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Octavia E. Butler î 3 free read free read ß eBook or Kindle ePUB î Octavia E. Butler Clay's Ark review É 103 Elinuish humanity and free will Desperate they kidnap a doctor and his two daughters as they cross the wasteland and endanger the world. This is the third book I ve read in the Patternist series going in the order they are collected in Seed To Harvest I previously read Wild Seed and Mind of My Mind and those two books were directly related with a few of the same characters 200 years down the road However I didn t notice any direct links between Clay s Ark and Mind of My Mind but maybe I missed something Anyway here s the plot in a nutshell an astronaut has crash landed on Earth carrying with him a contagious disease organism from another galaxy The organism assumes control over a human s body and makes it act in accordance with staying alive and spreading the disease to others It s like an evolutionary survival instinct except now humans are just a host for the real survivors Don t want to give much about the story away even if it wouldn t spoil the enjoyment of the read The story is told in chapters that alternate between the past when the astronaut first crash landed on Earth to the present when a father and his daughters are kidnapped by a strange cult The setting is in the USA around the year 2060 I think and now the country is divided into safe enclave communities and everything else which is ruled by gangs and thieves Just as with the first two Patternist stories I read Clay s Ark incorporates many of the same themes gender race evolution survival breeding programs and morality As I ve come to expect Butler never gives an easy answer to any of these ideas and instead poses situations in which morality seems like a luxury in the face of survival She masterfully creates situations in which there seems to be no right answer and the reader cannot root for one decision or the other but instead wait to see how everything unfolds The characters were sympathetic and flawed and her choice of characters were uite interesting What I love about Butler s stories is that even the people who seem to be perpetrating a bad situation once told from the other perspective one can see how the bad guys are not really bad at all but just other people with another perspective Indeed this element is really strong in Clay s Ark Whatever awards Ms Butler received in her lifetime she surely deserved them and then some Her writing is a great example of how science fiction is the genre that is often best suited to handle the big uestions about human nature and where it might be headed

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Octavia E. Butler î 3 free read free read ß eBook or Kindle ePUB î Octavia E. Butler Clay's Ark review É 103 In a violent near future Asa Elias Doyle and her companions encounter an alien life form so heinous and destructive they exile themselv. Clay s Ark An alien disease transforms a portion of humanityOriginally published at Fantasy LiteratureClay s Ark 1984 was written last in Octavia Butler s 4 book PATTERNIST series but comes third in chronology It takes place after Wild Seed 1980 and Mind of My Mind 1977 in the post apocalyptic California desert Society has collapsed into armed enclaves marauding car families organ hunters and isolated towns It s along the lines of Mad Max with fuel sources depleted and social infrastructure nonexistent violent death lurking at any moment and little room for anything than survivalThis world is gradually revealed via two storylines one set in the past and the other in the present The past story arc is centered on an astronaut named Eli the only survivor of a spaceship called Clay s Ark that went on an exploratory mission to Proxima Centauri The mission encountered an alien microbe that affected and transformed their DNA for it s own purposes Eli survives the return to Earth but is infected with this microbe which imparts on its host increased strength endurance healing ability and appetite However it also enslaves humans by forcing them to spread the disease Namely the men feel an overwhelming urge to infect unaffected females and mate with them and infected women also feel the same compulsion Infected men also feel intense aggression towards other males which leads to a lion s pride type social structure with the strongest males taking as many females as possible and fighting off competing males The most disturbing aspect of this book is that infected people are fully aware of these compulsions and rebel against them but cannot resist So they are both slaves and puppets to this alien microbe that drives them to animal like behavior In the current timeline we meet Blake a physician who still remembers pre collapse society and his twin daughters Rane and Keira Rane is healthy and confident while Keira suffers from an incurable form of leukemia The story wastes no time in throwing them into trouble as their car is stopped by two men who force them at gunpoint to return with them to a remote enclave in the desert As the story progresses we learn that this community is led by former astronaut Eli and consists of people infected by the sinister alien microbe brought back from Proxima Centauri They are no longer in control of their actions as the disease