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In Parable of the Talents, the seeds of change that Lauren planted begin to bear fruit, but in unpredictable and brutal ways. Her small community is destroyed, her child is kidnapped, and she is imprisoned by sadistic zealots. She must find a way to escape and begin again, without family or friends. Her single-mindedness in teaching Earthseed may be her only chance to survive, but paradoxically, may cause the ultimate estrangement of her beloved daughter. Parable of the Talents is told from both mother's and daughter's perspectives, but it is the narrative of Lauren's grown daughter, who has seen her mother made into a deity of sorts, that is the most compelling. Butler's writing is simple and elegant, and her storytelling skills are superb, as usual. Fans will be eagerly awaiting the next installment in what promises to be a moving and adventurous saga. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
She had extraordinary talent and vision and a gift for the written word.
This book delves deeper into the Earthseed religion and its conflict with the future's form of mainstream Christianity.
I have been waiting to read the second book for almost a year now and am glad to finally have it in my hands.
This book is so good. It is also so scary because the things that happen might really happen to us. We better watch out and try to get along with each other. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Dee Brown
Great read! I enjoyed it better than the first book. The end was a tad bit slow, but nonetheless it's an excellent readPublished 17 days ago by J. Zackery
This book, much like Parable of the Sower, draws you in and holds you firmly from beginning to end. The story is rich and characters have depth and are multidimensional. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ndcas
Mama Octavia is a sage and an oracle. This book was telling us the future and we didn't even realize it...Published 2 months ago by FHM
I want to read more Octavia Butler. She is, hands down, my all time favorite and the Parable books are some of the best! I first heard of her during an interview on NPR in 1999(?). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Betty Villano
Talents talks about Lauren and her husband Taylor who had a baby, but was kidnapped and placed in a family that didn't provide love. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mickie Stern
This is the kind of book that really sticks. I couldn't put it down.Published 3 months ago by Dan B
Octavia Butler's tales can be devastating but they are never ordinary. She exposes the hypocrisy of humanity in ways that are both blunt and disturbing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer