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Patternmaster review Ä 3 The combined mind force of a telepathic race Patternist thoughts can destroy heal rule For the strongest mind commands the entire pattern and al. 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 distance and the Clayarks now completely transformed into intelligent sphinx like animals with extreme strength speed and agility but no special mental powers The losers in this future world are the mutes non pyschic humans who are treated like pets or servants by the PatternistsThe story centers around Teray a young Patternist who is one of the many sons of aging Patternmaster Rayal and Coransee an older Patternist who is also a son of Rayal and a powerful Housemaster in his own right As Rayal is aging sick and losing his grip on power various Housemasters are waiting for their chance to seize power and control the Pattern Coransee sees the raw untrained power of Teray and offers him his own House in exchange for agreeing not to vie for succession However Teray knows he does not want to submit to anyone s authority and refuses Coransee s offer This sets up an inevitable battle between the twoHowever what s interesting about this book is not so much the outcome but rather the general bleakness and cold blooded behavior of its characters It seems to be a pervasive theme of the Patternist series that telepathic powers or physical gifts do not impart happiness peace of mind or freedom from oppression In fact these powers ensures that Patternist society will form itself into a strict hierarchy based on the ability to dominate weaker telepaths and the most chilling aspect is that at the very bottom of this social pyramid are human mutes who serve menial functions within Patternist Households and are routinely abused by Patternists because they cannot fight back Essentially standard humans occupy the position that slaves did in the US It is upsetting to see how casually they are treated by their overlords So what message is Butler trying to convey That any society whether of standard humans or telepaths is doomed to be ruled by force domination by the strong and oppression of the weak Teray does seek to be free of the oppression of Coransee and is sympathetic to the abuse that mutes are subjected to by other Patternists Eventually he seeks the alliance of a strong female healer named Amber but his ultimate goal remains to seize control of the Pattern and when he tastes the feel of power from other telepaths linked to him he savors itIt s actually the Clayarks that are the most unusual aspect of the book While the Patternists view them merely as highly organized animals like dog or wolf packs and don t hesitate to kill them on sight without uestion we know from Clay s Ark that they are in fact uite intelligent and have the power of speech Teray briefly speculates on why the Patternists and Clayarks must be implacable enemies but when it comes down to it he uickly learns how to exterminate Clayarks in the most efficient way with his mental powers the way you might fumigate a house for vermin One of the failings of this book is that we are never shown the world of the Clayarks and this is likely because this book was written first meaning they would only get full attention in their origin story Clay s Ark written eight years later It s a wasted opportunity and I think if Butler could have rewritten this book that is something she would definitely have addressedIn the end it s undeniable that both Patternmaster and Mind of My Mind suffer a bit from being Butler s earliest novels They feel underdeveloped with some intriguing ideas about power and domination but not fully exploring it The books are very short and while I really appreciate the lack of bloat their spare stories don t allow her to really explore the themes she successfully did in Wild Seed So if you want to sample this series Wild Seed is the best place to start It will be interesting to compare this series with her later XENOGENESIS and PARABLE books Patternmaster is narrated by Eugene H Russell IV and he handled this harsh story appropriately Like Neal Ghant in Clay s Ark he captures the bleak tone and struggle for survival and dominance among the characters It would be nice if he was given the opportunity to explore some gentle moments but it s not that type of story

