KINDRED by Octavia Butler

Beacon Press

Kindred is brutal and beautiful, like Butler’s other novels. It has the darkness and intensity of Butler’s other work but to a lesser degree; it will leave you with questions but not as many nightmares. The science fiction is restricted to the central conceit and never explained, which should appeal to those new to the genre. Not to be missed.


Reviewer Kate Marshall is the Editorial Assistant at Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazine. She writes and reads in a cozy Seattle basement. You can find (much) longer reviews posted weekly at her blog, RevolutionSheep. She rarely actually incites farm animals to riot. Kate will be posting her 60-word reviews here twice a month, so stay tuned!


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