A few weeks ago, I asked about spinning up another group read, and based on the comments and my own interests, I’ve decided to host a group read of some Octavia Butler books, Kindred, Parable of the Sower, and Parable of the Talents. I read the second of these a few years ago and felt pretty meh about it, enough so that I didn’t read the follow-up. I’ve not read Kindred. My hope is that by reading these along with you smart folks, I’ll learn what I missed in Parable of the Sower and make sure I give the other two a fair shake.
Pictured above are the editions I’ll be using, but each is broken up conveniently into sections and subsections, so it shouldn’t matter too much which edition you get. Any who have written here before are most welcome to do so again. If you’ve not written here before but think you could add a neat perspective, please reach out to me in the comments or at infinitezombies at gmail. I would love particularly to include the perspective of a person or people of color (generally, not just for these books!).
If there’s interest at some point in a discussion via Zoom, perhaps we could do that (I’m sure we all need more Zoom in our lives), but I’ll play that by ear. I might also set up a Discord server if a few people express interest in such a thing.
Here’s a proposed reading schedule:
|March 1, 2021||Kindred||Read through “The Fall”|
|March 8, 2021||Kindred||Read “The Fight”|
|March 15, 2021||Kindred||Finish the book|
|March 22, 2021||Parable of the Sower||Read 2024 and 2025|
|March 29, 2021||Parable of the Sower||Read 2026 – 2027 (through ch. 18)|
|April 5, 2021||Parable of the Sower||Finish (2027 ch. 19 – end)|
|April 12, 2021||Parable of the Talents||Read 2032|
|April 19, 2021||Parable of the Talents||Read 2033|
|April 26, 2021||Parable of the Talents||Read 2035 through ch. 18 (2034 is skipped, apparently)|
|May 3, 2021||Parable of the Talents||Read 2035 ch. 19 – end|
If anybody more familiar with the books than I am suggests that that schedule is too ambitious or moves along too slowly, I may adjust it. Dates are the dates by which I’ll figure it’s safe to write spoilers about the given sections.
Hope to see y’all as we dive in come March. If you’ll be reading along and have the means and a local or independent book shop you can patronize, please do. Bezos is doing just fine without us.