Svaha

Svaha Out beyond the Enclaves in the desolation between the cities an Indian flyer has been downed A chip encoded with vital secrets is missing Only Gahzee can venture forth to find it walking the line be

  • Title: Svaha
  • Author: Charles de Lint
  • ISBN: 9780312876500
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
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    Out beyond the Enclaves, in the desolation between the cities, an Indian flyer has been downed A chip encoded with vital secrets is missing Only Gahzee can venture forth to find it walking the line between the Dreamtime and the Realtime, bringing his people s ancient magic to bear on the poisoned world of tomorrow.Bringing hope, perhaps, for a new dawn.

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    • Melanti says:

      I normally love de Lint but many of his earliest (pre-Newford) books come off as really derivative - as if he were writing according to specs given by a publisher rather or writing what he thought would sell best rather than writing something that really mattered to him.This particular book reads as if he heard that cyberpunk was popular, then took what he thought made up cyberpunk, mixed it with the all-too-popular post-apocalyptic fantasy setting of the '80s, and at the last minute threw in ni [...]

    • Heather Ray says:

      Actually, I first read this book about fifteen years ago, loved it, lost my copy, and forgot about it until I found it again on this site. So.It's hard to pinpoint this book. There's a lot of science fiction, computer-y stuff. But there's also a lot of the Native American magic-y stuff that makes me love de Lint so much. Also, there's a dystopian society feel to it. And some Japanese warrior code of honor thingies. Whew.Basically: near future, world gone awry, possible nuclear or biochemical war [...]

    • Marisa Repin says:

      When I first started Svaha I thought it was confusing, because so many characters and languages and names and other things were thrown at me from the beginning and it was difficult making sense of it all. But after awhile I got used to it, and I just became quite absorbed into the story.The story is set in a future where everything is a wasteland (we've pretty much destroyed the world with pollution and war), save for the Enclaves where the Native Americans have retreated into. Everything starte [...]

    • Tabitha (Pabkins) says:

      Thus far, I've only read 2 Charles de Lint books. This one I loved, the other MoonHeart, not so much.It is a post apocalyptic world where most people live in cities that are controlled by people of Asian heritage - think yakuza. Native Americans prepared for the collapse of government and the corruption done to the environment by building large enclosed areas/preserves where they were able to escape and live protected from pollution. The inhabitants of these big domed enclosures do not allow any [...]

    • Josie says:

      Not as strong as the Newford novels, for sure. The foray into sci-fi, where Japanese and Chinese gangs rule the world and Native Americans have retreated into high-tech Enclaves, justdidn't sit all that well with me. Too much of the "noble savage" for me, even if it was cloaked in high-tech sagacity. Plus, the Japanese/Chinese racism towards each othergh. I know it's not supposed to be the most positive of futures, but it's still disheartening to have that play a not-insignificant role.

    • Ambertronic says:

      This is a weird one by de LintShadow Run meets Dances With Wolves or something.Basically it's set in a techno future where a cloistered Native American ventures from his protected wildwood sanctuary into the city of evil technology, where everyone has forgotten the past and tradition and are living in techno sin. Oooo! And he meets a techno chick and they find themselves wrapped up in each others business and a forbidden romance ensues. It's a regular Romeo & Juliet from the future.That's re [...]

    • Michelle says:

      there is a lot i love about charles de lint. faeries in cities bringing meaning, beauty and transformation to people's lives is a winning formula, and de lint has milked it for everything its worth. plus, i like his attempt at venturing into science fiction. svaha, unfortunately, just takes his typical faults a bit too far -- heavily appropriation of marginalized and colonized cultures, a general white liberal's deep confusion on the nature of white supremacy, and a sappy sentimentality.

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    • James Giddings says:

      I find Svaha's blending of Japanese, Chinese, Native American (and pan-indigenous) languages, mythologies and cultures interesting. I wish there were less redemptive violence, but I find the presentation of love and honor extremely satisfying. The vision of Deganawida, the Great Peacemaker of the Haudenosaunee , in which many peoples that have traditionally been at war come together for the welfare of all in succeeding generations by learning wisdom, is the key to the book.

    • Lisa Williamson says:

      Svaha by Charles de Lint Svaha - the moment between seeing lightening and hearing the thunder In this novel from 1989 Charles de Lint mixes Native American characters with various Asian characters in a cyberpunk novel with incredible depth. In the future the world has descended into large mega cities known as plexes and run by Nippojin companies, the squats where anyone not a citizen of near pure Nippojin ended up. Run by the Yazuka, the Tongs, and the triads. It is a very stratified society a [...]

    • Kevin says:

      So this book either influenced or was influenced by Shadow Run RPG. On top of that it has the mufti-cultural musings that has been a trademark of most modern Canadian literature like Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Atwood, and Alice Munroe. And while this aspect makes Canadian literature so distinct it can be a hindrance in narrative flow, because in the middle of a lovely sequence Professor butt-in-ski comes in and tried to unload many anthropological facts. And sometimes characters have knowledge t [...]

