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Patternmaster (The Patternist Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
A psychic net hangs across the world, and only the Patternists can control it. They use their telepathic powers to enslave lesser life forms, to do battle with the diseased, half-human creatures who rage outside their walls, and, sometimes, to fight amongst themselves. Ruling them all is the Patternmaster, a man of such psychic strength that he can influence the thoughts of all those around him. But he cannot stop death, and when he is gone, chaos will reign. The Patternmaster has hundreds of children, but only one of them—Coransee—has ambition to match his father’s. To seize the throne he will have to coopt or kill every one of his siblings, and he will not shy from the task. But when one brother takes refuge among the savages, a battle ensues that will change the destiny of every being on the planet.
Octavia E. Butler’s first published novel, Patternmaster launched the legendary career of a visionary, award-winning writer. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate.
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From the Illustrated Biography
Octavia E. Butler at age thirteen
Butler began writing the year before when a science fiction film—the cult favorite Devil Girl from Mars—inspired her to create something of her own.
Parable of the Sower book tour
Butler on a book tour for Parable of the Sower in New York City in 1993.
Octavia E. Butler's legacy
When Butler passed away in 2006, the New York Times eulogized her as a world-renowned author whose science fiction explored 'far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human.'
About the Author
- ASIN : B008HALOPA
- Publisher : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (July 24, 2012)
- Publication date : July 24, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 6087 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 225 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #122,629 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The ending be leaving me wanting more. Like, in Mind of my Mind. I was disappointed at how abruptly Emma and Doro had died. Although, I understand it was to make way for the present story that is Patternmaster. There was no... finesse. Thus is the ending of this book. It just...ends. The bigger picture in my stout opinion of the situation between Patternist and Clayarks isn't solved. There could have easily been a 5th installment of this series... easily. She could've written two more books honestly. But, that might be my love of the story speaking.
The world that Octavia creates. The history of each character. There was conflict everywhere. Because of this, there is room for more of this story. Basically, where is my tv series?
This was a marvelous journey, and I hated to see it end.
.On To The Next Adventure.
Just like the others in the series, I ripped through this book in only a few sittings punctuated by academic reading. It's incredible how well the details of this story fit in with the at the time unwritten prequels which speaks to the huge expansive vision that Butler had when she came up with the story and the world. I really liked the character of Teray, but I LOVED Amber. Her desire to remain independent and not tied to a man was awesome. I loved how their relationship developed, and the way Butler described their mental interactions with each other. Because I had read the other books in the series, I was pretty sure I knew how it was going to end but I still was on the edge of my seat anyway.
Overall, the Patternmaster series is really interesting and quite disturbing at times. While these are deeply violent books, almost no physical fighting occurs. Most of the confrontations happen between the minds of the telepaths. The way that Butler is able to describe epic "mind battles" and make it seem suspenseful is incredible. I also liked reading this book and seeing how the events of Clay's Ark tied in because at the time that story seemed pretty random.
If you're only going to read one book in the series, read Wild Seed because it's the most mature of the stories in terms of thoughtful meditation on race, sex, and power dynamics.