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Visions of Distant Shores: An Andre Norton Collection (Seven Andre Norton novels in one volume!) [Kindle Edition]

Andre Norton , Andrew North , Allen Weston , Alice Mary Norton
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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NOTE: This edition has a linked "Table of Contents" and has been beautifully formatted (searchable and interlinked) to work on your Amazon e-book reader, Amazon Desktop Reader, and your ipod e-book reader.

'Visions of Distant Shores' is a collection of stories written by award-winning science-fiction author, Andre Norton. In most of Norton's works, alienated outsiders undertake a journey through which they realize their full potential. Many planets in the books are Earth-like places, where humans can live without special protection, and have extensive flora and fauna which are described in considerable detail and often have substantial bearing on the plot.

On February 20, 2005, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, which had earlier honored her with its Grand Master Award in 1983, announced the creation of the Andre Norton Award, to be given each year for an outstanding work of fantasy or science fiction for the young adult literature market, beginning in 2006.

Nobody today is telling better stories of straight-forward interstellar adventure.

Included in this volume:
Book One: Storm Over Warlock - Stranded on the alien world of Warlock, Shann Lantree's expedition camp has been wiped out by the Throgs, beings so alien that humans have yet to communicate with them. Lantree must quickly learn how to survive under harsh conditions while being chased by the Throgs -- and how to distinguish the real from the dreamed when he meets the mysterious Wyverns. A satisfying and mature novel which readers will seize upon if they want to enjoy a good adventure story...

Book Two: Star Born - When the oppressive global dictatorship of Pax took over Earth they put a stop to space exploration. Still, a few rebels escaped in the sleeper ships to found free new colonies -- or perish in the attempt. Those few colonists that reached inhabitable worlds were cut off for centuries, and in that isolation and freedom they developed the mysterious mental powers that "civilization" had all but destroyed...

Book Three: Star Hunter - Somewhere on the jungle world of Jumala, there was a man in hiding--a man whose mind had been reconditioned with another's brain pattern and for whom there was a fabulous reward. Star Hunter is a thrill-packed account of that other-worldly game of hide-and-seek between a man who did not know all his own powers and an interstellar safari that sought something no man had a right to find...

Book Four: Plague Ship - A fast-moving suspense tale, full of unusual detail and unexpected turns. Several highlights make the book really shine: the sunset gorp hunt on the reefs of an oily sea; a raid on an asteroid's emergency station; and a landing in the Big Burn, resulting in an encounter with the mutant life-forms that reside there...

Book Five: Voodoo Planet - Dane Thorson of the space-trader 'Solar Queen' found himself embroiled in a desperate battle of minds between the rational science of the spaceways and the hypnotic witchcraft of the mental wizard that ruled the Voodoo Planet...

Book Six: The Gifts of Asti - Varta, the last priestess of Asti, lives alone with Lur, a telepath of the lizardfolk, in Asti's isolated mountain retreat. Decadent Memphir has long since drifted away from the austere paths of Asti, and now the barbarians of Klem are sacking the city, and the smoke of its burning drifts up to the temple...

Book Seven: The People of the Crater - "Send the Black Throne to dust; conquer the Black Ones, and bring the Daughter from the Caves of Darkness." These were the tasks Garin must perform to fulfill the prophecy of the Ancient Ones--and establish his own destiny in this hidden land!

This are the original and unabridged versions of these tales. A must-have for science fiction fans!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 969 KB
  • Print Length: 669 pages
  • Publisher: fallen leaves press (TM) and ignacio hills press (TM) IgnacioHillsPress.com; 1st edition (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00378L7DQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #139,185 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic "Pulp" science fiction. 21 Feb. 2011
By Shaun Horrigan TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Andre Norton (born Alice Mary Norton) was born in 1912 and died in 2005. Publishing originally under various noms de plume including Andrew North and Allen Weston, she was a prolific writer of science fiction, fantasy, romance and adventure. During her lifetime she had more than three hundred stories published and was still writing when she died aged 93 in 2005.

This collection concentrates on her early science fiction writing and contains four full length novels, two shorter novella length works, and one short story. Andre Norton was awarded the Gandalf Grand Master prize in 1977 for her science fiction works and was the first woman ever to receive this award.

This collection features works written between the late 1940s up until the 1960s.

I was pleasantly surprised at how fresh most of these stories feel. Only one (Voodoo Planet) feels even remotely dated. The rest have stood the test of time very well. This is mostly because of Norton's superb literary style. Her writing is concise and precise and without resorting to overly complex technical descriptions she is able to create living and believable worlds populated by exciting and interesting characters.

This collection is also presented really well on the Kindle. Formatting is well up to standard throughout, there is a full active table of contents and it even has a cover picture.

Any one of the first four stories would have been worth the 71 pence price of this collection on its own.

If you are looking for some classic "pulp" style science fiction adventure stories then you really can't go wrong with this collection. There is a lot of quality reading here that is well presented on the Kindle for a very cheap price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars simple visions 23 Dec. 2014
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Visions of Distant shores is a collection of stories written by Andre Norton under various pen names like Andrew North just to name one.Each story takes us to various worlds, she manages to build worlds, people and mannerisms both of human and non-human beings.If you like high tech Sci - Fi then you will be disappointed, these stories deal more with people rather than giving details of how something works as it just does, if you can accept that fact then you will enjoy as I have.It is a shame that this talent has now passed on but her books remain to remind us of her talent.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Forgetable 10 Nov. 2013
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This is a good selection of quality sf with a mixture of themes to enjoy but not Norton's best in my opinion. They are still good reads despite this, but not essential. I would like to see the Witchworld series collected as I liked them. Buying quality sf like this on Kindle is easy and arguably better than building more bookshelves, even if I had somewhere to build them. Recommended for Norton fans but less so for the casual reader.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read 31 Oct. 2014
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This is a good collection of Andre Norton stories of varying lengths. They need to be read with an understanding of the considerable amount of time that has passed since they were written. Most seem very dated which sits uncomfortably with the futuristic theme. Norton, however, is a writer of considerable skill and imagination, and this goes a long way. The last two stories are the weakest by far...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Science fiction 20 July 2012
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Visions of Distant Shores: An Andre Norton Collection (Seven Andre Norton novels in one volume!)

A nice collection of short stories with a range of adventures on distant planets and intergalactic politics, etc. A nice read to pick up and put down in spare moments
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet 23 May 2011
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As to be expected, very well written. Clever concepts and well paced action. I enjoyed the full collection and would have been happy if I had paid five times the asking price
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4.0 out of 5 stars visions of distant shores 11 Aug. 2013
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I like science fiction, and andre Norton I enjoy his stories and he is one of my favourites. I enjoy owning a kindle because it means I can read a variety of books, and not worry about space to store them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 28 Oct. 2013
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These stories were written a long time ago but conjure up great visions of different worlds. Clearly the author is a good story teller, a bit like Asimov and I guess a contemporary.
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