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Star Hunter Paperback – September 5, 2006

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557429553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557429551
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,002,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Elise on December 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
This very short novella was previously published along with "Voodoo Planet" as "The Space Adventure Novels of Andre Norton." It takes place in Andre Norton's Forerunner universe. As humans explore the far reaches of the galaxy, they keep finding the ruins of highly advanced alien civilizations that have vanished. Some planets have not been well explored, some have been colonized, and some are home to aliens. (Click on my name to see the list of about 40 books in this universe.)

"Star Hunter" is a typical Andre Norton buddy story about two characters who don't like each other very well. In fact, one of them has had the other brainwashed, to be passed off as the heir to a fortune .. and to be used as someone's puppet. They end up trekking on foot across an unexplored planet, pursued by bizarre creatures, trying to figure out a mysterious alien device that has entrapped and killed all the humans who have come before. The relationship that develops between these two characters is the strong suit of this tale. If you're a fan of Andre Norton, you will probably enjoy it. I give "Star Hunter" four stars because it's entertaining but very much like many others by this author.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on December 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Star Hunter" was first published in 1961 and is one of the few 'straight' science fiction novellas (96 pages) of Lifetime Grand Master of Fantasy, Andre Norton, who passed away on March 17, 2005 after a long and extremely fruitful career. Her first novel, "The Prince Commands" was published in 1934, and her last, "Three Hands for Scorpio" in 2005. Her magically detailed world-building skills and upright, against-all-odds characters will be sorely missed.

"Star Hunter" is a forerunner of Norton's Dipple series, starring dispossessed planetary outcasts (usually orphans), who are sometimes gifted with mysterious psi talents. These likeable, self-reliant young men and women start off in the cesspool of galactic civilization (the `Dipple' of later novels), and fight their way to freedom through a series of adventures with inscrutable, powerful aliens and evil, grasping humans.

Vye Lansor is a malnourished swamper (janitor) in a down-and-outers' bar near Nahautl's starport. Part of his job involves cleaning up the burned and bloody bits after a typical night's brawl. He can't believe his luck when an Out-Hunter (stellar big game hunter) offers to take him on as a gearman on his next frontier-world safari.

He is right to guess that his fortune has not changed for the better. When he next wakes up, Lansor is on a strange planet, implanted with a set of false memories about a young castaway named Rynch Brodie.

Okay Norton fans, we're on a strange planet but in otherwise familiar territory: a young outcast pitted against an alien wilderness, hunted by mysterious, unsavory characters--this time consisting of a big-game safari, and the even more deadly aliens of Jumala's humid jungles.
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Andre Norton's 1961 novel "Star Hunter" has the signature hallmarks found in most of her early science fiction stories geared for the young adult market. One of the central characters is always a young man from humble background who by shear audacity overcomes great odds to achieve a worthy goal, which results in the possibility of a better future.

These stories such the one under discussion and others like "Storm Over Warlock" and "Star Born" still retain after 50 years the ability to entertain and, yes, delight, even an old science-fiction fan like myself. Since her first published works Norton's superb narrative pacing and ability to create layered webs of mystery and strangeness have imbued her works with a timelessness such as few writers in SF field can claim.

Another reason Norton's books are enduring is how she dealt with science. Many vintage SF novels are just about unreadable today because of the author's bizarre attempts at descriptions of futuristic "science". Norton deftly avoids that trap by her terse and to the point descriptions. She was not a scientist so her considerations of futuristic means of transportation or weapons does not play a major role in her stories. Items exist, they work, and are used when required and that's it...back to the story.

In "Star Hunter" the protagonist, spaceship pilot Ras Hume, was involved in an accident while employed by interstellar shipping line, Kogan-Bors-Wazalitz. He was, he believed, unfairly fired from his space pilots job and has held a grudge. He devises an elaborate plot to gain revenge and monetary advantage from his former employer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By customer on April 16, 2010
Ras Hume is an Out-Hunter on Nahautl, and agrees to participate in a conspiracy. He conspires with the Nahautl Veep to produce an heir to a rich estate. The heir, last seen as a boy of fourteen, was thought lost on the planet Jumala after his craft crashed there. There were no known survivors, and the craft was lost - until now. Hume has discovered its location, and wants to plant an impostor on Jumala. The impostor will be the lost boy, Rynch Brodie, who is now a young man. He will be planted near the craft. Hume will then escort a group of planet-hunting tourists there, who will "discover" the missing boy. Hume and the Veep will likely enjoy a large reward after the discovery.

Preparation begins to find a suitable impostor. Vye Lansor is that man. He awakens mysteriously one day on Jumala, with the memories of Brodie. But something is wrong... Lansor's mind alteration was not complete, and he realizes he may not be Brodie. His journey of discovery and his efforts to survive on Jumala create a fun adventure, which is an easy and quick read.
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