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Bloodchild and Other Stories
Bloodchild and Other Stories | Octavia E. Butler
A perfect introduction for new readers and a must-have for avid fans, this New York Times Notable Book includes "Bloodchild," winner of both the Hugo and the Nebula awards and "Speech Sounds," winner of the Hugo Award. Appearing in print for the first time, "Amnesty" is a story of a woman named Noah who works to negotiate the tense and co-dependent relationship between humans and a species of invaders. Also new to this collection is "The Book of Martha" which asks: What would you do if God granted you the abilityand responsibilityto save humanity from itself?Like all of Octavia Butlers best writing, these works of the imagination are parables of the contemporary world. She proves constant in her vigil, an unblinking pessimist hoping to be proven wrong, and one of contemporary literatures strongest voices.
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MrsMoony
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My haul from Malaprop‘s in Asheville, NC!! I spent so much money they gave me a free ARC. My blind date with a book turned out to be Blood Child by Octavia E. Butler and HOLY SHIT DID I CHOOSE WELL! I‘ve never read anything by her before and now I want them all. I can‘t wait to start on the rest of the stack #bookhaul #ncbookspt1 #queerlit #lgbt+

glitterkitty459 Hi! 😁 4mo
MrsMoony Hello!! I love this app 😁 4mo
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This collection has incredible range. There‘s nonfiction, autobiography, alien invasions, medical misadventures, man made plagues, and post-apocalyptic madness. Each story somehow creates entire worlds with details and mythology, and you buy into this collective knowledge even within a few pages. The stories are pretty short, but somehow the totally perfect length. Great for a quick read.

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MsBananaChips
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“Finally, don‘t worry about imagination. You have all the imagination you need, and all the reading, journal writing, and learning you will be doing will stimulate it. Play with your ideas. Have fun with them. Don‘t worry about being silly or outrageous or wrong. So much of writing is fun.”

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collegecatlady
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Travelled to Clemson for a conference tomorrow and you know I‘ve got to stop for a #bookhaul

bookishbitch I loved Oryx and Crake. It is the 1st of an amazing trilogy. 9mo
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Plaidsticks
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Read and enjoyed Kindred last year, but wasn‘t sure if I wanted to read more, wanted something to squeeze in while I wanting on some holds to go through and it so pleased I picked this. Definitely adding more Butler to the reading list!

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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyJan19 Day 31: #Habit sustains you more than inspiration says Octavia Butler. Persist.

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shadowspeak17
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Here are my top 10 #fiction reads of 2018. 😄📚

#2018wrapup #bestof2018

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Kryckett
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I am definitely reading case law right now. Under no circumstances would I be reading short stories on my Kindle app during working hours ... 😶

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I‘m still coming back to this quote as I read some on my science fiction list for this year.

JazzFeathers Actually, l think this goes for any speculative genre. That's why l think readers should be less suspicious of speculative fiction 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JazzFeathers I agree. In this case her field was science fiction, and the stories in this collection are from the 70‘s and 80‘s. I think she was advocating for her specific field in this essay,and honestly I‘m not sure the term “speculative fiction” was used then the same way it is now. 1y
JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Probably not. I've been a fantasy reader since the 1980s (that kind of fantasy has such a unique flavour now) but l've only encountered the term speculative fiction in the last decade or so. There used to be more division between speculative genres back then (or so it seems to me). Today, borders are more blurred. 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JazzFeathers That‘s been my experience too. Sounds like we‘ve been reading around the same time period. When I was younger there were more sub-genres it seemed, and stories were in one box or the other. Now I see much more crossover material, and labels that seem to embrace that true nature of the writing...which is usually in multiple categories. 1y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I‘ve so enjoyed reading these short stories between other books, I‘m going to miss it now that it‘s finished. As always, Butler amazes me with the unique worlds she creates, she was truly such an amazing talent.

TheSpineView Agreed! ❤ 1y
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harpagirl
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Really enjoying this collection of short stories, and it's my first time reading Octavia Butler! Anyone else reading this right now?
#octaviabutler #bloodchild #scifi #shortstory #shortstorycollection #baltimore #washingtondc #eastcoast

Wan.der.love Welcome to Litsy 😄📚✨ 1y
RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
harpagirl Thank you, @Wan.der.love @RaimeyGallant ! 1y
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻🌸 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I am, she is such a great writer! 1y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Started this book of short stories last night, the first story was so creepy! Interestingly though, Butler puts afterwards after each story describing what she was thinking of/going for and how the story is usually interpreted...and strangely I got some of that and a bit more too.

So interesting to see how stories hold up, and mean different things in different ages depending on the experiences of the reader.

