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Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
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really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction, sfhf-2013-challenge, award-winner, sff-2015-reading-challenge, sff-2015-discussion-challenge, sff-2015-award-challenge, sfhf-group-discussion
Read 2 times. Last read June 28, 2013 to September 4, 2015.

This story feels more like a fantasy than science fiction, but it's actually a post-nuclear war story where society has returned to small agrarian villages and almost no relics remain of industrial technology. (Travel, for example, is by horse.)

Snake is a middle-aged woman who travels across these farmlands as a healer. In addition to some familiar medicines, including disinfectant and aspirin, she uses snakes as part of her art, milking various venoms. But the most important is the Dreamsnake, a rare, genetically engineered serpent that acts not just as a healing agent but a pain-relieving narcotic. The story is roughly divided into three sub-adventures, held together by a common thread.

Snake is an engaging character, generous but stubborn, strong in purpose if weak in body. Unlike most post-apocalyptic fare, this story has very little violence. Snake expects civility towards her as a healer as she travels unarmed and alone through the countryside.

Very nice story, well-written, it easily holds the attention.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
June 28, 2013 – Started Reading
June 28, 2013 – Shelved
July 1, 2013 – Shelved as: science-fiction
July 2, 2013 – Shelved as: sfhf-2013-challenge
June 5, 2015 – Shelved as: award-winner
September 1, 2015 – Shelved as: sff-2015-reading-challenge
September 1, 2015 – Shelved as: sff-2015-discussion-challenge
September 4, 2015 – Finished Reading
September 5, 2015 –
0.0% "re-read for SF&HF group discussion"
September 8, 2015 – Shelved as: sff-2015-award-challenge
February 11, 2016 – Shelved as: sfhf-group-discussion

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