Int or two or the cheesy 70s cover and the title it deserves a place among the classics of the genre I irst read the Nebula winning novella Of Mist And Grass And Sand in middle school but I never realized that McIntyre had expanded it to novel length It s a thoughtful adventure a uest led by a mature and confident heroine Snake I love her as a character she knows who she is she is good at what she does and she is comfortable in her
Own Skin I Alsoskin I also that this book is not your typical post apocalyptic nightmare It takes place so long after a nuclear catastrophe that society has rebuilt itself albeit in a very different orm This lets McIntyre present us with a Infestation familiar but somewhat alien landscape advanced and regressive technology humans acting human but according to slightly different societal rules all with lots of room to explore While there are a couple of elements that seem as dated as the cover all in all I thought McIntyre did a beautiful job of expanding that original story into the larger tale told here 4 starsI was drawn in immediately to McIntyre s muted intimate portrayal of characters inhabiting aar lung
post apocalyptic world The story is of Snake a healer who has lost one of her prized serpents which she usesapocalyptic world The story is of Snake a healer who has lost one of her prized serpents which she uses help people and her journey to continue to help anyone she can McIntyre s compassion or her characters is evidently mirrored in Snake Arevin Melissa and the world she has created even if the world and its inhabitants are Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford farrom perfect I Ready for Summer found myself truly caringor many characters within pages of their respective introductionsWhat strikes me most about this world is how strangely progressive it is in a lot of ways particularly with regard to sexual education and relationships but has created new ways in which to torment those who don t Cyberselfish A Critical Romp Through The Terribly Libertarian Culture Of High Tech fit the mold McIntyre may be an optimist but she also has ainger on the negative impulses of humanity Honestly I was kind of surprised at the publishing date of 1978 it s not dated in the slightest Though I enjoyed the characters and story very much I was a bit unsatisfied with some of the elements "Particularly The Lost Plot Threads Of Aliens "the lost plot threads of aliens the underground city I would have loved to explore both in much depth but I suppose they weren t terribly important to the central narrative There were also a A coerência textual few parts which dragged but nothing which took awayrom my overall pleasure of existing in McIntyre s world Write Your Novel!: Tips from a Bestseller for aew days Too bad there isn t a seuel The publisher saysThey called the healer Snake and she bore the name proudly Dogs Behaving Badly for the medicine she distilledrom 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 First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who've Been There fear But the primitive ignorance of thos 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 aun way not in a stabby wayCONTENT 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 uestionably consensual sex scene torture able ism drug addiction death of a loved one hide spoiler. All but lost Her only hope now lies in the treacherous journey to Revenge of the Land: A Century of Greed, Tragedy, and Murder on a Saskatchewan Farm far off Center City where Snake will be pursued by two implacableollowers one driven mad by love the other by April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers fear and ne. D probably realistic approach that some skills and technologies are able to survive even a general deterioriation in economic conditions and maybe even may continue to progressI think in the end I probably came away valuing it as 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 criticismMyuller review as usual is over here on my blog Look
I read a lot of science iction Enough that I wouldread a lot of science iction Enough that I would it So I have a pretty high tolerance Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome for silliness This book overwhelmed my tolerance and left me staggered by the sheer nonsense of it allWelcome to a post apocalypticuture where isolated communities blunder about in moral turpitude waiting or an oddly naive young woman to come straighten them out with good sense and her trusty snakes You see snakes are used as drug disp This is a SF post apoc novel which reads at times like antasy It won Nebula Locus and Hugo Award in 1979 I read as a Buddy read November 2019 in SciFi and Fantasy Book Club groupThis is a classic SF adventureuest across the world unknown to the reader with hints misunderstood by the narrator which ought to end up with inding "the Grail The protagonist is a woman healer called Snake She wonders across the world helping "Grail The protagonist is a woman healer called Snake She wonders across the world helping with her three serpents an albino cobra Mist a rattlesnake Sand and extraterrestrial Dreamsnake that works as opiateether 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 antibodiesThe irst chapter of the book is actually a Nebula winning novelette by the author entitled Of Mist And Grass And Sand and is considerably denser than the rest of the story Some elements of the story are pure 70s with Space Kid free sex even with minorseminism a lot of persons in power are women drugs the uest 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 My second reading this time as an audiobook Strangely I had little to no recollection of the plot after the Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town first chapter the original short story and that only the main event So it was like reading itor the irst time again I love the intimate nature of the book and the glimpses of a post apocalyptic world influenced by off worlders and some
HIGH TECH IT WAS AN INTERESTINGtech It was an interesting The main plot which was not always clear lose a Dreamsnake work to get a new one and igure out how to get took the Healer Snake on horseback rom small isolated community to small isolated community The way each community had developed was interesting and we are shown her and others growth among strangers in a very compelling way I really enjoyed revisiting this book and have no doubt in another 15 years I ll be able to experience it anew again This is a wonderfully patient subtle and intimate novel unusually so in the SFF canon My mother was a nurse which led me to being was especially drawn in with the healer Snake as she made her way through her travels Some of the pacing in the latter third was a little off and there were aspects of the story of the major antagonist that didn t uite make sense but overall I m very glad to have spent time with this multi award winning classic While this book gets docked a po. S the third the alien dreamsnake whose bite can ease the ear 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. Dreamsnake
a standalone novel set in Earth s distant Reach for the Rainbow: Advanced Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse future at some point after a nucleareaturing 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 painI have a Troubled Waters few complaints but this was an interesting andast read I enjoyed theis a standalone novel set in Earth s distant uture at some point after a nuclear
characters and I enjoyed the story I particularly liked Melissa I likedand I enjoyed the story I particularly liked Melissa I liked too with the brief exception of one very suicky thing she said to a 12 year old girl which I guess was supposed to The Allergy-Fighting Garden: Stop Asthma and Allergies with Smart Landscaping fit within the cultural setting but that setting wasn t developed anywhere near well enoughor me to accept her suggestion as appropriate even in the context of the ictional settingThat 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 I wanted to know of the world s history and especially 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 goOn 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 or like a day or two That whole thing was just ridiculous to me and the story would have worked better without itI m probably making this book sound really bad because like I ve said before it s a lot easier or 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 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 twoor ewer 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 Shadower fictionProbably 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 veryree and hence surprising Special mention should be made of the idea of a society that is in some ways backward than ours but in other ways developed normally primitive or post apocalyptic societies are just that but McIntyre takes the interesting an. 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 .
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