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Daughter of two Cuban political exiles, M.C.A. Hogarth was born a foreigner in the American melting pot and has had a fascination for the gaps in cultures and the bridges that span them ever since. She has been many things—-web database architect, product manager, technical writer and massage therapist—-but is currently a full-time parent, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens, both human and otherwise.
Her fiction has variously been recommended for a Nebula, a finalist for the Spectrum, placed on the secondary Tiptree reading list and chosen for two best-of anthologies; her art has appeared in RPGs, magazines and on book covers.
on Feb. 17, 2014 :
Quite simply, Mindtouch is excellent: compelling, beautiful, absorbing, astounding. A truly wonderful book, which moved me both to tears and laughter and put me to bed multiple hours past my bedtime for every night between picking it up and finishing it.
One could describe it as a sci fi. Or perhaps a school/university story. Or maybe a bit of a coming-of-age tale. But, in truth, the deepest and best part of this is the relationship between Jahir and Vasiht'h. It is not only the first time I've read an asexual romance (thank you! for the representation!), it is one of the best romances I've read. Period.
The culture, character descriptions, beautiful prose and the nuanced observations make it only more beautiful. This one is a keeper.
(review of free book)
on Nov. 12, 2013 :
Jahir and Vasiht'h are some of Hogarth's most interesting characters in my opinion.
Her ability to convincingly write characters as psychological therapists betrays a wealth of time analysing the motives and behaviours of people, and although this is set at a time before the characters go into professional practice, that aspect is present here too, as the pair seek to better their understanding of each other.
In one sense, the book may seem like a rather generic "school fantasy", but it builds on this conceit marvellously, most especially by showing so much through the lense of Jahir, a man entirely unfamiliar with the culture he is now a part of.
As with all her books, the prose is exquisite, and if at times the pace seems stilted, at no point did I have a sense of wasted words.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 31, 2013 :
M.C.A. Hogarth has a very deft touch with characters and setting, and description that wraps you up in her worlds, rather than beats you over the head with information. It's one of the reasons I love her work so much. I'm also very entranced with her Eldrich, and this book had the absolute best of both of those things. The dialogue, as always, was spot-on, and the pace of the book kept me reading most of the night.
I was immediately drawn to the growing relationship between Jahir and Vasiht'h, watching each of them adapt to the other, and watching both of them being shaped by their surroundings and the bond growing not only between them, but between them and the people who populate their lives.
A beautifully emotional book, I can honestly say that I've never been so pleased to spend part of a book bawling my eyes out. As always, the author has excelled.
I'm definitely antsy for the sequel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)