Lillith’s Brood by Octavia Butler
What it’s about (from Amazon): The newest stage in human evolution begins in outer space. Survivors of a cataclysmic nuclear war awake to find themselves being studied by the Oankali, tentacle-covered galactic travelers whose benevolent appearance hides their surprising plan for the future of mankind. The Oankali arrive not just to save humanity, but to bond with it—crossbreeding to form a hybrid species that can survive in the place of its human forebears, who were so intent on self-destruction. Some people resist, forming pocket communities of purebred rebellion, but many realize they have no choice. The human species inevitably expands into something stranger, stronger, and undeniably alien.From Hugo and Nebula award–winning author Octavia Butler, Lilith’s Brood is both a thrilling, epic adventure of man’s struggle to survive after Earth’s destruction, and a provocative meditation on what it means to be human.
Why I added it: I’m bad about taking book recommendations from people. It’s a thing. I’m particularly bad at reading the books that T recommends to me. I tend to blame it on having my own reading agenda, but I don’t know if it’s really so much that as it is a fear that I won’t like this book she loves as much as she did. Regardless, I’m putting Lillith’s Brood on the list of TBR, even though I’ve started it, because it’s a three book series. If you didn’t already know, Octavia Butler is T’s favorite.
What it’s about (from Amazon): Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery.
Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed—and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.
Why I added it: I read about this book in this post from Rachel @ Three Fates Books. The comment she made about the impact of slavery on multiple generations in one family is incredibly intriguing to me.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
What it’s about (from Amazon): The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries–including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.
Welcome to Weep.
Why I added it: I saw it on this Top Ten Tuesday post. I didn’t know Taylor had a new book coming out. I loved the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series so much that I named my guitar after the protagonist. If that doesn’t tell you I’m a Taylor fan, I don’t know what does.
I’m really curious to see what you think of Lilith’s Brood and this series as a whole. So far Kindred is the only book I’ve read from Octavia Butler, but I definitely plan to read more of her works and this series has been recommended to me a couple of times.
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T’s been trying to get me to read it for ages, to the point of pretending to be upset that I didn’t take the recommendation. I’m about halfway through the second one, and am loving it. From what I understand, the third is even better.