Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for The Universe Against Her by James H. Schmitz. Science fiction.
High hopes for this, because Schmitz was highly praised by one of my favorite authors (Janet Kagan, R.I.P.). Sadly, no. If it had been indeed as blurbed (“The first novel of Telzey Amberdon, a beautiful young genius-telepath whose only problem is THE UNIVERSE AGAINST HER”) it might have been interesting. But the universe isn’t really against Telzey all that much, and while there was nothing wrong with the book…I found myself hoping it would end soon so I could move on to something else. And for a book that’s only 181 pages to start with, that’s a problem.
“You appear,” he observed in the course of their first private talk after her return, “to have grasped the principle that it rarely pays to give the impression of being too unusual.”
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