Collected in this slim volume is the entire output of short fiction from the pen of MacArthur Award winner Butler (Parable of the Sower). “I hate short story writing, ”. Bloodchild has ratings and reviews. carol. said: Dear Ms. Butler:I feel the same way about bearing rol. Ok, for real: t. Bloodchild and Other Stories has ratings and reviews. i’ve read several octavia e butler books. and found that i never noticed before that i had read.

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The Evening and the Morning and blodchild Night. In her afterword, Butler explains that bloodcnild influences for “Near of Kin” come from her Baptist background and incestuous Bible stories such as those of Lot’s daughters, Abraham’s sister-wife, and the sons of Adam having sex with the daughters of Eve. This kind of introspective melancholy story is not usually my cup of tea but bloodcihld Ms. The New York TimesOctober 15,p. Layers of feeling, concepts. Dec 26, BlackOxford rated it liked it Shelves: The author’s afterword is very insightful and widened my understanding of the theme of this story.

It was interesting to see familiar themes pop up; both “Bloodchild” and “Amnesty” examine how aliens and humans might coexist, giving the aliens priority in the arrangement.

Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler

She compares her looks and personality with that of her uncle, seeking confirmation that she was his child. Her life was filled with reading and writing which to her is quite dull to write about. Dec 23, Kevin Ansbro rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read saving….


In the s many communities began recycling programs and there were visible protests of the development of rain forests and other wilderness areas, reflecting awareness of the relationship between the actions of individuals and the life of the planet.

The Tlic, looking somewhat like crustaceans, provide Terrans with a safe haven in exchange for their willingness to assume a certain unsavory role. Humans used as living incubators for 9 foot tall centipedes is only the start. Young Octavia Bloodchild and Other Stories contains five mostly great short stories and a couple of excellent essays.

Apr 27, Empress rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: With this knowledge, the girl finds understanding for her abandonment and neglect. There was no shortage of botflies in the part of Peru that I intended to visit.

What a superb collection of short stories in the sci-fi genre by the wonderfully talented Octavia Butler. Another noteworthy – uh – note. I get such a sense of her kindness, warmth, and generosity that I am surprised to learn she bloodchid a lonely child, if I had a friend like her I would have strived to make her my bestie.

However, the slavery interpretation is one to which Butler herself has objected. She won both Hugo and Bloocdhild awards.

Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler

Through tons of rejections, she pursued her writing. You don’t have anyone to blame allowing you to aim high.


This uncomfortable resigned human-alien cohabitation view spoiler [with no apparent plan for payback or retaliation hide spoiler ] is one I have not often seen and made for a really good introduction to Octavia Butl I enjoyed this a lot more than Butldr thought Vloodchild was going to at the beginning.

Qui sees the relationship as exploitative, arguing that humans are nothing but host animals to the Tlic, and Gan struggles with this perspective.

Ok, I see what you’re doing here. Bloodchuld word host has a social definition as well as a biological one. Such challenges to conventional thinking make sense in terms of the cultural climate in which Butler wrote. Through this reversal of traditional human gender roles under Western patriarchy, we see a biologically determined matriarchy whose hierarchical nature limits its effectiveness as a creative textual response to patriarchy.

I felt the familiar sting, narcotic, mildly pleasant.

I don’t need payback. She never over explains any of the preceding stories but gives some insight into her inspiration and thought processes.


Contains the short story Bloodchild only. View all 11 comments. I feel the same way about bearing children.

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