I swallowed the book within 3 days, and enjoyed it a lot A nice reading, with revisiting some familiar, partly "forgotten" faces. At some point I thought Lal was just a little too much an ordinary, human-style typical rebelled teenager, instead of being an "androidish"... teenager?... something. But it quickly disappeared in the story, so it didn't bother me that much. It was an interesting take on how Alice - well, one of them - developed to become such an independent, and quite emotional on the outside person, and then... BOOM... all gone as soon as Mudd appeared. The programming takes over. I know I'm reading it all in the wrong order, but now I'm impatiently waiting for my copy of "Immortal Coil" to arrive (ordered already, not here yet).