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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557429553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557429551
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,818,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 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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7 of 7 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tactitles VINE VOICE 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lovetoread on August 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
We love Andre Norton books!!!!! This is another fine example of her wonderful writing skill!!! A "must have" in anyone's collection of good books to keep!!! Can not go wrong with this book!!
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Andre Norton has a hard time writing a bad book. Her characters are very easy to relate to and even the unrealistic characters are believable.
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By hubert tallman on May 4, 2014
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I found the story challenging at first. As I got into the meat of the story it be came a guessing game as to who was the problem. A truly smashing book the kind I would read again.
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Star Hunter (1962) is a standalone SF novel in the Star-and-Comets universe. This volume is set on Nahuatl and Jumala in the far future. Humans have spread through the stars, but humanity has not changed that much. Crime and vice are still found on the human worlds.

In this novel, Ras Hume is a former star pilot on liners and explorations ships. Now he is an Out-Hunter with an artificial hand.

Milfors Wass is a Veep on Nahuatl. He has avoided conviction in the courts for a long time.

Vye Lansor is a former ward of the state. When he reached the proper age, he was assigned an appropriate job. Yet he failed that job and became a drifter within the spaceport dens and dives. He works at the Starfall, a low class bar.

In this story, Ras discovers a lifeboat off the Largo Drift. The parent ship had been lost six years before with all passengers. Two of the passengers were heirs to a very large fortune. Ras thinks of a way to get vengeance for wrongs committed by a spaceline.

Ras meets with Wass on Nahuatl and lays out the basics of his plan. Wass agrees that it might work and divides the work between them. Ras provides a briefing tape on Jumala flora and fauna. Wass has his servitors compile other helpful data onto another tape.

Ras goes to the Starfall and maneuvers Vye to his table. Then he accompanies Vye to a residence where servitors of Wass are waiting. Then Psycho-techs use a conditioner to overlay Vye's mind with the personality of a young man named "Rynch Brody", an heir to the fortune.

Servitors of Wass deliver Rynch Brody to Jumala. He wakes thinking that he has fallen while luring a strong-jaws from its den. He had broke one of his spears in the fall.

Yet Rynch remembers another scene.
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