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Product Details

  • Paperback: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434450341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434450340
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kept my interest while it wove an intriguing story.
Pamela N. Goers
Getting a kindle, then finding most of Andre's writings listed very inexpensively, we 'loaded up our kindle'.
ERIC M JOHNSON
That being said, this is one of her earlier works and not as good as her later novels.
JERRY L HUNT

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on July 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
The People of the Crater (2008) is a chapbook containing the first speculative fiction story written by the author. This 1947 novelette has also been published as "Garin of Tav" and was included in the collection Garan the Eternal (1972).

In this novelette, Garin Featherstone is a famed flyer who led a decisive raid against the enemy. Now the war is over and he cannot find a job. Then Gregory Farson hires him to fly a cargo plane for a forthcoming Antarctica expedition.

Farson has hired three pilots and each flies a plane toward the area that Farson wishes to explore. They see a strange blue column of air reaching high into the atmosphere. They fly toward it, but the first plane veers away and does not answer radio calls.

Farson orders Garin to close up and the remaining two planes fly side-by-side into the blue column. Suddenly Garin feels like he is no longer alone in the cockpit. Something takes control of his body and flies his plane through the blue mists.

Inside the column, Garin sees a terrain with tortured gray rock seamed with yellow. The plane circles inside the crater while Garin fights against the Presence. Suddenly the overpowering will is gone and he flies up and away from the crater.

Then one engine fails and his plane dives down toward the green foliage far below. Garin struggles to bring the nose up, but the plane plunges toward the fern-like trees. It crashes and Garin loses consciousness.

When Garin regains his senses, he finds himself badly hurt. Any movement brings him pain. Then goblin-like creatures climb into the cockpit and remove him from the wrecked plane.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dragon Lady on April 25, 2009
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I am an avid fan of Andre Norton and have been for many years. This is obviously one of her earliest books and not as sophisticated as her later books, but still a very enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith on June 14, 2013
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Read carefully the other reviews of this. It seems like most of the positive reviews are by people who like Andre Norton, even if they admit this is not one of the more polished of the author's works. I found it almost unreadable. There is no investment for the reader in the protagonist at all, and I never had any feeling of suspense reading this. Thankfully, I got it on my kindle as part of a Norton collection. I'll give this author another chance, but would never recommend this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JERRY L HUNT on October 8, 2013
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Norton is one of my favorite authors and was my introduction to Sci-Fy. That being said, this is one of her earlier works and not as good as her later novels. It also reflects the themes and genre of it's time. It's not a Lensman (Smith) or a BeastMaster (Norton) but it is a Norton and a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward Alexander Gerster VINE VOICE on October 6, 2013
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This classic novella from Andre Norton is one of her first ventures into science fiction, and has held up pretty well since it was first published in 1947. The plot is fairly straight forward, but told in a spirit of adventure and wonder: An air force pilot is recruited to join an Antarctic expedition where he discovers an ancient alien civilization which has prophesized his arrival. Adventure ensues and he a must descend to the depths of the crater and face the Black Ones in order to rescue the fair Thrala, daughter of the Ancient Ones.

Andre Norton's story was undoubtedly influenced by Arthur Conan Doyle's "Lost World," Edgar Rice Burrough's books of Mars, and perhaps the classic 1937 movie "Lost Horizon.". I am so glad that Amazon has digitally made available many of these classics for the Kindle. Recommended when read in context of the era it was written.
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This book has no basis in the real world and is thus unbelievable. This must have been a very early work of Andre Norton, for she is usually far more grounded in reality, at least in her science fiction works, than is this novel. I was disappointed for I think that she is one of the best writers of sci-ft.

The alien creatures were clearly depicted and attractive, but too little was written about them. The plot was unclear and victory was too easily gained. The story needed to be fleshed out more and more time given to character development.

The very young, i.e. those who have no experience of adult realities, might find it satisfactory. Otherwise it's frustrating and disappointing.
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Well shaped story, it is a recommended read for any fiction reader. I enjoyed it very much wish I could have seen more along those lines.
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I found the story to be quite riveting. It was well thought out, and I found it "realistic" within its setting. I would have given it five stars, but it was just too short!
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