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Book review: “The Zero Stone” by Andre Norton

Book review: “The Zero Stone” by Andre Norton

Some of Andre Norton’s fans consider The Zero Stone, published in 1968, to be one of her best books. I didn’t find it all that compelling although it is distinctive in a couple ways. First, this is the first Norton novel that I’ve read which is narrated in the first person by the central character,

Patrick T. Reardon is a Chicagoan, born and bred. He is a writer, essayist, poet and expert on the history of Chicago. He is the author of eight books and has been writing about the city, its region, its planning issues and literary scene for more than 40 years. For much of that time, he was an urban affairs reporter and feature writer at the Chicago Tribune, delving deeply into social issues, public policy questions and the interconnections within the Chicago region.


He was the primary reporter and team leader on a wide variety of in-depth multi-part series on such subjects as the urban underclass, Chicago’s public school system and the middle-class migration out of the city. He has written extensively about his Catholic faith in articles and essays in a variety of newspapers and magazines, as well as in several books. His essays and poems have appeared widely in the United States and Europe. He is writing a book about Chicago’s elevated Loop.

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