Patternmaster By Octavia E. Butler, A despot s heirs battle for control of all the minds on EarthA psychic net hangs across the world, and only the Patternists can control it They use their telepathic powers to enslave lesser life forms, to do battle with the diseased, half human creatures who rage outside their walls, and, sometimes, to fight amongst themselves Ruling them all is the Patternmaster, a manA despot s heirs battle for control of all the minds on EarthA psychic net hangs across the world, and only the Patternists can control it They use their telepathic powers to enslave lesser life forms, to do battle with the diseased, half human creatures who rage outside their walls, and, sometimes, to fight amongst themselves Ruling them all is the Patternmaster, a man of such psychic strength that he can influence the thoughts of all those around him But he cannot stop death, and when he is gone, chaos will reign.The Patternmaster has hundreds of children, but only one of them Coransee has ambition to match his father s To seize the throne he will have to coopt or kill every one of his siblings, and he will not shy from the task But when one brother takes refuge among the savages, a battle ensues that will change the destiny of every being on the planet.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E Butler including rare images from the author s estate.. Patternmaster A despot s heirs battle for control of all the minds on EarthA psychic net hangs across the world and only the Patternists can control it They use their telepathic powers to enslave lesser life forms

  • Title: Patternmaster
  • Author: Octavia E. Butler
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  • Page: 157
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    1. Patternmaster by Octavia E Butler is a mix of Ursula LeGuin and Robert Silverberg, with a nod to Frank Herbert The coolest thing about this very good read is Butler s ability to create a world intrinsic to itself the author has crafted a unique, distinctive culture that is alien to us but contextually correct for the world she has built Butler s biography denotes a strong, singular personality and this comes through in her writing Many books can boast a strong female lead, and Butler s women are [...]

    2. Patternmaster Clearly a first novel Wild Seed is much betterOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteraturePatternmaster 1976 was written first in Octavia Butler s 4 book PATTERNIST series, but comes last in chronology It takes place several hundred years after Clay s Ark 1984 , back in the Forsythe, CA territory where the Patternists settled down earlier Society remains scattered and non industrial, and power is divided between the Patternists, a network of linked human telepaths who can kill at a dist [...]

    3. Octavia E Butler is one of a kind She is a black feminist science fiction writer and the protege of the great and bizarre Harlan Ellison She was the first science fiction writer to receive a MacArthur genius grant, which she was awarded in 1995 for pushing the boundaries of her field.I was intrigued after noticing Kindred in the science fiction section of the library This must be miscatalogued, I thought, Because it has a picture of a black woman on the cover, rather than a unicorn or spaceship [...]

    4. After Clay s Ark, I had no idea what to expect with The Patternmaster What I did not expect was that the Clayark evolution would basically turn those people into animals albeit really smart human like animals and that they would have no real purpose to their existence save tobe obstacles for the protagonists Their humanity was almost completely stripped away, despite them fighting so hard to maintain what they could of it in Clay s Ark.This book focused otherwise entirely on the Patternists Two [...]

    5. The premise of all the books in this series was fascinating I read them in their story order, as opposed to the order in which Butler wrote them apparently Patternmaster was first, and the other three books were prequels I found the ending of Patternmaster a little unsatisfying after so much buildup in the previous books, but this makes sense now that I know how she actually wrote them Fascinating stories that I will continue to think about the best kind of sci fi.

    6. Grade BThe Patternist series has been great fun to read, especially in suggested order rather than order of publication This was the first published book of the series The story was very good, although I was disappointed that there weren t tie ins to the other books which really demonstrates how well Butler expanded the world in later published prequels The major themes of power, gender, human relationships, and slavery were there and illuminating as ever There is so much to explore and expand [...]

    7. This was not the best book in the series, however Butler wrote this book first and after reading the other books you get a sense that she had vision and great storytelling skills which she used to go back and write the other books A great sci fi experience overall.

    8. I could not get my mind off this seriese connection of the stories, but I think I understand The suggested reading order of these novels makes since to Mi now, Wildseed and Mind of my mind gives you the story of how the patternist came to be, all because of Doro And the people from Clay s Ark and the Patternist are rivals and these two different stories are actually happening at the sametime, in the same world I think it s a brilliant concept, if I m right of course.

