Awakening was hard, as always. The ultimate disappointment It was a struggle to take in enough air to drive off nightmare sensations of asphyxiation. Lilith Iyapo lay gasping, shaking with the force of her effort. Her heart beat too fast, too loud. She curled around it, fetal, helpless. Circulation began to return to her arms and legs in flurries of minute, exquisite pains."
- Octavia Butler, from Dawn (Book One of Lilith's Brood). A really intriguing first contact book so far. I alternate from thinking it's written really well and not so much, but regardless I haven't been able to put it down.