BooksOfTheMoon

Catseye

By Andre Norton

Rating: 3 stars

Troy Horan is a Dippleman, a refugee living in a restricted area on a planet after his own world was “appropriated” as a military base during an interstellar war. He gets a short contract working with a luxury pet shop and finds himself slowly dragged into a murky web of plots and subterfuge in which imported Terran animals seem to play a central role.

I felt that this was quite sophisticated for a children’s book. The world building was quite good, with a lot of depth and the characters were all quite interesting. A large portion of the pleasure planet that the book happens on is a preserved wilderness, and the protagonist is from a similar area and the impression is that these are things that the author cares about and recur in Norton’s work a lot.

Book details

ISBN: 9780345318497
Publisher: Del Rey
Year of publication: 1961

Sargasso of Space (Solar Queen, #1)

By Andre Norton

Rating: 3 stars

This was a fun little space opera adventure about the crew of the Solar Queen, a trading ship that won exclusive trading rights to the ominously named planet Limbo. When it gets there, her crew find much more than meets the eye. Feeling very much like a book of its era (it was written in the 1950s), there’s not a great depth to the characters and the book is entirely plot-driven. But since I quite like that sort of stuff, it didn’t bother me in the slightest.

Book details

ISBN: 9780441062799
Publisher: Ace
Year of publication: 1955

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