    9. Still really into this Patternmaster series Got a little difficult to get through toward the end books 1 2 were my favorite but I still was glad to see it through What a story arc she wove Will have to read Butler.

    10. 3.5 starsThis will serve as a review of the series.I read this series from Wild Seed to Patternmaster for a book club.I really liked Wild Seed especially Anyanwu.Mind of My Mind was hard Doro was so oppressive, and I didn t know where things would go with him gone.Clay s Ark was a great read on its own But it was hard to see how it would fit in.Patternmaster resolves that, gives some hope for Anyanwu s descendants.At first I thought it wouldn t everyone was so cutthroat there was no higher purpo [...]

    11. Read this as the final book in the in universe chronological order Seed to Harvest order This affected my reading of the story, helping to tie together what had been two very separate narratives among the previous books That said, I wonder if it would be better to read this series in publication order going back in time and enjoying Butler s development as a writer might be rewarding That said, it was amazing to see the seeds of the other books planted in the space of one paragraph.

    12. Patternmaster is the last book in this series by internal chronology, but it was the first published in fact, Butler s first published novel and it shows.There is actually a fifth book in this series, Survivor, but it s never been reprinted because Butler decided it wasn t good enough She described it as her Star Trek novel.Patternmaster is her Darkover novel The kind without lesbian separatists.It s set in the far future, hundreds of years after the psychics joined together in their Pattern in [...]

    13. When considering reading the multi book Patternist series by Octavia Butler, an early question you might ask is, in what order Butler wrote the books in a chronologically scattered timeline, with the last story chronologically being the first written and published In the intervening years, publishers and maybe Ms Butler herself re released the books with numbers indicating the series should be read in a chronological order, the timeline beginning in the 16th century and ending many centuries int [...]

    14. If one says Octavia E Butler , the overwhelming response is Patternmaster So, it s about time I got to this classic Note I have the audible book but didn t find it on the list, but that is what I m reviewing Second note even though I bought it and read the description, I completely missed that this was book 4 I normally hate coming into the middle of a series but I feel this was written so that while I am sure I missed a lot of references, I did not feel like I had huge holes in plot or characte [...]

    15. All in all, I enjoyed the Patternmaster Patternist series quite a lot It explores a lot of classic Octavia Butler themes in the simultaneously brutal shocking and familiar humanizing way that she does so well But I definitely wouldn t recommend this series as an entree to Butler This particular book like Mind of My Mind in this series, too left me wanting depth and breadth of exploration in the world Of the four books in the series, I enjoyed Wild Seed the most by far, and Clay s Ark quite a bi [...]

    16. Patternmaster is the last of the Patternist books chronologically, though the first published, and I think it works well read either way It s a short but solid novel, well capable of standing on its own, but coherently linked to the earlier later installments.I have to say, my favorite character is probably Amber What a woman Teray was kind of a frustrating protagonist His characterization made sense, but the constant impulsiveness forced to give way to reason got old Like much of Butler s work [...]

    17. I can t believe it took me so long to read an Octavia Butler novel The universe she constructed is rich and I find myself wanting to know about its inhabitant and spend time their world I want of the conflict between Clayarks and Patternmasters I want on the interaction of the mutes and Patternmasters These desires aren t critiques but a testament to how great of a job Butler did in world building Given that this is 4 in what i am assuming is a series I m sure I can get answers to all of the [...]

    18. I have now read nearly all of Butler s short stories and novels and feel a kind of despair knowing there is not much of her brilliance left for me to read.Patternmaster was not my favorite in this series and now having read all but Survivor, the connections between each novel make sense Someday I would like to go back and reread Mind of My Mind and Wild Seed to further appreciate those connections.

    19. This book is short Not so sweet I had to pace myself so I wouldn t devour it in one sitting It started off in the thick of things A supreme being the Pattern Master is preoccupied with is slipping hold on to the fabrics that hold his world together literally He is in charge of the entire telepathic network of consciousness ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Scary, but not really Unlike her other works this particular one is not as foreboding and apocalyptic as the others Although the general premise is that Do [...]

