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The People of the Crater

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Author: Andre Norton
Published: 1947
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,494 / 54 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 4,734
Added to site: 2010.01.14 26310

"Send the Black Throne to dust; conquer the Black Ones, and bring the Daughter from the Caves of Darkness." These were the tasks Garin must perform to fulfill the prophecy of the Ancient Ones—and establish his own destiny in this hidden land!

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The Chieftain led a wondering Garin away.


Garin Hears of the Black Ones

Urg brought the flyer into one of the bubble-shaped rooms which contained a low, cushioned bench facing a metal screen--and here they seated themselves.

What followed was a language lesson. On the screen appeared objects which Urg would name, to have his sibilant uttering repeated by Garin. As the American later learned, the ray treatment he had undergone had quickened his mental powers, and in an incredibly short time he had a working vocabulary.

Judging by the pictures the lizard folk were the rulers of the crater world, although there were other forms of life there. The elephant-like Tand was a beast of burden, the squirrel-like Eron lived underground and carried on a crude agriculture in small clearings, coming shyly twice a year to exchange grain for a liquid rubber produced by the Folk.

Then there was the Gibi, a monstrou

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2.8 from 5 reviews: ***
JoJo Biggins

I wouldn't classify this story as terrible. I suppose the best word I can find to describe it is immature. It is told more as a narrative like the old HG Wells novels, and as such it has no real driving force. Also, there are lots of coincidences and assumptions that make it seem like it was plotted by a high school student. Other than that, I would say it's a fair read.

The American hero is sucked into an underworld where he must rescue the princess and destroy the villain. A tired old tale with little new to offer.

Sardo Weems

This novella is Andre Norton's version of a lost civilization in the middle of Antarctica. It's pure, uninspired pulp, with no redeeming literary value. The characters are boring and the plotting is mediocre. A disappointment.

Grevox Malfstord

Andrew North was an alias of Andre Norton's. Please do your homework before you set out to correct people.


Pen name.

Jim Bryan

This book was written by Andrew North, not Andre Norton.



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