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A being of word given flesh who loves rats, trees, and escaping the hellworld of ecocidal capitalism in which she lives - when she's not plotting its decimation and replacement.

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reviewed Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler

Fledgling (Paperback, 2007, Warner Books) 4 stars

Shori is a mystery. Found alone in the woods, she appears to be a little …

Read it, you'll like it

5 stars

I just finished this book, and it was good. I plan to read everything else Butler wrote, too, in time, so I'll reserve comments on her broader writing and personality for when I feel like I know them a bit better. She was a self-described hermit who seems to have shared many of my mental struggles, so I suspect we'll get along fine.

The writing in Fledgling felt a bit sparse and rudimentary, which is apparently a mark of her style. It reminds me of Carver's poetry a bit. I haven't made up my mind on whether I like it in fiction yet, but I certainly liked Fledgling. It's the kind of vampire story I think I've always longed for, one where vampires aren't predators but simply beings with different lifeways, who are as capable of harm as they are of helping, and whose long memories and lifetimes have led …

Siege and Storm (Hardcover, 2013, Henry Holt and Co) No rating

Hunted across the True Sea and haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, …

Content warning no-context quote from chapter 21, also lewd

Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories Vol. 1 (LOA #296): Rocannon's World / Planet of Exile / City of Illusions / The Left Hand of  Darkness / ... of America Ursula K. Le Guin Edition) (Hardcover, 2017, Library of America) 4 stars

The star-spanning story of humanity's colonization of other planets, Ursula K. Le Guin's visionary Hainish …

Excellent Books from A Different Time

4 stars

This book is a collection of five novels and four short stories, as well as an essay and introductions to each of those novels, set in Le Guin's Hainish universe. Each novel contains all the information about the universe necessary to understand that novel, though taken together they reveal a more complex picture than any one alone. The gist is that millions of years ago, the people of a planet called Hain or Davenant seeded various worlds with human colonists. (Though most of these worlds had no previous inhabitants, it is mentioned in one story that hominid life arose independantly on Earth; humans, however, are descended from Hainish settlers.) This serves as a vehicle for exploring humanity in various contexts and situations which otherwise do not exist in real life, as the League of All Worlds - or the Ekumen, in the later novels - started by Hain seeks to …