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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Colony Year (C.Y.) 49, 55, 61, 67, 70.
Both the blended human & Tofa communities seem to be doing quite well. Read more
This book has been reviewed many times, so I will not repeat story lines or factual matters. What makes this story interesting is that it is plausible, in the sense that the humans... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nachman Rosenberg
Most of us want peace. What are we willing to pay for it? What might work is presented in this story, along with the problems it could also bring.Published 8 months ago by Sharon L Rhoads
I was impressed by the original plot. The action was timed well and it had a great flow. I liked this book so much that I purchased the Second book at less than the halfway point f... Read morePublished 20 months ago by jmm
It's like a slice of life of what's it like to have a twin. For a special group, it happened to be an alien.Published 22 months ago by Hans C
I've loved sci-fi since I read my first Robert Heinlein novel at age 14, and Twin-Bred was great on every level. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Cat-sensei
This was an interesting allegory. It showed inter species cooperation but also fear. The story of future space travelers in an intriguing possibility. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Traveler46
First of two. I'm impressed. The characters are well formed, the storyline makes sense, the writing is great and wonder of all wonders, the editing is perfect. Read morePublished on February 23, 2014 by jerri
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