Jeremy Wolford Wolford itibaren Pegagan Julu VII, Sumbul, Dairi Regency, North Sumatra, Endonezya
I'm not sure why I held off so long on reading this book, which I found at the used bookstore in perfect, nearly unopened condition (cracked open only once by the author herself to sign it, which I happily discovered). Maybe it's because it didn't immediately strike me as very science-fictiony with the cover or the fact that it's set mainly in the antebellum south and therefore deals with slavery. I needn't have worried. As with every other Butler book I've read, it was insightful, moving, and fascinating, and I gobbled it down. Butler always deals with the intersection of race and gender and with uncomfortable truths. Kindred is no different. Dana is a young, black, female writer in 1976 California who finds herself repeatedly and inexplicably drawn into the past to save the life of her white ancestor. During her trips she learns first-hand the place of a woman and an educated black woman at that, in pre-Civil War Maryland and the compromises one has to make to survive.
Well...I liked it. I liked the shocker right in the middle that Bianca is a half-breed, and I liked the shocker of Lucas being what he was. I believe in not publicizing spoilers. It's really not fair to the people who haven't already read the book. It was a little jumpy, particularly with Patrice, which I definetely would have liked to have learned more about. Otherwise, I loved it. I'm a sucker for romance. Or at least, knock-off Romeo and Juliets. What I liked best was that it didn't have a totally satisfying ending. I've been DYING for a story that didn't end in them either driving off into the sunset or holding hands skipping through a field of flowers with talking unicorns running through the magical trees in the distance. I thought I was gonna start barfing rainbows. It was really very well-written, I thought, and I love surprises, so this was the book for me. Every time I put it down, I couldn't stop thinking about it, and I'd be making guesses on certain parts of the future plot, to find out that I was wrong! And guess what. :) I am EXTREMELY psyched about this! It's never happened before. So Claudia Gray, rock on, and I can't wait till I get my hands on "Stargazer"! :D