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Mind of My Mind por Octavia E. Butler
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Mind of My Mind (edição 1994)

por Octavia E. Butler (Autor)

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From "one of science fiction's finest writers": A young woman with tremendous psychic power battles to set a new course for mankind (The New York Times).   The 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. Multiple Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Octavia Butler's epic and thought-provoking Patternist series has fascinated generations of readers, exploring the effects of power and what it means to be human.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author's estate.… (mais)
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Título:Mind of My Mind
Autores:Octavia E. Butler (Autor)
Informação:Grand Central Publishing (1994), 224 pages
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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. I stuck with the book just to see what happens to Emma and Doro, and while I'm slightly curious to see the direction the rest of the series takes, I suspect I might not ever be too eager to read through them all.

Did Butler intend for this reaction? She wrote the complicated relationship between Anyanwu and Doro so well in Wild Seed, but nearly all the Patternist characters--including Mary--felt so flat. Nothing about their telepathy intrigued me, but I awed at Emma's and Doro's ability. I am so very confused! ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
A fascinating and quite imaginative novel. Doro, an immortal from the time of the Pharohs, has been attempting to breed a race of telepathics that can control the world. (Doro is thousands of years old and must kill people and adopt their bodies to remain alive.) The succesful results of his centuries-long attempts to create this race have been mixed. There are two types of telepaths: actives and latents. Actives can receive and send mental messages and, to greater or lessor degree, can shield their minds from unwanted messages. Latents cannot control the messages coming into them, the effect of this instrusive chatter often drives them insane; suicide is common among the latents. Actives because their powers are so dominant do not get along with one another and usually clash violently. Whether a Doro offspring becomes active or latent depends on a transition process at late teenage years which is tortuous and often fails.

Doro attempts to mitigate these failures by marrying Mary and Karl, two actives who he hopes can develop a compatible and productive bond. Mary is going through transition and at Doro's insistence marries Karl. (Karl shows another power of active telepaths. They are able to control ordinary people called mutes by placing thoughts into their minds.)

Mary proves to have extraordinary powers. She telepathically draws latents from all across the country and abroad to their home in California. She and others assist the latents in transitioning to actives. Her influence is such that, rather than conflicting, they form a community called Patternists. When she has gathered 1,500 in this society, Dora orders her to stop. It's plain he see his dominance threatened by Mary. He has insisted on complete obedience to his wishes, but Mary refuses, realizing that Doro will seek to kill her for her disobedience. Mary is able to draw telepathically on the strengths of her followers and is able to kill Doro.

The themes of power and will are at the heart of the novel. Written in 1977, there is a strong element of feminism seen in Mary in her determination to exercise power as she sees it. This is part of a series of novels called the "Patternist" novels. ( )
  stevesmits | Oct 9, 2020 |
Not as good as the first. More emphasis on action, and less on character. Of course that makes it a pretty exciting read. It retains a certain amount of unpredictability, except for the ending. If it the writing gets worse in book #3, I won't be continuing. I'm not a completist. ( )
  billycongo | Jul 22, 2020 |
I felt that this book was a bit messier than Patternmaster, and I enjoyed it slightly less despite still finding it a gripping, fascinating book.

Mind of My Mind is set a long time before Patternmaster, in contemporary southern California. If you're reading in publication order, you're introduced to Doro, a shadowy and sinister man who can switch bodies by killing the former occupant of the body he's switching to. Seemingly immortal, he has spent generations “breeding” people. The purpose of this is initially unclear, although it is apparent that most of the products of this breeding program are mentally unstable – they hear voices, and are prone to sudden violent outbursts.

Then the reader is introduced to Mary. She's one of the products of this breeding program, but she's different – stronger – than all the others have been. As the book goes on, Mary's role becomes clear: she is to be the first-ever Patternmaster, a position that will be familiar to publication-order readers from the first book.

This book deals with many of the same themes as the first: power, control, submission, freedom. There is a recurring argument in both books about whether or not it's worthwhile to sacrifice a little bit of your autonomy – to allow someone else some level of veto power over your own mind – in exchange for guaranteed happiness and all your material needs (and dreams) being met, with Butler's protagonists always coming resolutely down on the side of “hell no”. Power imbalances between the sexes are looked at here as well.

The central conflict between Mary and Doro is extremely well-written, and probably the most compelling thing about this entire book for me. Heading into the climax I really wasn't sure what was going to happen, and I zipped through the pages in my impatience to find out.

The rest of the characterisation, though, felt weaker than in Patternmaster. There are a lot more characters, and most of them aren't fleshed out enough. This book is really about Mary and Doro, and every page that follows a different character (except for Karl, I guess) feels like it's more about advancing the setting/worldbuilding than it is about developing the core story. That's fine, but it did mean the story lacked the tightly cohesive quality of its predecessor.

Overall, this is a really good book, and a worthy instalment of the Patternmaster series. I think I'll read a palate cleanser or two before tackling the reputedly excellent Wild Seed, but I will definitely move onto it soon. (Jul 2019) ( )
  Jayeless | May 27, 2020 |
I liked **Mind of My Mind** by *Octavia Butler* – to me it was the most interesting part of the **Patternmaster** series so far. It explores how, within our society as it exists today, the Patternist community came to exist, and soon dominated life everywhere. It's exactly the bit of backstory I was missing. That said, I didn't feel particularly attached to any of the characters. I think this was due to the rushed feeling – by skipping large intervals of time, we get told about important character and group developments, instead of being shown, which is unfortunate: with more space and exploration, this would have made an outstanding book. ( )
  _rixx_ | May 24, 2020 |
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From "one of science fiction's finest writers": A young woman with tremendous psychic power battles to set a new course for mankind (The New York Times).   The 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. Multiple Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Octavia Butler's epic and thought-provoking Patternist series has fascinated generations of readers, exploring the effects of power and what it means to be human.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author's estate.

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