“Wild Seed” by Octavia E. Butler [Book Review]

Compelling, raw, poignant, evocative, unexpected.

I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading “Wild Seed.” It’s the first novel I’ve read by this esteemed author called “the grand dame of science fiction.” The story begins with the unveiling of an interesting world created by Ms. Butler. It’s set in an African village in the late sixteen hundreds.
wild-seed In fluid prose, she introduces the two main characters, Doro and Anyanwu. I was instantly drawn into their world and the unusual makeup of these two individuals. Doro has unique powers, and those powers draws him to Anyanwu. It is her unusual powers that drew him to her after finding his village destroyed and all of his people killed.

Doro who’s lived for thousands of years, stealing the lives of other people, is totally fascinated by Anyanwu’s extraordinary abilities — the ability to take different forms –animal and human, and the ability to heal herself and others.

Taking Anyanwu as his bride, he coaxes her to leave her village where she’d lived for 300 years to travel to his colony in the new world.

Anyanwu, who’s equally fascinated by Doro, grows to love him. She later discovers there are many sides to him, some of them downright frightened. Once they reached his village in America, Anyanwu is not only surprised by all the new customs she has to learn, but she’s shocked by the plan Doro has for her.

Ms. Butler’s writing is smooth and effortless. It is so well written, while I knew the story was fiction, I easily slipped between the pages becoming totally invested in the lives of these two unforgettable characters. “Wild Seed” touches on many interesting themes — love, loyalty, trust, betrayal, power, immortality. It is a great read. I highly recommend it!

“Hugo and Nebula award–winning author Octavia E. Butler’s sweeping cross-century epic places her “among the best of contemporary SF writers” (Houston Chronicle).

If you’ve read “Wild Seed” drop me a line or two and let me know what you think.

Chat with you later!

Catherine

Fierce Women Who Happen to be Authors – A Conversation with Sue Latham

Just in time for Halloween, I’d like to introduce to you the fourth author in my Fierce Women series Fierce Woman Paranormal author Sue Latham. Sue is the author of two novels The Haunted House Symphony and The Science Professor’s Ghost. In our conversation, Sue talks about the ghosts in her stories and ghosts in real life. She shares an interesting story of paranormal activities she observed on a particular ghost hunting expedition with her Ghost Hunting Group.

fierce-women Sue also talks about her experience as a writer and shares great writing advice for aspiring writers perfectly timed for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

Sue has traveled extensively. And in Europe, she walked in the footsteps of Beethoven, Mozart, Einstein and Van Gogh and was once blessed by the Pope.

Join me for a “spooky” yet fascinating conversation with Sue Latham!

Sue’s books can be found on Amazon.com.

The song featured in this post is called “Neo Soul Day” by Texas Radio Fish.

Fierce Women Who Happen to be Authors – A Conversation with Deondriea Cantrice

I am so excited to introduce to you Deondriea Cantrice, one of the most dynamic women I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Deondriea is a true success story! And I’m honored to include her in my Fierce Women series.

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Statistics would have told you Deondriea would be a high school dropout living on welfare. That’s because Deondriea was a teen-mom. Despite having this life-changing event as a major obstacle to overcome, Deondriea persevered to become a celebrated author, motivational speaker, and youth coach.

Deondriea is also a marketing maven who has been able to not only build her brand, but she has been able to assist others in building a sustainable brand as well.

Deondriea was awarded the Distinction of Excellence Award by Stiletto Woman in Business Award (SWIBA) in 2014 and named a finalist for the SWIBA Author of the Year in 2014. She is intelligent, hardworking, and everything she does is done in excellence!

Please join me for an enthralling conversation with Deondriea!

Deondriea’s books can be found on Amazon.com:

Tip Toes, Steel Toes and Stilettos, Rhythm Can’t Keep Time, When Emotions Lie, After the Rain, Write and Grow Rich, You! Branding Yourself for Success!

The song featured in this post is called “Neo Soul Day” by Texas Radio Fish.

Fierce Women Who Happen to Be Authors – A Conversation with Author Arianne “Tex” Thompson

In today’s segment of Fierce Women Who Happen to Be Authors, I’m talking with multi-talented, multifaceted author Arianne “Tex” Thompson. A home-grown success story, Tex is the author of Children of the Drought, an internationally published epic fantasy Western series. Tex talks candidly about her writing journey, her successes and some of the unexpected pitfalls of writing and publishing. I have to tell you, I had a blast talking with Tex! Join us now for a fun and engaging conversation!

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Tex’s novels One Night in Sixes, Medicine for the Dead, and Dreams of the Eaten can be found on Amazon.com.

The song featured in this post is called “Neo Soul Day” by Texas Radio Fish.