transforms both their bodies and social relations The classic Butler themes of domination enslavement power and strange sexual relations are on full display here It s not an easy reading experience and I m sure that s one reason that Butler s books are not widely read but they are certainly challenging and force the reader outside their comfort zone We have no choice but to go along with the difficult decisions the characters face in whether to submit to an alien virus that will transform them Butler seems fixated on the idea of humans being transformed into something alien both and less than human The process of transformation is always difficult painful and invasive and people often don t survive Butler seems to revel in throwing readers and her characters into uncomfortable situations This was also the case in the previous books Wild Seed and Mind of My Mind though the transformation was psychic in nature So thematically Clay s Ark delves into the same territory but does not feature any of the telepaths from the previous books It s an interesting choice to group this book into the PATTERNIST series but if we consider the order of publication then the reasons are clear Patternmaster was Butler s first book written in 1976 and features both Patternists and Clayarks in a far future society so she was been filling in the backstory of that initial book over the next 8 years With the exception of Kindred in 1979 all of Butler s earlier books are set in the PATTERNIST universe Her subseuent major series were the XENOGENESIS trilogy and Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents Parable of the Trickster was never finished and I think her writing met with greater critical acclaim as her ideas gained in sophistication Her untimely death was a great loss to the SF community Clay s Ark is narrated by Neal Ghant and I liked his strong voice and spare style This is a harsh story and his delivery is eually harsh He imbues the characters with the appropriate level of desperation as they face death and fight for survival in this unforgiving world In particular he does a good job of depicting the struggle against the Clayark disease and the horror of being compelled by an alien microbe This book would make an intense if bleak post apocalyptic action film and Denzel Washington would make a great leading manhold on that was already done by the Hughes Brothers in Book of Eli The Black Seminoles History of a Freedom Seeking People room for anything than survivalThis world is gradually Milk and CookiesA Frank Asch Bear Story A Parents Magazine Read Aloud Original revealed via two storylines one set in the past and the other in the present The past story arc is centered on an astronaut named Eli the only survivor of a spaceship called Clay s Ark that went on an exploratory mission to Proxima Centauri The mission encountered an alien microbe that affected and transformed their DNA for it s own purposes Eli survives the Greek to Me Learning New Testament Greek Through Memory Visualization return to Earth but is infected with this microbe which imparts on its host increased strength endurance healing ability and appetite However it also enslaves humans by forcing them to spread the disease Namely the men feel an overwhelming urge to infect unaffected females and mate with them and infected women also feel the same compulsion Infected men also feel intense aggression towards other males which leads to a lion s pride type social structure with the strongest males taking as many females as possible and fighting off competing males The most disturbing aspect of this book is that infected people are fully aware of these compulsions and Milk and CookiesA Frank Asch Bear Story A Parents Magazine Read Aloud Original rebel against them but cannot Airliners in Flight A Gallery of Air To Air Photography resist So they are both slaves and puppets to this alien microbe that drives them to animal like behavior In the current timeline we meet Blake a physician who still Anglo Saxon Paganism return with them to a The Ghostly Lover remote enclave in the desert As the story progresses we learn that this community is led by former astronaut Eli and consists of people infected by the sinister alien microbe brought back from Proxima Centauri They are no longer in control of their actions as the disease transforms both their bodies and social Cuckold Diaper Slave relations The classic Butler themes of domination enslavement power and strange sexual Lynyrd Skynyrd I'll Never Forget You relations are on full display here It s not an easy Boys of Summer Volume 1 reading experience and I m sure that s one Geeking Out on 11C reason that Butler s books are not widely Attack of the Living Mask Choose Your Own Nightmare #17 read but they are certainly challenging and force the Virtue reader outside their comfort zone We have no choice but to go along with the difficult decisions the characters face in whether to submit to an alien virus that will transform them Butler seems fixated on the idea of humans being transformed into something alien both and less than human The process of transformation is always difficult painful and invasive and people often don t survive Butler seems to Breaking Ground revel in throwing IBM's Early Computers History of Computing readers and her characters into uncomfortable