#BeatingBookFunk

TheSpineView I've read that collection of short stories and enjoyed them. My favorite is Speech Sounds. 1y
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shadowspeak17
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Bloodchild is back with me! I‘m almost finished with My Life in France, so that should be on its way back to you early next week, @parttimedomestic. It‘s been fun, ladies! #texeast #lmpbc #catsoflitsy #Phoenix

blondie I love all the cat pictures ♡♡♡ 1y
CatLass007 😻😻😻😻😻 1y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I‘ve slowly been picking up Octavia Butler‘s every time I see them come up on sale. Today‘s one if the few I haven‘t “collected” yet.

@TheNextBook , @BarbaraTheBibliophage , and those currently in the #EarthseedBuddyRead might be interested in this sale today.

InLibrisVeritas Thank you! I have been trying to so the same thing. 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @InLibrisVeritas Good to know, I‘ll tag you if and when I notice them again. They seem to cycle through them semi-regularly. 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage This one‘s in my library already. I almost made the same post, but you beat me to it!! 😎 1y
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LiteraryinLititz
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This is why book clubs are fun! I‘m glad I read this collection for the #texeast #lmpbc even though I‘m not a short story person or a sci fi person. Some of the stories really weirded me out, like the title one, and others were interesting food for thought. Although it didn‘t convert me to either genre, it‘s good to get out of my comfort zone and be exposed to a great author.

LiteraryinLititz @bookish_wookish This is in the mail to you! 2y
CuriousG I love her novels but have yet to read any of her short stories - I'm scared they won't live up to my unrealistically high expectations! 2y
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amma-keep-reading
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i am so happy i started my octavia butler experience with a collection of her short stories. i can definitely see how she has influenced some of my favorite black science fiction writers. i look forward to reading the rest of her work.

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MiyakoBunny
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5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟“Forget Talent. If you have it, fine. Use it. If you don‘t have it, it doesn‘t matter. As habit is more dependable than inspiration, continued learning is more dependable than talent. Never let pride or laziness prevent you from learning, improving your work, changing its direction when necessary. Persistence is essential...”-Octavia E. Butler ❤️🖤❤️This is definitely in my top 10 for best short story collection read this year by far😍

BiblioLitten I have been looking for a good short story collection. Thanks for the rec😊 2y
MiyakoBunny @BiblioLitten Np I hope you enjoy ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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shadowspeak17
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March was a decent reading month for me. :)

#MarchStats #MarchWrapup

Andrew65 Well done 👏 2y
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shadowspeak17
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This is on its way to you @parttimedomestic! The expected delivery day is Thursday. :)

#lmpbc #texeast

parttimedomestic Yay! 🤗 2y
shadowspeak17 @parttimedomestic Did this get to you okay? 2y
parttimedomestic It did! Sorry I didn‘t let you know! 2y
shadowspeak17 @parttimedomestic It‘s fine. No worries! 😊 Just wanted to make sure. 2y
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shadowspeak17
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Just finished this a couple days ago for #lmpbc. I thought it was great! 😃 There‘s a lot to think about in this little book. I‘m looking forward to hearing what the rest of my group thinks about it. #texeast

#catsoflitsy #ember

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shadowspeak17
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Last story! I think I‘ll probably be finishing this one today. 😊

#lmpbc #texeast

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shadowspeak17
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Hey, #texeast ladies! I‘m getting close to finishing my pick, and I was wondering what you guys want to do in regards to reviewing our books. I know some groups are sharing their reviews on Litsy, but others are keeping their reviews for their group‘s books to themselves until they‘ve all been passed around, so I didn‘t want to post a review on here if you all wanted to go with the latter option. Do you guys have a preference about this?

#lmpbc

FlowerFairy 😍 2y
LiteraryinLititz That‘s so thoughtful! I‘d be fine with either but I lean towards writing and posting our Litsy reviews as we read each book. I have been finishing a stack of library books this week but I‘ll start my pick next! (edited) 2y
JoScho Pretty kitty 😻 2y
parttimedomestic I would say spoiler free reviews are cool. I‘d love to hear what everyone thinks of the books as we go, but save any specifics for writing in the actual book! 2y
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Susan
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❤️❤️❤️

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Grzebra
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Why did it take me so long to discover Octavia Butler? Oh well, now I have her entire catalogue to enjoy.

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Mindyrecycles
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Only just learned that OB has a short story collection. Be still my heart! #shortstorycollection #readsoullit

Molly_the_mezzo I‘m not normally a short story person, but I loved these. 2y
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yoyo1331
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Day 6 of #riotgrams #shortstories Several of the books of short stories on my shelf 😍 @bookriot

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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#Riotgrams Day 1: #Shelfie featuring my little Mexican alebrijes collection and lots of Octavia Butler.

