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Dreamsnake Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1994
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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.
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A friend loaned me a copy of this book saying it was one of her all-time favorites. Much to my delight, I loved it! Unique and memorable. Read morePublished 15 days ago by J. Craig
What a great SciFi novel! Bioengineering well thought out and predicted decades before its time. Love the sociological male - female issues McIntyre chews on throughout this... Read morePublished 6 months ago by sidd mcdonald
I love this book, I read it the first time in the 1980's, and have read it several times since then. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bridgitte J
A healer travels through an inhospitable desert with her snakes, genetically engineered so that their venom can be used as medicine. Dreamsnake is kind but ungentle. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Juushika
This is the novel that extends the original short story "Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand". Story of a post-apocalyptic medic who uses snake venom (with alterations) to heal. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Shelagh Manton
For me this story ended to soon I would love to hear more about the main character and her adopted daughter but sadley I have been unable to find any morePublished on September 3, 2014 by Caroline