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Book Title: Wheel of Stars|
The author of the book: Andre Norton
Edition: Tor Books
Date of issue: June 15th 1991
ISBN 13: 9780812516784
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I've been dragging this around since I bought it back in high school when I was reading everything by Andre Norton. Thirty years later I finally read it to a) get it off my shelf and do what a book is meant to do and b) I needed something for my 'something on the TBR pile forever' challenge. Thirty years qualifies...only now I'm disappointed I've been carrying this around so long. It is definitely one of Ms. Norton's minor works. It took me weeks of setting it aside then bulling through it to make it to the end. It's dull and confusing and really not that interesting.
To be fair the opening and the closing were interesting but even they have problems. Gwennan Daggert, librarian in a small library in New England, has an interest in the standing stones (yes, there are some up there that resemble those in the UK). She gets the interest of Tor Lyle, an arrogant man and his elderly relative, Saris who owns the large house where the stones are. Saris invites Gwennan to dinner much to Tor's dismay. They appear to be into some mystical things but really, Gwennan's not that interested in that. However, a sense of dread falls over her when she's out at night looking at the stones. Soon a stinky creature with red eyes begins to stalk her at her remote house that used to be her aunt's.
So it had the makings of a decent urban fantasy or horror but then it completely derails and wallows around almost all the way to the end. Saris disappears. Gwennan spends far too much time whining and worrying about the fact that Saris seems to have given her a magical amulet and a duty to protect the stones and how weak and untrained she is. How could she ever do this? Tor, who seems to be her enemy, is so much better trained and stronger and how oh how could she stand against him?
Part of this really has to be Norton's age. She was writing for what, nearly 50 years by the time she wrote this. She was born in the nineteen teens and I get that back in those days women weren't that independent but I know she wrote more independent women than Gwennan. I really just wanted to slap this woman and have her get on with it.
But the other part of the derailing was the sudden intrusion of another reality when Gwennan becomes (or was in another life or I'm not even sure what the heck happened to be honest) another woman for a brief period. This is where the story really goes off the tracks. The idea that she is somehow part of this rebirth and protection family is central but the idea never gels. Who were these people? What is their power? Why does Tor covet it so? It just never comes together.
The ending makes an attempt but it feels rushed and half done and nothing much gets answered. I guess what I'm saying is go find something else of Andre Norton's to read. The Witch World Series, The Forerunner, something anything but this. She was the only woman named Grand Master by the SF writers of America (and may still be the only one. I'm not sure on that account). There are better stories than this one. This can now leave my shelf after thirty years. I wont' be rereading it.
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Read information about the authorAlice Mary Norton always had an affinity to the humanities. She started writing in her teens, inspired by a charismatic high school teacher. First contacts with the publishing world led her, as many other contemporary female writers targeting a male-dominated market, to choose a literary pseudonym. In 1934 she legally changed her name to Andre Alice. She also used the names Andrew North and Allen Weston as pseudonyms.
Andre Norton published her first novel in 1934, and was the first woman to receive the Gandalf Grand Master Award from the World Science Fiction Society in 1977, and won the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) association in 1983.
Norton was twice nominated for the Hugo Award, in 1964 for the novel Witch World and in 1967 for the novelette "Wizard's World." She was nominated three times for the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement, winning the award in 1998. Norton won a number of other genre awards, and regularly had works appear in the Locus annual "best of year" polls.
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.
Often called the Grande Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy by biographers such as J. M. Cornwell and organizations such as Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Publishers Weekly, and Time, Andre Norton wrote novels for over 70 years. She had a profound influence on the entire genre, having over 300 published titles read by at least four generations of science fiction and fantasy readers and writers.
Notable authors who cite her influence include Greg Bear, Lois McMaster Bujold, C. J. Cherryh, Cecilia Dart-Thornton, Tanya Huff, Mercedes Lackey, Charles de Lint, Joan D. Vinge, David Weber, K. D. Wentworth, and Catherine Asaro.
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