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The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge
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Apr 13, 2012

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I enjoyed this book, but it took awhile to become involved with the story. The main problem was that it's prequel was published 20 years ago. I believe I read it then, but I'd obviously forgotten all the details. The concept of an alien race where individuals combine in groups of 4 to 8 to create a "pack mind" is quite interesting. Too few individuals, there is no particular intelligence, and certainly to abstract thought. More than 8 is too many - their "mind noise" destroys the packs coherence. Meanwhile, the humans who crash landed there 10 years ago have been having their own problems...

If you have the time, I'm sure it would be beneficial to reread "A Fire Upon the Deep" before attempting this book.

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