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Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
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it was ok
bookshelves: blew-it-up-you-maniacs, burns-like-cold-iron

Nutshell: oneiromancer replaces plot-significant serpent, then celebrates by screwing some wasteland mutants.

Has a piece of Tehanu insofar as key relationship in the story is female protagonist and adopted girl, who is a victim of a sexual offense.

Likewise has a piece of This Immortal, The Einstein Intersection, or A Canticle for Leibowitz to the extent that it is set in a nuclear wasteland, has some spacefarers or aliens, is contaminated by mutants, and follows a peregrinating protagonist. It’s the opposite of Delany, though, because here the cities are afraid of wasteland mutants whereas Delany’s cities are pluralists and his rural folk are narrow-minded on the mutant question.

Events occur somewhat episodically. Setting is not particularly memorable, and is the usual mix of primitivist barbarity and high tech found in far future, dying earth, and post-apocalyptic subgenres. Writing is proficient. Presentation of protagonist and adopted daughter is effective. Hugo award is plausible.

Recommended for those who spend their lives in exile with the rest of the freaks, readers who live in a land where stars are seldom visible, and persons accustomed to an indefinable aura of abandonment.
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December 1, 2013 – Finished Reading
December 22, 2013 – Shelved

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