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Look, I read a lot of science fiction Enough that I would mention it So I have a pretty high tolerance for silliness This book overwhelmed my tolerance and left me staggered by the sheer nonsense of it all.Welcome to a post apocalyptic future where isolated communities blunder about in moral turpitude waiting for an oddly naive young woman to come straighten them out with good sense and her trusty snakes You see, snakes are used as drug dispensers in the future, and the woman who s also nam Look, I read a lot of science fiction Enough that I would mention it So I have a pretty high tolerance for silliness This book overwhelmed my tolerance and left me staggered by the sheer nonsense of it all.Welcome to a post apocalyptic future where isolated communities blunder about in moral turpitude waiting for an oddly naive young woman to come straighten them out with good sense and her trusty snakes You see, snakes are used as drug dispensers in the future, and the woman who s also named Snake is a healer, so she carries around a cobra and a rattler for medicinal purposes She s been entrusted by her teachers to walk the earth like that Caine dude They trained her in medicine and herpetology, but somehow neglected to mention that other people might have odd customs like not respecting other people s property, drug addiction or killing snakes Each of these come as a profound shock when she encounters them.Anyway, off goes our intrepid heroine She meets a series of people whose incredible obliviousness creates problems that she handily solves The fact that the problems are sometimes horrible is pretty well negated by their ridiculousness In one instance, I imagine the mayor of a town who was shocked and outraged by Snake s discovery of a rape victim saying to his trusted adviser after she leaves Say, whose idea was it anyway to have a brutal and overbearing unmarried man become the guardian for a disfigured girl on the verge of puberty In retrospect, that wasn t an obvious choice So okay, this is an empowerment fantasy and I can respect that, but it s so contrived that it becomes tedious There are numerous loose ends and holes in the book, but the book doesn t suffer for them because it seems perfectly obvious how they would all play out If anything, I m glad the author didn t bother to explain I was really pleasantly surprised by this 70s scifi and I have a rather antagonistic relationship, so I was hoping to read the late great McIntyre, pay my respects, and retreat to safer grounds But this was delightful I mean, yes, it was still 70s tastic, but in a fun way, not in a stabby way.CONTENT WARNING no actual spoilers, just a list of topics view spoiler animal cruelty, snakes obvs , rape, pedophilia, child abuse, medical procedures, mental illness, a sort of questionably cons I was really pleasantly surprised by this 70s scifi and I have a rather antagonistic relationship, so I was hoping to read the late great McIntyre, pay my respects, and retreat to safer grounds But this was delightful I mean, yes, it was still 70s tastic, but in a fun way, not in a stabby way.CONTENT WARNING no actual spoilers, just a list of topics view spoiler animal cruelty, snakes obvs , rape, pedophilia, child abuse, medical procedures, mental illness, a sort of questionably consensual sex scene, torture, able ism, drug addiction, death of a loved one hide spoiler Things to love Snake The protagonist is awesome I ve always been a sucker for healer woman characters, and she s rad empathic, strong, competent, kind but the real sort of kind, not nice I loved the mystic vibe, too, felt a bit like a grown up version of Wise Child The world All your favorite fantasy vistas but withtech How can you not love the idea of bioengineered snakes that provide medications via their venom I guess if you re afraid of snakes you wouldn t, but I love sneks and this was exactly the sort of thing I would have imagined as a kid Best animal companion book I ve read in awhile Arevin Hello, new book boyfriend You are so tan and gentle and just broody enough Melissa Ugh, I got so lost in how cute Snake and Melissa are together, and their adorable little found family This kid is great, a wonderful blend of seeming child like, processing her life, and the growing bonds of mother child love despite their lack of shared DNA Really well done I thought The feminist spins Women in power Women wanting and initiating sex Women being steadfast and reasonable Women being aggressive Men who cry and show affection Mothers who are still good at their jobs and keep working Feminine horror handled responsibly and with empathy Sure, a bit obvious in some parts but the women all felt human flaws, good qualities, bad moments, heroics, all of it It was really refreshing, especially given my initial expectations The end I ll admit, at first I wasn t sure what this story was I enjoyed whatever was happening, but the plot wasn t super focused But the end was classic action adventure, happy ending and all I wanted to clap for the final line.Things that took some effort It s still 70s scifi Polyamory free love, weird just don t worry about it science, all of that is still here None of these are a problem, but if you hate all tropes of 70s scifi, you won t escape them here, they re just done a littlecheekily Yes, this includes some stereotypes of people that might be grating harmful It got heavy, man There are a few parts that get dark I think McIntyre did a good job keeping the darkness mostly honest, certainly better than manycurrent works I ve read, but it s still there and tough and imperfect Could have used a bitexplanation up front There s one scene in particular that felt a bit rape y and it s not until 30% further in we learn it wasn t, it was shyness and affection A few other things, too, just sort of get dropped on you and either you never figure it out like where this world is or you do, but so much later it s no longer relevant Meanders a bit Like I said, I enjoyed the things happening, but the plot sort of takes a vacation for about 80% of the book It s there, so if you like event based books rather than character based books, it ll get there, but it s muchcharacter focused, I d say.I m really impressed and glad to have listened to this hat tip to the narrator, too, who did a great job with the voices An excellent work of classic science fiction that manages to be engaging even today I will definitely readby this author The publisher says They