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by Paula E. Downing

Found alone in the ruins of an ancient city, Medoret, an alien girl, is taken in by her human discoverers, and, exploited by her guardians, she throws herself into her studies of the ancient ruins that were once her shelter. Original.
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ISBN: 0345381955
ISBN13: 978-0345381958
Category: Literature
Subcategory: United States
Author: Paula E. Downing
Language: English
Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition edition (March 2, 1994)
ePUB size: 1209 kb
FB2 size: 1659 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 101
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Very interesting take on how people see a similarity and 'make it fit' their own perceptions. This author writes very well, and I found myself reading through to the end - nonstop!
The Sphinx of Driz
First I should start I would say this book is three stars except for one part I found hugely offensive.

This book is about an alien in human society. It is full of subtlety, emotion and interesting research and science. The start is promising, but unfortunately it doesn't maintain. As far as the depth of characters is concerned, it really only applies to the main character and her romantic interest. No one else really gets enough book time. The science is interesting, but rather dry and drags on, this is the first strike against it I felt. The other problems include missed opportunities and essentially two different books. On one hand you have the alien trying to find a place for herself and feeling completely out of touch and alone. This is the story that I felt was pretty excellent. Then there was this romance which I felt rather weak, predictable and detracting from the story. For one all of the other characters pretty much take a back seat in order to allow for this romance, including her first friendship. Secondly it leads to what really hurts this book for me and that is that this author is homophobic and expresses it in this book for no reason.

You might of missed this aspect when reading this book, it only comes up in one paragraph and it's utterly unimportant to the plot. One of the characters whom seems a reasonable character to me, is expressed to be missing something as far as raising a child is concerned and the reason given? Because he's gay. I found this offensive not to mention utterly unrelated to anything in the book and contrary to all the emphasis on science.

I found this book to be full of promise but unfortunately falls short due to some utterly unnecessary flaws.
This is a great story about an alien who grows up in a human environment. If you are looking for SF that is more space travel oriented, try the author's Cloudships of Orion series. This is more about people seeking First Contact and an alien trying to cope with the strangeness of human behavior. LOTS of interesting group dynamics stuff. If you like reading SF with believable characters, then this is a must read!