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Book Note: James H. Schmitz, Telzey Amberdon

I read this book about 5-Jan-2002. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1953. This note was last modified Saturday, 19-Aug-2006 10:50:47 PDT.

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This is the Baen books edition, as edited by Eric Flint. (The cover credits it as "edited and compiled". They seem to want to emphasize that the stories have been changed. From what I've heard it sounds like he did very little of what I'd call "real" change, but that's still too much, and I certainly would not advertise having done it if I were the publisher. I don't see how anybody would be moved to buy because of seeing it on the cover, whereas lots of people would be moved against buying.

More good adventurous fun. Telzey is of course too good to be true, like Modesty Blaise. But with less reason; she's a young, inexperienced, telepath, whereas Modesty is the end product of a long, hard, childhood and an adventurous career. And the prose just doesn't quite sing; not up to the Heinlein / Doc Smith level, anyway. Fun to read, but I'm not so surprised I didn't notice them in their original or earlier reprints. The people around me didn't steer me to them.

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