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Andre Norton: Criticism and Reviews

Andre Norton's web site has reviews of many of her books, especially the new releases.

Allscifi.com has a detailed review of Elvenborn and a detailed review of Atlantis Endgame.

Scent of Magic is reviewed.

The Shadow of Albion is reviewed by Don Harlow.

Andre Norton has links to reviews of several of Norton's books.

The Best Reviews features a review of Elvenborn.

SF Site reviews A Mind for Trade and reviews The Scent of Magic.

Scifidimensions features a review of Wind in the Stone.

Science Fiction Studies has a list of articles that offer literary criticism on fantasy writing, including works by Andre Norton.

Additional criticism and review of Andre Norton's works can be found at your local public library.

The following reviews can be accessed online only by an individual who has a current library card through this address.

"A Review of Scarface."
Virginia Kirkus's Bookshop Service, Vol. XVI, No. 17, September 1, 1948, p. 439. Reprinted in Children's Literature Review, Vol. 50.

"Well-sustained, action-packed pirate yarn (Scarface) which should provide good material to bridge that gap for the boys emerging from the comic book stage. Pirates, lost gentry, boarded ships, a captive cabin boy…"

"A Review of Huon of the Horn."
Virginia Kirkus's Bookshop Service, Vol. XIX, No. 21, November 1, 1951, p. 632. Reprinted in Children's Literature Review, Vol. 50.

"An unusual though circumscribed item, this translation (Huon of the Horn) of the 1534 English version of the romance of Huon of Bordeaux, included in the cycle of the Charlemagne Saga. With relaxed sentence structure which nevertheless retains some of the archaic flavor of the Lord Berners translation, the several legends of the hero…"

"A Review of Star Man's Son."
The Saturday Review, Vol. XXXV, No. 46, November 15, 1952, p. 60. Reprinted in Children's Literature Review, Vol. 50.

"This (Star Man's Son) is an extraordinary story. It will probably have a strong appeal to the older boys and girls who read science-fiction. André Norton sets it in the year 2250 A.D. -- two hundred and fifty years after the civilization of our world has been destroyed by atomic warfare…"

"A Review of Star Rangers."
Critic: H. H. Holmes.
The New York Herald Tribune Book Review, August 23, 1953, p. 9. Reprinted in Children's Literature Review, Vol. 50.

"Earlier this year Miss Norton edited an anthology, Space Service, in which her tasteful selections proved that stories of the Space Patrol are not limited to the TV or comic book level; and now she makes the same point in an imaginative and moving adventure novel…"

A Review of The Stars Are Ours!
Critic: Aileen O'Brien Murphy.
The Saturday Review, Vol. XXXVII, No. 34, August 21, 1954, p. 35. Reprinted in Children's Literature Review, Vol. 50.

"Wild improbabilities and deeds of fantastic valor are the stock-in-trade of science-fiction authors. Good writing is not so common among them. André Norton employs all three in The Stars Are Ours."…

"A Review of The Time Traders."
Virginia Kirkus's Service, Vol. XXVI, No. 17, September 1, 1958, p. 666. Reprinted in Children's Literature Review, Vol. 50.

"At the end of this century Ross Murdock is given the choice between prison and a dangerous role in a secret mission. Accepting the latter, but determined to escape at the first opportunity, the intelligent young man finds himself involved in a project which demands that he be…"

A Review of Galactic Derelict.
Virginia Kirkus's Service, Vol. XXVII, No. 17, September 1, 1959, p. 658. Reprinted in Children's Literature Review, Vol. 50.

"Andre Norton has no peer in (her) chosen field of science fiction for teenagers. This time (her) story (Galactic Derelict) involves an expedition in both time and space, as some young scientists and a chance involved 'rider for the Double A', Travis, who had been a student in the field of archaeology, set forth on a journey to repossess a lost space ship…."

"A Review of The Beast Master."
Critic: Elaine Simpson.
Library Journal, Vol. 84, September 15, 1959, p. 62. Reprinted in Children's Literature Review, Vol. 50.

"Further adventures of Hosteen Storm and the animals making up his Commando Team, this time on a foray of personal vengeance after the destruction of Earth… As always, Miss Norton writes an exciting story…"

"A Review of Storm Over Warlock."
Virginia Kirkus's Service, Vol. XXVIII, No. 4, February 15, 1960, p. 152. Reprinted in Children's Literature Review, Vol. 50.

"Fleeing from Throg invaders, Shann Lantree and Ragnar Thorwald enter the world of beautiful women. Immensely powerful as they are lovely, these witches control men by thought domination…"

"A Review of Storm Over Warlock."
Critic: Elaine Simpson.
Library Journal, Vol. 85, April 15, 1960, p. 1709. Reprinted in Children's Literature Review, Vol. 50.

"Another of Norton's stories of Terran conflict with the Throgs, insect-derived, merciless, extraterrestrial predators, and of the mutant animals bred to aid man in his explorations of space, in this case a pair of wolverines…"

"A Review of Ride Proud, Rebel!"
Virginia Kirkus's Service, Vol. XXIX, No. 5, March 1, 1961, p. 223. Reprinted in Children's Literature Review, Vol. 50.

"Andre Norton -- in a new role -- weaves a substantial and dramatic narrative … Drew Rennie was a rebel in political allegiance and in spirit alike…"

"Three, Two, One, Zero and a Space Suit."
Critic: H. H. Holmes.
Source: The New York Herald Tribune Book Review, May 10, 1959, p. 27. Reprinted in Children's Literature Review, Vol. 50.

"Star Gate may well be André Norton's best book yet … It's a complex tale of adventures on a remote planet in several alternate universes, so that the protagonists find themselves at times battling with their own evil selves-as-they-might-have-been -- a concept that sounds confusing, but is crystal clear as Miss Norton sets it forth…"

"A Review of Star Gate."
Virginia Kirkus's Service, Vol. XXVI, No. 16, August 15, 1958, p. 608 Reprinted in Children's Literature Review, Vol. 50.

"Andre Norton, whose ability to extend scientific thought to the limit of imagination has won (her) many enthusiasts among science fiction fans, elaborates in Star Gate on the possibility of alternate destinies governed by optional changes in time…"

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