Mind of My Mind

Mind of My Mind A young woman discovers she has tremendous psychic powerThe baby s name is Mary and her father is immortal For thousands of years he has orchestrated a selective breeding project attempting to creat

  • Title: Mind of My Mind
  • Author: Octavia E. Butler
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A young woman discovers she has tremendous psychic powerThe baby s name is Mary, and her father is immortal For thousands of years he has orchestrated a selective breeding project, attempting to create a master race capable of controlling others through thought Most of his attempts have resulted in volatile mutations, but Mary whom he has raised in the rough part of a SoA young woman discovers she has tremendous psychic powerThe baby s name is Mary, and her father is immortal For thousands of years he has orchestrated a selective breeding project, attempting to create a master race capable of controlling others through thought Most of his attempts have resulted in volatile mutations, but Mary whom he has raised in the rough part of a Southern California town is the closest he has come to perfection If he doesn t handle her carefully, this greatest experiment will be his last.As Mary comes of age, she begins to grow aware of her psychic powers And when she learns of her father s plans for her, she refuses to acquiesce She challenges him to a psychic war, battling to free her people and set a new course for mankind.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E Butler including rare images from the author s estate.

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    1. “Doro wanted an empire. He didn’t call it that, but that was what he meant. Maybe I was just one more tool he was using to get it. He needed tools, because an empire of ordinary people wasn’t quite what he had in mind. That, to him, would be like an ordinary person making himself emperor over a lot of cattle.”I am reading the omnibus edition of Octavia Butler’s Patternist series, published asSeed to Harvest (Patternist #1-4 ). Mind of My Mind is volume 2 of the series but actually writ [...]

    2. In spite of myself, I've ended up discussing and recommending this book to a few people. There are really fascinating ideas here - Octavia Butler is a champ at slightly extrapolating and skewering present reality and transforming it into a plausible, not so removed future. Here she invents a world of intuits, psychics, telekenetics (?). She attributes much of the chaos and violence in the world to the inability of some psychics to hone their latent abilities. Sometimes this means these psychics [...]

    3. Mind of My Mind: The rise of the first PattermasterOriginally published at Fantasy LiteratureMind of My Mind (1977) was written second in Octavia Butler’s 4-book PATTERNIST series, and comes second in chronology. However, I think it is less polished than Wild Seed (1980), which comes earlier in chronology but was written later after she had more fully developed her ideas about psionic powers, power/control, and telepaths vs. mutes. It’s tough to decide whether readers should approach this se [...]

    4. I think I became too invested in the characters of Anyanwu (Emma) and Doro in Wild Seed to fully appreciate this book. Perhaps if I had read this first, in its order of publication, I would have enjoyed the book more. As it was, I found the constantly rotating narratives from such a wide variety of people (who weren't terribly distinct, all being Patternists) distracting and not at all sympathetic. Which is strange. If anything, I should sympathize with Mary, but I had come to know Doro so well. [...]

    5. Wild Seed, the first book in the Patternist series, was a phenomenal book that made me infatuated with Octavia Butler’s ability to tell a story. Mind of My Mind, the second book in the series, made me realize that she is probably going to be one of my favorite authors ever. Mind of My Mind picks up about a hundred or so years after the end of Wild Seed. Over the years Doro has created quite the extensive network of telepaths, many of them living in or around Forsyth, California. This story cen [...]

    6. Speculative fiction concerning an alien's breeding program for telepathy in humans. Some of the same characters as Wild Seed (100 years later) but mostly new ones. I love Ms. Butler's bold ideas about genetics and heredity.

    7. Mind of My Mind is set roughly in the present (that is, the present of 1977 when it was first published) and is the story of Mary, the greatest success of Doro's program of breeding humans with psionic abilities. Through Mary, some of Doro's people gain unprecedented power.What prevented me from finding Mind of My Mind actually fun -- the coldly unsympathetic nature of all of its characters -- is also something that makes it excellent speculative fiction.Mind of My Mind is told entirely from the [...]

