Clue by Clue eSychic characters are difficult to sympathize withMore than half of Clay s Ark is told from the perspective of three people who are kidnapped by the disease carriers The disease like a souped up Selfish Gene changes its victims behavior and thoughts driving them to infect ot This couldasily be read as a brief standalone novel Rather than fly a wealthy family from a rich area takes a drive on the violent dangerous roads between nclaves and gets kidnapped Butler s series theme of genetics this time concerns an alien microbe that mutates human hosts
Fascinating storyas always Where Butler gets it right always gets it right is storyas always Where Butler gets it right always gets it right is the fascinating premises she builds her novels on Where she occasionally gets it wrong is in the developmentButler published Patternmaster in 1974 and then spent the next ight years filling in the history of the far future world she had created This produced Wild Seed which became one of her best novels but it also produced Survivor which she later disowned and Clay s ArkClay s Ark has the usual Butlerian sexual racial and xenophobic tensions and is fairly gripping as far as the pacing goes Unfortunately it never rises above its status as *a preuel there is no clear reason why this story needed to be told out *preuel there is no clear reason why this story needed to be told out all the stories Butler could have written Ngôi nhà xưa except that the Clayarks of Patternmaster needed to bexplained And as Hollywood has proved on multiple occasions an Firing Schedules for Glass - The Kiln Companion explanation does not a good story make He had started what could become anpidemic 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 Adam and the Ants 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 tonthuse about her
to anyone who would listen and also those who would not Clay s Ark is ostensibly part of Ms Butler s anyone who would listen and also those who would not Clay s Ark is ostensibly part of Ms Butler s Series However it reads Les Carnets de Cerise T3 - Le Dernier des cinq trsors 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 callednclaves 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 Return to Doomstar (Doomstar 2) entire crew of this ship has been infected by an alien virus sized microbe that give themnhanced strength and agility in Language - A Student Handbook on Key Topics and Theories 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 thend 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 Blind Sided explores the human condition that we take for granted and theffect 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 pidemic 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 Alright This is the third or fourth Patternmaste. 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 ,
Enjoyable but certainly not the best of the Patternist series The characters are thin ven for Butler and I never could fully suspend my disbelief in their motivations and subseuent actions Without giving too much away the only character I did have any affectionempathy for I
ll let you guess nded up dying gruesomelylet you guess nded up dying gruesomely Oh wellHowever Butler does a tremendous job of describing the insidious and terrifying symptoms of the Clay s Ark disease ie the physical changes the urges need to infect The Secret Art of Great Conversation etc She s just so good at providing believable visceral descriptions of what people arexperiencing it s a strength across all of her books so far as I can tell And to some degree this phenomenological approach does make up for the thin characterizations at the story s best points I was turning pages just to read about the disease The book still suffers from some xplain y hand wavy writing which is unfortunate and possibly attributable to the fact that Butler wrote Clay s Ark as a kind of background postscript to
the Patternist seriesAnyway not a bad book and this is the closestPatternist seriesAnyway not a bad book and this is the closest ll ver get to the book that I always wanted from Butler Scratching Where It Itches A Day in the Life of a Clayark 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 Digital Trust evolutionary survival instinctxcept now humans are just a host for the real survivors Don t want to give much about the story away Tootles The Taxi And Other Rhymes even if it wouldn t spoil thenjoyment 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 On My Knees (Stark International Trilogy, enclave communities andverything lse 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 volution survival breeding programs and morality As I ve come to The Three Elizabeths expect Butler never gives anasy 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 The Hate U Give everything unfolds The characters were sympathetic and flawed and her choice of characters were uite interesting What I love about Butler s stories is thatven 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 Building Vocabulary Skills 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 greatxample 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 At first I Sheet Metal Shop Practice expected Clay s Ark to have human interest for me than Mind of My MindBoth novels concern a sort of new development for humanity Mind of My Mind has people with psychic abilities who are gaining power by working as a group and Clay s Ark has an isolated set of people infected by an alien disease which changes them completely All of the major characters in Mind of My Mind were part of the in group of psychics there was no real voice for the ordinary humans whom the psychics were able to use and prey on I think this had a purpose in the novel but one of theffects was to make it cold the In a violent near future Asa Elias Doyle and her companions Cait and the Devil encounter an alien life form so heinous and destructive theyxile themselv.