Mind of My Mind: Patternist, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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For 4,000 years, an immortal has spread the seeds of a master race, using the downtrodden as his private breeding stock. But now a young ghetto telepath has found a way to awaken - and rule - her superhuman kind, igniting a psychic battle as she challenges her creator for her right to free her people.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 36 minutes|
|Author||Octavia E. Butler|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 24, 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #13,337 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#24 in Alternate History Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#148 in Alternate History Science Fiction (Books)
#180 in Espionage Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
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Reading this book, I wished I had read it as a child. As a fan of sci-fi, fantasy and superheroes stories, Octavia created a world of superheroes in this series that I could relate to as a black woman. With the exception of how Doro came about, this series has a rather realistic explanation as to how super human mutations could be possible in this world.
If you are into X-men, this would be akin to Xavier vs Magneto. If a Marvel fan, any of the Civil War series, and if a DC fan, Batman vs Superman.
The exception here (with the exception of Captain Marvel’s Civil War of course), there was a lot more representation of women with power. It also explores the emotional aspects of coming to terms with being so different, of controlling that power and going against a parent that you love.
Read this series if you are a fan of super human / mutant comic books / graphic novels / TV shows / Movies, if you enjoy speculative fiction you will love this, and if you just love Octavia.
This story takes place over 200 years later and follows one of the descendants of Anyawu, named Mary, who has the ability to gather telepaths into a larger pattern and organize them into a grand society unlike never before. Despite this being Doro's wish, he finds that Mary is power hungry and he tries to control her which ends in a battle between two greater forces.
While I was riveted in the beginning, I felt that the story slowed down with the politics of the increasing pattern size. I didn't really care too much about the logistics of setting up schools, or training new people. I understood why this was important information for the story, it just felt kind of slow. Also, in comparison to Wild Seed where every character felt complicated and nuanced, I felt that most of the characters in Mind of My Mind felt flat and underdeveloped due to the emphasis on Mary's development.
I think that with this book Butler showed the eventual triumph of women over men's control, showing that it's possible to be a strong emergent woman who has a family unit without being constrained by the influence of a man, as opposed to the ending of Wild Seed which suggested otherwise. Anyawu's decision to die at the end of the book represented to me the shift of women and the birth of a new kind of femininity.
Interesting read, and I am going to continue with the series. I'm interested to see where it goes.
Butler packs a lot of thoughts and questions about society and human existence into a book that, on the surface, deals with what our world might be like if there were humans who could control and read other people's emotions, thoughts, and memories.
A fantastic read, from one of science fiction's best authors.
I can see why in this example of her writing. A very cool Gestalt psi story along the lines of Theodore Sturgeon's More than Human (a personal favorite of my childhood - I think I got a review on it floating around on Goodreads).
The story is coming-of-age of an immortal trying to breed his equals. Problem is "daddy" is a tyrant and his children have been socialized to think his actions are normal. Now they ready to grow up and daddy isn't ready to let go.
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Not a bad read but also nothing special.