called the healer Snake, and she bore the name proudly, for the medicine she distilled from the venom of the viper she carried with her was a potent cure and the soothing power of her other companion, the alien dreamsnake, banished fear But the primitive ignorance of those she served killed her dreamsnake and wrecked her career for dreamsnakes were dreadfully rare, and Center would not grant her another Snake s only hope was to find a new dreamsnake and on her ques The publisher says They called the healer Snake, and she bore the name proudly, for the medicine she distilled from the venom of the viper she carried with her was a potent cure and the soothing power of her other companion, the alien dreamsnake, banished fear But the primitive ignorance of those she served killed her dreamsnake and wrecked her career for dreamsnakes were dreadfully rare, and Center would not grant her another Snake s only hope was to find a new dreamsnake and on her quest, she was pursued by two implacable followers, one driven by love, one by fear and need.Me I enjoyed this short little tale of a healer trying to find her place in the world, making mistakes as we all do and struggling to find a way out of a bad situation Finding companionship, love and an adopted daughter A strong female main character, solving problems competently yet accepting help when it is offered A book which passes the Bechdel test with flying colours there isthan one female character and they talk to each other about something besides men.My only complaint was that it was too short there were several interesting items which tickled my curiosity and made me wish that there was a sequel or that the original was a bit thicker, withdetail For example, how did Earth get to this post apocalyptic state Who are the aliens who created the domes and brought the strange plants and dreamsnakes to Earth Have they stuck around or who exactly is in the intact city dome In a world where there are still so many books in which the female characters are stiff as cardboard or stereotypical caricatures , this book from the 1970s really shines as a book where I felt real affection for Snake She is a realistic woman, with emotions and dilemmas that I can relate to I must readof McIntyre s work A very odd book by modern standards, but one that is strikingly of its era Manages to do some things very badly dialogue, most of the characterisation the central character is solid and likeable but a Mary Sue and not all that distinctive, while the supporting cast are mostly two or fewer dimensional and also somewhat MSish , a lot of the plot details , yet do others very well descriptive prose setting and its exploration, some of the emotional stuff Sort of like a less good Ursula Le Gu A very odd book by modern standards, but one that is strikingly of its era Manages to do some things very badly dialogue, most of the characterisation the central character is solid and likeable but a Mary Sue and not all that distinctive, while the supporting cast are mostly two or fewer dimensional and also somewhat MSish , a lot of the plot details , yet do others very well descriptive prose setting and its exploration, some of the emotional stuff Sort of like a less good Ursula Le Guin novel, really Slow, meandering social science fiction.Probably not selling it well It is really interesting in its setting, and in the way it gradually reveals the nature of the setting, and also in its overarching plot it doesn t have much of one, so what it does have is very free, and hence surprising Special mention should be made of the idea of a society that is in some waysbackward than ours, but in other waysdeveloped normally, primitive or post apocalyptic societies are just that, but McIntyre takes theinteresting and probablyrealistic approach that some skills and technologies are able to survive even a general deterioriation in economic conditions, and maybe even may continue to progress.I think in the end I probably came away valuing itas an interesting demonstration of what can be done in SF than as a novel in its own right, which I guess is both a compliment and a criticism.My fuller review as usual is over here on my blog [ E-pub ] ♁ Dreamsnake ♌ They summon and she travels Snake, the healer Through the blasted landscape of a post holocaust world, she carries her three serpents From the venom of two, she distills her medicines but it is the third, the alien dreamsnake whose bite can ease the fear and pain of death that is the most valued When the dreamsnake is killed by those she has come to help, her powers as a healer are all but lost Her only hope now lies in the treacherous journey to far off Center City, where Snake will be pursued by two implacable followers one driven mad by love, the other by fear and need This is a SF post apoc novel, which reads at times like fantasy It won Nebula, Locus and Hugo Award in 1979 I read as a Buddy read November 2019 in SciFi and Fantasy Book Club group.This is a classic SF adventure quest across the world, unknown to the reader with hints misunderstood by the narrator, which ought to end up with finding the Grail The protagonist is a woman healer called Snake She wonders across the world helping people with her three serpents an albino cobra Mist, a rattle This is a SF post apoc novel, which reads at times like fantasy It won Nebula, Locus and Hugo Award in 1979 I read as a Buddy read November 2019 in SciFi and Fantasy Book Club group.This is a classic SF adventure quest across the world, unknown to the reader with hints misunderstood by the narrator, which ought to end up with finding the Grail The protagonist is a woman healer called Snake She wonders across the world helping people with her three serpents an albino cobra Mist, a rattlesnake Sand and extraterrestrial Dreamsnake that works as opiate ether This is maybe the early example of biopunk, but without prominent punkish elements the serpents a bio engineered to produce a broad range of serums and antibodies.The first chapter of the book is actually a Nebula winning novelette by the author, entitledOf Mist, And Grass, And Sand,and is considerably denser than the rest of the story Some elements of the story are pure 70s with free sex even with minors , feminism a lot of persons in power are women , drugs the quest maybe a bit simplistic by today s standards but there is a beauty in this, esp if the reader knows a lot of 60 70s SF I thought the first chapter, which was originally an independent short story, was really