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In 2015 I made it a priority to read more science fiction and more books by female authors. As you may have guessed, the overlap between the two is woefully small (but growing!). For my Top 10 list, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite science fiction books by female authors, many of which I read for the first time this year... (more)
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Dana, a Black woman, finds herself constantly shot back and forth between her modern time of 1976 in LA and pre-civil war times in Maryland, eventually meeting an ancestor.
This graphic novel adaptation of Butler’s classic novel vividly renders Dana’s experiences as a Black woman who travels to the past on a collision course with her ancestors on a plantation in antebellum Maryland.
Jo Walton in What Makes This Book So Great writes: “The immediate effect of reading Octavia Butler’s Kindred (1981) is to make every other time travel book in the world look as if it’s wimping out.”
Local author Butler’s historical time travel novel about Dana, a young black woman, who is wrenched from 1976 to the antebellum South over and over again to save the white slavemaster’s son who fathers her great-grandmother. This novel is an insightful look into the horrors of slavery and its gen... Read More »
Butler’s historical time time travel novel about a young black woman, Dana, who is wrenched from 1976 to the antebellum South over and over again to save the white slavemaster’s son who fathers her great-grandmother is an insightful look into the horrors of slavery and its generational impact.
From the critics
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Unsurprisingly, since this is about slavery, many scenes are frightening and intense
Sexual Content: sexual violence is present throughout, as is historically accurate
Violence: The use of the whip is particularly violent. Also, at least once, a character has a gun pointed directly at them. And a character loses an arm.
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I closed my eyes and saw the children playing their game again. “The ease seemed so frightening.” I said. “Now I see why.”
“The ease. Us, the children ... I never realized how easily people could be trained to accept slavery.”
Strangely, they seemed to like him, hold him in contempt, and fear him all at the same time. This confused me because I felt just about the same mixture of emotions for him myself. I had thought my feelings were complicated because he and I had such a strange relationship. But then, slavery of any kind fostered strange relationships. Only the overseer drew simple, unconflicting emotions of hatred and fear when he appeared briefly. But then, it was part of the overseer’s job to be hated and feared while the master kept his hands clean.