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Dreamsnake
by Vonda N. McIntyre | Science
Registered by UrbanSpaceman of Kingston upon Thames, Greater London United Kingdom on 5/24/2006
Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by garibaldisghost): travelling


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Journal Entry 1 by UrbanSpaceman from Kingston upon Thames, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 24, 2006

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This book is part of the following of my reading list projects:

* Nebula 'Best Novel' Winners [1978]
* Hugo 'Best Novel' Winners [1979]

TBR...
 


Journal Entry 2 by UrbanSpaceman from Kingston upon Thames, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, June 19, 2006

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There are many SF novels that take place in a post-holocaust world. This one of the more interesting I have read. The nature of the holocaust is never clearly defined, though there is still lingering radioactivity, neither is the state of things before, although a number of tantalising aspects are mentioned at time.

Humanity, in this world, has been reduced for the most part to a hunter-gatherer existence, although one or two pockets of high/bio-tech still exist. Amongst these are the healers who use bio-engineered snakes as portable drugs factories/hyposermic syringes. They also use dreamsnake, exterrestrial reptile of unknown origin who venom is used 'smooth the path between death and life'. This is the story of Snake, a healer whose dreamsnake is killed and who must then seek another one.

Although, in my opinion, the novel is perhaps a bit slow to establish itself (it didn't start to grip me until the third chapter), it is the characterisation that really makes it a fine story, proving that SF doesn't have to be all 'rockets and robots'. Highly recommended.

 


Journal Entry 3 by UrbanSpaceman at Unconvention 2006 in Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Tuesday, June 27, 2006

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Released 11 yrs ago (7/1/2006 UTC) at Unconvention 2006 in Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 4 by kittiwake on Sunday, July 02, 2006

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I brought this book back from the UK Unconvention this weekend. 


Journal Entry 5 by kittiwake on Monday, August 21, 2006

9 out of 10

"Dreamsnake" is based on the short story "Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand", which I read a long time before I first read this novel.

In a post-apocalyptic age, although the world has regressed to an earlier technological stage than now, some forms of biotech have advanced. Children are taught techniques to control their fertility, and healers travel the lands with snakes which have been genetically altered to produce medicines.

Snake is a newly-qualified healer making her first long healing trip and when one of her three snakes is killed it is a disaster, since without a dreamsnake she can no longer be a healer. Although the cobras and rattlesnakes used by the healers are common, dreamsnakes are very rare and the healers are only occasionally successful in breeding them, so it is unlikely that she would be given a replacement. So Snake sets out on a quest to catch herself a new dreamsnake, for there are rumours of a place where they live in great numbers.

A good book which won the Nebula Award in 1978. 


Journal Entry 6 by kittiwake at on Friday, September 15, 2006

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Released 11 yrs ago (9/16/2006 UTC) at

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To be released at Saturday's Nottingham BookCrossing meet.

If no-one takes it, I'll leave it on the bookshelves. 


Journal Entry 7 by garibaldisghost from Nottingham, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Monday, September 18, 2006

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This will do for the 2006 "You're Such an Animal" release challenge. 


Journal Entry 8 by garibaldisghost at on Tuesday, September 19, 2006

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Left on top of the black box near the Florists at the top of the street. 


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