Thursday, July 23, 2009

Currently reading Octavia E. Butler's book Kindred, which was first published in 1979. It reminds me a lot of The Time Traveler's Wife - same kind of being uncontrollably pulled through time, same kind of danger inherent to time travel - the traveler might appear anywhere, might get trapped in walls, might get hurt, etc. Except here the time traveler is an African American woman being drawn back to antebellum Maryland. And her husband even manages to hitch a ride with her, creating a situation where she needs to pretend to be his slave. It's a good read so far; exciting and slightly suspenseful. I've read a few of Butler's short stories in the past (which was why i picked up this novel), and find her writing very engaging. Maybe i'll post a more thorough examination of the book when i'm done. It is a great change of pace from The Tombs of Atuan, that's for sure.

Things might be more focused on fiction here for a while, because i'm trying to get into my prose-head for school. Although i do have my lovely bookthug editions of Tender Buttons and Every Way Oakley to read, so those might be some upcoming poetry-centered posts to look forward to.

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