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Dreamsnake Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1994

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A beautiful achievement The Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Vonda N. McIntyre is the author of several fiction and nonfiction books. McIntyre won her first Nebula Award in 1973, for the novelette Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand. This later became part of the novel "Dreamsnake" (1978), which was rejected by the first editor who saw it, but went on to win both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. McIntyre was the third woman to receive the Hugo Award. She has also written a number of Star Trek and Star Wars novels. Visit her online at VondaNMcIntyre.com. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Spectra; 1st edition (September 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553296590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553296594
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #853,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dreamsnake is one of only 15 books to win both the Hugo and the Nebula. As such, I had high hopes for it, and I was not disappointed. True, it doesn't have ground-breaking vision of books like Gateway or Ringworld, but what it lacks there, it more than makes up in conventional world-building and, even more importantly, characterization.
The story takes place in a post-holocause Earth, where a limited amount of bio-technology is all that is keeping humanity to shrinking back to a hunter-gatherer society. The most obvious example of this is the dreamsnake, whose venom enables healers to ease the pain of the wounded, and comfort the dying. Snake, the main character, is such a healer. However, her dreamsnake is killed, and she must seek out another, or cease to be a healer. The story carries the reader from the Great Dessert, to the healer station where they breed dreamsnakes (with little luck), to Center, the sole spaceport where humans from off-world still come, and finally to the mysterious domes. And as we explore this compelling world, we also get to explore the inner workings of Snake, and see what makes her tick.
However, while the story is a very pleasing one most of the way through, one gets to the end and can't shake the feeling that the author left some important questions unanswered. This story is definitely ripe for a sequel, but McIntyre doesn't look to be very interested. Pity.
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Format: Hardcover
Vonda N McIntyre rose to fame with this book, which won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. I believe that this book represents a totally different form of science fiction from the type representative of John Campbell which is deeply scientific in nature. McIntyre is more concerned with characterization and this is what makes this story so unforgettable.
Snake, the protagonist is especially well drawn out, someone any reader can relate to, yet possesing her own character traits. Her sense of duty as a healer is well portrayed. In fact, most of the characters in the novel, with the exception of the villian North, were extremely well drawn.
This is essentially the tale of how Snake searches for a new Dreamsnake, which she uses to cure illnesses, and recounts the situations Snake finds herself in. The presentation of the post nuclear holocaust world and its distopic and fractured society is highly believable.
I agree that the story is somewhat fractured and that the plot seems to me to be stuck together, but McIntyre links it together brilliantly through her narrative. The narrative succeeds in casting a spell on the reader, such that the events no longer become the focus. My sister, when I asked her about the book several months after she read it, could tell me little of the plot, but commented on the lyrical quality of the narrative.
In conclusion, it is a captivating book, and worth reading.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a delightful and haunting mix of excellent, gripping prose, and a totally new idea for a sci-fi/fantasy novel. The protagonist uses snakes to heal people. I happen to love snakes and have several as pets, but to those of you who do NOT like snakes, get this book and read it! You'll love being freaked out by the author's excellent descriptions of her healing reptiles.

Not that the book is all about freaking out anyone: the story is that the healer's snake, Grass, gets killed by frightened villagers. This is a tragedy because all Grass ever did was help patient's feel comfortable and happy. Without Grass, she can't heal, so she goes on a quest to find another dreamsnake. A unique and interesting surprise ending reveals the origins of the snake.

Part adventure, part ancient medicine, part love story, this is a haunting, lovely book.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This would have to be my all-time SF/PAF novel of all time. It blew me away 20 years ago when I first read it, and I despaired of ever owning another copy. Go Amazon, you fantastic resource for us antipodean bibliophiles!
This book is truly an inspirational tale of feminine courage, resourcefulness and intelligence. It embraces both the feminine and masculine and celebrates them equally, but for their own uniqueness.
A highly trained woman with a gift in healing, not only physical damage, but psychological as well, she shares her gifts with all who cross her path. Her special relationship with her serpents as healing tools is magical, and the death of the most unusual of these is the impetus of her journey of discovery and self-discovery.
I urge you to take the journey yourself!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked this book up ten years ago for the silliest reason (it was next to Anne McCaffrey) and I haven't put it down since. This is one of my favorite, if not my absolute favorite, science fiction book for many reasons. The first, and most trivial, is that I love snakes, and their starring role made this an appealing book. I especially like that they are a crucial plot element, and that McIntyre gets FAR away from the traditional views of snakes as evil. Moving on, I have found myself thinking of the characters many times in other contexts and find them to be well-drawn. Whenever I read it, I wish that Arevin had a larger part, but it is Snake's book, not his. I read this when I was 13 and the sexuality in it was a revalation. Looking back on it, I realize that it was age appropriate for me then (a mature 13) and it still is now. I agree that North is a fairly thin villian, but that is more than made up for me by the intriging bad guys in the dome. I have also always wanted to know what their story was. I own two copies--my paperback, and a hardcover that I was elated to find at a used book store for $2.50! I also like the scientific emphasis of it, though it is set in such an uncivilized world.
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