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.