Friday, January 22, 2010
Web of the Witch World by Andre Norton
About the book: Simon Tregarth, whose own Earthly prowess had won him a throne and a witch-wife in an alien world, knew that both triumphs were precarious as long as the super-science of held a foothold on that planet. And his premonitions were right when those invaders from another dimension made their final diabolical strike for total conquest
>Quotes:Patience. Long ago Loyse had learned patience. Now she must use it again as a weapon against fear and the panic which was chill in her, a choking band about her throat, a crushing weight upon her. Patience - and her wits - that was all they had left her.
There was no change in the metal pillars, no sigh that the gate was in use, until those men suddenly appeared as if from the air itself. Possessed men, yet they showed caution as they fanned out, moved up the break.
Why this book you might ask: I read this for the Flashback Challenge. It is one of the first SF books I remember reading YEARS ago. I remember it being so fascinating to me.
My Thoughts: This book was a nostalgic read for me, it was one of the books I read earlier in my life (maybe around '68 or '69) that drew me to Science Fiction & fantasy. I think I might be a little more critical than I was way back then. For instance, the action was, well I don't know how to say it. One minute they were talking about something that must be done and the next paragraph it had already been done. One paragraph they were talking strategy and the next paragraph a new character was there to help. I still loved it though. I liked the clash between a an almost medieval culture, fighting with swords and axes (with witch help) and the foreign Kolder technology. It was a short book at 190 pages, but action packed all the way.
Witch World on Wikipedia
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: Ace Books; First. edition (January 1, 1964)
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Total pages in 2010:
This book - 190
Total - 1565