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Parable of the Sower
Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
In 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful journey toward a better future Lauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Behind the walls of their defended enclave, Laurens father, a preacher, and a handful of other citizens try to salvage what remains of a culture that has been destroyed by drugs, disease, war, and chronic water shortages. While her father tries to lead people on the righteous path, Lauren struggles with hyperempathy, a condition that makes her extraordinarily sensitive to the pain of others.When fire destroys their compound, Laurens family is killed and she is forced out into a world that is fraught with danger. With a handful of other refugees, Lauren must make her way north to safety, along the way conceiving a revolutionary idea that may mean salvation for all mankind.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the authors estate.
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Nessavamusic
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I finally have read this new sci-fi classic. In a very near future with scarily similar problems to today, a woman works to survive and envisions a better way of life. I look forward to reading the second book of this duology. 5⭐️

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DanaR
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Great book, so much to unpack. Will pick up the next in the series when I can. Chaotic but soooo good! So many facets of human nature seen, and many responses to adversity.

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RebL
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I am not likely to do well in any apocalyptic scenario, & I can‘t get behind the effort to create a utopia. However, this story is going to make a great film/limited series, ala Walking Dead but more femme.
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My one apocalyptic skill, I can change a flat in no time. How many flats should one person have in a year?

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Today's reading

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Creadnorthey
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This was a dark reflection of our now time stretched to a near future possibility- on the shelf next to others who take on the apocalyptic, this stands out with its vivid violence, terrifying nail-on-the-head speculation and beautiful moments of hope. Excellent read.

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Sydneypaige
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I understand why Black women are encouraging everyone to read this instead of The Handmaids Tale. I was surprised, at first, the absence of the reproductive rights centrality because of the connection the two books are highlighted to have. But the longer I read, the more I understand why this book mirrors our time so much better than Handmaids. And again how white feminism lets us down. I will absolutely be reading the second book.

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BC_Dittemore
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Told in a series of diary entries, Parable of the Sower could have been a tedious read in the hands of a lesser author. Butler is able to perfectly balance the voice of a young, intelligent, woman in such a way that, yes, it reads like journal entries, but they draw the reader into the world so easily that we forget it. Reading this in 2022 is particularly harrowing because America is so close to descending into the future portrayed here.

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BC_Dittemore
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I think Octavia E. Butler‘s bio might be one of the best I‘ve ever read.

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Melismatic
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The relevancy to this moment is really something else. While it is incredibly bleak and sad (tw abound regarding r*pe, death, children), it is remarkably clear eyed about pushing forward in the face of intense adversity.

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Chrissyreadit
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I‘m going to be in Oregon for 10 days this July. My goal is to read these three books. Two for LMPBC 1 because it‘s been on my TBR for too long. And is heavily recommended. Anyone else want to read Parable of The Sower in July?

PageShifter I have planned reading it several months already! 5mo
AmyG Have a wonderful 10 days!!! 5mo
Gissy Oregon, I think Powell Bookstore is in that state, Am I correct? I have seen some videos from YouTubers and it looks fantastic. Plus an excuse to explore some free little libraries in that state🤗

I know, I know, I need therapy.🙋🏽‍♀️I only think about libraries and bookstores😳
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Chrissyreadit @AmyG thank you!!! 5mo
Chrissyreadit @Gissy yes! I love Powell‘s. They have several around Portland and it will def be a stop for me. 5mo
Avanders Oooh enjoy Oregon!! 🤩🤩 5mo
Gissy @Chrissyreadit Enjoy your therapy moment!🙌 5mo
BethM @Gissy that‘s the best kind of thinking! @Chrissyreadit I hope you‘re going for fun, or if not that you get to do fun stuff! Take pics of Powell‘s- im@jealous! 5mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit Have fun in Oregon and tell Powell‘s I said hello—hopefully I‘ll be visiting again soon! I ❤️❤️ Georgette Heyer, and Venetia is one of my favorites. I will be rereading Parable of the Sower this week for a university seminar I‘m going to be attending! 5mo
Chrissyreadit @CindyMyLifeIsLit Im excited for Venetia! Hope you get back to Powell‘s soon! And have a great Seminar! 5mo
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BC_Dittemore
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The family took me to B&N for Father‘s Day. It was a tough decision but I decided to acquaint myself with Octavia Butler. I‘ve never read any of her work before, but I‘ve heard great things.

