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Dreamsnake av Vonda McIntyre
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Dreamsnake (urspr publ 1978; utgåvan 1986)

av Vonda McIntyre (Författare)

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A New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, Dreamsnake is the haunting, critically acclaimed novel of an extraordinary woman and her dangerous quest to reclaim her healing powers. When the healer Snake was summoned, she traveled the blasted landscape with her three serpents. From the venom of two of them, she distilled her medicines. But most valued of all was the alien dreamsnake, whose bite could ease the fear and pain of death. When the dreamsnake is killed, Snake's powers as a healer are all but lost. Her only hope of finding another dreamsnake lies in a treacherous journey to the far-off Center City, where Snake will be pursued by two implacable followers: one driven mad by love, the other by fear and need.… (mer)
Medlem:MargotWeiss
Titel:Dreamsnake
Författare:Vonda McIntyre (Författare)
Info:Dell (1986), Edition: .
Samlingar:Scifi and Fantasy
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Taggar:Ingen/inga

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sweet little book. it's a bit difficult to get into in the beginning, as everyone is referred to as "the
boy", "the elder parent", "the clan leader" etc and we have no idea what the wider world is like,
but it gets much better as named characters are introduced who stay for a more than a few
pages and we get more familiar with the world. I'm glad I stuck to it despite some poor reviews.
the subplot with melissa isn't half as silly as one reviewer put it.

also, interesting choice to make the protagonist's companion for the journeys across the desert a child. the romance lover in me was clamoring for snake and arevin to reunite, but I
appreciated the original plotting.
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  strangerrrs | Dec 20, 2020 |
This is soft sci-fi that reads as almost fantasy. I seem to really love that combination. The premise is unusual and interesting. A healer woman whose main healing technology is the use of venomous snakes whose bodies make her medicines after she gives them chemicals to induce their production. An oddly medieval world with occasional spurts of high technology, like solar panels and bio-engineering. An alien species of snake whose venom causes people to dream which healers use to allow the dying to die in peace. Radioactive craters, domes full of alien life, and an enclosed high-tech city that lets no one in. I am in love with the world and I really like the characters. I'm not so pleased with my romp in that world being over. I would really have liked it if the author had written more than they did because there was quite a bit of story yet to be had in that world with those characters. I see that there is another book set in this universe about a different person, so I will read that as soon as I can get it, but I would have liked to see the next step in Snake's journey. ( )
  Noeshia | Oct 23, 2020 |
Dreamsnake is a standalone novel set in Earth’s distant future, at some point after a nuclear war, featuring a young woman named Snake. Snake is a healer, and healers use snakes to heal illnesses such as tumors and infections. The titular Dreamsnake is a special and rare snake used to help a patient have pleasant dreams or, if there’s nothing that can be done to save that patient, to help them die without pain.

I have a few complaints, but this was an interesting and fast read. I enjoyed the characters and I enjoyed the story. I particularly liked Melissa. I liked Snake too, with the brief exception of one very squicky thing she said to a 12-year-old girl, which I guess was supposed to fit within the cultural setting, but that setting wasn’t developed anywhere near well enough for me to accept her suggestion as appropriate even in the context of the fictional setting.

That leads to one of my other complaints -- the world-building. The setting was really interesting and hinted at all sorts of cool elements, but I was left wanting more. I wanted to know more of the world’s history, and especially more about the city and the offworlders who visited it, and the source of the alien creatures and plants. I couldn’t tell if the author had a detailed backstory in mind as she wrote the novel and just didn’t want to risk too much exposition, or if she just tossed in random elements she thought sounded appealing and that would help drive her plot where she wanted it to go.

On the complaint side, I also could have really done without the whole side plot in which a shared snake wrestling event leads to the kind of instalove that could drive a man to travel across a desert and beyond, in search of a girl he’d known for like a day or two. That whole thing was just ridiculous to me, and the story would have worked better without it.

