Bloodchild has ratings and reviews. carol. said: Dear Ms. Butler:I feel the same way about bearing rol. Ok, for real: t. Complete summary of Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Bloodchild. Gan, a human boy, agrees to be. Bloodchild and Other Stories By Octavia E. Butler. Chapter One: Bloodchild. My last night of childhood began with a visit home. T’Gatoi’s sister had given us two.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Bloodchild by Octavia E. Bloodchild by Octavia E. Contains the short story Bloodchild only. Years octvia a group known as the Terrans left Earth in bbloodchild of a life free of persecution. Now they live alongside the Tlic, an alien race who face extinction; their only chance of survival is to plant their larvae inside the bodies of the humans.
When Gan, a young, boy, is chosen as a carrier of Tlic eggs, he faces an impossible dil Contains the short story Bloodchild only. When Gan, a young, boy, is chosen as a carrier of Tlic eggs, he faces an impossible dilemma: Bloodchild is Octavia E. It won the Hugo, Locus, Nebula and Science Fiction Chronicle awards and is widely regarded as one of her greatest works. Kindle Edition31 pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bloodchildplease sign up.
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Nov 12, carol. I feel the same way about bearing children. Well, Butler every time; Tepper, often. Seriously, must she always challenge me? I read the edition with Butler’s ‘Afterward,’ where she notes Dear Ms. I read the edition with Butler’s ‘Afterward,’ where she notes this was her ‘male pregnancy’ story, as well as her writing out her feelings about finding more about the life cycle of the botfly before a trip to Peru.
She also notes it’s a bit about coming-of-age–and, oh, is it ever–and a little bit about paying ‘rent.
View all 11 comments. Dec 26, BlackOxford rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Alien Perversity A short story that is meant to be maximally disgusting. Humans used as living incubators for 9 foot tall centipedes is only the start.
These intelligent insects are part of the human household. They hold and caress adults and infants as they enjoy their warmth. They supply humans with a nourishing, intoxicating food, their own infertile eggs.
They choose when and with whom to implant their grubs in the human body. If not handled in exactly the correct manner, birth is lethal for Alien Perversity A short story that is meant to be maximally disgusting. If not handled in exactly the correct manner, birth is lethal for the host who is eaten from the inside out. So a sort of compilation of the most distressing of perversions: Most certainly an unforgettable read.
View all 8 comments. Power imbalance is nasty. Aug 15, Negativni rated it it was amazing. Mar 28, Skylar Phelps rated it it was amazing. Exceptionally weird and quite creepy.
Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler
I have a feeling that this one will stick with me for a long, long time. Oct 16, Laf Lyons rated it really liked it. A strange and alien exploration of what it means for two dying races gloodchild flourish once again through a new found and tentative symbiosis. Jan 05, Rob rated it it was amazing Shelves: I very much liked this story. Although the middle in particular is quite horrific, the story ends on a note of hope for the future.
What I also liked about it is that Butler manages to do so much with it in so few words. Any of the themes she uses could have been enough to carry a story. Despite the elements of exploitation and gender relations, the story is not overly political or moralizing. Butler channels it all into the confrontation in a way that makes you feel she needed those elements Butler channels it all into the confrontation in a way that makes you feel she needed blooschild elements in her story rather than add them because she felt she had something to say about these issues.
Bloodchild is so very well constructed that it is not surprising it has remained her most popular short story.
Bloodchild: And Other Stories
I guess I blopdchild should get around to reading one of her novels. Full Random Comments review Aug 09, Nicole rated it liked it.
I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I was going to at the beginning. I was a little hesitant about how sci-fi it was and in what way not being huge blodchild less “realistic” sci-fibut the story was very visceral and engaging and feminist and pregnant with meaning pun intended.
This uncomfortable resigned human-alien cohabitation view spoiler [with no apparent plan for payback or retaliation hide spoiler ] is one I have not often seen and made for a really good introduction to Octavia Butl I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I was going to at the beginning. This uncomfortable resigned human-alien cohabitation view spoiler [with blodchild apparent plan for payback or retaliation hide spoiler ] is one I have not often seen and made for a really good introduction to Octavia Butler.
View all 6 comments. Apr 27, Empress rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This story is still offered for free on Amazon, so go and get it. Can’t praise this story and Octavia’s writing highly enough. Aug 31, Marilia Ramos rated it really liked it Shelves: Novella muito poderosa e muito conflitante.
Dec 22, Cecily rated it it was amazing Shelves: My review is under a different edition, here: Apr 11, Arkapravo Bhaumik rated it really liked it. This short story available for free at amazon kindle is my first reading of Octavia Butler’s writings.
It is a very nice story, yet it is really weird and sick. It is similar to the stories of H. The description of hatching the Tlic offspring from the human hosts octagia N’Tlic gave me a stomach-churning. This breeding This short story available for free at amazon kindle is my first reading of Octavia Butler’s writings.
This breeding inside the human body was somewhat similar to what we see otcavia James Cameron’s Alien movie series.
Nevertheless, the story brings forth notable questions of ethics and social interdependence. Since it is told from the point of view of a kid this is also a ‘coming of age’ story, or as Butler puts it – last day of childhood. Apr 08, Zaz rated it really liked it Shelves: Landing on another planet, already inhabited by creatures, often turns ugly in scifi.
Bloodchild was a nice compromise between cohabiting and surviving, with touches of fear, love and disgust. As with Kindred, the writing flew easily, the story was interesting and I liked to discover what was happening with the characters, even if I didn’t understand everything at the beginning. Jul 29, iam rated it it was amazing Shelves: Stunning and emotional short story.
Apr 28, Shani Mccollum rated it it was amazing. May 07, Evinrude rated it it was amazing Shelves: A dystopian short story about human life on another planet, where our kind needs to make painful compromises in order to survive. Not for the faint hearted. There are certainly many ways to interpret the story allegorically, as being about slavery denied by the authorcolonialism, inter-creature bonds, motherhood.
It is the greatness of great fiction that one can entertain these different meanings without feeling confused or frustrated. Nov 19, Matthew Lloyd rated it really liked it Shelves: I’ve been meaning to read some Octavia E. But then I moved country, didn’t bring any books besides my kindle with me, and thus felt justified in seeking out some Butler. It was certainly worth it.
Bloodchild is a short story, with in the edition I read an Afterword by Butler about the genesis of t I’ve been meaning to read some Octavia E.