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Venus of Dreams (Venus #1)

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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
Paperback, 536 pages
Published January 1st 1986 by Spectra
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Beth
Aug 15, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it
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
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Becca
Mar 06, 2013 Becca rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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)
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TammyJo Eckhart
Jan 28, 2015 TammyJo Eckhart rated it really liked it
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
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Joel Adamson
Aug 27, 2016 Joel Adamson rated it liked it
I am a bit disappointed by this book. I really like Pam Sargent: she edited the Women of Wonder Anthologies, and the introduction to the Classic Years anthology was full of interesting information and analysis. One of her more recent short stories really got me. I found this book at a sci-fi convention and was really excited about it.

The world is interesting: in the future, after some obligatory big die-up, the world is ruled in a global empire by Muslims who dominate and manage every level of s
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Betsy
May 11, 2012 Betsy rated it liked it
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
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Andrew Dombrowski
Jan 09, 2015 Andrew Dombrowski rated it liked it
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 ...more
Althea Ann
Mar 02, 2013 Althea Ann rated it liked it
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
Alli
Mar 14, 2016 Alli rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
I picked this book up because I thought the cover was super rad and it only cost $2.50 at a used book store. I did not expect it to be this good or engaging. The writing is a little rough at times and could use another edit, but the story is really great. I expected some cheeseball overly optimistic hardcore scifi about exploration and terraforming. Instead, this book gets super dark and political, covers a lot of stuff about polyamory really well, and is pretty much all about how your dreams ...more
Tom Rowe
May 21, 2012 Tom Rowe rated it it was ok
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.
Ravenna
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!
Aimee
Jan 04, 2012 Aimee rated it did not like it
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.
Dave
Jul 06, 2012 Dave rated it it was amazing
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.
Erin
Aug 02, 2014 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: 0wn, sargent-pamela
As much as I wanted to like this as I did her other book I read, I felt it too disjointed and off putting.
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