- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Reissue edition (25 Mar. 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451452321
- ISBN-13: 978-0451452320
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,137,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Norton Andre : Uncharted Stars Mass Market Paperback – 25 Mar 1993
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A good, quick read and well worth it for any fan of Norton's ouvre.
This author takes you on rapid twists and turns of plot that keep you excited and reading long hours into the night.
Thank you again, Andre Norton.
In book one, [[ASIN:0451451627 The Zero Stone], Murdoc Jern met up with a feline mutant cat-like creature called Eek. The two fought the Thieves Guild and struck a somewhat coerced bargain with the Space Patrol. Now they have to deal with the consequences of that.
Murdoc is also trying to rectify the master-slave relationship with Eet that developed in the previous novel. He purchases a battered old space yacht with his reward from his previous adventures and tries his hand at purchasing gems on one planet and selling them for a higher price on another. He decides to purchase Zorans on Lorgal, sell them on Rakipur to the priests of Mankspher, in order to buy the pearls of lonnex crabs. Etc. Of course his first venture is almost a complete disaster when another trader shows up and beats him to the market. Murdoc, his drug-addicted pilot, and Eet must chart a new course.
Through a series of hair-raising adventures, including the rescue of a gravely injured Zacathan archeologist, Murdoc and Eet end up on Waystar, the mysterious stronghold of the Thieves' Guild. They are taken prisoner while on the hunt for the source of the Zero Stone, and also for the archeologist's stolen artifacts.
Where better to hunt for treasure than in the great galactic storehouse of loot, and property stolen from current and long-vanished stellar Empires? Of course, Murdoc and Eet must somehow stay alive in this flamboyant and dangerous den of thieves in order to achieve their objectives.
"Uncharted Stars" takes place in the fantastically populated universe of Norton's Free Traders and Forerunners. Wandering the fabulous storerooms of Waystar with this author makes up for any traces of antiquity in her science or tough-guy jargon. Eet serves as a sort of deus ex machina whenever Murdoc gets himself into really serious trouble, and there is a satisfying surprise ending for those readers who have followed the intrepid gemologist and his mutant cat through "The Zero Stone" and its sequel.
Baen is going to publish both books together as an omnibus edition entitled Search for the Star Stonesin November, 2008. Yeah, for Baen!
Highly recommended for fans of Andre Norton and science fiction.
Gunner, October, 2008