"What was that silver stuff? It looked alive!"
"Dad told me about that one time. The mothers protect themselves with it. He said the stuff goes towards whatever's wettest. He said he saw somebody get covered with it once; he died, but the stuff was still on him, so they got it off by dropping the body in a horse trough."
Emmy shuddered. "That was an awful chance. Don't do anything like that again, hear?"
The excitement was over, and the rest of the crowd began to disperse. "Come, let's get you cleaned up," she said, towing him in the direction of the kitchens.
As they were rounding the reflecting pool, Jordan heard the sudden thunder of hooves, saw the dust fountaining up from them. They were headed straight for him.
"Look out!" He whirled, pushing Emmy out of the way. She shrieked and fell in the pool.
The sound vanished; the dust blinked out of existence.
There were no horses. The courtyard was
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I don't agree with the other reviewer who said it was too long, I think it was fine. It does need some editing, the ePub version did have some issues
However the book could really use an editor. It was riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. The last few pages are all in italics.
Ending was a bit trite and anti-climactic. I didn't think it was that long, I finished it in about three days. IMO it could have been longer to cover all the content. Some of it was glossed over.
All in all, a good read.
At over 400 pages this is not a quick read. It's long. It's complicated. And as Norm says below, there's a *lot* of stuff in it. But having read it, I can't think of any bits that I'd be happy to take out. It's all interlinked.
This is definitely one that goes on my "to be re-read" list.
In one way or other, the lead characters, all on journeys of self-discovery or self-recovery, are metaphors for the struggles taking place on the planet, Ventus. This book is a fascinating exploration of the question of the meaning of being as it applies to intelligent machines and persons alike.