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The complete Patternist series the acclaimed science fiction epic of a world transformed by a secret race of telepaths and their devastating rise to power.In the late seventeenth century, two immortals meet in an African forest Anyanwu is a healer, a three hundred year old woman who uses her wisdom to help those around her The other is Doro, a malevolent despot who has mastered the power of stealing the bodies of others when his wears out Together they will change the world Over the next three centuries, Doro mounts a colossal selective breeding project, attempting to create a master race of telepaths He succeeds beyond his wildest dreams, splitting the human race down the middle and establishing a new world order dominated by the most manipulative minds on Earth In these four novels, award winning author Octavia E Butler tells the classic story that began her legendary career a mythic tale of the transformation of civilization....

Title : Seed to Harvest
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ISBN : 0446698903
ISBN13 : 978-0446698900
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Language : Englisch
Publisher : Grand Central Publishing 5 Januar 2007
Number of Pages : 784 Seiten
File Size : 766 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Seed to Harvest Reviews

  • RJ
    2019-04-21 01:08

    Butler schafft es mit einfacher Sprache ein fesselndes Buch zu schrieben, dass vielschichtig und erfrischend anders ist.Jedes der Bücher in diesem Band springt in eine neue Zeitepisode und findet einen eigenen Rhythmus und eine eigene Stimme. Doch zusammen ergeben die vier Bände dennoch ein stimmiges Gesamtbild.Insbesondere gefiel mir wie autentisch die Charaktäre und die Welt wirkten. Eine wilkommene Abwechslung zur sonstigen, cliché-lastigen Genrekost.

  • Jmaynard
    2019-04-03 03:59

    The first book I read by Butler was  and I enjoyed it a lot, but it was (Xenogenesis) that truly blew me away and made me a fan. Butler crafts some of the most compelling, and in-depth science fiction I have ever read.Seed to Harvest includes four related novels in the Patternist series: Wild Seed, Mind of my Ming, Clay’s Ark and Patternmaster. First, I have to say I am grateful for this omnibus edition because otherwise I might have read them in published order, whereas this collection is done in chronological order. I think it’s better this way. Patternmaster was the first book Butler published, and it throws readers directly into a very different and strange world than the one we know. The other three books show how we got there and I think it makes for a better reading experience.WILD SEED is the tale of Anyanwu, an African woman who can heal herself of any injury and is seemingly immortal. She is discovered by Doro, a being who has lived for millennia but at the expense of countless lives. He intends to create a master race of humans through careful breeding. He finds those gifted with psychic abilities and brings them together, and he wants Anyanwu as part of that plan. The two of them are at odds, but also drawn to each other- living embodiments of life and death. Butler’s characters are fully developed and come alive off the pages.MIND OF MY MIND introduces Mary, who may be the key to creating Doro’s master race. Mary is the first powerful telepath born who is not driven insane by her gift. She uses it to create The Pattern, which binds her people together. Only, Doro may have gotten more than he bargained for when he realizes he’s not part of that master race. I think this is the best book of the four – I read it straight through because it was so creative and the characters so interesting.CLAY’S ARK is where things get a little…weird. Wild Seed and Mind of my Mind were tightly connected stories, tied together by Anyanwu and Doro. Clay’s Ark introduces brand new characters and a new story-telling structure which swaps between present day and the past. The book appears completely unrelated to the two books that come before it, but is a critical bridge to Patternmaster. A father and his two older teen daughters are accosted on the highway and taken prisoner. Eli calmly informs that that he is carrying a disease that they now have, and will come to accept. Naturally, they don’t want to accept it and try to escape, with global consequences. In the prior two books, Doro hinted that his master race is going to be needed for a purpose. One that is finally revealed in the final book.PATTERNMASTER opens with a surprise attack on the Rayal, the Patternmaster, by Clayarks. These two species have been at war for decades, and the Clayarks realize killing Rayal is the key to winning. The story then moves to Teray, one of many sons of the Patternmaster His mental abilities are very strong, perhaps even strong enough to allow him hold The Pattern one day. This is something Coransee cannot allow, for he wants the Pattern for himself.Overall, I didn’t find Seed to Harvest to be quite as good as Lilith’s Brood, mainly because of the conclusion. Lilith’s Brood has more closure while Seed to Harvest is left more or less in a stalemate. It’s almost as if Butler intended there to be another book (and perhaps the long out of print “Survivor” is that book). Still, I thought this was a brilliant, rich saga that pulls a reader in and keeps them long after the final page. Highly recommended.