    8. 4.5 StarsAs always Octavia Butler is phenomenal. This book was interesting (and makes more sense now that I know that the internal chronological order that I am reading these in, are not the published order), because Doro is not the most powerful thing in the universe anymore. This strangely saddened me. Even though he is a inhuman body-stealing monster, you spend several books wondering what his end game is (and kind of hoping that he'll achieve it because then you'll KNOW)During the final batt [...]

    9. My favorite author ever. She died just a couple years ago. I'm heartbroken because i wanted to meet her, shake her hand, tell her how much I identify with her work, how much she infuses me with a desire to write. i want to recollect all of her work and read it sequencially, I keep loaning it out. i didn't realize when I read it, that i was reading about polyamory. i didn't know the word yet. she writes about xenophobia and alternative morals amoung other things, the bleak future, warnign us to c [...]

    10. This was a surprisingly short read, which I picked up as part of the Seed to Harvest series, but have read before Wild Seed.I'm not sure what I ultimately expected, but what was there was a bit of a let down. There were many themes and issues raised, but none truly pursued. Most notably so was the issue of race. For the most part, characters physical appearances were only vaguely described. Most times, when we came to know someone was Black, it was because Mary was making a comparison or wishing [...]

    11. An enjoyable sequel to "Wild Seed". The story is thought-provoking with an unexpected end, so typical of the writing of Octavia E. Butler.

    12. 5 down, 9 to go in my goal of reading every book Octavia Butler's written. It would be interesting to compare Mary and Olamina's approaches to leadership.

    13. Reseña completa en Fábulas estelares.Aunque tenía mis (muchas) dudas al principio, desde la mitad hacia delante ha sido una sorpresa detrás de otra. Y el final ¡¡El final!!Qué ganas tengo de adentrarme en la siguiente novela, ya en el espacio, y la última en publicarse de esta saga.[Los libros de esta saga de cuatro se pueden leer de forma independiente, pero están estrechamente ligados entre sí, aunque cada uno cierra su historia y se sitúa en un tiempo distinto al resto. Recomiendo [...]

    14. reviewstaphorosis 3 starsThe purpose-bred descendant of an immortal sociopath develops an unusual ability that brings her people together.I expected this book to continue the story of the first, but Butler clearly had in mind a much grander scheme for the series. The immortal Doro plays an important part, but his sometime companion Anyanwu is left almost entirely in the background. Instead, the story is told mainly from the point of view of Mary, one of their many descendants.As an exploration o [...]

    15. The follow-up to Wild Seed is not as strong, but few books are; Wild Seedwas a tour de force. Mind of My Mind was also written first, and it shows. For instance, the character of Emma, so fully realized in Wild Seed, just feelsoff somehow here. I don't know that Butler had her complete in her head yet--not surprising since she probably wasn't. Seeing her so complete in Patternist #1 and then so different in #2 felt strange.Now that I've finished the entire series, I think I might read it not in [...]

    16. Captivating in a very creative and insidious narrative. Though the writer is black, the issue here is translated into race in another sense. This tale, written in 1977, covers the emergence of a race of telepaths led by a teenage girl, Mary, bred for her powers to bind other telepaths to her in a cult-like "Patternist" society. The groups secret takeover of LA suburbs involves harnessing ordinary humanity (the "mutes", or sometimes "pets" or "slaves"), a process sometimes as creepy as "Invasion [...]

    17. I read this whole book on the same day I saw the total eclipse, and the two experiences echoed each other in a way, a glimpse into a completely unexpected way of seeing thingswith a dragging sense of dread at the end of the world.

    18. 'Throughout centuries the immortal telepath Doro has struggled to build a new race, one with powers to match his own. But down all those generations, there has been no one like Mary.Only Mary is able to draw others to her side, into a complex network of global psychic energy that unites them and regenerates them until they are more than the sum of their parts – they become The Pattern. But one man stands in Mary’s way and the prospect of her empire – her father, her lover, her rival – Do [...]