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Ms.Story
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Set in 2024-2027, this is an eerie post-apocalyptic novel that seems all too familiar. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Audio was 👌🏽

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I enjoyed this apocalyptic tale of Lauren Olamina and the destitute United States, which is overcome with gun violence and ravged by climate change. This was my first Octavia Butler book, but it will certainly not be my last. I like her riting style and ease of storytelling.

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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I enjoyed this book but not nearly as much as Kindred. I have a great fondness for dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction and can‘t get enough of it! I especially like ones like this, that really delve into the details of issues of survival in such a world. This did that extremely well, conveying the uncertainty and danger of their world for the people just trying to live normal lives in it. Interesting characters, great world-building!

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And that's not one but two more books DONE! Managed to get one more book than I had set for my goal so I'm happy about that 🤩

IMAGO by Octavia E Butler
LaGUARDIA by Nnedi Okorafor
NOOR by Nnedi Okorafor
THE MUSEUM OF RAIN by Dave Eggers
THE BOYS - OMNIBUS 3
HORRORSTÖR by Grady Hendrix
PARABLE OF THE SOWER by Octavia E Butler

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Itchyfeetreader
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This was going to be my #booked2022 eco feminist book but now might be the about a religion… overall I really liked this despite how dark it is. The world building made a terrible pessimistic sort of sense to me and the migration of people trying to find a better life we‘re powerful. I didn‘t fully get on board with the religious elements but did think it was a powerful read

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GreenGrl87
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Nothing beats coming home on #openingday! Thank you so much @EchoLogical for this amazing #Blisty swap package! I love everything so much, and I‘m so thrilled you included my favorite vegan treats! 💗 Happy Black History Month! Also, thank you @Chelleo for continuing to be such an amazing host for this swap- I literally look forward to our #BHMS all year! And thank you for the beautifully thoughtful card & bookmark.

EchoLogical Yay! I‘m glad it made it there in time. I kept checking the hashtags to see if you posted about receiving it. Lol. 9mo
GreenGrl87 It did! So sorry to keep you waiting, I just got back in time and had to stop by my parents‘ house because they were picking up my packages for me. 9mo
Chelleo Oh, those socks and that journal!! 9mo
EchoLogical @GreenGrl87 Not your fault. I waited until the last minute to ship it because life! Lol. 9mo
riversong153 🙌🏾🙌🏾💜 9mo
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MallenNC
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Though I had read Kindred, this was my first time reading Parable of the Sower. It is disconcerting to read a dystopian novel that is is set in our (now very near) future, and it isn‘t far from a believable possibility. Butler was very prescient in talking about what extreme environmental issues could lead to. The main character, Lauren, is a compelling character. The religious elements were less interesting to me, but they did make a good frame.

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jenniferajanes
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I think this might be a case of the right book at the wrong time for me. The world is so crazy right now, and this very dystopian novel is set just a few years from now. I couldn‘t wait to be finished. If it wasn‘t the October book for #mmdbookclub, I would have DNF‘d it and come back to it later. #modernmrsdarcy #Libby #audiobook

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Ellen_C
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Outstanding. Sci-if but Butler was accurate in the way she imagined what would be happening in the 2020s. Lauren is a hyperempath living in a world full of violence and chaos. She imagines a world and religion based on embracing change and trying to shape it. When the walls come down (literally) she and a small band of travelers have to rely on each other to survive. Book 1 of 2. https://cannonballread.com/2021/09/parable-of-the-sower-elcicco/

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SkeletonKey
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Shew, this library book has seen better days. But I‘m enjoying it nonetheless. Reading before bed.

