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Title: Lilith’s Brood
Author: Octavia E. Butler
Published: 2000 (individual works originally published 1987 – 1989)
Length: 752 pages
What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):
The acclaimed trilogy that comprises Lilith’s Brood is Hugo and Nebula award-winner Octavia E. Butler at her best.
Presented for the first time in one volume with an introduction by Joan Slonczewski, Ph.D., Lilith’s Brood is a profoundly evocative, sensual — and disturbing — epic of human transformation.
Lilith Iyapo is in the Andes, mourning the death of her family, when war destroys Earth. Centuries later, she is resurrected — by miraculously powerful unearthly beings, the Oankali. Driven by an irresistible need to heal others, the Oankali are rescuing our dying planet by merging genetically with mankind. But Lilith and all humanity must now share the world with uncanny, unimaginably alien creatures: their own children. This is their story…
How and when I got it:
I bought a copy several years ago — don’t remember when or where.
Why I want to read it:
I consider myself an Octavia Butler fan, but I’ve actually missed out on her two acclaimed science fiction series — Xenogenesis, compiled here in Lilith’s Brood, and the Patternist series, available in a compilation called Seed to Harvest. I’ve been wanting to read this volume for years now, probably ever since reading Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents, both of which blew me away.
Lilith’s Brood includes three novels: Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago. Maybe I’ll start with Dawn this year, and then space out my reading of the remaining works next year.
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11 thoughts on “Shelf Control #227: Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler”
This series is so good. I love Octavia Butler.
I’m excited to read it! I’ve read four of her books so far, and loved them all.
I haven’t read nearly enough Butler, and this series is on my TBR as well. I just checked my home library database (since the B’s have been cataloged!) and it looks like I have a copy of Dawn😁
I double-checked my Kindle library, and I have the trilogy there too. 🙂 There seem to be e-book deals on it pretty often…
Here’s mine https://anjedah.wordpress.com/?p=1126
I’ve never read Octavia Butler but I’d like to read Kindred to start with her works – I don’t read a lot of sci-fi… Here’s my post for this week, it’s the first time I take part so that’s exciting: https://blvrns.wordpress.com/2020/07/29/shelf-control-1/
Welcome – I’m so glad you’re joining in! Kindred is such a powerful book. Highly recommended!
Hi Lisa, I’m not sure I could tackle this, but I know you like really long books and series, so it’s a good fit for you 🙂
Ha, thanks! I think I’ll likely take a cautious approach with this one — since it’s three books in one, maybe I’ll commit to reading the first, then see how it goes. 🙂
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