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Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents
Octavia E. Butler
A collector's edition box-set of two of Octavia E. Butler's most visionary science-fiction novels. Parable of the Sower is the Butlerian odyssey of one woman in 2015, Lauren Olamina, who is twice as f...

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I haven't had time recently to post, so in the past three weeks I've read:

What Makes Girls Sick and Tired by Lucile de Peslo√ľan and Genevieve Darling

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

The Dream of Doctor Bantam by Jeanne Thornton

Scribe by Alyson Hagy

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

If, Then by Kate Hope Day

This week I'm reading:

The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Looker by Laura Sims

Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraqib

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Here are the books I finished this past week. I had a bunch of books that I was almost done with, so it looks like I read more than I did. Also, two of these were novellas.

  • Vicious, by V.E. Schwab. Lots of memorable characters. An exciting plot. The sequel is coming out at the end of the month, so I wanted to read this.
  • A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers. I liked this book even more than the first book in the series. I think that I could sympathize with Sidra on lots of things. Not on the whole AI thing, but on a lot of other things. Also, Pepper's story was really sweet.
  • The Black Tides of Heaven, by J.Y. Yang. This book was too rushed and wasn't fleshed out enough, which I've noticed happens in a lot of novellas. The novella is hard to get right, I think. The story had a lot of potential.
  • Annihilation, by Jeff Vandermeer. I liked the last chapter of this book. I liked the descriptions. I didn't really like the rest of it. I was disappointed because I loved Borne.
  • Parable of the Sower, by Octavia E. Butler. Lots of interesting ideas. Definitely the product of a different time, but cool to see someone writing about a climate change-caused dystopia in the early 90s. It's like a hipster climate change novel - "I was terrified of climate change before it was cool." I didn't like the main character, Lauren, very much, which made me not like the book as much as I'd hoped.
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, by Douglas Adams. It's a clever book. It's not as hilarious as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and it has more "ideology" in it (if you can call it that). The Electric Monk is now one of my favorite characters ever in any book, though.
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The Parable of the Sower, by Octavia E. Butler

Fantastic read. Immediately started the sequel. Not as in love with it so far as I was with the first but we'll see.

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Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler

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Currently reading Eleanor, by Jason Gurley which I am enjoying, but some of the marts with Mea and the Keeper are a little weird. I'm just over 1/3 of the way through, so expecting stuff might make more sense the farther through I go.

Next up is probably Truly Devious, by Maureen Johnson or Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler.

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Just started Truly Devious, by Maureen Johnson and I am really enjoying it do far. I like how it's slowly introducing characters and going back and forth in time. The whole setting of a boarding school in Vermont is really fun too.

After that I will probably read Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler because it just came off hold at the library.

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Finished reading Truly Devious, by Maureen Johnson and I loved it so much I bought the next book, The Vanishing Stair so I could find out what happens next. It reminds me of updated Agatha Christie. Very curious to see how her other books are!

The other book I started in Parable of the Sower, by Octavia E. Butler which is very bizarre so far. Hoping to get into it because the premise of the story sounds very interesting.

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Just finished The Vanishing Stair, by Maureen Johnson. This is book #2 in the Truly Devious series. I loved the first because of the setting and characters, so I was pumped to read this. There were a few spots that were a little slow, but it really picked up at the end. With the way the book left off there will definitely be a third, so now I just have to impatiently wait!

I think I'm giving up on The Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler. Just not feeling it. Instead, I will start The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz or Wool, by Hugh Howey.