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I'm trying to remember the title of a book I read. It has two human children who are stranded on a planet because of a spaceship crash, and they encounter an alien which is, basically, a pack of dog-like creatures. The creatures look like individuals, but have a group mind and can't survive alone as solitary beings. There's an evil warlord trying to take over the pack beings world, and various other plot twists.
Does this ring a bell with anyone?
Sure sounds like "A Fire Upon the Deep" by Vernor Vinge. The dog-like creatures were the Tines. Long snake-like necks?
Look at the plot summary on Wiki ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Fire_Upon_the_Deep ) to make sure.
Hope this helps!
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