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Enjoying this much-loved library copy on a beautiful September day.

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Paperback.Propensity
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Such a good book. I don't read dystopian often, but there is something so gripping about watching people survive in such chaos and tragedy. It's easy to imagine the world Butler created become a reality.
I don't know when I will get Parable of the Talents, but I will get it.

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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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I'm not in the right head space for this type of book right now.

Texreader One absolutely must be in the right headspace for this one! 1y
glamhobbit I had the same reaction! Which is so hard because I love octavia butler 😭 1y
Kenyazero Definitely a hard read, so best to be in the right headspace for this one! 1y
IamIamIam I read all kinds of horror and suspense and true crime and I had to put this aside because it scared the life out of me!!! 1y
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Kenyazero
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The society we know in the US has fallen apart in 2025. Lauren learns what it means to survive inside of her walled neighborhood and outside. I'm not much for books about religion, or dystopian/post-apocalyptic stories (I mostly picked this up because I've loved other Butler books). Even so, I enjoyed this book. I thought the world building was excellent, and loved the collecting of their found family quite a lot. Content warnings for violence.

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suvata
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Beginning in 2024, when society in the United States has grown unstable due to climate change, growing wealth inequality, and corporate greed, Parable of the Sower takes the form of a journal kept by Lauren Oya Olamina, an African American teenager. Her mother abused drugs during her pregnancy and left Lauren with "hyper-empathy" or "sharing" – the uncontrollable ability to feel the sensations she witnesses in others, particularly pain.

JazzFeathers Oh my goodness, the setting of this novel sounds uncomfortably close to home... 1y
suvata @JazzFeathers Yes there are some similarities. 1y
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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This novel took a while to get into - its gorgeously written, but so so bleak. However, once I was engaged I was totally along for the ride. This has hard, upsetting subject matter, but so many interesting things to say about family, and religion, and strength. Will definitely be picking up the sequel.

#bookspin #doublespin
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Dogearedcopy
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I‘m not a big fan of ‘Kindred‘ but my workplace book club chose this other Butler title in a nod to climate change. I‘m a third of the way in and finding it utterly compelling!

In the now-near future, Lauren lives in a poorly fortified enclave of 11 neighborhood houses 20 miles away from L.A. Climate change, social inequity, deteriorating infrastructure & civil services and, polemical politicians have lead to people living in survival mode…

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Well, June was a gigantic Bookspin fail, so here's hoping July looks better. 😆

Here's my July list!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Good luck!! 1y
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AvidReader25
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This classic dystopian novel hits close to home. It starts in 2024 in a world that‘s been torn apart by climate change & political discord. It‘s terrifying to see how quickly things devolve into chaos. A small band of survivors backpacks up the west coast to a safer area in the north. I‘m both excited & terrified to see what happens in the sequel.

“All that you touch You Change. All that you Change Changes you. The only lasting truth Is Change.”

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Ange44
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My next #tenatatime #tbr. Number 37 already. I‘m looking forward to all of these.

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Skeeterisme
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I might not have been ready for near future dystopia 😬😬😬

Ruthiella Yeah, she got a number of things on the nose...40 years ago! 2y
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Tywash
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I‘m at a loss for words. About a third of the way through.

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KCofKaysville
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Started this one. Another copy found at a Free Little Public Library. I've heard of her but have never read any of hers yet. I know it involves Global Warming.

TheKidUpstairs I loved this one, hope you enjoy the reading journey! 2y
DrexEdit I second the thumbs up on this book. Hope you enjoy it! 👍 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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On sale on kindle in the US today! Such a great author, if you haven‘t read her yet, I‘d recommend it.

