Sunday, February 20, 2011

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler

FledglingFledgling by Octavia E. Butler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars (10/10)
Read: 18-2-11 to 20-2-11
For: Calico Reaction Book Club 2011

Not a review, just a little rave.

I really loved this. It just worked for me on some many levels. It wasn’t that I was crowing about it constantly as I read, but it was just so satisfying that I kept on reading and reading until I was finished. This is a vampire book, there’s talk about feeling filled and sated in it. That’s how I felt when I got to the end.

It's my first Octavia Butler book, and I find myself glad of that, since it means there's more for me to read. At the same time, it's terribly sad to know there will be no more books from her. I would so have loved to find out what things were like for Shori and her family a few years from now. The book is absolutely complete on its own, but it would be so interesting to get to revisit later when Shori has had a chance to rebuild herself and her family.

I guess that's the sign of a good book - that I so want to know how things work out for the characters, even when it’s already a satisfying and neatly finished story.

I got this one from the library and I think I'm going to have to track down my own copy, because I think I'll want to reread this.

Many thanks to Sharra at Calico Reaction for introducing me to an author I always knew was considered to be great, but whose work I had never tried for myself.

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I will try to remember to come back and leave a link to the Book Club discussion when it starts, as there will be lots of detailed discussion of the book. Like I said at the beginning, this is a rave rather than a review.

Link to Fledgling on Calico's Book Club


Kailana said...

I really want to read this, but my library doesn't have it. I might have to break down and buy a copy...

Kerry said...

I think it would be worth it. I'm going to be getting my own copy when the budget allows.

orannia said...

Great review Kerry. If I wasn't completely surrounded by books ATM I might be tempted to pick it up :)

And...IIRC I think I have an Octavia Butler book a home - one a lovely fellow blogger sent to me. I can't remember what it is called (useful, aren't I?), but I check if you would like to borrow it? (Although it's a bit hard to decide about borrowing a book until you know what it is obviously :)

Anonymous said...

Again, so glad you enjoyed this! I'm always happy when authors fall in love with my favorite authors, and Butler's material is so rich that it gives you a lot to think about!