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The Beast Master (Beast Master / Hosteen Storm #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,587 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews

Left homeless by the war that reduced Terra to a radioactive cinder, Hosteen Storm Navaho commando and master of beasts is drawn to the planet Arzor, to kill a man he has never met.

On that dangerous frontier world, aliens and human colonists share the land in an uneasy truce. But something is upsetting the balance, and Storm is caught in the middle. He had thought the war

Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1984 by Del Rey (first published 1959)
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Jun 15, 2011 David rated it liked it
Shelves: completed
Andre Norton is a name that has been around in Science Fiction for many years. For some reason I have never picked up a copy of one of Norton's books, but when I saw this title at a recent library sale, I picked it up. I was pleasantly surprised.

First I was shocked that this novel was so completely different from the movie title by the same name that was obviously a rip off of this concept, if not a license that strayed far from the actual story. This was NOT a fantasy world, but really a hard-c
Mike (the Paladin)
Before I start this review I know something I'm going to say will offend some. Please read what I said and not what you "think" I said. Okay?

Andre Norton was a good writer and a lot of her work is what I think of as "youth" reads or (in it's day) "teen reads". I ran across her when I was in Jr high school. I realize "Jr high school is a term that isn't used anymore but it referred to 7th and 8th grades.

This book tells a pretty good story opens just after an interstellar war has ended in which h
Marla Shin
Mar 04, 2014 Marla Shin rated it really liked it
The only book of hers ever made into a movie, but they changed EVERYTHING but the title and the fact there were animals. She even had her name taken off the movie, and never again sold movie rights. If you've seen the movie, forget it. The protagonist in this book is a space-traveling Native American, rather thoughtful and cerebral. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Apr 07, 2010 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
classic Norton science fiction with Hosteen Storm, an American Indian veteran of Terran special forces, where he used his special talents of telepathy to communicate with animals to infiltrate enemy installations, emigrates to Arzor after a galactic war with the Xik ends with the destruction of Terra (Earth).

On Arzor, Storm is on the hunt again. First against Quade, a rancher that Storm's grandfather was against. Storm however discovers a kinship with the alien Norbies who live on Arzor and begi
3.5 stars
I very much enjoyed this, my first Andre Norton. In fact I'm not sure that I can pinpoint why I didn't round up to four stars. I think there were a few grating points - I can't figure out how the sign language between Norbie and settler developed for instance. Also, as much as the fact that Storm is Navajo attracted me to the book in the first instance, perhaps the "noble savage" tone irritated me a bit at times. There are some happy coincidences as well and fight scenes are not the aut
Jan 24, 2015 Theresa rated it it was amazing

The Beast Master (Beast Master / Hosteen Storm, #1)
Norton, Andre

the beginning of the story explaining the role of beast master in a post war universe, a good book to read, especially when going to the grand canyon area, because of the main characters heritage... Has great detail and two great stories.

how he was connecting to the world of his future a good story about finding home is not what you thought, or feared, and that love does not always have to come from those who are like you.

xiks are
Lyndon J Nobles
Feb 26, 2012 Lyndon J Nobles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was originally drawn to this book by the title. The Beast Master movie was one of my favorite movie as a child and I was eager to find out what kind of book inspired such a unique movie. However, the title is where the similarities end. The film makers apparently took the title, the concept of a man using animals as his personal army, and ran in a totally opposite direction that what Andre Norton went.

This book has almost nothing to do with the movie. Where the movie was a sword and sorcery r
Fantasy Literature
Sep 10, 2013 Fantasy Literature rated it liked it
Shelves: bill
3.5 stars

I first found Andre Norton on the shelves of my elementary school library in fourth grade. I have no idea which of her novels was the first one I read. I just know whichever one it was, it was far from the last. One after the other, bound only by whatever limit our library put on me, I read all I could find on the shelves. And then I read them again. And then again. By the time I left that school in sixth grade, if you picked up one of her books and looked at the sign-out card (yes kids
Anne Hamilton
Mar 08, 2013 Anne Hamilton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a kid, this was my favourite book. I borrowed it and re-borrowed it and re-re-borrowed it from the town library.

Then one day a new librarian came to town. She took one look at the title and one look at me and said sternly, 'You shouldn't be taking out books like this. It's for adults.'

'No, it isn't,' I told her. 'I've read it at least a dozen times. I'll show you exactly where it comes from in the children's section.' My plea was to no avail. I asked her to check the catalogue. She did but m
Brian Layman
Feb 08, 2010 Brian Layman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2010
What an EXCELLENT BOOK! The person who took this novel and turned it into a movie should be drawn and quartered. This is science fiction space travel story of the intersect of cultures, in the aftermath of an Earth shattering war (literally) compared to the movie which was about the palest, thinnest, white-bread barbarian you've ever seen set in a sword and sorcery age. The movie was not about a Navajo descendant veteran leaving behind a devastated Earth to travel on a personal mission to anothe ...more
S.A. Bolich
Sep 19, 2011 S.A. Bolich rated it really liked it
I loved this book from the time I first read it in high school. The pathos of the plot, with a character attempting to adjust to the loss of his entire planet, made me stop and appreciate even more how much I love the one I stand on. As always, Andre Norton handles the tale of the outsider finding acceptance very very well. This is her most common theme, and somehow she makes it work every single time.

