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LORD OF THUNDER
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Same cover art as the 1963, 1967 "short" Ace editions. This is the first full-height paperback from Ace. I like this version best - I think the smaller framing and purple background makes Schomburg's cover look a little less lurid.
The second of Andre Norton's "Hosteen Storm" books: Lord of Thunder. Hosteen and his beast team try to find the cause of native unrest on the planet Arzor.
Here's the flap-copy from the first hardcover, which gives a reasonable summary of the set-up:
For a better plot summary/set-up and some commentary on Norton, I rely on P. Schuyler Miller, and use excerpts from his review in Analog (February 1963):
Of course Hosteen Storm does go out into the Blue and does encounter mysteries of the Norbies and of the Ancient Ones… I keep raving over these books simply because I read them for the "plus" values that are in every one of them, quite apart from the maneuverings of the plot. I am not much concerned with what is going to happen next, but with how and why it happens and what the happening will do to fill in the incomparably rich tapestry the author is weaving. In this book we glimpse of the intricate society of the Norbies, and with Hosteen Storm begin to understand them as a people whose world is being usurped by mankind - as the America of Hosteen Storm's Indian ancestors was usurped centuries before by European invaders. We learn more about Arzor, completely strange and completely real, unlike Earth even in its similarities. We get more brief, vivid, paradoxial glimpses of the mighty lost civilization of the Ancient Ones.
Most important, to me at least, is the fact that as fully and richly as Andre Norton paints her pictures and weaves her tapestries of other worlds, she always leaves something for the reader to fill in… The very fact that all the loose ends are never neatly and explicitly tied up in the last chapter gives these stories a value far beyond the average." [P. Schuyler Miller]