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Seed to Harvest Paperback – Bargain Price, January 5, 2007
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Octavia E. Butler was the first black woman to come to international prominence as a science fiction writer. Incorporating powerful, spare language and rich, well-developed characters, her work tackled race, gender, religion, poverty, power, politics, and science in a way that touched readers of all backgrounds. Butler was a towering figure in life and in her art and the world noticed; highly acclaimed by reviewers, she received numerous awards, including a MacArthur "genius" grant, both the Hugo and Nebula awards, the Langston Hughes Medal, as well as a PEN Lifetime Achievement award.
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The best ones - Patternmaster and Wild Seed, are almost literally worlds apart. Wild Seed protagonists don't develop in the next installment (big disappointment), the character of Anyanwu is all but lost in Mind of my Mind and that of Doro doesn't gain depth (and lost my interest), while the newly introduced character of Mary is one of those rare cases that a main character doesn't manage to pull its weight at all. Clay's Ark stands out as a near classic of Sci-fi, I liked it, but it didn't break ground. All in all, worth pulling through for getting a scope and gaining a more varied impression of the writer's abilities, yet not always a sweeping read.
Butler's pacing is typically unusual and makes the plot unpredictable and compelling, but her dialogue is a bit direct and contrived. Frankly, the last novel in this series, Wildseed, set in the earliest time period, is twice as interesting and has a much more sympathetic main character.