The Gifts of Asti

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E-postadressen publiceras inte. Dmca — Kontakter. MP3 gratis av losvlad den Utgiven 30 mars Format mp3. She was the guardian of the worlds, but HER world was dead. This story was first published in Fantasy Book Vol. The once at her goal, she discovers a crashed space ship that was sent to This is a fast easy read, I first read in in the late 's when it first came out.

The once at her goal, she discovers a crashed space ship that was sent to destroy her would centuries in the past, and finds their a spaceman in suspended animation and a prisoner who had been imprisoned because he objected to the destruction of the world they were attacking. Her rescue of him, her restoration of him, and an open ending. Not the best book, but different, and since it was written in the 's introduced new thoughts to Science Fiction at the time. This is a good book for the twelve to sixteen age group. Like many Norton stories, the author builds out an intriguing setting with lots of possibilities, then fails to explore them.

A common thread through the reviews here is that it felt like this was going to be the start of some series, but ends abruptly. Varta and Lur brush against marvels and dangers and interesting hooks during their escape from another interesting hook: they travel a secret subterranean path from the temple of Asti, in order to elude the barbarians who have sacked and ruined th Like many Norton stories, the author builds out an intriguing setting with lots of possibilities, then fails to explore them. Varta and Lur brush against marvels and dangers and interesting hooks during their escape from another interesting hook: they travel a secret subterranean path from the temple of Asti, in order to elude the barbarians who have sacked and ruined the ancient city of Mephir.

Their quest is to escape notice and travel safely, and they do, carefully avoiding dramatic story elements. All of this feels like the sort of deep history that Norton crafted for Witch World. A diverting and extremely readable adventure, nonetheless. I think that this could be turned into a much longer story very easily. Jan 16, Bram Slaats rated it liked it Shelves: fiction.

The Gifts of Asti

It has about as much depth as I expect in such a short story. Aug 19, Dan rated it liked it Shelves: short-stories , science-fiction. This is Andre Norton's second science fiction short story. Like her first story, "People of the Crater. Published in the same magazine, Fantasy Magazine , Norton maintained the use of her pseudonym, Andrew North. The writing and the tone of this short story is more consistent than her first story, though equally formal and even more distant.

There are only four characters in this story: Varta, the last priestess of Asti, her telepathic c This is Andre Norton's second science fiction short story. There are only four characters in this story: Varta, the last priestess of Asti, her telepathic companion Lur, a Guardian of the Dark who points her in the right direction, and the man in the space suit she comes across. For those who don't recognize that this is a love story, it can seem incomplete, but it actually ends where all romance stories do, with the girl and guy getting together happily ever after.

The world building, as always.

The Gifts of Asti by Andre Norton

The story has flaws. Since there are so few characters, and only one of them speaks, there's little to no dialog.

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The world is so elaborately built up it almost becomes another character. When the story ends the reader is left wondering what will happen to the world. It's strength is that Varta is such an appealing character, but she's in real trouble. She's the last priestess. How is she going to get by? She needs a man, of course.

Good thing one comes along. Dec 31, Theodore rated it really liked it Recommends it for: anyone, especially people who love unresolved cliffhangers. Shelves: short-story. I was surprised to see the somewhat mediocre rating for this story until I actually scrolled down to the reviews and saw my one grievance shared by everyone else: it's too short!

I started reading this thinking it was actually a full novel I wasn't paying attention when I downloaded it , so was quite confused as I saw the page count counting up to twenty as I read. Just when the story was getting really good, that's it. It ends. It builds up so well to what seems to be the beginning of a fantas I was surprised to see the somewhat mediocre rating for this story until I actually scrolled down to the reviews and saw my one grievance shared by everyone else: it's too short! It builds up so well to what seems to be the beginning of a fantastic adventure through a post-apocalyptic earth-like world, and then stops.

I'm so upset. It's a great read if you don't mind the major cliffhanger that is never resolved. It's freely available from Project Gutenberg if you have a half an hour to spare. A story by grand master Andrea norton. The really short does an excellent job of delineation for an entire world.

This is a real challenge for a science fiction writer who writes in the short form. A basic plot of boy meets girl. Nov 12, Alex rated it liked it.

I found this to be a dense bit of worldbuilding in the pulp tradition. While I thoroughly enjoyed the world, like many stories of the era, I wish there was a bit more tale to tie together the beautiful settings.

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This story is available for free on Project Gutenberg. Mar 18, Carole O'Brien rated it really liked it Shelves: , science-fiction. A quick, easy read and a solid story. Just nothing that got me excited about the story or the characters. Jan 04, Rain rated it liked it. Short story, but a fun adventure for less than an hour.

Nov 11, Jill rated it it was ok. I enjoyed this story, but the ending is abrupt with no conclusion. It seemed as though this was the start of a longer piece, but Norton apparently never went back to it. It includes Robert Silverberg's short story "Hawksbill Station" which stands on its own, but which the author reworked into a novel some time later. I wish Norton had done the same. I would have rated it much higher, but the end is rea I enjoyed this story, but the ending is abrupt with no conclusion.

I would have rated it much higher, but the end is really a beginning.

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Mar 02, Jim rated it really liked it. Oct 12, Denise rated it really liked it. Varta, the last of the virgin Maiden of Asti, is watching her world die. The barbarians of Klem have hunted Memphir to its death and even here, in the forgotten mountain retreat of Asti, Varta can smell the stench of the fires of their destruction. Please read the rest of the review here.

Mar 06, Diana rated it really liked it Shelves: ebooks. I thoroughly enjoyed this. My only disappointment was finding it's more a short story than a book. I didn't notice the page count on e-reader. Great Short Story Another great story by one of sci-it's great authors. Her characters always seem like real people. Wish she had continued the story beyond finding the ancient pilot. Mar 20, Laura Lough rated it it was amazing. I was hoping that this would be the pre-cursor to a series. I want to know more! Sep 13, Mark rated it liked it.

Entertaining if dated tale for young readers. Fun to revisit her stuff from time to time.