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SciFi First Line Friday : Kindred

I lost an arm on the last trip home. My left arm.

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

In 1976, Dana dreams of being a writer. In 1815, she is assumed a slave. When Dana first meets Rufus on a Maryland plantation, he’s drowning. She saves his life – and it will happen again and again. Neither of them understands his power to summon her whenever his life is threatened, nor the significance of the ties that bind them. And each time Dana saves him, the more aware she is that her own life might be over before it’s even begun.

This is a novel I have been wanting to read for a very long time. Not sure why I have never managed to get around to it, but I intend to rectify that this month. Finally got it from the library, and as soon as I finish up some reading for work, I’ll be diving in. I’m slightly apprehensive only because I didn’t care for the other book I’ve read by Butler, Parable of the Sower, but as far as I know the issues I had with that will not be present in this one. It’s a read I’m looking forward to, but I’d love to hear if you have read it or anything else by Butler. Let me know in the comments below.

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