Bloodchild and other Stories Paperback – July 1, 2003
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Our tale begins with several short stories included in this small, black, red, and yellow-covered book. The first story is the well-studied title read, "Bloodchild." I LOVED IT!!! From the moment that I read it as a college requirement, I loved this story. It is a Sci-Fi love story and I won't give anything away. I will say that Butler introduces the dynamics of the altogether otherworldly yet vaguely familiar creations of her head with the brilliance of Michelangelo's best hewn marble. There is never a moment's rest - never a moment that doesn't have you drooling and begging for more. This story is amazing and I LOVED IT! Oh ... I said that already. OK, moving on.
The next story is "The evening and the Morning and the Night." I wish I could just give you the first page so that you could get some sense of what this woman does when she puts pen to paper.
After I'd read the one story that I'd purchased the book for, I planned on putting the anthology to the side. I happened to just glance at the pages of the next story and I never put the book down again until I had read all four of the remaining stories.
If you enjoy science fiction, or utopian/dystopian reading, this is the book for you!
There was a story that I didn't like in the book, I think because it was totally outside of what I was used to reading from Butler. See if you can determine what that was and then post a comment to this review.
Enjoy this great read!!!
This first impression was corroborated as I read more of her writings.
All her books showed a rich mixture of imagination, complex and interesting characters and conflictive situations to test their mettle.
Here the reader is presented with Octavia's short stories. She proves to be as good as with her novels, even if she states she is not a "short story writer".
There are five tales and two essays.
The essays provide good hints for "would be writers".
The multi-awarded "Bloodchild" is a typically Butler's product.
She explores in depth, in a quite short text, the intricacies of symbiosis between human and alien specie.
I think that from this story, Octavia has derived her amazing trilogy "Lilith's Brood". Both stories refer to symbiosis and how this affects human mind producing very different attitudes from rejection to uncensored adhesion.
The other remarkable tale is "Speech Sounds" that shows a post apocalyptic world where humanity is deprived of speech or the ability of read and write.
She focuses on the strain survivors suffer to adapt to these conditions. The inner suffering and the will to survive are shown without respite.
"The Evening and the Morning and the Night" reflects the anguish endured by a woman that knows she will be devastated by a new disease.
This book is a very good introduction to Ms. Butler's universe.
Reviewed by Max Yofre.