I for one cannot believe what a hash Hollywood made of the movie supposedly based on this book.
Feb 07, 2008 Paul rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books by Andre Norton. it is the far future, there was an interglatic war, we won but the enemy distroyed earth. one on the survivores is a Beast master, a commando that lead a team of animals by training and telpathic mind touch,
Hosteen Storm, a Navaho his team, Surra a dune cat mutated to the size of a puma, Baku the african Black eagle and Ho and Hing, meercats, diggers and saboteurs. The war is over but Storm hunts a man he belives resonsible for his fathers death
Jun 08, 2015 Paige225 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is one of those books I search for in every used books store I wander into. EVERY used books store. I picked up the copy I have 20+ years ago in a teen "ohah" moment after having seen the cult classic movie version. Wasn't I surprised that the movie was only loosely based on the almost only the title. And what a book! Wonderful. A human story on SO many levels. NOTHING like the movie or the TV series that was on a few years ago. I highly recommend the original to anyone who come ...more
Mar 26, 2009 Murphy rated it it was amazing
This has been one of my all time favorite books. The combination of space and Indian culture is fascinating. The mental bonds between men and animals also holds a certain appeal. Andre Norton was my first "read everything you can find by her" authors. I was sad when she died. Now I find books by her that I didn't know about. ( I love Amazon.) I'm now reading the 3 last Beast Master books ahe wrote with a helper. A giant BOO HISS to the movie and TV versions. No relation to the books AT ALL! Do n ...more
After war destroys Earth, a survivor and ex-combatant with the unique ability to lead a team of animals travels to the settler planet of Arzor to exact personal revenge. I read The Beast Master as a precursor to the companion animal trope; Norton's concept of select men with intimate, near-psychic bonds with animals would later inspire authors like Lackey and McCaffrey towards Valdemar and Pern, and as a forerunner The Beast Master is existent, intriguing, and unsatisfying. The human/animal bond ...more
Aug 10, 2014 Susan added it
I was reminded of this book this evening, and how much I enjoyed it. It has no relation to the 80s movie of the same name, not even the animals are the same. The movie should be avoided, but the book is a gem.
Aug 20, 2014 Amy! rated it really liked it
Recommended to Amy! by: Gina & Jim
Really enjoyable. It's a pretty quick read, and once the action gets started, it really sucked me in.
Feb 19, 2015 Morgan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: omgosh-books
This book is old, but really good. So many things happen at the end, like woah.
Andre Norton's The Beast Master was a bit of an inspiration to the movie of the same name, but please, do not think these are the same thing. The idea of communicating with animals is where the similarities start and end. Or rather, the idea of a man running around communicating with animals is where it ends. The book is hard sci-fi, there is not a scrap of the fantasy-ish world of the movie.

This book is a hard, pulpy sci-fi novel with other planets, futuristic weapons, aliens and all of the goo
I'm not sure this is the edition I have. My edition has a picture of a T rex, which is evidently meant for a yoris. Norton usually had more control over the cover art.

If all you've encountered are the movies or the tv show, you should know that they apparently paid Norton for the title, and then ignored everything else. This is a subtle, nuanced story of a young man who's lost all but his team, and rejects all offers of a new life, choosing instead to pursue his grandfather's revenge fantasies--
Dan Schul
Dec 14, 2015 Dan Schul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Written in 1959, this science fiction is still ahead of its time. Andre Norton's ability to write is amazing. The book flows real well. No slow spots, just keeps on moving.
Rick English
Apr 13, 2015 Rick English rated it it was ok
I thought that I had read this when it first came out. But it was new to me. Kind of a simple tale. Pleasant but does not hold up. Imagine how it would have changed if they all had cell phones.
Timothy Boyd
Nice solid SiFi story from a master of the Genre. Nothing ike the fantasy movie. Recommedned
Mar 04, 2015 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
1978 grade B
1996 grade B+

Series book B1
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 Norman Howe rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
First of the Hosteen Storm novels
Feb 20, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok
Timothy Boyd
Very nice older SiFi story. The Book is nothing like the movie. Recommended
I thought it time for me to have this story read. My what poetic license was used that went into the movie... only the idea of a guy being best buds with his 4 animal friends. So, the real story is sci-fi, not fantasy. I had enjoyed it all the same, and I plan to read more of the series.

BTW, I do have an old copy of the book.
Jun 14, 2010 Mandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy, 2010
This book was fairly well-constructed right up to the cheesy ending. Some things were very predictable, however. I read this one to see whether I'd be interested in reading any more of the Andre Norton stuff I have on my shelf, and I don't think I will. The more book jackets I read, the less interested I have.
Sep 18, 2011 Lynne rated it it was amazing
Someone recommended this author to me. I had never tried any of her books and my friend suggested this series. I enjoyed it. Fairly easy to get into the book. Hosteen Storm can telepathically communicate with his team of animals. I enjoyed the book and I like the main character and his animals.
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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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“To the spectator the ex-Commando might be standing impassively, the meerkats clinging to him, his hand resting lightly on Surra’s round skull, the eagle quiet on his shoulder. But an awareness, which was unuttered, unheard speech, linked him with animals and bird. The breadth of that communication could not be assessed outside a 'team,' but it forged them into a harmonious whole, which was a weapon if need be, a companionship always.” 0 likes
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