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The Mind Thing is an alien who was unfortunately transported from its own planet to Earth as punishment for a crime that it committed on its own planet. The mind thing is nothing more than a brain in a turtle like shell, but it has the power to take over another mind (human or animal) while that person is asleep. However, it can only leave that mind upon the person or animal's death. It thus can only leave a human's mind by forcing the person to commit suicide. It wants to go home and needs a human to build it a "projector" to get it back home. It takes over many animal and human minds in order to accomplish its goal, but ultimately is stymied by a brilliant professor, who starts piecing together the unusual suicides and puts 2 and 2 together. His secretary, with whom he is not intimately involved, ultimately kills the alien.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   mind control (scifi) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   40's-50's Really unusual traits?    -   Super genius


Terrain    -   Forests Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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