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Torqed by Cynthia Echterling
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"Torq is a charming, funny, satirical novel about a half human, half non-human boy from G'Tari, a primitive planet on the far side of the galaxy who decides to leave home and travel to earth after his parents die and leave him orphaned. He has only a hazy idea of what earth might be like, but he does know he plans to fight dragons and marry a princess there. This is the story of his journey--which puts an off-world twist on the classic coming of age story. Torq is a sweet, lovable innocent abroad, literally, who has to learn the ways of the world, from dealing with snarky androids, to taming an out of control service lizard, to how to eat pizza, to defending himself against space station muggers, to figuring out bizarre concepts like "insurance" to following bureaucratic spaceship rules and regs that sound like homeland security, to learning about themed restaurants featuring space cowboys and pirates. Torq does have a couple of advantages, one being the agzneh inside his head that contains the wisdom of all his ancestors and gives him advice and comfort as he travels, the other being nidti, whiskers, that he uses to communicate and express affection with his compatriots. His traveling companions include said lizard and android, plus a couple of other misfits who teach him the ways of the wider world. Torq is a fun trip--well-written and imaginative, plus sly, satirical and very adorable."
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