lovely and moving I enjoyed the world building of the whole book a lot, especially the open attitudes toward sexuality and the use of snakes for medicine, and I thought the way the story slowly opened up to revealandabout the setting was wonderfully done However, I was a bit let down by where the story went in the second half, and I found the fact that a main antagonist was view spoiler a per I thought the first chapter, which was originally an independent short story, was really lovely and moving I enjoyed the world building of the whole book a lot, especially the open attitudes toward sexuality and the use of snakes for medicine, and I thought the way the story slowly opened up to revealandabout the setting was wonderfully done However, I was a bit let down by where the story went in the second half, and I found the fact that a main antagonist was view spoiler a person with disabilities who hadn t been able to be cured by the healers hide spoiler to be pretty jarring Dreamsnake is the extension of the award winning novelette Of Mist, And Grass, And Sand and is set at the same time and planet Earth as The Exile Waiting.It reads like a fantasy story like Tehanu for the first 50 pages before it becomes clear that it is a post nuclear SF setting It follows a young, female healer called Snake within her probationary year The eponymous Dreamsnakes are one of three kinds of snakes that healers in this setting use They are irreplacable, because they rarely repr Dreamsnake is the extension of the award winning novelette Of Mist, And Grass, And Sand and is set at the same time and planet Earth as The Exile Waiting.It reads like a fantasy story like Tehanu for the first 50 pages before it becomes clear that it is a post nuclear SF setting It follows a young, female healer called Snake within her probationary year The eponymous Dreamsnakes are one of three kinds of snakes that healers in this setting use They are irreplacable, because they rarely reproduce, can t be cloned and a loss is therefore devastating for healers Now, Snake lost her dreamsnake, and this novel is about the quest to find replacement.On her quest, she falls in love, adopts a child, goes through lots of harshness She is presented in general as a strong woman, who commits errors but also learns from them It is very easy to identify with her Writing is often very emotional, it usesdescriptive than action oriented scenes, ison the quiet side I found a very good interview at io9 McIntyre talks about how she came to the story a Clarion workshop word draw , her reaction about Arevin s non masculinity, the publishing situation in the 70s, the out of print problem of older book and bookviewcafe s answer to it She also talks about one of the side character s Merideth gender you might have noticed, that his her sex isn t revealed at all through pronouns etc.The interview deepened my impression that there are lots of interesting ideas pressed into this slim book Emotions, characterization, and setting are absolutely worthwhile your reading time, and it deserved the triple Hugo Nebula Locus awards This is dated in a way that most books around forty years old are dated but the setting and ideas are presented competently enough that it doesn t really matter It s about a healer, Snake, who travels with three gengineered snakes that help her practice medicine One of them is killed and she must find a replacement for it It sounds like a standard quest story and in a lot of ways it is, but what makes it stand out is the easy prose that lulls the reader into thinking they are getting somethin This is dated in a way that most books around forty years old are dated but the setting and ideas are presented competently enough that it doesn t really matter It s about a healer, Snake, who travels with three gengineered snakes that help her practice medicine One of them is killed and she must find a replacement for it It sounds like a standard quest story and in a lot of ways it is, but what makes it stand out is the easy prose that lulls the reader into thinking they are getting something conventional until they realise that they aren t It s unusual in that it presents a post apocalyptic society that has achieved a measure of gender parity that was unheard of even in the time it was written Snake travels through a landscape that threatens her, not as a woman, but as a human being She is respected and listened to for her achievements and earned status rather than for an accident of birth But none of this is presented as a major point in the novel it is an incidental detail in a world in which sexuality is treated as matter of factly as any other aspect of life And in a novel that has so much else going for it great writing, interesting characters, a world that feels real, a plot that builds up a steady head of steam some plain old progressiveness feels like the icing on a delicious cake I was worried that I might have thought this early SF dystopia might have not held up so well after nearly 40 years of a never ending stream of them, but considering that I recently watched some early Mad Max films, I m all good We have to place these things in their time.After all, where else are you going to get a surprisingly deep character and women s study dystopian future that includes aliens, nearly Bene Gesserit healers, the depths of adoption and justice, and a woman who embodies the s I was worried that I might have thought this early SF dystopia might have not held up so well after nearly 40 years of a never ending stream of them, but considering that I recently watched some early Mad Max films, I m all good We have to place these things in their time.After all, where else are you going to get a surprisingly deep character and women s study dystopian future that includes aliens, nearly Bene Gesserit healers, the depths of adoption and justice, and a woman who embodies the symbol of wisdom as Snake To be sure, the novel is mild in comparison with so many gritty Dystopians or even a grand portion of YAs, but it does have heart In analysis, I can give it higher props for being some of the very first SFs of the time to bring in some of the new growing trends of fantasy, being darker and unwilling to look away from cultural injustice or be willing to devolve into character caricature Like I said, the characters are developed carefully and realistically The novel would never earn a Hugo these days, but we should never forget that those who start a trend that everyone later beats to death still began it