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If you have discussion points for Chapters 14-16 you wish to bring up but which include spoilers for future books, please post them here. Then link your comment in the general post, so those who want to avoid being spoiled can do so!

Date: 2011-06-24 04:23 am (UTC)
cheyinka: An ateva riding a mecheita through the snow. (atevi)
From: [personal profile] cheyinka
""He's no more than a kid," one [of the rebels] said in dismay." So an ateva will feel compelled to protect even an enemy kid - of course, then the other corrects him and lets him know humans are just child-sized. Cajeiri didn't get that kind of reaction unless he was pretending to be ill, though, so it might be Bren's battered state that contributed to the rebel's dismay.

Meanwhile Bren's back to "I like being alone, in the snow, on a mountain". Sigh. At least in this book when he talks to his government he tries to sound like he works for them?
Edited (I realized I'd left the first paragraph half-finished!) Date: 2011-06-24 04:20 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-06-25 04:08 pm (UTC)
cheyinka: An ateva riding a mecheita through the snow. (atevi)
From: [personal profile] cheyinka
Right, yes, even if he weren't doing the "I don't like people, and by people I mean human people, and by human people I mean my family and my girlfriend" thing, finding out that the Foreign Office just sent in a replacement and then didn't bother checking up on that replacement when she dropped into a black hole would have altered how much he wanted to sound like one of them. :p

(That was quite a sentence.)

Date: 2011-06-25 04:15 pm (UTC)
cheyinka: An ateva riding a mecheita through the snow. (atevi)
From: [personal profile] cheyinka
Yes, even when I nitpick about how Cherryh hasn't fully developed her numbers thing yet (or probably hadn't, or didn't want to overwhelm the reader), things like that are a nice touch. It's ten-and-crew, too, isn't it? So it's ten + single item, making it a felicitous number grammatically. :D

Date: 2011-06-25 04:17 pm (UTC)
cheyinka: A white egg speckled with black spots. Text: "I was hatched! From an egg!" (hatched!)
From: [personal profile] cheyinka
Now that you've reminded me of that reframing, I wish I knew anyone in person who liked these books, so I could cheerfully tell them that I am turning completely twenty-seven today. :D

Date: 2011-06-28 10:07 pm (UTC)
cheyinka: A picture of a Metroid made to look like an engraving (engraved Metroid)
From: [personal profile] cheyinka
Ah, but you will celebrate a fortunate birthday, with good fortune expected for the year to come, whereas I merely celebrated the completion of a fortunate year. :D

(I wonder whether zero is fortunate or unfortunate, and whether infant atevi are in their zeroth year...)

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