    19. 3.5 stars I liked Wild Seed better. But I did like the complexity of the moral ambiguity here - Mary is fighting Doro, but she’s essentially the same as him. The Patternists turn people into slaves - how can I cheer for her???

    20. I think that the reason that I like fantasy and science fiction so much is because I am so intrigued by the way the author's mind works. I mean, when I read Neil Gaiman or Sheri S. Tepper, I marvel at the places their imagination takes them. To take our ordinary world and change it into something marvelous/wondrous/horrible/terrifying/magical takes skill. Since so much fantasy and science fiction these days seems targeted at a younger audience, I'm always glad to find mature, thoughtful stories. [...]

    21. Just go read it. Seriously. As I mentioned in Wild Seed, I am glad I read that novel first - the background it provides for Doro, and Emma, is devastatingly important. Of course you could read this first - publication order - and then have the background filled in but this order definitely worked for me. This book is very focussed on Doro and the people he manipulates people to his own ends. Even when other characters - Emma (Anwanyu), and especially Mary - get to tell their own story, it's alwa [...]

    22. I joined sometime in 2008, and right away discovered that I could make a list of all of the books I'd been meaning to read. Octavia Butler's Patternmaster series was first on the list, so this is the book I've had on my TBR the longest. I re-read the first book in the series, Wild Seed, earlier this year and wasn't crazy about it upon re-read, but had to keep going to finish all of the works of my favorite author. I am so glad that I finally read this book. It continues the story of Doro and An [...]

    23. Ugh. Why the HELL did Emma off herself because of stupid Doro? Guh, I hate that guy! He's like the sort of bossy alpha male types I can't abide. Who just want to control everyone and make everyone submit to his stupid ideas and plans.Well, they backfired on him big time. He wasn't even prepared and it was satisfying. So. Satisfying.And also very squicky. Just, so much squick in this book. It's still worth reading because it's excellent. Mary is a fantastic character. The only real flaw besides E [...]

    24. Re-read for the second time. I was crazy about this the first time I read it, and saw it as the strongest book in the Patternist series. Reading it again, I think I actually like it about as much as I liked Wild Seed. Maybe because I already knew how the book ends, and how the pattern works, it wasn't as fun reading it again. I would skip reading Clay's Ark and Survivor a second time as I didn't enjoy those that much, but I will probably read Patternmaster again.

    25. Great scifi storytelling. Octavia Butler masters the genre. These books could easily be movies. I look forward to the rest of the series and I wonder why it took me so long to hear about her and her books. I read more fantasy than scifi by far but Butler's work joins both genres seamlessly. Recommended!

    26. Picked this up at an estate sale the other day. I'd long ago read my original copy to tatters, so it was fun to re-read after many, many years. It's got a lot of earmarks of other late-70s SF, and it feels a little clunky when one compares it to Butler's later stuff- but it's still a ripping good read.

    27. Octavia Butler keep surprising me with her stories. Mind of my mind is part two of the patternist series and so far I'm not bored and I want more more more. Mary was the protagonist with power, strength, and compassion that I lovedwell, almost more than Anyanwu. I can't wait to get to the next story.

    28. An enjoyable read and nicely packaged sequel to Wild seed. I was captivated by the originality of the story. I idea of a community of enhanced humans held together by a single individual creates a host of philosophical questions. Unfortunately, I think Ms. Butler fell short in bringing a strong conclusion or climax and this is the only reason for not giving this title 4 or more stars.

    29. I love Butler's writing style. Obviously the themes in her novels are fascinating - especially the vampiric, parasitic stuff that repeats across all of them - but the way she constructs her prose is also super interesting. It's like weirdly repetitive and thorough at the same time as it's fast-paced and affective. I love her.

    30. As I mentioned before (see my "Patternmaster" review), I'm reading these in pub order, not chronological. From the first page of this book, I felt justified in my decision. One of the big questions in "Patternmaster" were the house names, especially Forsyth House, the home of Rayal, the patternmaster. It sounded very earth-like, even if none of the other details locked in. First page here, we find a character traveling to the town of Forsyth, California.(You maniacs! You blew it up! It was earth [...]

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