Tales From High Hallack, Volume 1: The Collected Short Stories of Andre Norton, Volume 1

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For the first time, the Grand Dame of science fiction—Andre Norton—has her short stories gathered for her fans’ reading pleasure. Tales reach back to the 1930s, as fresh and relevant today as they were when she wrote them . . . such was Andre’s skill. High fantasy, fables, science fiction, coming of age stories, and more fill three volumes. This impressive, must-have collection includes stories of Witch World. There are cats sprinkled here and there, as Andre treasured them so. And there is magic in the writing,...
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Overview


For the first time, the Grand Dame of science fiction—Andre Norton—has her short stories gathered for her fans’ reading pleasure. Tales reach back to the 1930s, as fresh and relevant today as they were when she wrote them . . . such was Andre’s skill. High fantasy, fables, science fiction, coming of age stories, and more fill three volumes. This impressive, must-have collection includes stories of Witch World. There are cats sprinkled here and there, as Andre treasured them so. And there is magic in the writing, unequaled prose to delight readers of all ages.

High Hallack was a place in Andre’s fiction, and was also the name of her genre writer’s library she opened in Tennessee. It is a wondrous keep that she called home, and now High Hallack opens its gates and allows these amazing stories to tumble out.

Lose yourself in her enchanted words, and read them again and again.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 02/03/2014
Norton was a prolific speculative fiction author whose career spanned eight decades, one of the few high profile women working in the field of science fiction and from the award's inception to 2003, the sole female recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. Contrary to the usual pattern for her era, she focused more on novels than on short stories; despite that, she did have a substantial body of short works. With an introduction by Jody Lynn Nye, this volume collects 18 pieces, drawn from across her career, fantasy and science fiction. Her famous Witch World is featured but is not the sole setting. In these stories, witches are paid with calumny for serving the greater good, toy makers contend against evil usurpers, boys outwit greedy trolls and space travelers risk death deep within long lost ships. Norton's prose is straightforward and clear; her stories might appear to be simple at first glance but on closer examination often reveal greater depths, an embrace of themes other speculative fiction authors eschewed. A promising beginning to its series, this work demonstrates why Norton, like C.L. Moore and Leigh Brackett, must be counted as one of the significant authors of speculative fiction. (Jan.)
Library Journal
01/01/2014
In the first of a projected set of three story collections, readers get a sampling of the wonderful imagination of one of sf and fantasy's best-loved authors, who died in 2005. High Hallack was both a setting in Norton's "Witch World" novels and stories and also the name of the genre writers' research and reference library the author created in Tennessee (and closed in 2004). Female empowerment is a theme in several of these tales, as is Norton's love of clever tricksters who outwit the bullies of the world. Many of the pieces have a decidedly old-fashioned quality, including fairy tales such as "The Toymaker's Snuffbox" and the "The Dowry of the Rag Picker's Daughter." One of the most enjoyable stories is the lone sf offering, "All Cats Are Gray," about a ghostly space vessel. VERDICT There's a lot to enjoy here, but this somewhat haphazardly arranged collection is not a necessary purchase except for completists and Norton fanatics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781624671890
  • Publisher: Premier Digital Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/14/2014
  • Series: Tales from High Hallack Series, #1
  • Pages: 450
  • Sales rank: 625,225
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


For well over a half century, ANDRE NORTON was one of the most popular science fiction and fantasy authors in the world. With series such as Time Traders, Solar Queen, Forerunner, Beast Master, Crosstime, and Janus, as well as many stand-alone novels, her tales of adventure have drawn countless readers to science fiction. Her fantasy novels, including the bestselling Witch World series, her Magic series, and many other unrelated novels, have been popular with readers for decades. Lauded as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, she is the recipient of a Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Convention. An Ohio native, Norton lived for many years in Winter Park, Florida, and died in March 2005 at her home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Jean Rabe had the immense pleasure of co-authoring novels with Andre Norton: Taste of Magic, Dragon Mage, and Return to Quag Keep. She also edited an anthology with Norton: Renaissance Faire, and edited several of her short stories for various DAW Books anthologies. Rabe and Norton were friends, long-time pen pals, and shared books and stories about their cats and dogs. Rabe is the author of thirty fantasy and adventure novels, and many many short stories.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements by Sue Stewart

Introduction by Jody Lynn Nye

The Last Spell . . .
Sword of Unbelief . . .
Earthborn: A Witch World Story . . .
That Which Overfloweth . . .
By A Hair . . .
The Gifts of Asti . . .
Falcon Blood . . .
The Dowry of the Rag Picker’s Daughter . . .
All Cats Are Gray . . .
The Way Wind . . .
Black Irish . . .
The Boy and the Ogre . . .
Through the Needle’s Eye . . .
The Toymaker’s Snuffbox . . .
Ully the Piper . . .
Dream Smith . . .
One Spell Wizard . . .

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