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Betty
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@Liberty asks our favorite book so far of 2018. #thewallsareclosingin so she is having a #giveaway. So far, my fave is Bloodchild. Photo is from Google

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CatLass007
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Thank you @Betty for all the bookish goodness! The bookmarks are perfect for “Speech Sounds,” probably the only thing by Octavia Butler I have ever read. It made me a huge fan! I look forward to reading the rest of this collection, as well as the other books you chose for me. The tea towel is gorgeous - did you embroider it yourself? And I love all the little personal notes you put with each book and gift! #DystopianBlues

Thank you @Mommamanzi !

Avanders Great package!! 😍😍 And Station Eleven is really.. well, for me it was thought provoking and realistically done. ☺️ 2y
Betty I don't embroider or do anything with needles and thread. Got the tea towel from an Etsy shop. 2y
CatLass007 @Betty The tea towel is still perfect! 2y
MaleficentBookDragon ❤️ that tea towel! @Betty 2y
RaimeyGallant I love all thing cycling themed. 2y
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Betty
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My first Octavia Butler book. Quote is from the short story "Speech Sounds." The rest of the quote: "She had taught history at UCLA. She had done freelance writing. Now she could not even read her own manuscripts."

tpixie Wow 😮 2y
ValerieAndBooks I read this last year. Would love to discuss! 2y
Betty @ValerieAndBooks which story was your favorite? 2y
ValerieAndBooks Have you finished yet? My favorite was he last story— “The Book of Martha “. 2y
Betty @ValerieAndBooks haven't gotten to the last story yet. I like the way O.B. tells the background of why she wrote each story. 2y
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TheNextBook
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I guess this in many ways has been a year filled with Octavia E. Butler and I am very glad it was. I‘ve found a place of peace in the worlds she created full of detailed imagery and startling take on humanity. This collection is no different. Well written stories that are captivating and engrossing.

I love this image of her reading. RIP Ms. Butler and thank you.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa This one I haven‘t read yet! 2y
TheNextBook @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Read it. Some of the stories are better than others but overall this is a really good collection. The last two stories were my favorites but all of them were good. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @TheNextBook oh I already own it! So I‘ll get to it eventually. I just meant I haven‘t read it yet😉 2y
TheNextBook @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I need to own it. I need to buy them all! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @TheNextBook Another one I got on a Kindle Sale one time. Her‘s seem to cycle around pretty regularly on their sales. If I see it again I‘ll tag you!👍 (edited) 2y
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😂😂😂 I‘m sorry but this is hilarious! Because God does seem truly annoyed. He even goes on and says “I won‘t be sending you back home with another message that people can ignore or twist to suit themselves. It‘s too late for that kind of thing anyway.” I love Octavia Butler. I swear I do. She was a gift!

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I‘m reading this and I just think its pretty cool that she has an afterword for every short story. The two that I‘ve read so far have been really interesting. Reading Butler‘s thought process and inspiration has been really insightful.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I love that book!! 2y
Nuwanda I love when authors include info about what inspired their stories/books! So fascinating to see that part of the process. 2y
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TheNextBook
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Starting this now. I‘m closing this year by reading some short stories. Starting this collection now. I haven‘t read any short stories for #keepingitshort in a while so this feels good.

RaimeyGallant I could go for some short stories at the moment... 2y
TheNextBook @RaimeyGallant Join me. I think it‘ll be great to just read some short stories. It gives me more freedom to enjoy some stories and then begin anew with Potter. I have this and Strange Weather by Joe Hill! That should be good. 2y
RaimeyGallant I switched things up today, and just started another book on writing, so we'll see how that goes. 2y
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MadCatRamble
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Octavia Butler is the goddamn queen. I can‘t even makes words for how I feel about this collection. As soon as I return it to the library, I‘m getting my own copy. I know I‘m going to want to read it again, most likely with a pencil in hand.

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Best of July! I finished 13 books in July, and my favorite was definitely Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia Butler. So many fun reads this month as well, including two by one of my favorite authors, Ilona Andrews.
#jubilantjuly @RealLifeReading

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So happy that I finally read this collection of short stories by Octavia Butler; it's my fourth 5-star read of 2017 so far. I highly recommend Butler if you haven't read her yet, especially if you like well-written science fiction that focuses on social issues. This collection has stories as well as Butler's commentary on the stories and also a few essays; all of the pieces made me think and feel so many things. Highly, highly recommend.

MrBook Nice review! 2y
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Ahenchcliffe
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I am not sure what took me so long to read Octavia Butler. The short stories were a great way to get a taste, but I want more. On to the novels!

