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The story itself follows a young man named Lanik, who's family have the genetic capacity to rapidly regenerate from almost any wound...though he possesses a particularly hyper-reactive version of this ability that, triggered at the end of adolescence, results in his impending doom as a multiple useless-limb growing hermaphrodite. (And you thought YOUR puberty was rough.) To be clear, this was his next book after Ender's Game. So... "traditionally" isn't really fair because he was still discovering who he was as an author, and that's fine. I can appreciate this for the story it tells about the author.

A rich piece of historic fiction… a wonderful story that is enhanced by the author’s expert writing style. Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.From a magic pen that can hear caller's on a phone, to inept highly trained professionals that can't keep an eye on a boats hatch, there's all manner of idiocy in this show. I will say, Charlie Cox plays a pretty good part. He's not an outstandingly brilliant actor by any stretch of the imagination, but he's well cast and does his best with the script etc.

I really did tried but I’m going sit this one out. The idea of the book is very original and the story pretty intriguing right up to the point where Lanik goes through a phase where he has to find his true self, accept destiny, make peace with family, save the world…all while having one mother of a Messiah complex. The story goes round and round and ends up nowhere. Also Lanik’s journey took so long I eventually zoned out. I know I’m just a sci-fi novice here but dammit! my attention span has been forged by the weirding way of the Bene Gesserit and fortified by Heinlein’s lectures. You still managed to bore me to oblivion, Lanik Mueller! Very much a fun history lesson about the Tudors. You get transported to that time and find out about Henry VIII and his son, about the rich and poor divide. Also about religion at the time, how people were hanged for being Catholic.In this delightful novel, the author weaves an intriguing story around key historical events that occurred during Henry VIII’s reign, perceived from the point of view of a court member whose family fall foul of the Reformation. Iron is the promise of freedom -- which may never be fulfilled as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination. Figure out, okay!? Want to rub your breasts because it feels good? Cool. Just say it and move on. It gets really awkward when you tell me that you think you're supposed to feel motherly or that you're apparently irresistible to men. It's just weird and annoying.

Anyway... Mwaba-Mawa later tries to have sex with him. There's a bit where she gropes him and the texture of her skin changes to be rougher and manlier on cue, but that never went anywhere so WHY DID THAT HAPPEN? Oh, and what is one of the considered solutions to this problem? TO CUT OFF - wait, I need you to understand the logic here - to TAKE HIS DAGGER AND CHOP OFF HIS - wait... do you not get it? HE WAS GONNA CHOP OFF HIS JUNK. Before I talk any more about the story, I should also bring up that this is technically not written in the OSC voice you're familiar with. It's in first-person... This is a totally personal preference, but I don't like his first-person voice, especially because I have basically no idea if I'm supposed to like Lanik Mueller. He's smarmy, whiny, and can't seem to figure out if he likes his breasts or not.In the beginning, they talk about how Lanik Mueller, the protagonist (I think), is a Rad and how Rads work, they bring up another fascinating point: hormones would likely change how Rads grow and mature. What better way to explain that than puberty? So he uses this advantage of boobs to get where he wants. But there's a bit in here that I think should be noted: the most womanly parts about him are his breasts and the fact that he has long blonde hair. THAT'S IT. Nowhere does it say his eyes are motherly or that he's got real nice girly skin. It's seriously just his breasts. The scene when Mwaba-Mawa (I think that's how you spell it (I really hate stupid names. Looking at you Brandon Sanderson.)) shows Lanik how to "drop" was just weird...

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