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I read this novel about 15-20 years ago. I don't remember if it was recent at that time or much older.

It was quite complicated and involved several different threads. But I remember only one of them. There is a planet with vaguely wolf-like predators who are sentient individually, but who can also join their minds telepathically. The "collective mind" that emerges from this joining (not a large group, half-a-dozen minds or so - I am using the tag "hive-mind" but it is a very small "hive") can have a very different personality than the individuals. IIRC, one point-of-view character has a rather nice personality and does not know that she (? I think I remember that was a female, but I am not sure) is part of an extremely unpleasant "collective".

  • Yes indeed, the answer is the same. But there was no common topic in my question and this one. What I remembered was the "hive-mind" of the Tines, nothing else, and this is not mentioned in the other question – Alfred Dec 5 '19 at 12:31
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Sounds like the Tines from the Vernor Vinge novel "A Fire Upon the Deep".

A canid race, each "person" comprising a group mind of 4–8 members, which communicate by emitting ultrasonic waves from drumlike organs called "tympana". Each "soul" can survive and evolve by adding members to replace those who die, potentially for hundreds of years, as Woodcarver does.

From wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Fire_Upon_the_Deep

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  • Yes, this looks vey much like it. The group called "Flenserists" might well be my "unpleasant" one. If I could just get confirmation that one of the "Flenserists", when alone is a rather nice "Tine" (a female?) I'll be 100% convinced. I'm trying to find this indication with the title you gave. – Alfred Dec 5 '19 at 1:49
  • It's been a long time since I read it, and I am 2000 miles from my copy. I'll see what I can find online. – Organic Marble Dec 5 '19 at 1:50
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    @Alfred check out this blog - it sounds like one of the Tines at least pretended to be nice. google.com/amp/s/matthilliard.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/… – Organic Marble Dec 5 '19 at 2:01
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    So actually, when the Tines were a group mind, they were on the level of a human, on average. Individual Tines were actually somewhere on the level of a smart dog. If some individuals left or were added to the group, the personality itself of the Tine would change. What you're thinking of is Flenser, who split his group-selves, (to avoid assassination) and co-opted other Tine packs to travel back to his stronghold. In this case, the two original Flenser Tines were male, and they made a new group from a school teacher (her three Tine bodies were female). And so there was self-identity conflict. – yulerule Dec 5 '19 at 5:19
  • Definitely my story ! – Alfred Dec 5 '19 at 7:42

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