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Book Title: Shadow Hawk|
The author of the book: Andre Norton
Edition: Bethlehem Books
Date of issue: December 1st 2001
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 3.3
ISBN 13: 9781883937676
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I would have adored this story when I was twelve, but unfortunately I read it too late: my exposure to good literature and my knowledge of the craft have expanded a great deal since then, and my reading tastes have matured proportionately. The political intrigue, the history, the battles, and the strategy still appeal to me, but the flaws of the story stand out to me now, even though they would not have before.
The characters were one-dimensional; the plot relied several times on certain characters being in the right place at the right time, which smacked of deus ex machina rather than seeming natural; the writer sometimes seemed to forget that a character's actions would be hampered by an injury sustained earlier; and the writing, though for the most part acceptable, contained tics and minor errors that pulled me out of the story. The greatest irritation was how the author referenced characters by both their names and descriptors. The story is told in third person and the point of view is oriented from the main character, but the text constantly switches between calling him Rahotep and calling him "the captain," even in close POV moments. I wouldn't mind him being referred to as "the captain" if that only occurred when the POV was a very distant third person, but in close third person, when the reader is nearly in his head, referring to him thus is jarring.
Despite my disappointment in the book, I did very much enjoy the history involved. It whet my interest in ancient Egypt again, and I hope I'll be luckier in the next books I read on the subject.
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Read information about the authorAlice Mary Norton always had an affinity to the humanities. She started writing in her teens, inspired by a charismatic high school teacher. First contacts with the publishing world led her, as many other contemporary female writers targeting a male-dominated market, to choose a literary pseudonym. In 1934 she legally changed her name to Andre Alice. She also used the names Andrew North and Allen Weston as pseudonyms.
Andre Norton published her first novel in 1934, and was the first woman to receive the Gandalf Grand Master Award from the World Science Fiction Society in 1977, and won the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) association in 1983.
Norton was twice nominated for the Hugo Award, in 1964 for the novel Witch World and in 1967 for the novelette "Wizard's World." She was nominated three times for the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement, winning the award in 1998. Norton won a number of other genre awards, and regularly had works appear in the Locus annual "best of year" polls.
On February 20, 2005, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, which had earlier honored her with its Grand Master Award in 1983, announced the creation of the Andre Norton Award, to be given each year for an outstanding work of fantasy or science fiction for the young adult literature market, beginning in 2006.
Often called the Grande Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy by biographers such as J. M. Cornwell and organizations such as Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Publishers Weekly, and Time, Andre Norton wrote novels for over 70 years. She had a profound influence on the entire genre, having over 300 published titles read by at least four generations of science fiction and fantasy readers and writers.
Notable authors who cite her influence include Greg Bear, Lois McMaster Bujold, C. J. Cherryh, Cecilia Dart-Thornton, Tanya Huff, Mercedes Lackey, Charles de Lint, Joan D. Vinge, David Weber, K. D. Wentworth, and Catherine Asaro.
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