Having fallen for the works of Nancy Kress, I now am a servant of two masters; Octavia Butler writes with insight, passion, and grit. Just like her other works, here she creates a world you can feel and smell...there's a realness to it and to her characters. I think a character like Doro must be very difficult to craft. Doro might be thought of as the villan of this story, since his presence creates a good deal of conflict, but at the same time there were points where oddly I could almost identify with him...how exactly would one behave if they were a being like Doro; immortal and inhuman, living in a world of human beings and not really ever understanding why or how. Over the decades, would the desire to steer humanity, to create a legacy and others to identify with become inevetable? Likewise, as the prodigal daughter, would Mary's growth into something beyond the scope of Doro's plans also be inevetable? Heck, I don't know; but watching this story unfold was one of the more interesting ways I've spent a day (it's a pretty short book). If you haven't read Butler before, make this your introduction; it's short, and packs a nice punch that will leave you hungry for more of her work!