this is the 159th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books
Tales from High Hallack, Volume 1 by Andre Norton, edited by Jean Rabe [Premier Digital Publishing 2014 trade paper, purchased new] – fantasy / science fiction short story collection.
Though not an old book by publication date, most of these stories are from the Fifties and are the author’s early fantasy, though there are a couple that are mixed SF-F and a straight science fiction story or two. I expected to like the first few – the oldest stories – more than I did, but some of Norton’s early fantasy is a bit murky. Still, it’s well written and the stories got steadily better as I read on. I’ll be picking up Volume 2 (which is now available, as is Volume 3) soon. This is well worth having.
From the publisher’s description:
“For well over a half century, ANDRE NORTON was one of the most popular science fiction and fantasy authors in the world. With series such as Time Traders, Solar Queen, Forerunner, Beast Master, Crosstime, and Janus, as well as many stand-alone novels, her tales of adventure have drawn countless readers to science fiction. Her fantasy novels, including the bestselling Witch World series, her Magic series, and many other unrelated novels, have been popular with readers for decades. Norton died on March 2005 at her home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Jean Rabe was the co-author of several novels with Andre Norton, and edited several of her short stories for various DAW Books anthologies. Rabe and Norton were long-time friends.”
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