A collection of 9 short stories and one novella, published for the first time and titling the book, this often has a magnificent lift and a sinewed intensity. The outdoor stories are particularly good. Hook the life of a hawk. The Wind and the Snow of Winter, an old prospector's return, Indian Well, a contest between nature and man, Buck In the Hills, a hunting trip revealing a man's viciousness: there's some bitter humor in The Rapids, Why Don't You Look Where You're Going. The Anonymous, and The Fish Who Could Close His Eyes, while The Watchful Gods reflects the fine shadings of a boy with his first gun. These make an interesting contrast with the author's three novels and display his ability to handle the short story techniques in competent manner. Clark's followers will form a definite market and in its specialized fiction field it will have importance.