I’m probably making this book sound really bad, because like I’ve said before it’s a lot easier for me to explain the things I dislike than it is to explain the things I liked, but I really did enjoy it a lot. The instalove side plot was only a small portion of the story, and the world-building helped add interest to the story even though I was left a little unsatisfied due to its lack of depth. The main thing is that I stayed interested in the story throughout and was satisfied with how it was wrapped up. ( )
1 rösta YouKneeK | Aug 16, 2020 |
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. ;)
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  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |

The cover above is the edition of "Dreamsnake" that snagged my attention back in 1980. The graphics were original and intriguing. Winning the Hugo AND the Nebula awards placed it alongside "Dune ", "The Left Hand of Darkness", "Ringworld " and "The Dispossessed " all by authors I knew well. Yet I had never heard of Vonda McIntyre.

I bought the book, was hooked from the first scene, read it compulsively for the next few days and have carried it with me from house to house ever since.



When I came across the audiobook version (with a much less inspired cover), I decided to find out whether the book was impressive because it was of its time or whether it was simply a good book.

The audiobook itself must have been pioneering as it was recorded by Blackstone Audio in 1999. You can hear its age from time to time in the sound quality but Anna Fields' talent as a narrator more than makes up for that.

I'm happy to say that "Dreamsnake" is just as good now as I remember it being then.

Even on the first read, I was aware of how deftly Vonda McIntyre tells her tale. She builds a complete view of a complex world, not by using info-dumps/quotes from historical chronicles, but by showing what people take for granted and what they question.

Back then I was also impressed by the liberal sexual mores of societies that embraced, polyamory and required adults to have control over their own reproductive capabilities. These were radical ideas back then but "Dreamsnake" neither sensationalises them nor pushes them as dogma.

On a second read, I became aware that Vonda McIntyre had done something truly remarkable that I didn't notice the first time around: she has written an exciting adventure that calls for bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of physical danger but where problems are never resolved through violence.

The strongest themes in this book are freedom, responsibility, and mutual obligation. Yet the book also reads as a quest-based adventure.

"Snake", the Healer in the book, remains one of my favourite characters in Science Fiction. She is honest, brave, determined to help others but not superhuman. She is prone to anger, guilty of arrogance from time to time and often endangers herself and others because of a fundamentally naive world-view. Yet she is the kind of person who will always inspire fierce loyalty without ever seeking to do so.

"Dreamsnake" is a short book by modern SF standards. On the re-read, I was aware of how much more I wanted to know about this world and the people in it. There is enough here to power at least a trilogy. "Dreamsnake" was actually built on a short story "Of Mist and Grass and Sand" which perhaps explains its compact power and there were no sequels.

If you are an SF fan, you should count "Dreamsnake" as part of the cannon.

If you're not sure if SF is for you, give "Dreamsnake" a try and see if Snake and her serpents can win your heart the way they did mine. ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
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Denn die größtenteils gute Übersetzung holpert doch an manchen Stellen, weist ab und zu falsche Konjugierungen von Verben auf (auffallend hier vor allem das immer wiederkehrende und zur sonstigen Atmosphäre absolut nicht passende, altertümliche "Schnoben" der Pferde, anstatt daß sie schnaubten, wie die ansonsten modernere Sprache nahelegen würde), und auch im Satzbau erweist sich diese Übersetzung nicht immer als die sattelfesteste.
 

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A New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, Dreamsnake is the haunting, critically acclaimed novel of an extraordinary woman and her dangerous quest to reclaim her healing powers. When the healer Snake was summoned, she traveled the blasted landscape with her three serpents. From the venom of two of them, she distilled her medicines. But most valued of all was the alien dreamsnake, whose bite could ease the fear and pain of death. When the dreamsnake is killed, Snake's powers as a healer are all but lost. Her only hope of finding another dreamsnake lies in a treacherous journey to the far-off Center City, where Snake will be pursued by two implacable followers: one driven mad by love, the other by fear and need.

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