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The Life of Kitty Storm dFit the mold McIntyre may be an optimist but she also has a finger on the negative impulses of humanity Honestly I was kind While this book getsocked a point or two for the cheesy 70s cover and the title it a place among the classics of the genre I first read the Nebula winning novella Of 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 Aliens Bride Book does and she is comfortable in her own skin I also love 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 veryifferent form This lets McIntyre present us with a familiar but somewhat alien landscape advanced and regressive technology humans acting human but according to slightly Therapy of Love different societal rules all with lots of room to explore While there are a couple of elements that seem asated as the cover all in all I thought McIntyre Connecting in College did a beautiful job of expanding that original story into the larger tale told here 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 especiallyrawn 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 idn t uite make sense but overall I m very glad to have spent time with this multi award winning classic My second reading this time as an audiobook Strangely I had little to no recollection of the plot after the first chapter the original short story and that only the main event So it was like reading it for the first 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 interesting approach The main plot which was not This is a SF post apoc novel which reads at times like fantasy It won Nebula Locus and Hugo Award In 1979 I in 1979 I read a Buddy read November 2019 in SciFi and Fantasy Book Club is a classic SF adventureuest across the world unknown to the reader with hints misunderstood by the narrator which ought to end up with finding the Grail The protagonist is a woman healer called Snake She wonders across the world helping people 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 first chapter of the book is actually a Nebula winning novelette by the author entitled Of Mist And Grass And Sand and is considerably enser than the rest of the story Some elements of the story are pure 70s with free sex even with minors feminism a lot of persons in power are women BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 2 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 2: Billionaires Secret Baby (BWWM Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) 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 All but lost Her only hope now lies in the treacherous journey to far off Center City where Snake will be pursued by two implacable followers oneriven mad by love the other by fear and ne. Dreamsnake

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Look I read a lot of science fiction Enough that I would mention it So I have a pretty high tolerance for silliness This book overwhelmed my tolerance and left me staggered by the sheer nonsense o A very odd book by modern standards but one that is strikingly of its era Manages to o some things very badly The Arcav Princes Captive (Arcav Alien Invasion, dialogue most of the characterisation the central character is solid and likeable but a Mary Sue and not all thatistinctive while the supporting cast are mostly twoor fewer Southern Women at the Seven Sister Colleges Feminist Values and Social Activism 1875 1915 dimensional and also somewhat MSish a lot of the plotetails yet teachers Manual African American Literature do others very wellescriptive 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 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 Agricultural Innovation in the Early Islamic World doesn t have much of one so what itoes have is very free Dreamsnake is a standalone novel set in Earth s istant 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 use snakes to heal illnesses such as tumors and infections The titular Dreamsnake is a special and rare snake used help a patient have pleasant reams or if there s nothing that can be Big Book of AA All 12 Steps Understand and Complete One Step At A Time in Recovery with Alcoholics Anonymous 12 of 12 Books done to save that patient to help themie without painI 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 suicky 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 New Writing, New Approaches (African Literature Today, Vol. 12) developed anywhere near well enough for me to accept her suggestion as appropriate even in the context of the fictional 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 aetailed backstory in mind as she wrote the novel and just Culture and Development in Africa (Comparative Studies in African/Caribbean Literature Series) didn t want to risk too much exposition or if she just tossed in random elements she thought sounded appealing and that would helprive her plot where she wanted it to goOn the complaint side I also could have really The Alien Huntress Series Alien Huntress done without the whole side plot in which a shared snake wrestling event leads to the kind of instalove that couldrive a man to travel across a esert and beyond in search of a girl he known for like a ay or two That whole thing was just ridiculous to me a girl he known for like a A Love No Less Two Centuries of African American Love Letters day or two That whole thing was just ridiculous to me 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 for me to explain the things Iislike than it is to explain the things I liked but I really Places of Their Own: African American Suburbanization in the Twentieth Century (Historical Studies of Urban America) 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 unsatisfiedue to its lack of The Arcav Kings Mate (Arcav Alien Invasion depth The main thing is that I staye. 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 sheistills her medicines; but it .
D interested in the story throughout and was satisfied with how it was wrapped up 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 elightful I mean yes it was still 70s tastic but in a fun 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 WARNING no actual spoilers just a list of topics view spoiler animal cruelty snakes obvs rape pedophilia child abuse procedures mental illness a sort of uestionably consensual sex scene torture able ism rug addiction eath of a loved one hide spoiler The publisher saysThey called the healer Snake and she bore the name proudly for the medicine she istilled from the venom of the viper she carried with her was a potent cure and the soothing power of her other companion the alien Alien dreamsnake banished fear But the primitive ignorance of those she served killed herreamsnake and wrecked her career for 10 Essential Survivor Secrets to Liberate Yourself from Narcissistic Abuse dreamsnakes werereadfully rare and Center would not grant her another Snake s only hope was to find a new Lights, Camera, Action (Paranormal Talent Agency Book 1) dreamsnake and on her uest she was pursued by two implacable followers oneriven by love one by fear and needMeI enjoyed this short little tale of a healer trying to find her place in the world making mistakes as we all Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused do and struggling to find a way out of a bad situation Finding companionship love and an adoptedaughter A strong female main character solving problems competently yet accepting help when it is offered A book which passes the Bechdel test with flying colours there is than one female character and they talk to each other about something besides menMy only complaint was that it was too short There Were Several Interesting were several interesting which tickled my curiosity and made me wish that there was a seuel or that the original was a bit thicker with The Nonlinear Workbook: Chaos, Fractals, Celluar Automata, Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, Gene Expression Programming, Support Vector Machine, Wavelets, Hidden Markov M detail For example howid Earth get to this post apocalyptic state Who are the aliens who created the Coming Out of Communism domes and brought the strange plants andreamsnakes to Earth Have they stuck around or who exactly is in the intact city ome In a world where there are still so many books in which the female characters are stiff as cardboard or stereotypical caricatures this book from the 1970s really shines As A Book Where I Felt Real a book where I felt real for Snake She is a realistic woman with emotions and ilemmas that I can relate to I must read of McIntyre s work 4 starsI was HeroAca drawn in immediately to McIntyre s muted intimate portrayal of characters inhabiting a far flung post apocalyptic world The story is of Snake a healer who has lost one of her prized serpents which she uses to help people and her journey to continue to help anyone she can McIntyre s compassion for her characters is evidently mirrored in Snake Arevin Melissa and the world she has created even if the world and its inhabitants are far from perfect I found myself truly caring for 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 whoon S the third the alien Reading Africa into American Literature dreamsnake whose bite can ease the fear and pain ofeath that is the most valued When the reamsnake is killed by those she has come to help her powers as a healer are. .

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