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Thadd Selden

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Maker, sailor, appreciator of the natural world. I live in Sacramento, CA with my wife, daughter, and house full of pets.


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Until the Last of Me (2022, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) No rating

Like I often do, I'm withholding a review of Until the Last of Me for when I can finish the next book. I will say that I found the end of this book very unsatisfying and wish that Neuvel had done more to tie things up or at least leave a cliffhanger. Where it stands now, this book feels unfinished; like he wanted to keep writing, but realized he needed to split to a third book so he threw an "ending" chapter in to set up the next one.

I'm hopeful he sticks the landing, but we'll see.

Wild Seed (Hardcover, 1980, Doubleday Books) 4 stars

Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts by reflex — …

I have to pause on this one a little way through it because my library loan expired and since someone had a hold I couldn’t renew. They don’t have any more copies available so I’ll catch up and finish it as soon as I can get a copy.

Parable of the Talents (Paperback, 2019, Grand Central Publishing) 5 stars

Environmental devastation and economic chaos have turned America into a land of depravity. Taking advantage …

I think it makes sense to review Parable of the Talents along side Parable of the Sower, especially since Butler says she originally intended them as a single book.

That said, I really enjoyed these. I really think that women authors are far better equipped to write certain genres and topics. One of those is the horrors of life in a dystopian world. The key thing is that they seem better equipped to discuss the trauma and emotional impact of violence without fetishizing it. It makes everything flow better and focuses on the right things.

These books were very engaging and I found myself quickly engrossed. The journal style was reminiscent of The Martian and it makes me wonder if there’s something about that format that I’m drawn to. My only complaint with it is that I often found myself flipping back to find out how much time had passed …

Station Eleven (2014) 4 stars

One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a …

I really enjoyed Station Eleven. It told a post-apocalyptic tale without relying on the shock value or gore you so often see in the genre. I loved the way it wove in the stories of the characters leading up to the pandemic that ended civilization. I appreciated the hope and optimism that carries the survivors through.

Strongly recommend this one.