Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Wild Seed Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1999
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
"Wild Seed" is both a psychologically perspective character study and a profound meditation on power and desire. Butler's philosophical canvas takes in such controversial issues as slavery, race, reproduction, and gender. In addition to being a superb example of the science fiction novel, "Wild Seed" is a stunning historical novel which expands the boundaries of African-American literature. As such, it would make a compelling companion text to such "canonical" novels as Toni Morrison's "Beloved." Also recommended: any of Butler's other outstanding novels, and her collection "Bloodchild and Other Stories."
In this story, Doro and Anyanwu, two powerful beings, cross paths. The core story of Wildseed is the developing and deepening relationship between these two beings, and their relationships to lesser evolved, but still powerful, beings like them. Doro "farms" these poweful beings with rare gifts; he engineers them. Anyanwu just is; she is "wildseed," and occasionally out of Doro's control. Although Anyanwu is female and Doro male, their power, sensitivity, passion, and determination transcend; they are portraits of the most powerful, the most full, that a human spirit can be. Seen as metaphors for human spiritual development, Anyanwu and Doro are the fantasies many of us carry in ourselves, the fantasy of ultimate power, a power of Creation that borders on the divine.
Butler's writing is strong, supple and gorgeous. She's the type of writer than can turn a phrase so beautifully, that you'll read it over several times, letting her insight and creativity sink in. Butler's imagination is wide open. Only a mind totally open could dream up characters such as these.
Although I haven't read any other Butler books, I did buy "Earthseed" to read next. Butler's writing is a gift, a magnificent talent that cuts to the heart of the matter.
And by the way--yes, it is nice to have a (convincing) black woman playing the lead.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great author who is no longer with us . Far ahead of her time.Published 9 days ago by Cecilia M. Bartlow
If you are as tired as I am of scifi with stereo typical characters this story offers a good alternative.Published 15 days ago by Mezumi
To say this is a story of two immortal black people who meet in Africa and navigate the culture of American slavery would be both accurate and completely inadequate. O. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Loved it. Couldn't put it down. This isn't even my genre, but bet I'll be reading the next installment in the series.Published 1 month ago by Carnice L. Falls
Loved the characters who made the idea of existing for centuries believable. Ms. Butler's plot development made the implausible very enjoyable reading.Published 1 month ago by DoJo
The story is so well write and the characters so alive they kept me in their company all night. Now I want to read the next book in the series.Published 2 months ago by Amira Debbas
am more amazed by this book now than the first time i read it years ago. simply stellar writing about the human drive to survive and be free to thrivePublished 2 months ago by louisa dyer