Attention fans of Andre Norton.


Hello Kind Folks,

I have an idea for a new project but I need help.

The Idea – a pronunciation guide for names, places and other terms in Andre’s work.

I often get asked, how do you pronounce this name or that place. And truthfully, I have no idea. Generally my spelling sucks. And lets face it, a lot of names and places Andre used are hard to pronounce, especially in the Witch World Saga. For those of you who think I’m nuts or just plain stupid, you are just the person I need.

I would like to send out a list of names, places or things (even the ones I can pronounce) and get people to do the grammatical notation of said word. I still have to create a list but it wouldn’t take to long using all the glossaries I’ve collected and posted on the website over the years. Then I would go through those glossaries and add the grammatical info to it.

And so – I’m looking for volunteers to help with said project. I really want several people to help so I can see what multiple people think of each word.  You can sign up by emailing me at

Any and all help will be deeply appreciated. Again I’m looking for volunteers for I can’t afford to pay you. I can however give you credit on the website. 



Children of the Gates

~ An Omnibus of Novels by Andre Norton


Contains ~

  • Here Abide Monsters (1973) Published by Atheneum, HC, 0-689-30422-6, LCCN 73075438, $5.95, 215pg ~ cover by Jack Gaughan {Orange Cloth Boards, Taupe End Papers}
  • Yurth Burden (1978) Published by DAW, PB, # 304, UE1400, 0-879-97400-1, LCCN 2001569707, $1.75, 158pg ~ cover and illustrated by Jack Gaughan

Synopsis ~

Write-up from the back of Tradepaper ~

"Here Abide Monters"
On a world where parallel and alternate universes intersect, Celtic faery folk, modern humans and inhabitants of a distant future share the planet's surface, along with aliens in saucer-shaped ships who are capturing and enslaving new arrivals who fall through the gates from our Earth. One group of new arrivals meets a protector, a man who calls himself the Herald. He promises safety - but the price he requires may be to high to pay.

"Yurth Burden"
Two races share Zacar - the plains dwelling Raski and mountain dwelling Yurth, who have mental powers which make them feared and hated by the Raski. Terrible wars periodically break out between the two peoples along the borders of their realms. Then a young Yurth woman goes on her coming of age vision quest and is stalked by a young Raski warrior. The two blood enemies will reluctantly find they need each other to survive - and together they discover a secret that will unbalance their world and may change Zacar forever.


Write-up from a fan ~

Here Abide Monsters ~ This starts out with the premise that there are 12 spots around the world where the wall between universes is thin and where people have disappeared. Nick Shaw and Linda Durant pass through a door into a world that at first seems like our own. Then they run into "mythical" creatures, some benign and others horribly nightmarish and deadly. They join up with an English group who fill them in on the dangers of the world and they meet with what on their world would be members of the Fairy Folk who tell them to go away. Then they witness attacks by alien spaceships that are taking captives. The fairy Folk are immune to the weapons of the aliens and their cities are safe from attack. They try to get Nick and the other humans to join them and become part of the Folk, but the humans resist for fear of losing their own identities. Nick gets captured and an unexpected ally teaches him how to tap into latent psychic powers that he unknowingly possesses. Will his newfound abilities’ prove a key to his and his band's survival? Action packed right up to the last page. ~ PG

Yurth Burden ~ Ok, other than a clever pun, who are the Yurth and why and how are they Burdened? The Yurth, a peaceful people with telepathic powers share the planet Zacar with the Raski who were there first and resent and hate the Yurth.
Elossa a Yurth girl must make a pilgrimage to a mysterious place in the mountains to learn the secrets of functioning as a full member of adult society. This is a dangerous journey, made even more so by the presence of Stans, a Raski boy who is following her to find out any secrets and stop or kill a Yurth as a continuation of an ancient blood feud . After each one saves the other's life, they travel together and face ancient evils along the way. When they reach their destination, they learn the incredible truths about the origins of the Yurth , the burden, and the enmity of the Raski. It will be dangerous for each one to go back to their own people and spread the truth, but they decide to become peacemakers. And this is only halfway through the book. From then on , the going gets rougher. There should have been a sequel. ~ PG

Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • (2013) Published by BAEN, TP, 978-1-4516-3889-9, $13.00, 376pg ~ cover by Stephen Hickman
  • (2013) Published by BAEN, DM, 978-1-451638-89-9, $8.99, 512pg ~ cover by Stephen Hickman
  • (2014) Published by BAEN, PB, 978-1-476736-38-9, $7.99, 432pg ~ cover by Stephen Hickman