situations This was also the case in the previous books Wild Seed and Mind of My Mind though the transformation was psychic in nature So thematically Clay s Ark delves into the same territory but does not feature any of the telepaths from the previous books It s an interesting choice to group this book into the PATTERNIST series but if we consider the order of publication then the Catholic Social Teaching reasons are clear Patternmaster was Butler s first book written in 1976 and features both Patternists and Clayarks in a far future society so she was been filling in the backstory of that initial book over the next 8 years With the exception of Kindred in 1979 all of Butler s earlier books are set in the PATTERNIST universe Her subseuent major series were the XENOGENESIS trilogy and Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents Parable of the Trickster was never finished and I think her writing met with greater critical acclaim as her ideas gained in sophistication Her untimely death was a great loss to the SF community Clay s Ark is narrated by Neal Ghant and I liked his strong voice and spare style This is a harsh story and his delivery is eually harsh He imbues the characters with the appropriate level of desperation as they face death and fight for survival in this unforgiving world In particular he does a good job of depicting the struggle against the Clayark disease and the horror of being compelled by an alien microbe This book would make an intense if bleak post apocalyptic action film and Denzel Washington would make a great leading manhold on that was already done by the Hughes Brothers in Book of Eli

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Octavia E. Butler î 3 free read free read ß eBook or Kindle ePUB î Octavia E. Butler Clay's Ark review É 103 Es in the desert so as not to contaminate other humans To resist the compulsion to infect others is mental agony nut to succumb is to r. He had started what could become an epidemic Now if he were going to be able to live with himself at all he had to contain it That sounds like a good tagline for an ad poster for this book However as it was published in 1984 I doubt such a poster existsOctavia Butler is one of my all time favorite authors my reviews of her books tend to be somewhat fanboyish short on objectivity and of course completely unprofessional this not being my profession Still I find it uite pleasant to enthuse about her to anyone who would listen and also those who would not Clay s Ark is ostensibly part of Ms Butler s Patternmaster Series However it reads entirely like a standalone I have read the two previous volumes Wild Seed and Mind of My Mind and I cannot find any connection to this book I have heard that there is a connection somewhere on one page but it must have slipped under my radar Perhaps it is better this way so that anyone can just pick up and read this book without worrying about transpires in previous volumes Clay s Ark is set in a near future dystopia where people live walled up communities called enclaves to protect themselves from marauding outlaws Eli Doyle is a former astronaut the lone surviving crew member of the Clay s Ark spaceship which crash landed in a Mojave desert The entire crew of this ship has been infected by an alien virus sized microbe that give them enhanced strength and agility in exchange for considerable loss of humanity and agency The microbe creates a compulsion for the host to spread its disease Doyle does not remember why he is the only surviving crew member he does not want to spread the disease he knows it will spell the end of the human race as we know it but he has to the microbe will not be deniedThe theme of parasitic symbiosis is one which Butler has returned to a few times in her body of work particularly Bloodchild and Lilith s Brood In all these works she explores the human condition that we take for granted and the effect of the loss or involuntary modification of humanity Clay s Ark presents the reader with the moral dilemma of the people who have contracted the Clay s Ark disease They do their best to isolate themselves from the human population in order to avoid creating an unstoppable global epidemic and mutations yet the microbe compels them to find new carriers for the disease two conflicting goals with a foreseeable outcome In this novel the good guys are bad guys who want to be good Clay s Ark like all Octavia Butler books that I have read is very well written with complex characters cool SFnal concepts and ideas worth pondering all wrapped up in a fast paced and compelling narrative


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    read & download Clay's Ark (Clay's Ark) [PDF KINDLE] ð Octavia E. Butler free read ß eBook or Kindle ePUB î Octavia E. Butler Alright This is the third or fourth Patternmaster book I’m reading depending on which order you read and by now they all seem to be the same plot but with different characters A group of people or individuals have to have sex to survive This one went from Butler’s usual dub con and sexual coersion straight into incestuous rape attempt and I think I’ve had my share of that theme now Every conversation is about ra

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  • Clay's Ark
  • Octavia E. Butler
  • English
  • 14 April 2018
  • 9780441110896