"Gems of fantasy by the world' favorite sf author. Originally puublished uner the title 'The Many Worlds of Andre Norton'
Andre Alice Norton (1912-2005) was a prolific author, best known for her science fiction and fantasy novels marketed to the young adult sector. (Ive previously reviewed her 1960 book Storm Over Warlock.) Her output of short fiction was much less, but enough good stories were available for this volume. At the time of his writing, young adult was still a new name for the category and felt awkward to him. So it is that Hertha also seeks out the title creatures, which are not toads in any human sense, who do offer vengeance. He may or may not be the man Hertha is looking for, but soon he must deal with the Toads. (The Toads of Grimmerdale turns out to take place at roughly the same time as this book, but does not share any characters.) Mousetrap is a short tale set on Mars. Passing through underground passages with her telepathic lizard companion, Varta emerges in a valley that has not seen human life in a long time, possibly because of the glass plain where a city once stood. Long Live Lord Kor! Now the new merged Lord Kor must seek out the sorceress who is the primary agent in this time period and attempt to complete the mission before the oracle sets the planet on the road to nuclear war. Andre Norton: Loss of Faith by Rick Brooks is a survey of the themes in her work, and what seemed to be an increasing pessimism in her books. I enjoyed Mousetrap and Long Live Lord Kor!
Book of short stories and essays.... The Toads of Grimmerdale - Set in the Witch World universe, this story likely gives a background to some events in books I read so long ago I can't remember - but it was very enjoyable for itself... The Gifts of Asti - The last priestess of the god and her alien companion flee the barbarian invaders - and make a strange and wonderful find that gives the girl hope for the future of her people. In the future, humans have discovered time travel, and send agents back in time to change things at critical junctures on various planets. In this story, the goal is to save a potentially economically valuable civilization that quickly wiped itself out through war.
One is a Witch World Story: The Toads of Grimmerdale. Also contains a bibliography of Norton's books, short stories, etc, current as of 1974.
Yet now there is the old Rhyming Man with his odd little song, and a little old man who takes away little girls and boys - including Marsie who leads one young man to find the end of the mystery, no matter how much imagination it takes his leap of faith proves true.
Andre Norton published her first novel in 1934, and was the first woman to receive the Gandalf Grand Master Award from the World Science Fiction Society in 1977, and won the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) association in 1983. On February 20, 2005, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, which had earlier honored her with its Grand Master Award in 1983, announced the creation of the Andre Norton Award, to be given each year for an outstanding work of fantasy or science fiction for the young adult literature market, beginning in 2006. M. Cornwell and organizations such as Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Publishers Weekly, and Time, Andre Norton wrote novels for over 70 years.