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Beast Master's Circus
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For well over a half century, Andre Norton has been one of the most popular science fiction and fantasy authors in the world. Since her first SF novels were published in the 1930s, her adventure SF has enthralled readers young and old. With series such as" Time Traders, Solar Queen, Forerunner, Beast Master, Crosstime, "and "Janus," as well as many stand-alone novels, her tales of action and adventure throughout the galaxy have drawn countless readers to science fiction.
Her fantasy, including the best-selling "Witch World" series, her "Magic" series, and many other unrelated novels, has been popular with readers for decades. Lauded as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, she is the recipient of a Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Convention. Not only have her books been enormously popular; she also has inspired several generations of SF and fantasy writers, especially many talented women writers who have followed in her footsteps. In the past two decades she has worked with other writers on a number of novels. Most notable among these are collaborations with Mercedes Lackey, the "Halfblood Chronicles, " as well as collaborations with A.C. Crispin (in the "Witch World" series) and Sherwood Smith (in the "Time Traders "and "Solar Queen "series). An Ohio native, Ms. Norton lived for a number of years in Winter Park, Florida, and now makes her home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she continues to write, and presides over High Hallack, a writers' resource and retreat.

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Telepathic beasts and the efforts of Laris, a young animal trainer, to escape her bondage to Dedran, a greedy Circus Master, add intrigue to this latest installment of Norton and McConchie's Beast Master series (Beast Master's Arc, etc.). Laris, an orphan and hardworking refugee, loves the creatures she cares for as much as she hates Dedran, who "owns" her until she can earn enough credits to buy her freedom. Fortunately, on the space-traveling freighter The Queen of the Circus and during its stops on various planets, she develops a special telepathic bond with Prauo, a big alien cat who joins her, along with Cregar, another unhappy circus employee, in trying to thwart Dedran's nefarious plan to assist fellow Thieves Guild Members in stealing and cloning gifted beasts. This big top of the future includes illegally obtained "tigerbats" and rare Terran dogs, as well as two colorful crooks, Ideena and Baris, who manage to infuse the somewhat stale plot with much-needed humor. The hints regarding Laris's true identity may be a bit too obvious for more clever readers, while older SF/fantasy fans will likely find the story too tame. Still, animal-loving young adults should be well satisfied. (Feb. 28) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Praise for "Beast Master's Ark:
"Neat, swift, and strongly detailed. Old fans will dance and howl for more..." --"Kirkus Reviews
"An exciting climax that should have fans eager for the next installment." --"Publishers Weekly
"Both authors mesh flawlessly to produce a long awaited continuation to the Beast Master saga." --"Romantic Times Book Club
"Fitting well into the framework of Beast Master while incorporating the last 40 years' advances in genetics and biotechnology, the yarn can be read with enjoyment without prior knowledge of its predecessor." --"Booklist

Praise for "Beast Master's Ark":
"Neat, swift, and strongly detailed. Old fans will dance and howl for more..." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"An exciting climax that should have fans eager for the next installment." --"Publishers Weekly"
"Both authors mesh flawlessly to produce a long awaited continuation to the Beast Master saga." --"Romantic Times Book Club"
"Fitting well into the framework of Beast Master while incorporating the last 40 years' advances in genetics and biotechnology, the yarn can be read with enjoyment without prior knowledge of its predecessor." --"Booklist"

Praise for "Beast Master's Ark"
"Neat, swift, and strongly detailed. Old fans will dance and howl for more..." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"An exciting climax that should have fans eager for the next installment." --"Publishers Weekly"
"Both authors mesh flawlessly to produce a long awaited continuation to the Beast Master saga." --"Romantic Times Book Club"
"Fitting well into the framework of Beast Master while incorporating the last 40 years' advances in genetics and biotechnology, the yarn can be read with enjoyment without prior knowledge of its predecessor." --"Booklist"

Praise for "Beast Master's Ark"

"Neat, swift, and strongly detailed. Old fans will dance and howl for more..." --"Kirkus Reviews"

"An exciting climax that should have fans eager for the next installment." --"Publishers Weekly"

"Both authors mesh flawlessly to produce a long awaited continuation to the Beast Master saga." --"Romantic Times Book Club"

"Fitting well into the framework of Beast Master while incorporating the last 40 years' advances in genetics and biotechnology, the yarn can be read with enjoyment without prior knowledge of its predecessor." --"Booklist"

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