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THORNS is a novel published in 1967.

Minner is an astronaut who's been atrociously mutilated by the inhabitants of an alien planet before sent back to Earth. He has become a freak so when Chalk, a wealthy businessman, promises to finance an operation in order to transplant Minner's brain in a new body, he accepts Chalk's conditions : to become for the next 5 years the center of the public's attention thanks to Chalk's medias empire. So Chalk secretly organizes the encounter between Minner and Lona, a marked by life woman who, when she was seventeen, had been chosen to give 100 ova to the science in order to become the mother of 100 children. Minner and Chalk are offered a sumptuous honeymoon trip followed by an audience of millions. But there are too many social differences between the astronaut and the young girl and both of them will continue to suffer.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   depressing/sad FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   love among disparate social classes Lifeform altered?    -   Yes Kind of alteration:    -   exotic/alien torture for major character

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   engineer Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Planet surface, need spacesuit    -   Domed/Underground City    -   Asteroid Which planet?    -   Asteroids    -   Earth's Moon Earth setting:    -   medium future 22-24th century Spaceship setting:    -   futuristic human freighter/transport Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   actual description of sex    -   description of breasts    -   descript. of non-breast female anat. How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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