Author

Octavia Estelle Butler, often referred to as the "grand dame of science fiction," was born in Pasadena, California on June 22, 1947. She received an Associate of Arts degree in 1968 from Pasadena Community College, and also attended California State University in Los Angeles and the University of California, Los Angeles. During 1969 and 1970, she studied at the Screenwriter's Guild Open Door Program and the Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop, where she took a class with science fiction master Harlan Ellison (who later became her mentor), and which led to Butler selling her first science fiction stories.

Butler's first story, "Crossover," was published in the 1971 Clarion anthology. Patternmaster, her first novel and the first title of her five-volume Patternist series, was published in 1976, followed by Mind of My Mind in 1977. Others in the series include Survivor (1978), Wild Seed (1980), which won the James Tiptree Award, and Clay's Ark (1984).

With the publication of Kindred in 1979, Butler was able to support herself writing full time. She won the Hugo Award in 1984 for her short story, "Speech Sounds," and in 1985, Butler's novelette "Bloodchild" won a Hugo Award, a Nebula Award, the Locus Award, and an award for best novelette from Science Fiction Chronicle.

Other books by Octavia E. Butler include the Xenogenesis trilogy: Dawn (1987), Adulthood Rites (1988) and Imago (1989), and a short story collection, Bloodchild and Other Stories (1995). Parable of the Sower (1993), the first of her Earthseed series, was a finalist for the Nebula Award as well as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The book's sequel, Parable of the Talents (1998), won a Nebula Award.

In 1995 Butler was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship.


1980, Creative Arts Award, L.A. YWCA
1984, Hugo Award for Best Short Story - Speech Sounds
1984, Nebula Award for Best Novelette - Bloodchild
1985, Science Fiction Chronicle Award for Best Novelette - Bloodchild
1985, Locus Award for Best Novelette - Bloodchild
1985, Hugo Award for Best Novelette - Bloodchild
1995, MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant
1999, Nebula Award for Best Novel - Parable of the Talents
2000, PEN American Center lifetime achievement award in writing
2010, Inductee Science Fiction Hall of Fame
2012, Solstice Award, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

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