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Twin-Bred by [Wyle, Karen A.]
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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." - New Book Review
"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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  • File Size: 4080 KB
  • Print Length: 359 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Oblique Angles Press (October 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005VDVHQ2
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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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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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I read about 60% before I realized this story was not going anywhere. I think the author had a good idea, but then just dragged it along with very little action or suspense. The writing style was very difficult, definitely could use an editor or two. There are too many characters in the story and none of them were really interesting. I considered 1-star, but settled on 2-stars because I think the author deserves some credit for the idea of twins bonding and being able to help society, but I don't feel she developed it to a logical conclusion.
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I can't remember the last time -- if ever -- I wanted to give an indie book 5 stars. This book is skillfully crafted and well-written. Even if you prefer an action-filled story, you might want to give this book a try. The story is told with subtlety and mostly through dialogue, character interaction, and the slightly twisted psyche of the main character. The humans struggle with all-too-human problems: Expecting the enigmatic, resident aliens to want to share their land/planet, to trust humans and openly reveal themselves and their culture simply because humans expect it, to think and respond like humans, and to accept relationships with humans and even respect them as superior just because they have better technology. My only quibble is that it was frequently difficult to tell when a transition between scenes had occurred, because they would often run together in the Kindle version, so I've given it a solid 4.5 stars. But it's still excellent sci-fi.

A main complaint of those who gave this book a low rating is that there are too many characters and they were hard to keep track of. The author included an appendix at the end with the names and brief description of many of the characters, which I found helpful but really only referred to a few times.

I felt this book compared very favorably with many I've read by well-known and established authors. Ms. Wyle is a talented author who has a bright future.
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By Karen A. Wyle

Humans were uncomfortable around the native sentient inhabitants of Tofarn. A group of human scientists decided to attempt to develop better understanding between the two species by implanting embryos of both human and Tofa in human and Tofa surrogate mothers. The hope was that the twins, called the Twin-Bred, would be more able to understand the languages, behaviors, and motivations of each species. The Twin-Bred did understand one another, and they were interested in being ambassadors to help human and Tofarn people get along.

I was intrigued by the author's development of the Tofa. Physically they were not humanoid, but they were close enough that the humans felt that they should be able to have interactions with them. Tofa had 4 arms, or 5. They leaned instead of what we call sitting. They were taller than humans, and the area where humans would look for a face was featureless. There were not only physical differences from humans. They saw colors differently, tasted food differently, their speech, and their mannerisms- bowing, laughing, crying- were different. (I don't want to give too much away, but let the reader discover the Tofa.) The Tofa other than the Twin-Bred seemed intimidating, partly because the humans were unsure of their intentions.

The main human character, Mara, and her story were less interesting than discovering about the Tofa. Mara's twin had died, yet there was a connection with him that was not lost- unless it was her imagination. The feeling of the connection was a reason for her enthusiasm for the Twin-Bred project.

A question that I had was why did humans decide to settle a world that already had sentient inhabitants.
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