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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday (July 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385151608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385151603
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,056,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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¿Excitingly different...refreshing, intoxicating, highly recommended¿ Locus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Octavia Butler was born in 1947. Her novels include the other books in the acclaimed Patternist series (Wild Seed is a prequel to the events that unfold later), Patternmaster, Mind of my Mind, Survivor and Clay¿s Ark, and the Xenogenesis series, Dawn, Adulthood Rites and Imago. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Giulia Clifford on 9 July 2004
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Yes, this was a wonderful book. It grabbed my attention from the start to the end, never allowing me to go. I had to force myself to leave the book enough to eat dinner!
I have loved the characters. Anjanwu is just awesome, and Doro, even if he's not exactly the most sympathetic character ever (oh well, he's actually NOT synpathetic, at all) is wonderfully portrayed. I loved even him in the end, and I won't say anything more about the final of this wonderful book, because you *must* buy it and read it up to the end. But the character I loved the best was Isaacs. A wonderful, three-dimensional character.
I thank so much Orson Scott Card, who suggested this book in his "How to write science fiction and fantasy" (a book I suggest any aspiring writer to read). Otherwise I would never have bought it, and it would be a shame.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rod Williams on 11 May 2009
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From Butler's debut with `Patternmaster' in 1976 one would never have suspected that she would produce a novel - a prequel at that - of such power and intensity as this.
Perhaps of all Butler's work, this is the novel that so deeply explores the concept of slavery, a theme that runs through nearly all of her work like a dark thread.
The story begins in the late eighteenth century, in Africa, where Anyanwu the shapeshifter has already lived for three hundred years.
It is here she is discovered by Doro, a creature far older than herself, and a human life-force able to move from body to body, killing each one in the process.
For over three thousand years he has been seeking out those humans with special gifts: telepathy, telekinesis, psychometry, the whole panoply of psychic abilities, and bringing them together to breed. They have become both his children and his slaves, in some cases quite literally since Doro has become heavily involved in the slave trade, using it as a cover to bring the residents of his `seed villages' to America.
For Doro, Anyanwu is a very valuable find, mentally stable, unlike many of his people, terrifyingly strong and able to change sex at will, or into a leopard, eagle or dolphin.
Doro promises not to harm any of her people if she will return to America with him. However, as Anyanwu discovers, Doro considers her to be `Wild Seed' and plans to kill her once she has served her usefulness by providing children for his people.
This book certainly deserves its place in Pringle's `100 Best SF Novels' since, like all the best SF novels it employs the conventions of SF to explore the depths of human nature.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar. 2001
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This is an excellent book and well worth the read, be sure to buy the reprint, because the previous print I purchased was terribly proofed which at times broke the fun of reading the story - I am talking about lines being wholly or partially repeated, yes lines not words.
I thoroughly good read, you'll zip through it on no time at all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar. 2001
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This is an excellent book and well worth the read, be sure to buy the reprint, because the previous print I purchased was terribly proofed which at times broke the fun of reading the story - I am talking about lines being wholly or partially repeated, yes lines not words. I thoroughly good read, you'll zip through it on no time at all!
The reprint is more expensive, but provided they have proofed it well (which I cannot think but they haven't) it's worth the extra few pounds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 July 1999
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Octavia Butler at her best! You will go through every emotion as you read this novel. The characters are very interesting. The plot will keep you guessing until the end. Butler is one of the best science fiction writers currently creating fiction.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Hannan on 12 Oct. 2003
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I bought this book from a recommendation in Orson Scott Card’s book ‘How to write Science Fiction and Fantasy’, along with another called Arslan. I read Arslan first, and it was so bad that I wondered whether it was worth reading Wild Seed. I decided to read it just for its technical merits, as the concept didn’t interest me.
I’m glad I did, as this book kept me engrossed from start to finish. The author takes the central idea, that some people are born with special abilities, and explores it in many different ways. So it remains fascinating all the way through. The story was compelling as well, as the two main characters tried to outwit each other, with frequent verbal confrontations.
I’m not into the fantasy genre, because I often feel cheated by the way conflicts are resolved, where the hero overcomes the enemy simply by summoning up enough strength. But I never felt cheated by the progression of this story.
I’m only learning about how to write, so I can’t judge the technical merits, and I quickly forgot that I was reading it to learn. But as a reader I can say that this book has the following qualities: It keeps the tension going throughout. The writing is clear and straightforward, so that it’s the story, not the writer’s technical brilliance, which is on show. Unlike the other book recommended by Card, this is a great example to learn from.
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