  • Shawn Stewart
    2019-04-17 21:52

    Octavia Butler's Patternist series is a well thought-out and executed science fiction classic. This collection brings together the four stories as they were meant be be enjoyed... leaving you to pace yourself and decide if you want to tackle them all as one or give yourself time between as Ms. Butler did. Some of the themes she returned to again and again are search for place and ownership of others who are your inferiors. She handles both of these topics with gentleness and we can feel the characters dilemmas of conscience and desire for belonging as palpable things.Treating each book separately, I reviewed as I went...Wild Seed, the first in this book series, reminds me of all that is good about Octavia Butler's writing. She has meaningful, complex characters and shows how people change rather than just telling. In some ways, the main characters in her story are the compassionate version of Heinlein's long lived family in his future history series. Unlike Heinlen, Butler obviously cares more about people feelings than their intercourse. She has a wonderful grasp of the biology of breeding and the problems that arise in husbandry as you try to encourage only certain traits. In addition, her political leanings are less obviously apparent except in that she seems to see a need for a system of some type rather than Heinlien's much more libertarian bent.Mind of My Mind was a story that moved the two main characters from Wild Seed on (with some changes) and introduced a new main character, Mary. The desire for a sense of family and belonging are strong themes in this book and make me wonder if Butler lost her parents at a fairly young age. The story and the powers of the individuals made sense and were interesting, but what really made this story memorable was that the ending was at once surprising and exactly how it should have happened.Clay's Ark was a disturbing novel of an alien invasion. Quite possibly the most insidious alien invasion sorry I have read and with many reminders of Heinlein's Puppetmasters.Following the family in the story through their changes and interspersed with flashbacks of how the organism first found a foothold on Earth, Butler tells this story in a way that bothered me at first but which, ultimately, was exactly right.The Patternists, the final novel in the series, seemed in some ways to be the most incomplete and the most different in tone from the others. Like the other novels, The Patternists had a theme of the search for place, in this case the place for a young man wanting to build his own life. In the other novels, however, as the characters changed, they always seemed to want to hold on to the behaviors and moralities that made them human. Not so in this book. From a beginning with a ruler in an incestuous relationship (think the Ptolmecic Dynasty in Egypt), to casually treating humans infected with an alien disease as animals to be slaughtered the issues of humanity in earlier books seem inconsequential in this one.In the end, I was left wondering if Bulter had intended to write another book to finish the series. However, since she had something like twenty years to do so, I suppose not. This can lead your thoughts in fascinating ways as you have to decide which faction you identify with the most and where you think humanity would go from where she ended.If you like sci-fi that makes you think... especially about society... This series is more than worth picking up.

  • Darwin
    2019-04-10 22:56

    I never read any of Octavia Butler's books before this one, and I am looking forward to reading more of her books.This science fiction trilogy deals with earthling interactions with an alien race so different from our own that it was interesting to see how the characters interacted and bonded while having completely different world views, or should I say universe views. Even though each book seems like it would stand on its own, the development and evolution of the characters over time, including multiple generations makes me think it is best taken as a whole.The numerous internal issues related to cooperation (whether willing or coerced), individuality, assimilation, and camaraderie are thought provoking and drew me in and kept me intrigued throughout the series. There are no space battles, as is too common in science fiction for my taste, but there are conflicts to add some tenseness to the tale. The conflicts are deep and personal, challenging the views of both earthlings and aliens beyond anything that either group had experienced before.I would definitely suggest this Kindle Edition of the trilogy for anyone looking for a science fiction read that is more about the beings involved than the technology.