Octavia Butler is a natural storyteller well known for writing science fiction that is poignant and has an important message. Kindred is a sharply drawn graphic adaptation of Octavia Butler's classic novel of time travel and slavery - still considered one of the best novels accurately depicting the horrors of slavery and the degradation involved. It also depicts the continuing struggles of mixed racial couples for acceptance both by family and the public - still an issue today.
The stark but beautiful artistry and the limited color palette fit the seriousness of the story well. The facial expressions are particularly vivid, emphasizing the emotional content. One good thing about a graphic rerelease of Kindred, is that it makes the novel available to a new audience, while reminding readers of the power of Olivia Butler's work...
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Pub Date: February 16, 2016
I've never read a novel quite like Lovecraft Country. Superficially it is an anthology of interrelated stories clearly influenced by pulp noir and Lovecraftian horror. There is much more to Ruff's novel, however. With the current troubling uptick in racism, Lovecraft Country is particularly pertinent in how it reminds the reader of the terrifying challenges faced by African Americans during the era of Jim Crow and segregation. Terrors of racist malevolence blend with creatures and circumstance seemingly drawn straight from the pages of science fiction.
The novel centers around 22 year old African American Army veteran Atticus Turner and his family and friends. Their lives are irrevocably changed when Atticus, his Uncle George, and friend Letitia follow his father to Ardham in pursuit of Atticus’s legacy. The Order of the Ancient Dawn need Atticus, willing...