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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  979 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Seersana University is worlds-renowned for its xenopsychology program, producing the Alliance's finest therapists, psychiatric nurses and alien researchers. When Jahir, one of the rare and reclusive Eldritch espers, arrives on campus, he's unprepared for the challenges of a vast and multicultural society... but fortunately, second-year student Vasiht'h is willing to take h ...more
Kindle Edition, 426 pages
Published June 15th 2013 by Studio MCAH
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Zeta Syanthis
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is going to be a little biased due to my own experiences this year, but I'm going to start with this. This book is beautiful. I just finished reading it a few hours ago and it's already found its way into a particularly treasured place, both on my bookshelf, and in my heart.

This book came to me at just the right moment. I've been going through a lot this year, including my own journey much along the lines of Vasiht'h and Jahir's this year. (I've felt similarly to both of them at diff
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a cozy, finding-one's-place story about two students at an alien medical school who discover they have a special connection. It brings to mind Anne McCaffrey's Dragonsong and Dragonsinger or Mercedes Lackey's Arrows of the Queen, and I think people who like this would like those and vice versa. I strongly wanted things to work out for all of the characters.

Jahir is an Eldritch, a member of a long-lived, rigid, xenophobic esper society, and Vasiht'h is a Glaseah, a member of a laid-back c
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
I really liked Hogarth‘s Laisrathera (Her Instruments) trilogy. It is more of a swashbuckling adventure story compared to this gentle, pretty chilled setting. I have read and liked some of her other stories since then as well. I even played around with the idea of reading her complete backlist with some friends, but ran out of steam eventually.

She wrote interesting and diverse characters years ago, before it became the thing to have non-binary characters. I took a longer break… 2017, maybe? So
Di Maitland
4.5*s. Another hug-in-a-book <3 Full review to come. ...more
Para (wanderer)
Since the start of April, I've mostly emerged from my months-long slump and I've been downright craving fluff. Sweet, slow books where all ends well, yes please, give me all of them. I heard of Mindtouch a while ago, as a slice of life book with an asexual romance I might like. And since the 2020 r/Fantasy Bingo has an aro/ace square and I spotted this book was seemed perfect.

In the end, have so many conflicted feelings about it. It was indeed fluffy and comfy and I couldn't stop readi
K Fray
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-ebook, own-dtb
I’d only read one novel of Hogarth’s before, set in a different universe – a novel I helped back on Kickstarter called A Rosary of Stones and Thorns – and had thoroughly enjoyed it. Hogarth had a way with character and setting that rivaled few I’d ever read before. However, I am hesitant to step into an author’s established world without good reason. While I’d spoken with her on Twitter a few times, and she speaks with several other authors I know there as well, few seemed to be well-versed in h ...more
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an absolutely lovely book! It is so thoroughly suffused with empathy and compassion that having just finished reading it, I am already missing it. While I found it to be an uplifting book overall, there are places where it deals movingly with such subjects as loss, grief, loneliness, school-related stress and more. All in a fascinating science fictional galaxy, wrapped around a budding asexual romance between two males of different alien species. A beautiful gift from an author who is new t ...more
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 a wee bit slow but a gentle thoughtful book about learning to understand oneself and others. And we are, in essence, aliens to each other.
Book Gannet
This book is beautiful, there’s no other way to describe it. It’s thoroughly character-led, not a lot actually happens, but throughout the course of it you firmly get to know both Jahir and Vasiht’h inside out and get a fascinating glimpse of the Pelted Paradox universe populated by so many different species, many of them genetically-engineered melds of humans and animals and all kinds of wondrous things.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Although this is at heart a Science Fiction story, dealing
May 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-my-thing
The writing is nice and it had a few good moments, but in general this was just pappy and boring. There is almost no action or plot aside from the two main characters' relationship, which was... just not that interesting. None of the side characters are developed much at all, there are no surprises, just a lot of chitchat, strolls across campus and baking. If you want a slow, peaceful and sweet romance this might be your thing, but it sure wasn't mine.
Amy Keeley
Disclaimer: I write fantasy and the occasional science fiction. I hesitate writing glowing reviews of anything outside of manga because of this.

But this book is so much more than I expected, I have to say something.

This is a platonic romance novel. I know that sounds crazy, but it's the only way to describe it. It's called gentle/pastoral but there's so much organic drama (I mean, they're psych students working once a week with terminally-ill children) "gentle" isn't really a word I'd use to des
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie
University friendships have never been so adorable. (It's the genetic engineering)
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I have a very hard time reviewing books by people I know, as is the case with this. However, I can say that within an hour of finishing this book I was on Amazon buying the sequel for my kindle. And it kept me up well past my bedtime on more than one occasion. So it's good. As in, "oh my gosh these characters are ripping my heart out" good.

Recommended for: People who like science fiction about non-humans, mind-to-mind communication, and sci-fi books about non-humans who can touch each other's mi
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy, alien
Jahir Seni Galare was an infrequently seen Eldritch; a telepath or esper, and heir to Seni Galare. As part of an enigmatic race, they rarely left home due to their hypersensitivity to others around them. As a first year student in Xenopsychology on the planet Seersana, Jahir had finally escaped the monotony of life and decided to experience new things. Vasiht’h was a centaur with wings; a species of Glaseah. He’s also an esper but not as susceptible and debilitating as Jahir.

