Name of Novel with Boy who ate ants

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Name of Novel with Boy who ate ants

Postby Jigboolie » Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:09 pm

Does anyone remember the title of this book or name of author which I read around the 1060s. Book started with a boy who would eat ants (formic acid deficiency). He was with a mean father or stepfather from whom he escaped. He was able to change his shape. He also had a doll with crystal eyes which turned out to be his power- one was power, the other was a copy. The copies could become free.

I loved this book: got rid of it, got obsessed about it, found it and bought it again, lost it or got rid of it a second time and am again obsessing about it.

Any help around the title would be much appreciated.
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Re: Name of Novel with Boy who ate ants

Postby admin » Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:05 am

I've got the book on my Must Read shelf. It's The Dreaming Jewels by Theodore Sturgeon, a classic on the same level as The Demolished Man by Bester and The Big Time by Leiber.
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Re: Name of Novel with Boy who ate ants

Postby Jigboolie » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:46 am

Thank you SO much. It has been driving me crazy.
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