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Mind of My Mind Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1994
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- Item Weight : 3.84 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0446361887
- ISBN-13 : 978-0446361880
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.57 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing (August 1, 1994)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #351,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This story takes place over 200 years later and follows one of the descendants of Anyawu, named Mary, who has the ability to gather telepaths into a larger pattern and organize them into a grand society unlike never before. Despite this being Doro's wish, he finds that Mary is power hungry and he tries to control her which ends in a battle between two greater forces.
While I was riveted in the beginning, I felt that the story slowed down with the politics of the increasing pattern size. I didn't really care too much about the logistics of setting up schools, or training new people. I understood why this was important information for the story, it just felt kind of slow. Also, in comparison to Wild Seed where every character felt complicated and nuanced, I felt that most of the characters in Mind of My Mind felt flat and underdeveloped due to the emphasis on Mary's development.
I think that with this book Butler showed the eventual triumph of women over men's control, showing that it's possible to be a strong emergent woman who has a family unit without being constrained by the influence of a man, as opposed to the ending of Wild Seed which suggested otherwise. Anyawu's decision to die at the end of the book represented to me the shift of women and the birth of a new kind of femininity.
Interesting read, and I am going to continue with the series. I'm interested to see where it goes.
Butler packs a lot of thoughts and questions about society and human existence into a book that, on the surface, deals with what our world might be like if there were humans who could control and read other people's emotions, thoughts, and memories.
A fantastic read, from one of science fiction's best authors.
I can see why in this example of her writing. A very cool Gestalt psi story along the lines of Theodore Sturgeon's More than Human (a personal favorite of my childhood - I think I got a review on it floating around on Goodreads).
The story is coming-of-age of an immortal trying to breed his equals. Problem is "daddy" is a tyrant and his children have been socialized to think his actions are normal. Now they ready to grow up and daddy isn't ready to let go.
The reason why I gave this book a 4 is because Octavia uses the same outline she used in another book and I was a full star upset about that.... other than, no one should miss out on the story-telling of OEB!
I also tried to relate this story to our current situation in today's political arena and the struggle for power. And she did a great job in showing it in this book. A selfish ruler caught up in his need, rather than those of his people has his place usurped by the one person you can actually say he loved. The good ruler, thought of her people first and in return they gave her the sustenance she needed and this gave her impenetrable power. Doro was defeated.
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Not a bad read but also nothing special.