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Seed to Harvest Paperback – January 5, 2007
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The book follows a race of mentally gifted individuals of all ethnicities forward in time from the pre-slavery era to around 2225. These individuals are breed like cattle to be the companions, family, science project and ultimately FOOD of the scariest super villian you ever want to read about....Doro. Doro is a superbeing, a soul-vampire. He is immortal in that he jumps bodies but not like the rather kindly Lestat in Anne Rices series. He has to jump bodies, it's how he feeds. He likes it. And the more mentally talented the person is the better the food tastes to him. He also has the ability of tracking a person that he's met anywhere, across continents and across time. You cant escape him, and the last thing you want to do is kill him. That would only precipitate him jumping into YOUR body.Read more ›
Compilation includes the following novels: Wild Seed, Mind of My Mind, Clay's Ark, and Patternmaster.
The first novel is perhaps my favorite. Doro, a seemingly immortal vampire-like mutant who is attempting to breed a race like himself, senses another powerful mutant (Anyanwu). Her follows her "scent" and compels her to accompany him, for breeding purposes. The result is a battle of wills like none that I have ever encountered in fiction: Doro is a cold and implacable killer, but Anyanwu is a healer that respects life. Over the course of over 300 years, they fight, through the lives of Doro's people, her escape and recapture, to a compromise. It is as exquisite as it is bizarre, full of historical imagery and unusual concepts.
In the second novel, Doro in a sense achieves his goal, but the result is not at all what he expected. The surviving mutants exhibit a range of powerful abilities, growing from the destructive side effects of Doro's many semi-failed experiments. There is a new battle of wills, as a new human species emerges. There is also the emergence of a new kind of social organization, a dependency between the two human species. Again, fascinating ideas and characters that evolve with great realism in fantastic situations. It takes place more of less in the present.Read more ›
The novels are presented in the order the author decided served the storyline, rather than the order of publication, so keeping that in mind is important. We begin, with Wild Seed at the height of the Middle Passage with woman and a being, formerly a man, who have evolved into something beyond human. The man, the villain of the piece is determined to create a new telepathic and immortal race to keep him compnay over the long millennia. The woman provides the immortal aspect of the project as when Doro finds Anyanwu, she has been alive for 300 years and is capable of cellular healing and changing the shape of her body. We follow these two as they fight and as both are bred repeatedly to achieve the desired mixture. Is forced breeding for a noble cause immoral? When the species evolves, who is human? And of course, what would happen if some of the African diaspora had been able to magically escape slavery in the United States.
Next, in Mind of my Mind, centuries of breeding have finally produced the desired results, but will the offspring be more powerful than their creator? And what defines freedom and humanity? Are the strong destined to always subdue and use the weak?Read more ›
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she wrote about what interested her, and did it well, but after you read a series or two, the themes begin to become too familiar. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Stev
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sometimes there is too much looping back but then.. not too much.. I loved the way the books tied together in the end.Published 2 months ago by Gail McDermid
Butler is overlooked. There are some reused plot devices from the Xenogenesis series, (or vice-versa) but they certainly don't detract from the story.Published 2 months ago by M. Poe
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