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Kindred, by Octavia Butler & Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, by Damian Duffy and John Jennings

I've been meaning to read Octavia Butler for such a long time; she's a true trailblazer, a black woman writing science fiction at a time when both African-Americans and women were hardly being published in sci fi at all (it's better now, but we've still got a lot of work to do). When an opportunity arose to invite the graphic novel adapters of Kindred to my bookstore, I leapt at the chance. I chose it for our book club pick this past month, Damian and John joined our discussion, enriching it deeply.

I decided to read the original novel first; many book club members had read it in the past, and their reading of the graphic novel was their second time with the material. I can't say that I enjoyed reading it, because it's brutal and draining, but the more I think about it, the more impressed I am with what it accomplishes. Dana is a black woman in the 1970s who has just moved to a new home with her husband in Los Angeles. Suddenly and inexplicably, she is transpor…

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