As regular readers know, I am not a fan of short stories. Most of the time the issue is that I want more from the stories, more characters, more story, more development.
The Bloodchild collection was one of the better short story collections I have read. In large part because each of the stories also included a discussion section by Butler. This gives me part of that more that I am looking for. I could see what prompted the story, or what she was trying to work on to give the short story greater context.
The other part of picking this up was that it is streaming free for Amazon Prime members or Audible subscribers. If you are an amazon prime member, click through the link below to get this book free. Or if you are an Audible subscriber and use Audible’s app, go to their podcast section (Channels) and go to ‘Audiobook Collections’. There are well over two dozen books there. Bookwi.se has reviewed What If, Heart of Darkness, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, Columbine, Slumdog Millionaire, and Ender’s Game Alive.
The second thing that moved me toward this is that beside Bloodchild, I only have two more books and one more short story collection until I have read all of the books Octavia Butler published.