Neikl - yeas! I loved the story: the autistic child, trying to find the truth, and having to face all the obstacles of his condition in order to get to it.
I really enjoyed the way the author took what we normally take for granted (food, travelling on the train etc...) as being able to manage easily, and describing how this child experiences these things in a way that is equally as epic a journey as Arithon transversing Athera or the 12 tasks of Hercules. Great book.
It was a good book, but not one I'd re-read. I've quite a lot of familiarity with Aspergers as for years I babysat for a family where the oldest boy had it. Because of this, I don't think I was that surprised about the way the book was written.
I'd recommended this book before. Elizabeth Moon's The Speed of Dark deals with adult autism is quite well done... though I was not entirely thrilled with the ending. Not that it was badly done. Rather, it was not what I would call a happy ending, though others might disagree.
Trys: gryphon with a love for happy endings? *grin*
Just a note for those of you who have loved her writing, Andre Norton died yesterday of heart failure. She was 93. Her last book will be out sometime in April.
Saw it - brought a tear to my eye. Andre Norton's were among the first SF books I ever read, and hers WAS the first paperback I ever purchased from a bookstand -- first venture outside of the world of the lending library, which had very very little SF (Zelazny and Clark, oddly, was about the limit). Opened a whole new world...
She was grand story teller and will be sorely missed. I started reading SF in 4th grade and starting read her early books shortly thereafter. Then in Junior High, after reading LotR, I found that her books were shifting focus towards fantasy. So I owe her a lot for my love of fantasy and I still greatly enjoy a foray through the gate of the Siege Perilous into Witch World.
I'm sad to hear about Andre Norton. I am grateful to her for inspiring Mercedes Lackey and Janny and some other authors I love now. I never read her books though. I know, but I think she had so many out I didn't know where to begin. I think she did have a few series I would enjoy but I just didn't know which ones to start with so I delayed reading her. I am sorry she has passed away. I'm grateful to her for the influence she had on the authors I love today.
I'd imagine if there was a survey, we'd find her Witchworld had as much influence and inspiration on fantasy as Heinlein's work did in SF...she was certainly read by many of us as young readers, tho I found her "later" than most.
I've gone back to read Cherryh's older books now I need to discover Andre Norton. It's always sad to me when an author passes and I know their won't be anymore books from them even if I don't read them it's a sad thought. I still miss Marion Zimmer Bradley and she took Mercedes Lackey under her wing from what I understand.