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Patternmaster review Ä 3 L within Now the son of the Patternmaster craves this ultimate power He has murdered or enslaved every threat to his ambition except one In the. 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 fieldI 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 And she s not even in a steel bikini The synopsis of the book intrigued me and I never forgot it because a year or two later I took it and Bloodchild home and read themMy ex boyfriend also read them and immediately implored me to bring home Octavia Butler which he plowed through at an alarming rate She became his favorite author and he went so far as to name his cat after herPatternmaster was Butler s first book the one she started to write when she was 10 years old after seeing a horrible science fiction movie on TV and deciding that she could do betterThe book is about a psychic race people who are connected by an enormous complex mental web that links each and every patternist At the center of the web is the Patternmaster a powerful man with amazing psychic powersThe Patternmaster Rayal is close to death and this book is the tale of the conflict between two of his many sons over who will succeed Rayal and become the new Patternmaster Coransee is the older brother and a powerful Housemaster and is the stronger of the two brothers He is also calculating and evil The other brother Teray a young man just out of school is not evil but is significantly weaker than his brother He is forced by Coransee s cunning tricks to toil as a lowly servant on his estateALong with Coransee s powerful healer Amber Teray escapes from Coransee s house and heads to Forsyth in seek of sanctuary from the Patternmaster As they navigate the treacherous landscape together they are in constant danger from Clayarks an enemy species of mutant humans and Coransee s search party Will Teray and Amber make it to Forsyth before Coransee catches up with them Will Coransee succeed in his evil plan to take over the PatternWhile reading this book it was obvious to me that this was a first attempt It was nowhere near as polished or interesting as Kindred or Bloodchild The story didn t really grab me and if it was not so short and uick I might not have even finished it She could have been thorough with the characterization and I would have been interested to learn about their society There is obviously to the story than could fit in a scant 200 pages and it showsAs this is not one of her amazing books a reader new to Butler should definitely start elsewhere Kindred or The Parable of the Sower would surely be a better introduction to this amazing author Manic Pop Thrill receive a MacArthur genius grant which she was awarded in 1995 for pushing the boundaries of her fieldI 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 Essential Readings in Health Psychology rather than a unicorn or spaceship And she s not even in a steel bikini The synopsis of the book intrigued me and I never forgot it because a year or two later I took it and Bloodchild home and The Kid's Bible Story Book read themMy ex boyfriend also The Road to Universal Health Coverage read them and immediately implored me to bring home Octavia Butler which he plowed through at an alarming Best Womens Erotica of the Year Volume 4 rate She became his favorite author and he went so far as to name his cat after herPatternmaster was Butler s first book the one she started to write when she was 10 years old after seeing a horrible science fiction movie on TV and deciding that she could do betterThe book is about a psychic Wild Woods race people who are connected by an enormous complex mental web that links each and every patternist At the center of the web is the Patternmaster a powerful man with amazing psychic powersThe Patternmaster Rayal is close to death and this book is the tale of the conflict between two of his many sons over who will succeed Rayal and become the new Patternmaster Coransee is the older brother and a powerful Housemaster and is the stronger of the two brothers He is also calculating and evil The other brother Teray a young man just out of school is not evil but is significantly weaker than his brother He is forced by Coransee s cunning tricks to toil as a lowly servant on his estateALong with Coransee s powerful healer Amber Teray escapes from Coransee s house and heads to Forsyth in seek of sanctuary from the Patternmaster As they navigate the treacherous landscape together they are in constant danger from Clayarks an enemy species of mutant humans and Coransee s search party Will Teray and Amber make it to Forsyth before Coransee catches up with them Will Coransee succeed in his evil plan to take over the PatternWhile Ark of Fire Caedmon Aisuith #1 reading this book it was obvious to me that this was a first attempt It was nowhere near as polished or interesting as Kindred or Bloodchild The story didn t Starlight really grab me and if it was not so short and uick I might not have even finished it She could have been thorough with the characterization and I would have been interested to learn about their society There is obviously to the story than could fit in a scant 200 pages and it showsAs this is not one of her amazing books a A Kingdom of Dreams reader new to Butler should definitely start elsewhere Kindred or The Parable of the Sower would surely be a better introduction to this amazing author

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Patternmaster review Ä 3 Wild mutant infested hills a young apprentice must be hunted down and destroyed because he is the tyrant's eual and the Pattermaster's other son. Next to Survivor this is my least favorite Butler novel Because this was written before Mind of My Mind it feels like a major key down but in fact it s just earlier work

  • Paperback
  • 202
  • Patternmaster
  • Octavia E. Butler
  • English
  • 18 March 2020
  • 9780446362818