I noticed that this seemed to be missing from the book. Dunno if I missed it or something, if I didn't I'm sure that it was edited out to make it a better book. I just though it was one more thing that made Magnus a bit more frightening. Any one else notice little things that might have been edit out of the book ie. the use of the focus knife or Magnus bringing down the chopper in the very begining with the stinger.
...addressed this at some of the book tour stops. At the Washington DC stop he mentiioned a couple changes were made and spent a bit of time on this change in particular.
I agree that the self-inflicted pain behaviour definitely confirmed how disturbed Magnus was but having heard the 2005 version, read the first paperback version and now the hardback version, I can say that while Magnus hurting himself is missed, the hardback version does THE BEST job of making his torture scences feel realistic. I think this is because removing that bit of over the top behaviour actually enhances the bad stuff Magnus does do in hardback version. I was physically wringing my hands during the torture scence without realizing it!
If you're interested in learning about more changes, to this and other characters in Ancestor, I would encourage you to read the wiki articles on them. You see in Magnus' article, there is a section dedicated to the difference in the versions. Be warned...if you haven't finished the book, there are spoilers in the wiki.
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It lends more credibility to the story that the brother and co-owner of one of the largest genetics firms in the world is only somewhat batshit crazy. Don't get me wrong, cutter-Magnus was great, but it's a testament to Scott's mastering his craft that he could dial back the character at one level and still have him as an effective player (and more realistic character) in the story.
It does make other scenes pop, whereas before it was almost assumed totally batshit crazy Magnus would do what's he's doing.
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