As in any fantasy n
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
M. C. A. Hogarth is my new favorite writer. Her world is rich, believeable, and human in scale, even as it spans galaxies and countless species of people, some with two legs, some with four, and some with flippers. I find much science fiction to be too into world-creation at the expense of character development and storytelling, but Hogarth's world is as rich as it is in order to tell good stories. And she never, ever infodumps.

Mindtouch is a love story, but not in the least erotic. It is a stor
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
alessandriana recced these books to me as 'sunlit series' and they were, indeed, deeply comforting and full of this clair summer light. this is an asexual romance story about a touch esper elf eldritch prince from a backwards planet coming to the intergalactic universe and meeting his new roommate, a winged centaur named vasiht'h; together they study xenopsychology, navigate various social tangles, practice newfangled telepathic dream therapy, visit with some sick children in nearest hospital, b ...more
John Miley
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very few books have literally moved me to tears. Well done.
Kristi  Malin
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An Exceptional Wonder

I was FLOORED by how beautiful this book was. The relationships are so deep, so relatable, and so very moving. I fell in love with these wonderful, gentle boys, and I am immediately off to acquire the next installment! I need to know what happens to my babies!
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I registered a book at!

M.C.A. Hogarth is a writer that also belongs to the Furry Writer's Guild, something I've been involved with these last few months since crawling out from under my bed after hiding under it for a few years. I went looking for a few good books about Furries with LBQT+ relationships for a future Bookcrossing bookbox, because I like to share Furriness with my friends.

I wanted to buy a few books from Amazon for the fr
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free copy of this via Thank you for allowing me to read this!

At it's core, this is a story about a person who goes to college, tries to find his way in the world, and makes friends while learning about himself. Jahir is one of a race of seclusionist empathic aliens. His presence at this university means that a lot of the other races stare at him; it's rare for his people to leave and join the galactic alliance.

Jahir has a very real anxiety over being touched, because
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it
This is an odd novel. It is set in a complex fictional universe full of different races of aliens, something that makes you expect lots of action in space and drama. Instead, it's the story of two grad school students trying to find their professional way in life. There's no real plot- you get to know the characters and enjoy their development through their school years, and the growing connection between them. It's kind of a romance, really, except for the fact that the MCs aren't physically at ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I can remember reading a fair number of books dealing psychic powers, adventure, and relationships in the '80s. This is kind of a return to those, but much improved.

Psionics is never a favored subject of mine, though it's not exactly a turn-off either. Here, we get some interesting exploration of the problems faced by a couple of contact-empaths (one in particular, really), though even with that focus, the entire subject is a bit... fuzzy. (Though the perception of emotions gets an interesting b
Lyssa Sue Shaffer
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A perfect delight

Consider, a touch empath from a xenophobic culture who chooses to study psychology at an interstellar university. Just tumble the concept about in your head for a moment. Now add in the layers of a lifespan spun on on par with an elf, with just as much rarity.

The journey before you starts at the beginning of freshman year. With all of the adventures and pitfalls that face any student, even one who is 3 times older than most of his professors. Add in integrating from a feudal cul
Angela Oliver
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For writing style and characterisation - 5 stars, easily - but the plot is rather slow moving, gentle and reassuring, which allows the reader's focus to drift and does not compel it to be finished in one session.

This could be described as a "Furry novel" and Hogarth's world building skills are commendable, with her various engineered races - included the Pelted - being well conceptualised and developed, all with clearly defined cultures. However, I loved the fact that it was not, like many furry
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author describes this book as pastoral, and I gotta say, that's dead on for me. It's got the kind of plot where, when explaining it to my girlfriend I had to keep repeating "no really I swear it's good"-- there's some intense, wonderful, delightfully out of the ordinary world building going on here, but it unfolds beautifully over the course of the plot, not crammed down the readers neck.

I'd heard some complaints that this book "doesn't really have a plot" and I disagree deeply. It's not a
Eldritch Jahir becomes roommates with fellow esper, centauroid Vasiht'h, on his first day as a xenopsychology student at Seersana University.

You know how sometimes you read a book and you stretch it out because you don't want it to end? And after you finish it you want to run around town holding it out and squealing? That's this book. It's not one that I will push into many of my friend's hands, though, because it's not a lot of things - it's not action-packed or space opera or cutting-edge whic
Altivo Overo
Love in isolation

Two different people, two distinct species, two very contrary cultures. Add the stress of graduate-professional school, and the awareness that one of them will probably outlive the other by an order of magnitude.

That is Jahir and Vasiht'h', one an extremely tall, bipedal, long-lived human form; the other? Looks like a pet by comparison in size, shape, and life expectation. Both have inborn psychic abilities, though Jahir has been taught by his culture to suppress those powers w
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, w
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sweet with a hint of spice

This is a rare story in so many ways. It is an asexual romance, a story of a deep and magical friendship that transcends barriers. It is comforting and yet sad; sweet and yet realistic.

The main characters come from very different backgrounds. Jahir from a world where touch is anathema, where "family" is full of obligation and duty rather than love. And Vahsit'h from a world where family is all, where touch is casual and welcome, and where passion is a watered-down thin
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Deep, touching, excellent novel.

Set in the same universe as the "Her Instruments" series, the heir to a major Eldrich House leaves his planet to learn about the people of the Alliance. It's only logical for him to take a course at the University in alien psychology, where he immediately runs into a alien who is a empath and telepath the same as himself. The story covers the first 2 years of their relationship and training.

How do I impart the emotions I experienced while reading this story? Altho
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