Uncharted Stars (Murdoc Jern #2)

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Title: Uncharted Stars

Series: Murdoc Jern #2

Author: Andre Norton

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 232

 

Synopsis:

Murdoc and Eet are blacklisted by the Patrol and the Guild, so how are they going to survive? Kidnap a drunk former space pilot, hook up with an alien and solve the puzzle of where the Zero Stones come from of course!

 

My Thoughts:

This had to be some of the most stoic writing ever.

And Murdoc continues to distrust Eet, afraid that he’ll take over his mind or use him or “something”. He makes several stupid decisions on this alone and gets the whole crew in trouble.

But in spite of that, things were kind of rolling along, right up until the end,

where Eet, with the power of a whole planet of Zero Stones, turns into HER original form and is of course, a beautiful woman.

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I could not believe that. Both books were focused on friendship, companionship, duty, etc, etc without even a hint of romance. And then that. It was like taking a big bottle of Heinz Ketchup and squirting the whole bottle on a fillet mignon steak, to “make it palatable for everyone”.

Kind of glad there are no more Murdoc Jern books so I won’t even be tempted to read them.

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The Zero Stone (Murdoc Jern #1)

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Title: The Zero Stone

Series: Murdoc Jern #1

Author: Andre Norton

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 250

 

Synopsis:

Murdoc Jern, son of a famous jemologist, is pushed out on his own, with only an unknown stone as his inheritance.

Plying his trade as an apprentice, his master is murdered and Murdoc is on the run. From the Guild, the Patrol and other sources. He hooks up with an alien, born from a cat, named Eet to find out what the Zero Stone is.

 

My Thoughts:

This was typical Norton, with brains being the most important thing. Action happened, but it was described so stultifyingly that it was a relief to get to other stuff.

I did enjoy the overall story but there are times that Norton’s style grates. It is a testament to her writing skill and storytelling ideas that even with that, I still keep reading her stuff. I love the story and the idea of exploring space for Lost Civilizations is cool.

I liked this enough that I am now in the middle of the second book.