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Masks of the Outcasts (Dipple #1-2)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  70 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
The planet Korwar was a glittering jewel of a world, inhabited by the galaxy's wealthiest, visited by the upper classes of other worlds in search of diversion. The jewel had a flaw: the Dipple, its name coming from a contraction of "displaced person," where the misfits, the hopeless, the penniless eke out a wretched existence on the dole. Two young men hoped to escape from ...more
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published September 6th 2005 by Baen Books (first published April 1st 2004)
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***Dave Hill
Dec 14, 2011 ***Dave Hill rated it it was ok
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Andre (Alice Marie) Norton was one of my SF/Fantasy staples growing up, and I still reread some of her books. This is a new Baen reissuing of two of her novels: Catseye (1961) and Night of Masks (1964). Alas, neither novel is one of Norton’s finest.

Overall: Fair
Story: Fair
Re-Readability: Fair
Characters: Fair

As with most of these Baen pair-ups, there’s a theme here, in this case a common setting. Both novels start on the planet Korwar, a
Initially NO
Feb 21, 2014 Initially NO rated it it was ok
This is actually two stories in the same book. Both interplanetary tales on strange lands with strange creatures that have powers to get inside the mind. Creatures that can speak telepathically and work with humans and creatures that use mind bending whistles to disorientate the mind and lure prey to their death.

It would’ve been good if both stories had linked in with each other more. But they were separate stories only connected by the area of the Dipple, the slums of the galaxy and similar use
Gerald Kinro
Jan 19, 2013 Gerald Kinro rated it liked it
Korwar was a luxurious place where the wealthy play and frolick. Its only flaw was the Dipple slum. After the war of the sectors, the misfits and destitute were sent to “Dipples” or communities for the outcasts. Two novellas of young males trying to leave the Dipple make up this work. “Catseye” is of Troy Horan orphaned and hopeless. He has a chance to work at a pet shop that sells exotic animals to the wealthy. He takes that chance. The shop’s owner, however, is not scrupulous and playing a gam ...more
Oct 03, 2014 Genericeasy rated it liked it
I really like Catseye, the first book, but am not so fond of Night of Masks, the second book.
Jun 10, 2012 Cherisse rated it liked it
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2 in 1: Catseye (human-animal contact via telepathy) and Night of Masks (plastic surgery gives a Dipple resident a chance to get out; his sense of right, his courage to save Vandy gives "Hacon" the opportunity).
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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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Other Books in the Series

Dipple (5 books)
  • Catseye
  • Night of Masks (Dipple, #2)
  • Judgment on Janus (Janus, #1)
  • Forerunner Foray

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