    • Lianne Burwell says:

      Charles de Lint is a writer I've been following since I was in high school, but this was one of his books that I was never really interested in rereading. Then I saw a copy of the reprint at the library and decided to give it a second read.It's hard to explain, but while the story worked better for me this time around, the problems with the details jumped out at me more obviously.The basic world is divided into the polluted main world, and the enclaves, formed by aboriginal peoples around the wo [...]

    • Nathaniel says:

      This gets two stars instead of one because de Lint really is an excellent stylist. But pretty much everything about the setting and story of this is hugely problematic, and the more I think about it the grosser it gets. There's a very uncomfortable amount of romanticism and othering of Native people, a lot of questionable orientalism, and an ultimately pretty much "reverse racist" plot, with the poor white and black people of the squats dominated by the wealthy Asians of the Megaplex.It's very m [...]

    • Rachel says:

      Much as I hate to say this about a de Lint book, this was pretty awful. It felt racist, primitive, and had a wild-eyed adoration for Native Americans. It escapes a one-star rating because it has some terrific ideas, and a plausible future as seen from the Cold War (which is when it was written) that still holds up in places. But it was still pretty awful. I'm not a big fan of post-apocalyptic fiction to begin with -- I understand the use of it as a device, but it seems like an unnecessarily depr [...]

    • Douglas Smith says:

      Highly recommended. I'd somehow missed this book from one of my favourite authors when it first came out in 1989. It is both typical and atypical for a de Lint book. Typical are the wonderful characters that you love spending time with and getting to know. Typical too is the beautiful interweaving of First Nations beliefs and spirituality. Atypical is the SF / near-future setting. But de Lint makes it all work together perfectly, blending an exciting story with social commentary of where our con [...]

    • Carla says:

      I'm not much into science fiction and I'm not sure if this book is really science fiction. I guess it is because it takes place in the future. The reason what made me want to read it is that it is a story about an Indian, who follows his people's traditions, who needs their people's ancient knowledge to improve if not save the world of tomorrow. Ancient magic is still powerful in future times. I love the Native American People's traditions, beliefs, stories. I have read lots of stories about the [...]

    • Tommy /|\ says:

      An excellent novel with good character development and depth. Some stumbling points - such as the quick adoption of Native American concepts by the female lead character. But otherwise, I found the book to be a true delight to read. The storyline was exceptionally strong and well-developed. The ending seemed to be a little rushed and not quite up to the rest of the novel in terms of complexity and depth. But that doesn't detract too much from the overall storyline.

    • Danielle says:

      It probably doesn't deserve five stars for a few reasons, but I devoured it. It was a wonderful feeling to fall into an early 90s CdL novel like I haven't done it in a decade. It reminded me why I fell in love with his stories to start with. I was worried it would be sci-fi, but it's actually dystopia. And as always, the characters are exquisitely relatable and the plot cinematic. Heart. It's the first book in a while that I wished had been twice or three times as long.

    • Sarah says:

      This was my first De Lint foray outside of his Newford world, but a friend of mine recommended it as her favorite. I adore sci-fi and was not disappointed by this at all. It was a beautiful blend of a world gone to ruin and the magic of a people connected to the earth that I have come to love about his animal people world.

    • Susan says:

      I love the books by Charles de Lint. I fell in love the "The Little Country" years ago and have read many of his books since then. This is a dystopian book written before dystopian books became popular. I love the intermingling of Native American mysticism with the them of the world going to hell in a hand basket.

    • Rahima Warren says:

      De Lint is my favorite urban fantasy author. Svaha is a gritty, interesting dystopian view of the future, with an fascinating blend of world cultures interacting in a world ruined by pollution, except for the domed areas saved by Native Americans. For once, they get to be the clever heroes! Yay! Great characters, twisty plot. Definitely worth reading!

    • L.M. Cooke says:

      On this occasion, though the writing was good, de Lint was a little too sanctimonious for my tastes. The story was enjoyable, and I'm not disagreeing with the sentiment - but this is science fiction, and didn't really push the boundaries as much as I would have liked. Still a good read, if not a great one.

    • Sarah Eaton says:

      Though the story and the characters were great, there where times where I felt like skimming. It made reading it take a bit longer than I usually take with his novels. Overall I really enjoyed it though.

    • Peter says:

      The science fiction elements of this novel are reminiscent of "Neuromancer," but de Lint weaves in an element of Native American culture to round things out. Short, fast-paced, creative, and a little rough around the edges.

    • Ruhegeist says:

      Started well enough but I really didn't like the Ragman by the end. Some of the attitudes were disagreeable to me. Too abrupt an end for me.

    • Suzanne Cantrell says:

      I had to set this aside for a while, but am nearly finished now. About 2 chapters to go for this evening

    • Caroline says:

      It took me a little while to get into this book, but by a third of the way through I was hooked, and it left me with that hopeful, satisfied feeling of a story well-told.

    • Tim Weakley says:

      One of the few de Lint books that I have read multiple times, which amuses me because it's so atypical of his usual work. Very dystopian, almost dark. Great read! ;)

    • Daniel says:

      Not his best, but still interesting

    • Richelle Clementson says:

      This was the first book by Charles de Lint that I ever picked up. I fell in love with his writing style. He brings his worlds to life with his own gift of literary magic.

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