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The Third Lynx by Timothy Zahn
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Oct 04, 2009

really liked it
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This book is an elaborate series of mind games. Basically the way the book works is, the bad guys do X, and then the main character says, "Aha! They did X, because apparently they want Y. But that's actually a cunning misdirection, see, because they would want Z more than Y, and if we respond to X with A then they can do B. So we should pretend to do C, but then actually do D at the last minute." And the amazing thing is he's always exactly right.

I dunno. These sort of mind games always bother me a little, because I'm always like, "Okay, yes, the main character is very clever with his mind games, but the bad guys could just shoot him and that would solve their problem. Alternatively, the main character could report the bad guys to the authorities and that would solve everyone's problem." I think there's probably a reason why nobody ever does that, but I don't think it's a very good one.

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