1. Helmacrons are awesome. A whole race with a Napoleon complex, sexism, and they kill all their leaders-Marco's right: it makes a weird sort of sense. I doubt, they'd ever conquer the world, but the process would be something to behold. On the serious note, I don't get fungible mind. Does that lead to collective memory, or personality merges or what, cause we saw them as having differing opinions still. Don't see how it could really work either.
2. About 3,4 years ago, I got sick of people saying ants are strong. Relatively small things are strong, fast, whatever, some stronger than others absolutely, but still, there comes a point where that is not really as astounding as it's made out to be. My biggest lament though is biological, chemical, or physical, there is so much that you can't see, so much you can't know. It's overwhelming to imagine, but so sad that it's missed.
3. So I've been trying to root out a serious "what would you do" question for each book, but there are times were pickin's are few. Still, I think I'd aim to go live in an empty tic-tac box, hopefully with a big person to keep it safe, and a little companion or two. Someone to populate the world with a race a tiny people with. Marco was right about many things in this book.
4. Incredibly smart and insightful in different ways, the contrast in their behavior makes Marco incredibly funny, and even drags Cassie along with it. Cassie gets Marco out of a lot of sh!t throughout the books, though he's never really appreciative, but never overly callous with her. Openly at least-hark on his thoughts in 20. I can't think of a time where they really go head to head, but that would have been, hmmm, cataclysmic sounds right.
5. Give her credit when she does good. Again, I've been seeking to monitor development, but this book isn't really suited for that. Her role here is nice, peaceful, PC Cassie who is able to get a job done. It's not unimpressive, but it's all (even the methods-thing reminds me of the Veleek tactic) stagnant from where she's been already.
6. This was clever, for both resizing, and battling Helmacrons. I know there's not a giant crush of large predators in the American tropics, but I still hind it amazing that anteaters aren't all, eaten. It does seem like an almost mundane life. A low slung mammal with vision for small objects, expect it'd be near-sighted wouldn't it? Wonder if it could smell ants. As fascinating as the jaws are, I can't help but think of what it's be like to use those claws. Sizable, but very, very different from what you see on the big carnivores. Fun to imagine how they compare.
8. Funniest f***ing book ever written. Plot's not meaningful, so that cost it a point, but back to back laughs