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Mind of My Mind by Octavia E. Butler

Mind of My Mind

by Octavia E. Butler

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This is pt. 2 of the Patternist series (by story timeline). It's short and intense, marking an important turning point that leads up to whatever will be. Things are wrapped up for the main characters from Wild Seed and many new ones are introduced. The themes of ownership and symbiosis are very present as in just about anything I've read by Butler. ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
I'm not usually a science fiction reader, this was for my bookclub, and I didn't warm up to it. It had the fault that scifi can often have for me, it explained more than it told. The story was not particularly engagaing, I didn't really get much of plot or charcater development and the mental powers that are the main focus of the story never made much sense to me. I won't be seeking out anything else in the series.
  amyem58 | Aug 5, 2016 |

Hard book to like. It touches on several complex and important themes such as bodily and mental integrity, slavery and racism, but moves quickly and never really delves into the material. Elements of the book stays with you afterwards. ( )
  StigE | Sep 15, 2015 |
The first Octavia Butler I ever read - they had it in my school library. I'm amazed really that they did, given some of the content, but definitely grateful. Excellent stuff; I love all her work. ( )
  comixminx | Apr 5, 2013 |
Doro is an immortal, mind-controlling, body-snatching mutant who has spent 4,000 years on a human breeding program in an attempt to produce more creatures like him. Mary, a telepath with powerful new abilities, is his most promising result yet, but she also may be proof that he's succeeded a little too well.

I should mention that this is the third book in a series. I read the first one so long ago that I remember little of it, and I managed to miss the second one, but it didn't really matter. This one stands on its own well enough.

I'm really not sure quite what to think about it, though. It's reasonably well written, if a little talky. It's also disturbing, as it features incest, domestic violence, eugenics, murder, and various kinds of mental coercion from the violently forceful to the insidiously subtle. None of which I necessarily have a problem reading about, but there's something about the casual, matter-of-fact way the characters generally accept all this as just the way things are, even when they're the victims, that gets to me. (The book never spells it out explicitly, but I can only imagine that to some extent they're programmed to accept their place in the grand plan, with all that entails. They may baulk at specific things, but you never see them questioning the basic assumptions.) I felt vaguely unclean while reading it, but the book never develops enough emotional intensity for that disturbed feeling to lead to any kind of catharsis. Unfortunately, this also robs the story of any real sense of investment I might have felt. The only ending that seemed remotely worth caring about or hoping for would be one where the slaves rebel not just against their puppetmaster but against the whole premise of their lives. And that seemed to be almost literally unthinkable. ( )
  bragan | Jun 17, 2011 |
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A young woman discovers she has tremendous psychic power The baby's name is Mary, and her father is immortal. For thousands of years he has orchestrated a selective breeding project, attempting to create a master race capable of controlling others through thought. Most of his attempts have resulted in volatile mutations, but Mary?whom he has raised in the rough part of a Southern California town?is the closest he has come to perfection. If he doesn't handle her carefully, this greatest experiment will be his last. As Mary comes of age, she begins to grow aware of her psychic powers. And when she learns of her father's plans for her, she refuses to acquiesce. She challenges him to a psychic war, battling to free her people and set a new course for mankind. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author's estate.… (more)

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