TheBookAddict I've been meaning to read something by her, since I've heard great things about her books. I think I may have to look for this one at the library soon. 😊 2y
Ahenchcliffe @TheBookAddict I'm just starting to get into some sci-fi and am thrilled to discover some strong female voices in that genre. I hope you enjoy her stories as much as I did! 2y
Maike Welcome to Litsy 😉 I just read my first novel by her and it was sooooo good. Maybe I should check out her stories as well. If you're into time travel you could try 2y
Ahenchcliffe @Maike Thank you! I've been seeing Kindred pop up on my feed a bit here and there, so I think that's a sign I should add it to my stack. I have only read Connie Willis time travel, but I loved that. 2y
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feminismandyoga
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This is my first Octavia Butler and I am officially a fan! I'm going to have to go back and read everything now.

rachelm Kindred!!! 2y
rachelm (Just voting for what you need to read next 😜) 2y
feminismandyoga Lol, it was already the next one on my list! 2y
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MayginReads
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4⭐ I'm not a big fan of short stories, so when the preface started with Butler saying she struggled to write short stories, I knew this would be a different experience. As Butler states, these short stories are complete as themselves. This is a well done collection with several 5⭐ stories and none I didn't like. The best short story collection I've read. It's #free to listen to if you have an Audible or a Prime membership through Audible Channels.

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MayginReads
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Starting this audio book and it's off to a good start - the preface explains how she doesn't like short stories, for reasons similar to mine!

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SqueakGirl
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This was a great collection of short stories. It really shows Octavia Butler's creative range. I also like that this addition includes author notes after each story. I think my favorite short story is the last one: The Book of Martha. Basically, the story asks the question: what would you do if God asked you to create a Utopia? But yeah highly recommend this book!

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Matchkim
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YES!!!!! With amazon prime and an audible subscription you get free access to a large selection of audible books. It's gets changed randomly and they just added this one. I'm super stoked! Anyhow just wanted to share with people who would understand my love.

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Humble Bundle Book Bundle: https://www.humblebundle.com/books/super-nebula-book-bundle

George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Octavia E. Butler,
Nnedi Okorafor, Arthur C. Clarke, Nalo Hopkinson,
William Gibson, Jane Yolen, Kelly Link, and more!

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The last story, "The Book of Martha" was my favorite. It's where God tells a woman (Martha) that she's been chosen to try to create an utopia out of the mess the earth is in. "Speech Sounds" was intriguing; a disease wipes out the ability for people to talk and/or read. But sign language was never a solution; at most people made gestures. Of course I wondered if Butler had even considered that Deaf people could be part of the solution. More?

ValerieAndBooks Giving it a pick because I was left wanting to read more by her but actually closer to a so-so, there are just three that really stayed with me. This picture is a contrast to my last post of this book! Fog and rain today vs snow. Perfect reflective weather for stories such as these. I like how her (sci-fi) stories left me thinking "what if..." 3y
Cinfhen 😕looks so gloomy outside! What's with the crappy weather?!? (edited) 3y
ValerieAndBooks @Cinfhen it's supposed to be sunny tomorrow-- hope so! At least I don't have to go anywhere today/tonight except to pick up son from school this afternoon 😊 3y
Cinfhen Hoping tomorrow brings sunny days ☀️☀️☀️ 3y
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70° yesterday, snow today! This short story collection was recommended by Start Here, Vol.2 (tagged in comment ?) in particular "Speech Sounds". Being Deaf myself, was intrigued by the description of that story that a disease spreads where most people lose the ability to speak and/or read words. Curious if sign language will be a solution ?. This will be my first Octavia Butler.

saresmoore Wow, lovely snow, very cool sounding book, and thank you for tagging the Start Here ebooks! 3y
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LauraBeth Beautiful pic! Thanks for sharing your view ❄️ This book sounds interesting 3y
CrowCAH You're still getting snow! 😳 3y
ValerieAndBooks @saresmoore you're welcome! Those two ebook soldiers really add to the TBR! 📚📚📚 3y
ValerieAndBooks @LauraBeth there's been more snow since I took the pic, perfect for staying in and reading 😊 3y
ValerieAndBooks @CrowCAH yep...but at least in our part of PA March is generally the last we see of snow for the season, unlike when we lived in MI (April) or CO (early May) 😄❄️❄️❄️ 3y
CrowCAH @ValerieAndBooks in MI and it flurried today. I hear ya, it could still snow in March here. 3y
Betty @ValerieAndBooks thinking about what you said, if sign language could be a solution in "Speech Sounds".... the key word is LANGUAGE. If you recall, the main character couldn't read nor write any more. Language was missing, which is why grunts and gestures in that world and no ASL to aid in communication. (edited) 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Betty you make a good point about language loss. I just now re-read the story. There were varying degrees of language loss, & later, discovery that some could still talk, including Rye herself. There were gestures that indicated ideas (I.e. having sex), which made me think at least several people could have the ability to incorporate ASL. It‘s also interesting to speculate how much this disease would have affected the Deaf. What do you think? 2y
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What are you #reading today?

BookNerdBritt I just started the intense and intriguing 3y
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