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Mind of My Mind (The Patternist Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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".
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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Octavia is truly a master mind science fiction writer. Her stories parallel so many life lessons that cause one to think in ways that you would have never fathomed had you not... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Thirty-seven years after reading "Kindred," which ignited my interest in science fiction, I've read two of the three Patternist books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
what a story! what writing ! butlers talent leaves me almost breathless with amazement. no one but sherri s tepper writes fantasy with the depth and breadth she does. Read morePublished 1 month ago by louisa dyer
When one of Doro's most careful projects transitions, she instigates the Pattern: a massive, united web of telepaths. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Juushika
Just like Wild Seed (book #1 in the Patternmaster series) this is a compelling read that is very hard to put down. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Maria Haskins
Loved this book. Very inspiring and imaginative and a great example of how to start over when you've outgrown your surroundings.Published 6 months ago by Kenneshea Allums
"Seed to Harvest" has all three books for the price of one. I wish I would've realized, I bought all 4 :/Published 7 months ago by Demsthebreaks
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