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Product Details

  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463578911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463578916
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,218,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Now and then I read a really good book, and this is one of the best....I would love a sequel to this beautifully written, captivating novel." - Ellen Ghyll, author

"Twin-Bred is one of the best science fiction novels I've read in decades. It is literary fiction as well as of the most original stories I've ever read....beautifully written and riveting." - R. Lee Holz, author

"An original and beautifully written SciFi story....All in all a beautiful, thought provoking tale. I will keep an eye out for Wyle's next book." - Carien Ubink, book blogger (Pearls Cast Before a McPig)

The story is tense and fascinating, as we are taken through the intricacies of plot and counter-plot . . . . A bold idea, which may capture the imagination of many people, but in particular womb twin survivors will enjoy the moments of insight when the world realises what twins have to offer." - Althea Hayton, blogger (Womb Twin Survivors)

"[A] classic science fiction tale spun in a well thought-out and interesting manner....I've been a fan of SciFi for most of my 70 years and find the premise out of the ordinary and quite fascinating. I recommend this to all ages." - Dale Day, author

From the Author

The origin of Twin-Bred was an article I read about interactions between twins in utero -- synchronized movement, touching, even kissing. Either this article or a comment on the article mentioned the longterm effect of losing a twin in utero. As an avid science fiction reader, I tend to see the sci-fi potential in any event or discovery. I imagined a scientist seeking to overcome the comprehension gap between two intelligent species by way of the bond between twins. It would be natural for the scientist who conceived this idea to be a twin; it would be intriguing if she were a twin survivor, and if she had somehow kept her lost twin alive as a companion, who could be a character in the story.

On a deeper level, I have always been fascinated by communication issues and the struggle to understand what is different.

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It was a very unique story.
While science fiction is not one of my favorite genres of books to read, I did enjoy reading Twin-Bred.
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The main characters are well developed.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By CB Rosenberg on October 24, 2011
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I've been reading sci-fi since high school (not fantasy, thanks) and still enjoy a good space opera (ships hopping from planet to planet with whatever "drive" works). One of the weaknesses of the space opera genre, though, is that the aliens on other planets, even if they look like Jabba the Hutt, often seem either all too human or all too non-human to be of much interest. For example, in the much acclaimed Chanur series, the Hani, who look more-or-less like large cats or small lions, always seem to me just humans who have a few cat-like traits (they are forever flattening their ears).

In Twin-Bred, by contrast, the author has managed to create an alien species, the Tofa, who are just human enough to be of interest, yet just alien enough on a psychological level to be quite riveting, if slightly creepy. One wonders as one reads: just who ARE these creatures and what do they want? There is also at times a sense of threat about them, a feeling that at any moment they may decide they've had enough of humans and will do something about it. The author, by the way, has found a nice semantic trick for carving out a distinctive Tofa personality. Instead of giving them a strange accent, she simply causes them to speak very formally. They use large words where simple ones would do and seem never to use contractions. It works.

The setting for the novel is the planet Tofarn, which is co-inhabited by humans and the Tofa. Humans, however, are the newcomers. It is unclear exactly when they arrived on Tofarn, but it was long enough ago that they celebrate Landing Day.

The core problem is that humans and Tofa have great difficulty communicating. Neither can quite master the language, let alone the psychology, of the other species.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By EllaMinnowPea on August 17, 2012
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The basic premise of the story is fascinating and the author deserves credit for that. However, it lacked skillful presentation.

Too confusing at the beginning - The author laid out many strands of the story right from the start. It was hard to follow.

Too many questions - The author presents a lot of questions right from the start but offers no answers throughout the book. The only thing that kept me reading was the promise of answers. When I got to the end and had none, I felt cheated.

Too many characters - The author introduced too many main characters and not enough development of a few more important ones. The author got a great start on development but it didn't get beyond a start. The characters seem to lack emotional depth.

Not enough action - The author includes of interesting descriptive passages but the entire book lacks action. It causes the story to stagnate rather than pull the reader through.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Enter the Portal on October 21, 2011
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TWIN BRED is the fantastic debut novel by Karen A. Wyle, about the human colony on Tofarn as it struggles to interact with the native Tofa. The two species can barely communicate, and fundamentally do not understand each other. But Mara has a solution.

Mara is a scientist who lost her twin brother, Levi, in utero. She always knew about him, and over the years, kept his memory by imagining him as he would have been. As a result of this connection, Mara believes that communications between the species can be improved by implanting one human and one Tofa embryo into host mothers of both species, creating `twins' designed to act as liaisons between communities. It works.

The story follows Mara and the children as they grow and mature, facing challenges that none had anticipated. Deep-seated prejudice on both sides threatens the project and the twin-bred's lives.

Characters: *** 3 Stars
There were simply too many points of view in this novel. Mara and Levi were great characters, both well-developed with distinct voices, and the two primary host mothers and their children are fantastic additions to the story, but at times I got lost in all of the voices and it could be difficult to remember all of the relationships involved.

Plot: *** 4 Stars
I loved the concept of TWIN BRED. The plot was both imaginative and well-designed. My only complaint really goes back to the characters, because I would have liked to have had longer sections from the main points of view, and could have done without some of the lesser points of view. In addition, the beginning background could have been a little better interwoven with the overall story.

Setting: **** 3 Stars
I wanted more description.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Larkin on February 21, 2012
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Real science fiction is back! The SF aisles in the bookstores have been overrun with seemingly endless space opera and fantasy series for a number of years. There is nothing wrong with vampires and paranormal stories, but science fiction they are NOT; and endless galactic wars get tiresome after awhile.

Intelligently conceived and written SF is speculative, challenging the reader to think beyond the norm, rather than just dressing up tired issues with new technology and costumes. It need not be 'hard' science, but the story must play out consistently within the parameters of the world the author builds. Aliens should not be thinly disguised humans, but offer the reader a new perspective on sentience and how humans may interface with very different cultures and life forms. This first novel meets all of these criteria admirably, and I eagerly anticipate more books from the author.

*With apologies to author Sherri Tepper for stealing the title of her excellent novel of the inter-species interface for this review.
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