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   Reading the Bones, by Sheila Finch  
 
  Novel, first publication in October 1998 , latest edition in October 2003
 
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      This skillful and entertaining exploration of language and cross-cultural communication presents a portrait of sentient beings in the midst of discovering written language. The Xenolinguists are a guild of alien-language translators who travel the galaxy. Translator Ries Danyo is a down-on-his-luck lingster, so far gone he's hooked on zyth. Once a promising talent, he's fallen to interpreting for the deputy commissioner's wife on her shopping sprees in the Freh bazaar. But when a Freh uprising leads to murder, Danyo must lead the commissioner's daughters to safety on a journey that irrevocably changes the Frehti language and the future of Krishna itself.

     
     
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  • Guild of Xenolinguists (#5)

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  • Aliens - Extra-terrestrials
  • Galactic Empires, Leagues & Federations
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