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A Different take on a tired genre

  • May 18, 2012
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I am not a modern day vampire fan. I grew up on Dracula, Dark Shadows and all the other traditional images of the blood sucking creatures. I had done well avoiding the rash of new vampire prose until I saw Fledgling, the last book published by Octavia Butler. I was immediately interested in her take on the subject and I was not disappointed. I especially liked the interdependence between the vampires and their 'victims'. Of course the concept of what constitutes a family was prominent in the story, as it is with all of Octavia's books. This is not her best book (I'll give that award to Wild Seed) but it's well worth the read for a refreshing take on the vampire mythos.

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review by . March 04, 2007
at least in my eyes. I VERY rarely give 5 starts but this book was SO FREAKING WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you have never read a book by Octavia Butler then quit being so lazy and start with this one! I can't begin to tell you how much I loved this book! This is the first book I've read by her but it WILL NOT be my last!! I'm so excited because I love finding a great book and a great author!!!    It saddened me to hear that a talent as great as this has passed. That is too …
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Starred Review.The much-lauded Butler creates vampires in her 12th novel (her first in seven years) that have about as much to do with Bram Stoker's Dracula as HBO'sDeadwooddoes withHigh Noon. They need human blood to survive, but they don't kill unless they have to, and (given several hundred years) they'll eventually die peacefully of old age. They are Ina, and they've coexisted with humans for millennia, imparting robust health and narcotic bliss with every bite to their devoted human blood donors, aka "symbionts." Shori is a 53-year-old Ina (a juvenile) who wakes up in a cave, amnesiac and seriously wounded. As is later revealed, her family and their symbionts were murdered because they genetically engineered a generation of part-Ina, part-human children. Shori was their most successful experiment: she can stay conscious during daylight hours, and her black skin helps protect her from the sun. The lone survivor, Shori must rely on a few friendly (and tasty) people to help her warn other Ina families and rediscover herself. Butler, keeping tension high, reveals the mysteries of the Ina universe bit by tantalizing bit. Just as the Ina's collective honor and dignity starts to get a little dull, a gang of bigoted, black sheep Ina rolls into town for a species-wide confab-cum-smackdown. In the feisty Shori, Butler has created a new vampire paradigm—one that's more prone to sci-fi social commentary than gothic romance—and given a tired genre a much-needed shot in ...
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ISBN-10: 0446696161
ISBN-13: 978-0446696166
Author: Octavia E. Butler
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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