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Dark Piper

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  272 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Returning home after ten years, Griss Lugard found Beltane relatively untouched by the annihilating war of the Four Sectors, her inhabitants still immersed in the biological researches on mutation for which the planet had been designated. The destruction of the other worlds in the Confederation meant little to them, nor would they listen to Lugard's warnings of danger from ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 12th 1981 by Fawcett Books (first published 1968)
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The book gets off to a bad start by arguing that someone suffering from PTSD is a better judge of human character than a society of pacifists. Why SHOULD refugees fleeing devastated homelands be relentless pillagers? It's rarely so, why would it be so here? Perhaps the narrator's unquestioned assertion that his species always feels better with a weapon to hand is a good clue. I don' you?

The scientists on Beltane (?who named this planet?) seem to be surprisingly unconcerned with education,
Robert Ruppert
Darker than normal for a Andre Norton novel - a good departure and as always, a good read for entertainment - keeps you wanting more - could have used a second followup novel.
B. Zedan
Aug 01, 2008 B. Zedan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Folks who like lost children stories and sf
Shelves: re-read, real-book
This one sort of takes the "children must make their own way after terrible thing happens" story and puts in on a planet inhabited by scientists, after a war. Norton spins a good tale while still bringing up points and themes about humanity and finds a good balance in it all. Action, thinking, sadness, mutants.

What I find a interesting is that Norton's writing style for this book is more formal than in her other work. I think it may be because this is essentially a transcription of an oral histo
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Meghan
Cover Story: Scifictorious
BFF Charm: Hell No
Swoonworthy Scale: 0
Talky Talk: Expository Exposition Exposits Expositorily
Bonus Factor: Cave Hideout
Younger Me Relationship Status: Summer Lovin', Happened So Fast
20-Year High School Reunion Relationship Status: Maybe If It Buys Me Enough Drinks, I'll Forget This Conversation Ever Happened

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1978 grade C+
Algot Runeman
After the intergalactic wars wind down, few return home, but Lugard does. He befriends a group of youth scouts on a peaceful planet, but the remnants of war don't leave them alone.

Written in the 1960s, the science fiction still works.

Max Reeser
This was an interesting sci-fi story about a group of children left on a planet devoid of all human life but their own. It had a great theme going and was excellent, but I wish that Norton had expanded more on it.
Ruby Hollyberry
A LOT better than I even expected! Really impressive. To describe it might be to ruin the exciting plot, so I'll just say that this is what sci fi is ABOUT!!
Jason Reeser
Simple yet imaginative 60's SciFi. I enjoyed every bit of it.
I really have fun reading this book, it's just so Retro-SciFi.
Not the best book in her canon
Relatively weak.
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Alice Mary Norton always had an affinity to the humanities. She started writing in her teens, inspired by a charismatic high school teacher. First contacts with the publishing world led her, as many other contemporary female writers targeting a male-dominated market, to choose a literary pseudonym. In 1934 she legally changed her name to Andre Alice. The androgynous Andre doesn't really say "male" ...more
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