GingerAntics It‘s also on sale on Apple Books 2y
ozma.of.oz I love this cover so much! ❤️❤️ 2y
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cdreincarnate
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This is my first Octavia Butler and while I‘m not sure I can say I enjoyed it, it‘s definitely well written and I was very impressed with how accurate Octavia‘s predictions were when it came to climate change and employment practices.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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What the heck?! There‘s no “send to Kindle” option! I‘ve never had a Libby book that couldn‘t be sent to my Kindle before.

Of course, I know I have a copy of this book but it must be in a box at my parents‘ house so I can‘t get hold of it before book club…

Amiable Can you read it in the Libby app? That‘s what I do. I don‘t have a Kindle — just the Kindle app on my iPad. But I read library borrows in the Libby app. 2y
Clare-Dragonfly @Amiable It‘s possible—I just don‘t like reading books on my phone. 2y
Beatlefan129 I came across that once. It‘s something to do with certain books permissions. Drove me crazy! 2y
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Amiable @Clare-Dragonfly I hear you —I had to finish a book on my phone once when we were traveling and my Nook died... I didn‘t love it. I recently read an article in the Washington Post about Amazon restricting library access—maybe it‘s along those lines? 2y
Tera66 I had this happen once, I don't remember what I did, but I was still able to read it on my kindle. Maybe through the Overdrive app? Maybe play with it, I know I used another app to read it. 2y
Clare-Dragonfly @Tera66 Huh, I‘ll have to give that a try! Thank you! 2y
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BarbaraBB
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In a near future America has collapsed into a state of anarchy with danger everywhere. Lauren Olamina is a young girl leading a group of people across California, meanwhile inventing a new religion, Earthseed. It‘s an unpopular opinion but I didn‘t like this book as others seem to. It reminded me of The Stand, The Road and Station Eleven, and didn‘t stood out amongst them. Between a pick and a so-so.

#Booked2021 #SFbyaWoman #Pop21 #Afrofuturist

Megabooks I also picked Butler for my afrofuturism and finished it yesterday. 👯‍♀️ 2y
Kalalalatja Too bad it didn‘t measure up to the others, but I‘m loving the cozyness of your pic 🙌 2y
Cinfhen Stunning photo ♥️ 2y
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TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 not read book though! 2y
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I saw it! So cool. I liked Kindred too. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Love the bright pic for a dark book. I haven‘t read the other books you mentioned (although I want to). So, maybe that‘s why I liked Parable so much. I‘m a big Butler fan! 2y
BarbaraBB @BarbaraTheBibliophage I thought so too, that if I had read it before those others, I would have enjoyed it better. 2y
QuintusMarcus I‘m with you- I didn‘t love the book, but the focus on empathy is incredibly appropriate for our current era. Weirdly prescient, but that‘s what science fiction is all about. 2y
Vansa I loved this book! I found it very insightful about the way radical extremist groups can drum up political support, and quite realistic about how life would be on the road, and living off the land- things that are completely ignored in Station Eleven.Also a female protagonist in science fiction?! That alone makes it a standout! 2y
BarbaraBB @QuintusMarcus That is so true! 2y
BarbaraBB @Vansa I wasn‘t a fan of Station Eleven either. And you‘re right about the protagonist. Lauren is a wonderful character, tough and empathetic. Have you read the sequel? 2y
QuintusMarcus @Vansa Great points - I think I need to re-read the book in light of current events. I read the book a few years ago, and my thinking has certainly changed since then! 2y
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Beccacraft
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I couldn‘t put this audiobook down! A young girl, growing up in a world filled with fear, danger, and chaos, must find a way to a safer place using skills, smarts, and faith, while battling her affliction of “sharing” other people‘s pain. The book shows a scary potential reality of people choosing murder & pillage to survive in a deteriorating world, while also showing how people can come together to show kindness and mercy in the midst of chaos.

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DavidDiamond
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Set in the not too distant future (2025-27), this post-apocalyptic story set in Southern California hit really close to home. I was expecting spaceships and other worlds, so this was unexpected, but in a good way! Great characters and great storytelling by Octavia Butler.
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