    20. reviewstaphorosis 2.5 starsA talented young telepath finds himself sold off to a powerful lord While he fights and plans to escape, he falls in with an independent female telepath and they form a bond.People like to say that space opera is derived from westerns Octavia Butler seems to have set out to prove that on a smaller scale Patternmaster is transparently the story of a young cowboy civilized man out in the wilds, killing or escaping wily natives mutated humans at every turn There s a gloss [...]

    21. IT GOT WEIRDERI adore the Patternmaster series Books 1 2 manage to achieve the kind of internal magic in a believable and captivating way I mean internal magical battles happening inside peoples head which I ve tried to write before and are incredibly easy to make dull Well it is for me Let s not talk about my writing.Even Clay s Ark is great I was initially thrown off by the fact that, whilst it exists in the same universe as the rest of the series, it might as well not Titular Clay is, in fact [...]

    22. Since I read all the other books first, including Survivor, I think my rating of Patternmaster is affected The book doesn t give much background at all, you are thrown right in to everything Even though it s a short, much is happening.A summary for those not familiar It s far into the future There are many people with special mental abilities and powers, the result of a long breeding program over hundreds of years It s not a military or governmental project it s the result of an individual who i [...]

    23. I ve fully detailed how much I ve loved the Patternist series in other reviews, so I ll just say the same applies here I ve read these books in order as collected in Seed to Harvest, and in that collection this was the last book In reality, it was the first book published of the four Patternist books In Patternmaster, the alien diseased Clayarks and the telepathic Patternists control most of the world, having overtaken regular humans and keeping them as slaves or in the case of the Clayarks, inf [...]

    24. They use a Pattern They ve got murderous sibling rivalries There s even a character called AmberBut the main character is no Corwin And while the setting is interesting than most, it s not as grand as Zelazny s Neither is the plot as inspired.It s a pleasant read alright Butler s yarn flows well as usual and she knows how to push people s buttons though not subtly enough perhaps in order to get readers interested The book s magic has lots of intriguing features as well, from the many uses of re [...]

    25. I have read many books in my life Most are formulaic and predictable It has been a long time since any book has held my attentionch less an entire series I read that Wild Seed was on several best of lists so I purchased the first book in the Patternist series by Octavia Butler I couldn t put that book down Soon I had ordered Mind of My Mind Then Clay s Arken finally the Patternmaster.Words can not do justice to my love of this series The Patternmaster is the final actually the first published, b [...]

    26. Another author that I ve always known of but somehow managed to never read Also random this is the 4th book of a series It s not noted anywhere on the book itself, so I m guessing it s a disconnected series, maybe like LeGuin s Hainnish stuff Whatever the case, I simultaneously didn t feel like I was suddenly thrust into the middle of anything and did feel like I could see where the 3 books preceding this one might lay.OK, weird Wiki says this was her first published book Crazy And so good for a [...]

    27. First off, I want to point out that I read these in order of publication, not chronological order I m not really sure what is the better way to go It was pretty interesting getting the story bits at a time, and each book s focus was on something mentioned in previous books, so you could sort of place what you were reading about in the grand scheme.Patternmaster shows the far, far future, where a society has been created that is completely unlike our current society People with psychic abilities [...]

    28. This is the fourth book in the Patternist Patternmaster series and while short it is still somewhat enjoyable This centers around the power play between Teray and Coransee Both are descendants of the Patternmaster Rayal and while Coransee is plotting to take it over, Teray is mainly concerned with surviving and living a life that is free of bondage It was easy to side with Teray because Coransee was such an SOB This is not to say Teray didn t have any arrogance flowing through his veins but he w [...]

    29. This last book fell slightly short of the others, for me, mainly because I felt unsatisfied with the conclusion, and I didn t feel that it had the strength and depth of the others although I think allowances can be made for this being the first one she wrote But the journey was enjoyable enough that I d still highly recommend the series.Ultimately, the stories told in this series are almost all about different types of slavery Physical personal slavery, of external factors such as disease mutati [...]

    30. Boy am I glad to finally be done with this series Thankfully the final book was not as unremittingly awful as Clay s Ark mainly because unlike that previous book, it doesn t include the gang rape of any minors But that doesn t make it a good book Like the first two books in the series it features largely unlikable characters.This book does at least tie in Clay s Ark and confirm that they re in the same world, as now time has passed and the Pattern people and the Ark people are at war with each [...]

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