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Venus of Dreams (Venus #1)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  137 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Iris Angharads, a determined, independent woman, sets herself one massive goal: to make the poison-filled atmosphere of Venus hospitable to humans. She works day and night to realize her dream, with only one person sharing her passion, Liang Chen. It seems impossible to make Venus, with its intolerable air and waterless environment, into a paradise, but Iris succeeds. And ...more
536 pages
Published August 4th 1989 by Bantam (first published January 1st 1986)
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Aug 15, 2012 Beth rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scif-fi fans
Recommended to Beth by: Reader's Corner Used bookstore
Shelves: brain-candy
I read this and the sequel, Venus of Shadows when I was at university and remembered enjoying it. Now that the trilogy is complete, I've decided to try it again so I can read the final book intelligently.

Very good read. The characterization and world building were excellent. Some of the dialogue seemed stilted but all in all a good book. I think what kept me interested is the way Sargent crafted the main character, Iris. Iris is "real". That is, she is not a perfect character and at times Sargen
When I was a kid, Pamela Sargent wrote some (what would be called now) YA scifi that I loved. And then I kind of forgot about her. But I picked up this trilogy from the 80's about a multi-generational family terraforming Venus. The characters were interesting and had a lot of depth, and it was just the kind of scifi I like, which was more about society building rather than technology -- but society building in outer space, on Venus, which is an interesting variation on the usual Mars colony book ...more
TammyJo Eckhart
Similar to "Shore of Women" the first book in the Venus Trilogy by Pamela Sargent tackles issues of sex, gender, power, and authority. Set over 600 years in the future, the Earth has come under control of Islam but not in the form we think of today, not even close to what you might think of in the post-9/11 western world.

The story is told primarily through the eyes of Iris, a woman living in an agricultural matriarchy of current day Midwest America whose desire for education put her at odds wit
Andrew Dombrowski
I'd give this book three and a half stars if possible - it was a very enjoyable read at times, although it did also drag at points. Although the plot of the book is centered around the gradual terraforming of Venus, the book as a whole is much more socially oriented science fiction. The world-building was interesting and thoughtful, but not unusually compelling. What really stood out in this book was the portrayal of psychological and familial dynamics. The protagonist, Iris, fights bitterly wit ...more
I pulled this out of my bookshelf in my campaign to reread my old sci-fi books. The themes are strongly tied to the issues raised by the women's movement at the time. It will be interesting as the story unfolds to see how it looks on what I just noticed is the 25th (give or take) anniversary of the book's publication.

Okay, I finished it. After the first section it goes downhill fast. The main problem is with with main character, Iris. She was an unfeeling(?), ambitious person who used people (I
Geoffrey Dow
When I was nine or ten years old, the film version of Jesus Christ Superstar showed up on my black and white television. I liked the music and was confused by the tanks and American soldiers showing up in place of Roman centurions, but what i remember best was a scene in which Caiaphas or Pilate — some official anyway — looked out on the crown of Jesus' supporters and sang about how "There must be more than 50,000" of them.

Thing is, Jesus Christ Superstar was made on the cheap (or looked to be)
Althea Ann
A big long family-saga type book. The narrator's mother has ambitions to become mayor of her agrarian village and to leave a successful farm to her daughter. However, her daughter insists on spending all of her free time studying online, with dreams of becoming part of the ambitious project to settle Venus. She is rebellious and bitter about her mother's failure to understand her dreams - but when she succeeds, after great effort, she in turn doesn't understand her son, who feels that the Venus ...more
Tom Rowe
2.5 Stars - Started well and then went downhill from there. By the end, I was just wishing that everyone would die. I did not care about any of the characters. I actively disliked them. I guess I was expecting more on the terraforming of Venus ala Red Mars. I'm just glad it's over.
The Venus trilogy is worth the time spent reading. I have read Venus of Dreams now three times. Pamela Sargent is an excellent author who has great skill in painting mental pictures in your mind.
Well I liked this at first and the world was interesting, but it got so boring and I disliked the characters so much that I quit about half way through.
this book, as almost all of Sargent's work, is impossible to find.
she is such a prolific feminist sci-fi author, it's truly a pity she isn't better known!
As much as I wanted to like this as I did her other book I read, I felt it too disjointed and off putting.
I had trouble getting into this one. It taxed me.
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Pamela Sargent has won the Nebula Award, the Locus Award, and has been a finalist for the Hugo Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Sidewise Award for alternate history. In 2012, she was honored with the Pilgrim Award by the Science Fiction Research Association for lifetime achievement in science fiction scholarship. She is the author of the novels Cloned Lives, The Sudden Star, Wa ...more
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