One book, two book, three book…

Dominique here.

This evening I thought I would revisit and share some reads I thoroughly relished.

  1. Ocatvia E Butler – Fledgling
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I have only recently discovered Octavia E Butler. I was blown away by her ideas and re-conceptualisation of topics that could be considered tired and ideas that may be considered taboo. I recommend all of Butler’s books but for this post I am specifically picking out Fledgling .

Fledgling focuses on Shori, a 53 year old Ina (long lived, drinks human blood)but who looks like a ten year old African-American girl. The story follows her as she discovers who and what she is and her fight for acceptance.

Butler, in just one book, tackles a staggering number of ideas. She includes alternative sexualities, challenging today’s accepted notions of the family unit and sexuality with the polyamorous, occasionally homo or heterosexual, relationships between Ina and humans. Butler has also taken the myth of the vampire, previously worn out, and created something completely unique and interesting by twisting and bending the accepted idea of the vampire.

I could go on and on but I better stop here before I spoil it for you! Go and check it out then come back and let me know what you think.

Find it here on goodreads.

2. Ernest Cline – Ready Player One

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OOOOUFFFF. What an adventure! I read this book in a matter of days and just couldn’t put it down. The story follows Wade Watts, a kid living in a pretty shitty situation and follows him as he embarks upon a treasure hunt set in virtual reality. There are hundreds of references to films, songs, games from the decades of the 80’s and the 90’s and even if you don’t like those eras Cline’s fun and accessible writing style is too appealing to resist.

Find it here on goodreads.

3. Suzette Haden Elgin – Native Tongue

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Native tongue is the first in a trilogy, although admittedly I have yet to read the last book, that centre’s on Nazareth, a female linguist, in a world where women have been stripped of their rights and must obey their male masters.  But, secretly, away from the eyes of the men, the women are creating a new language. A language for women to free themselves from the male prison.

This book is a fantastically original read.

Find it here on goodreads.

Any books you want to recommend? Please comment below and I’ll check it out!

 

 

 

 

 

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