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Fledgling

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

reprint of a terrific vampire tale

She awakens feeling inside middle age, but looking preadolescent. Even more confusing is she suffers from amnesia and doesn¿t know why she is in this cave badly bruised and injured. Finally she is starving, but instinctively knows she must dine on human blood prefera...
She awakens feeling inside middle age, but looking preadolescent. Even more confusing is she suffers from amnesia and doesn¿t know why she is in this cave badly bruised and injured. Finally she is starving, but instinctively knows she must dine on human blood preferably without killing the host. --- Wright drives by, sees this young battered girl alone, stops and offers her a ride, which she accepts along with feeding from him. He stays at her side feeling compelled to do so as Shori meets other Ina almost like her and learns that humans like Wright are symbionts providing their nourishment. However, she also finds out how unique she is even amongst the vampiric Ina as she is the result of a genetic experiment using African-American human DNA that enables her to withstand sunlight, why her family was murdered and that a predator seeks to finish the job by killing her and her new symbiont. Survival is her only objective. --- FLEDGLING is a reprint of a terrific vampire tale that provides a deep look at family, race relationships, and sexuality yet is loaded with action. Shori holds the tale together as she learns who she is and why someone wants her dead. Though some readers might have issue with a fifty-three years old female who looks like she is ten or eleven years old (Ina age slower and live longer) having adult relationships, Octavia E. Butler writes a thought provoking character driven relationship allegory. --- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

My Book Club Didn't Give it a Chance...

I'm putting up this review mainly for my book club, because they gave up on this book too soon. It takes a minute to get through the first few chapters, but once it hits page 50 or so, it begins to develop a good stride.

Yes, it starts slow (a little too slow for my...
I'm putting up this review mainly for my book club, because they gave up on this book too soon. It takes a minute to get through the first few chapters, but once it hits page 50 or so, it begins to develop a good stride.

Yes, it starts slow (a little too slow for my book club, apparently), but once you meet the "Ina," which is their name for the vampires in the book, you'll see a whole new community. Shori is a 53-year-old vampire, but in the book, she looks like a kid, although her speech and actions are that of a much older woman. Since the vamps (excuse me...Ina) live to be over 500 years old, technically, she still IS a child. Her family has been destroyed, their homes burnt to the ground, and Shori almost doesn't make it. She regains consciousness in a cave with a severe case of amnesia, and that's where the story begins, which is why it starts off so slow. Where am I? Who am I? What am I? What is this place? And on and on; the disorientation Shori experiences is poignant, but the author drags it out a little too long. However, once she meets Wright, a human who helps her, Shori begins a journey that will culminate in her meeting new people and some distant family members who will help her develop into a proud female Ina. And the people who killed off her family are brought to justice by the "Council of Judgment," which is pretty self-explanatory.

There is quite a bit of tension, some surprises, and it's a pretty good storyline that one can follow, after they get past those first few chapters. All-in-all, it was a decent read.

posted by ReadingVixen67 on August 18, 2011

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  • Posted May 13, 2009

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    I give it 3.5 stars....

    Fledgling is a somewhat original, modern day vampire story. Octavia Butler takes a vampire and adds in the element of genetic engineering. Her hybrid vampire, Shori, is able to be awake in the daytime and live a more "human" life. Some of the other older vampires see this as a threat and try to destroy Shori and her family. Unfortunately this story sounds better than it actually is. I just couldn't immerse myself in it. I'm not sure if it was the characters or the story itself but I felt it was lacking something. It just didn't grip me. That's not to say that I didn't like the book. It had some compelling aspects, especially the genetically modified vampire, and I enjoyed it overall but it's not my favorite vampire story.

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  • Posted January 5, 2009

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    Interesting

    Octavia has a brilliant writing style. I'v read: Wild Seed, Mind of My Mind, Clay's Ark, and now on Patternmaster also by Octavia. <BR/><BR/>She's definitely in a category of her own. <BR/><BR/>The best one I've read from her so far was Wild Seed. <BR/><BR/>Fledgling and Clay's Ark are a little more on the depressing side, where there's not really a take-hold-of-your-shirt emotion going for the stories (as in Wild Seed and Mind of My Mind) instead the story is like someone watching their actions from the outside with a vacant stare.

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  • Posted November 7, 2008

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    Wonderful Read

    This is a well thought out and well written book.The way vampires were portrayed was unique and done in a way I've nevered read before.Mixing racism and mystery into a vampire's tale,in my opinion, was brilliant. This is a book for teens and adults alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2008

    Worthwhile

    I had never heard of this author as I was always just a Stephen King reader. Lately, been widening that. Although hesitant to buy this book, I must say, it was money well spent. I recommend it to anyone liking fiction and mystery. It is a must read for vampire reader enthusiast.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2008

    Loved this book

    This was such an unusual take on a vampire story. I wasn't sure that I would like it because I don't usually read vampire tales, but I absolutely loved it. I couldn't put it down, but at the same time I also didn't want it to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Absolutely wonderful

    I loved this book - I think I read it in about a day, with the usual life interruptions. Then I recommended it to a friend, who also loved it. I'm just sorry this was Ms. Butler's last book - it would have made for a wonderful series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    Excellent Read

    I would recomend this book to everyone. It is not only a book about vampires it is a book about getting justice. Shori may only look to be a child but is well beyond her years. Even though she has no memory of anything or anyone, she tends to get thing very easily when shown.(All except people and places) I truely enjoyed this read. It wasn't hard to follow and when you pick it up you want want to put it down. So give it a try, I promise you want be disappionted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    I really liked this different take of the vampires.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2006

    Mixed Emotions

    I couldn't help feeling a little sorry for the humans who, seduced by the euphoria derived from a vampire's bite, submitted to a life of servitude for the particular vampire who had delivered the bite as well as the entire community (family) of vampires in O. Butler's final novel, Fledgling. I can not honestly say that this book is the author's best work or a 'must read' but it does give a different twist to the portrayal of the relationship between humans and vampires.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2006

    Awesome take on the vampire narrative

    After much hemming and hawing about whether or not I wanted to read an Octavia E Butler novel, I decided to give it a shot with Fledgling--and I am so glad I did!! What a wonderful take on the vampire narrative. It has a very clean and fresh perspective, and uses a plain-written English that I found to be by far more moving and enticing than anything that the so-called queen of the vampire tales, Anne Rice, has ever produced with her long, convoluted passages and descriptions. I felt very much being sucked into their world--no pun intended. If you are looking for a new twist on an old idea, pick up this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2006

    Irresistible, breath taking, it has your hands glued to it.

    I must say that this is probably the best vampire book I have read. It brings a whole new meaning to the idea that vampires do have their rules, and that they do not just feed and kill. It was killing suspense in some parts and then in other parts, it taught you the truth. It let you live in the story amongst them.

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