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by Andre Norton

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I had put off reading this, and I wish I hadn't. Ms Norton's posthumously published collection of short stories was magnificent, sublime even. From prose that is almost poetic in nature, to a story about cats in space (and no, its NOT corny at all!) this collections shines. It includes some long lost stories that were published in children's magazines in the 60's as well, and they were just as well written and enjoyable as the others. I was sad to see it finish. Every page I turned led me to another enchanting tale.
  Vinbert | Nov 22, 2015 |
I had put off reading this, and I wish I hadn't. Ms Norton's posthumously published collection of short stories was magnificent, sublime even. From prose that is almost poetic in nature, to a story about cats in space (and no, its NOT corny at all!) this collections shines. It includes some long lost stories that were published in children's magazines in the 60's as well, and they were just as well written and enjoyable as the others. I was sad to see it finish. Every page I turned led me to another enchanting tale.
  Vinbert | Nov 22, 2015 |
Oh, how annoying - I read this, then returned it to the library without writing my review first. So this will be a bit vaguer than my usual. A lot of stories I didn't know, and even the familiar ones were "I'm pretty sure I read this once" rather than "oh, yes, this one". A few Witch World stories, including an Elys and Jervon one I'd forgotten about (love that pair), and mostly stories in other settings. Generic fantasy, I think some urban fantasy, and at least one post-apocalyptic story - that I've been looking for for years, I had no idea it was a Norton. Believing's Seeing (which I don't think is the title, but it's how I think of the story). A few problems with a spellchecker run wild - in the Elys and Jervon story, a pony named Fallon was "corrected" to Fallen for most of the story (causing some confusion - why would you name a horse Fallen?). Another one that both totally confused me and showed me what the problem was was "wolfheads" corrected to "wellheads"...a conventional dictionary applied. But "She left the dead wellheads where they lay" took some effort in parsing... A minor pity; I doubt it will cause me problems on a reread, though. And I fully intend to reread this. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Nov 27, 2014 |
...no words necessary, Andre Norton writings, say it all!

A treasure trove of Norton's short stories.
Stories of powers unleashed, of battles from within and without.
Dark forces bent on persuasion, of stealing life force and so much more, of people turned towards matters beyond the normal ken. Of hero's of the light standing against the shadows, to the death if need be, for the benefit of those now and to come. Of gods made and unmade, of wise women in their element, of the not-so-wise, and of ordinary men and women touched by powers both big and little, light and dark.
In the story, 'Sword of Unbelief,' Jevron has been taken by evil men. We follow his trail through the grey Waste with his lady and companion, Elys. She has some small Talent, but to bring it forth in the place she eventually finds herself, would be to entice her own destruction. Her very soul could be riven from her. She must find another way out of this confrontation with a dark power to win free both herself and Jevron. Jevron and Elys have always been amongst my favourite Norton characters.
Facing the Dark and its rapacious greed is a constant theme. The Light reflects life, care and the power of love.
Having been a Norton fan for many years it is a treat to be able to reread many of her short stories gathered together in this first collection.
Some I've always loved and some I'm reading for the first time but the enjoyment factor, the promise of exciting windows into different worlds, is always present.

A NetGalley ARC ( )
  eyes.2c | Jan 14, 2014 |
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