The Beast Master
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...more
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 a ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book reads somewhat like a western, but I enjoyed it anyway.
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book has almost nothing to do with the movie. Where the movie was a sword and sorcery r ...more
The Beast Master (Beast Master / Hosteen Storm, #1)
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 ...more
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 ...more
I for one cannot believe what a hash Hollywood made of the movie supposedly based on this book. ...more
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 ...more
Long long ago, I think even when I was in primary school (so, more than forty years ago), I read The Beast Master, and it stuck with me. Not quite so long ago, I got it and its sequel, Lord of Thunder, in a single volume, Beast Master’s Planet. Both concern a future galaxy where Earth has been destroyed in the final act of a war with the alien Xik, and our protagonist, Hosteen Storm, is (as far as he knows) the only survivor of the Navajo. He is an ex-s ...more
Oh, and Hosteen's a Beastmaster, a trained fighter with the power to bind a team of animals for his commando work (this doesn't play as large a role in the story as I remember).
This is an immensely ent ...more
This is the novel that movie was based on, although it's virtually impossible to tell. Other than the fact that the hero can ...more
The main action is set on a planet much like the US Southwest, complete with a native people who have a fraught relationships with settlers. Science fiction details abound as Ms. Norton ...more