Thursday, 12 March 2009

Reading right now: Kindred



I featured Octavia Butler here on the blog last June, and Kindred, her classic tale of a modern black woman who is transported back to the days of slavery, has been on my (very long) wish list ever since. Now, thanks to a blog buddy, I finally have a copy. I couldn't put down this book!

Don't understand why some insist on labeling the novel science fiction, though. The writer herself notes that there's no 'science' in it. Is it because of the time travel? I consider it more speculative, or paranormal, but then, I'm no expert on these genres. What I do know, however, is that Kindred is not to be missed. It is a beautifully crafted exploration of profound themes such as love, slavery, choice, and relationships, but most of all, it's a great story that keeps you glued to the page until the very last.

13 comments:

KeVin K. said...

This book is in my top ten list -- for story, for message, and for craftsmanship in the telling.

Flowerpot said...

sounds great wordtryst - I will make a note of it right now...

Debs said...

It sounds wonderful, I shall definately have to buy this book.

Lane said...

I have got to read this. It's sounds wonderful.
And what a beautiful cover.

PBW said...

This is my all time favorite book!

Like you, I don't really consider it sci-fi.

Kaz Augustin said...

On my "To Buy" A-list! Thanks for the post, Liane.

Stephe said...

I've known of this book, but haven't gotten to read it yet. I so look forward to getting it one day.

I think the sci-fi label was slapped on because of the time-travel. But shouldn't that be fantasy, especially outside of a sci-fi setting? *shrug*

DiGgA said...

...and most importantly, it matches your blog!

*heh heh heh*

akalol said...

I had this book on my wish list for ages. Maybe it's time to buy.

Hoodie said...

One of my favorite books as well.

Maybe this is considered Sci-Fi because other books of Butler's have a more Sci-Fi feel so she got pigeon-holed into the genre?

kim said...

You make me want to run, not walk.
Nice endorsement.

Liane Spicer/Wordtryst said...

KeVin, I can see why. Next on my list is Parable of the Sower.

Flowerpot, Debs, Lane, I recommend it absolutely.

PBW, not my idea of sci-fi but whatever they call it, it's a keeper.

Kaz, you're welcome!

Stephe, you so need to read this. And I agree that fantasy seems a likelier label.

Liane Spicer/Wordtryst said...

DiGgA, it does match, doesn't it! No, I didn't purple it up deliberately, you naughty boy!

akalol, I don't think you'll regret it.

Hey Hoodie, good to see you! I'm sure you're right re the pigeon holing of Butler.

Kim, it's the least I can do to spread the good reads around.