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Summary The Zero Stone 108 ↠ A mysterious stone born of worlds long extinct is the key to powers unimaginable to man—powers that could enable its owners to control the universe Murdoc Jern gem trader finds that possession of the stone has led him to the center of a web of intrigue and murderWith his companion Eet an inscrutable feline mutant with phenomenal ESPA mysterious stone born of worlds long extinct is the key to powers unimaginable to man powers that could enable its owners to control the universe Murdoc Jern gem trader finds that possession of the stone has led hi. Our brains are very weird things For some reason every time I butter toast I am reminded of this book god knows why I hadn't read it for decades but one recent toasty morning I decided it was time for a re read It is a little YA for my taste even middle grade but the story is so compelling and the world building outstanding Gems and crystals of power are one of the great clichés in SFF but this version of the cliché is done so well and so originally that you cannot help but feel you're reading something fresh I also loved the evolving relationship between Murdoc and EetAndre Norton was one of the great SF story tellers and this book sees her at the top of her gameThe seuel is even better

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Sniffers There facing the predatory sniffers the antagonistic Patrol and the laser guns of the Thieves' Guild Murdoc must seek the source of the Zero Stone and bargain for his right to pursue his destiny as a free ma. Stars rounded up to 4 starsThe Zero Stone is a magical book for me in some ways I first ran into The Zero Stone and Andre Norton in elementary school I was a voracious reader even then and apparently my elementary school had a fabulous catalog At the time I read The Zero Stone I was crazy about mysteries I read them by the barrel The Hardy Boys tons of Nancy Drew Encyclopedia Brown etc When I ran out of mysteriesI found myself staring at the science fiction section IDK why but knowing me it was probably the cover lol I picked up The Zero Stone but I found it fascinating The Zero Stone is magical for me because it marks a change in my reading life I suddenly went looking for science fiction instead of trying to re read my way through the mystery shelves again The Zero Stone was my first science fiction adventure novel and Andre Norton took me on an adventure that I would remember fondly if vaguely for the rest of my life There was Danger Space Aliens and unbeknownst to me my very first and still favorite author Andre NortonRe reading The Zero Stone as an adult felt strange First I learned that there was very little that I actually remembered from my childhood reads I remembered Eet and Murdoc the ring and being in spacebut I forgot mostly everything else I was also surprised at thecomplexity of the language I read this book for the first time in elementary school and now I'm very impressed with childhood me This IS a children's book but there isn't a large concession to childhood in regard to plotting and verbiage Or it feels that way at least in comparison to the books written for children today Norton does concede to the children's part by a little first chapter info dumping There is a short info dumping section near the beginning that actually transitioned decently from a simple info dump into background information But it was certainly an info dumpThe Zero Stone also continues Andre Norton's amazing trend of amazingly catchy intros The Zero Stone begins in medias res with our hero Murdoc already on the run He is being hunted on an unfamiliar planet in an unfamiliar city by people who have every intention of killing him having already killed his mentor Murdoc eventually realizes that he's being hunted for the Zero Stone a ring of unknown power and origin that was passed to him by his father As the story progresses Murdoc flounders due to his lack of experience he doesn't ask the right uestions and he takes peoplesituations at face value This all changes when he meets Eet Eet is thankfully smarter and experienced Eet suggests that this is one of several livesreincarnations for it him To survive Eet and Murdoc brave the emptiness of space before eventually crashing on a planet inhabited by primitive humanoids that sniff out their prey Murdoc dubs them sniffersWhile reading The Zero Stone I noticed that there are moments where I should be emotionally invested I should feel sad nervous or fearful for Murdocbut I don't There was certainly anemotional wall between me and the novel that I think is related to Norton's matter of fact way of writing Norton did not delve too deeply into Murdoc's feelings past a certain point This lack of emotional connection made the events Murdoc endured not as powerful to me as they could have been All in all I truly enjoyed re visiting elementary school aged me The Zero Stone has held up pretty well for a 49 year old book and I do plan to read the next book in the series Uncharted Stars

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The Zero StoneM to the center of a web of intrigue and murderWith his companion Eet an inscrutable feline mutant with phenomenal ESP powers he is hunted through space coming finally to a long forgotten planet inhabited by apelike. I am a huge fan of the older style of sci fi and The Zero Stone published in 1968 by Andre Norton certainly fits in that category However I was not happy with the bookThe first half of the book has very little dialogue about 2 5% of the pages That means over 95% of the book up to that point is mostly description and reading became of a chore than a joy There was dialogue in the second half of the book but by then it didn’t matter The author had lost my interestThe upside of this description is that Ms Norton is a great talent and the style of description added its own flavor to the book The opening chapters describing Murdoc and his early years of life fit together nicely with the author’s prose and an interesting story was cast on the table for readers to peruse I was caught up with the character of Murcoc Jern and thought the basic opening plot of the story was presented wellBy the story progressed into the sections where Murcoc befriends the alien Eet I had had enough Though I did slog all the way to the finish I was hoping that that the story would recapture the magic from the first few chapters Unfortunately it never did and barely managed to limp all the way to the endThis story stands on its own although the end clearly leaves no doubt there is a follow up book Only for the stouthearted die hard Norton fans Three stars