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The Crossroads of Time (Crosstime (aka) Blake Walker #1)

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When Blake Walker foiled a murder attempt on one of his neighbors he somehow found himself drafted into a frantic chase for a dangerous criminal - through the almost infinite levels of alternate Earths.

It was a chase that would take him through level upon level of unknown dangers in search of a ruthless genius who had found our Earth the perfect place to begin his series o
Paperback, (Vintage Ace SF, 12311), 190 pages
Published January 1st 1969 (first published 1956)
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It turns out this book was published in 1956 when I was a 1-year-old, but I don't think I have read it before. However, most likely I did read its one sequel when I was a teenager.

The cover blurbs led me to expect parallel world concepts, and the setting is indeed in a universe with parallel worlds. But with the exception of one post-atomic war America, there is very little exploration of alternate history. The parallel Earths are vastly different and essentially just Andre-Norton-style alien pl
Okay; I've found a copy. Now I only have to find the middle (?) book in this trilogy (?).

The discontinuities in this series are a little easier to comprehend if it's recognized that this edition is the eighth printing (1985) of the Ace edition (1974) of a book first published in 1956.

Again; the motivations of the villain are incomprehensible. He has a perfectly adequate life on Vroom (yes; this really IS the name of the dimension which has developed dimension travel). What does he hope to gain b
Kate Sherrod
Feb 09, 2013 Kate Sherrod rated it liked it
My first ever Andre Norton -- I know, I know, but it won't be my last -- is an interesting time/dimensional travel romp with some psychic power tropes thrown in. And a bit of a manhunt storyline.

Blake Walker, student, has always known he was a little bit different from other people, in that his little premonitions of danger are always correct. What he doesn't know is that he's a latent psychic, and that in the universe next door his ability would make him as common as he is unusual here. Hell, h
Dec 02, 2011 Mark rated it liked it
I reread this for a lark, a half-remembered favorite from my "golden age." Sometimes it's best to leave well enough alone and not revisit fond memories. The story was fine, but I am no longer capable of overlooking clumsy writing and simplistic plotting. It jarred. I realize that when this was first published, many genre authors were churning out books by the month and there was virtually no editorial input. Who was going to copy-edit a 40,000 word science fiction novel that was one of a dozen c ...more
Abram Jackson
Mar 27, 2014 Abram Jackson rated it really liked it
Four stars because this book basically invented the concept alternate realities. Unfortunately, it reads as very straight-forward young adult science fiction now.
Mar 04, 2015 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
1979 grade B
2012 grade A-

Series book AW1

(I probably speed read portions the second time.)
Aug 28, 2013 Nawfal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Imagine if one could travel to alternate/parallel worlds. Now imagine if criminal masterminds could do this, too. And then imagine if an agency was created to prevent and/or track down said criminals from traveling to parallel worlds. The overarching principle is one of non-interference with the native worlds, so these agents must remove the threat of criminals while remaining indistinct in each world. Not a bad concept, but this particular novel does not live up to expectations. It is not wretc ...more
I know I once had a copy of this book, because I used a page of it to trace etymology using the OED, but it was evidently lost somewehere on my journeys.

I don't remember much about this series, except that I felt too much attention was given to the protagonists, and too little to the fascinating concepts of alternate universes. Certain characters were developed, but the decision points and their consequences were little examined, except to provide a setting for action. Norton did this sort of th
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 Norman Howe rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
First Blake Walker novel
Wendell Saunders
First read years ago... a fair story, but not one of Norton's best. A book of alternate universes where a different event (like Hitler winning WWII) splits off a new alternate world... like cards staked in a deck... all are earth, but all the earths are different... some are VERY different.
Kevin C.
Oct 03, 2013 Kevin C. rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable. I'm more a time-traveling reader, but recently started to develop a love of parallel Earth stories, and alternative history stories. This one touched on those latter loves well.

Definitely going to find the sequels. This was my first Norton's book, will not be the last.
Jan 13, 2016 Jacey added it
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Sadly I gave up on this part way through. I'm a big Norton fan, but this is a very old paperback and the print is tiny, so my eyesight conspired against me. It was fine as far as it went, but very much showing its age.
May 10, 2012 Peter rated it it was ok
Typical Norton writing - interesting story idea
Jun 26, 2014 Terry rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-read
See review of Quest Crossstime.
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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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