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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (April 14 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312874634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312874636
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,073,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Each book in a series like this has to rehash the previous plot with enough detail so that a reader starting with that book can get an idea of what's going on. But this book feels the need to do this every chapter or two. You know, so that someone opening to a random page won't be confused. The basic relationships between the main characters get repeated, over and over.

You would think, with all this repetition, that the author could at least keep the details straight. Here are the most glaring discontinuities that I noticed (SPOILER ALERT):

1) At the beginning of the book, the Null teams are promised full human rights if they win the competition, on a temporary status for the duration of the mission, to be made permanent if the mission is completed successfully. Later, when the Felines are contemplating the successful completion of the mission, no mention of this is made; instead, they assume they will be recycled as soon as it's over. Now, it's believable that the emperor would break his word about this, but if the Nulls were so certain he would break his word that they didn't even consider the possibility that he'd keep it, why did they volunteer for the mission in the first place?

2) As other reviews have pointed out, they randomly discover that Nona can multiply joy. This provides no tension to the plot, since Colene was already jealous of Darius, and Nona already didn't want to get married and clearly was not tempted by power. But my problem with the development is of a different nature; Darius ALREADY found a woman who could multiply joy. Prima is waiting back in his home Mode, expecting to marry him and go on tour when he returns, assuming his true love can't take her place.
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We get a conclusion, but it is unsatisfactory. I feel that the last few pages was hurried and not planned as good as they could have been.
But I guess that any finish is better than none.
Since I have read all the other books by Piers Anthony I know that he can do better.
Read the book. But dont expect too much.
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By A Customer on May 11 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As an Anthony fan for 19 years I was deeply dissappointed in this book. It was not as well crafted as previous books in the series and the characters and plot lacked cohesion. I particularly disliked the inclusion of the rape and child abuse scenes - they added nothing to the plot and could have been handled better.
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From what I read in previous reviews, it sounds like Piers Anthony used a bit of all his books: Xanth, Apprentice, and Geodyssey. I agree that Piers Anthony has grown more in the past years, with writing all those books you have to. In the past few years he started the Geodyssey series-that may be the reason for the sex scenes in this book. But this book sounds like it explains the questions about Colene that arose from previous books. So of course this book should be based on more thought and flash back. Sometimes it's also good for the author to throw off the readers in the final book. It adds a different touch of flare-or just different from the rest.
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"Not As Expected" is the one phrase I would associate with the final Mode novel. The shock of the fourth novel is the fact that the focus of the story is on conversations and thought processes. If action occurs, it seems to be summed up too quickly. There is nothing wrong with the focus, it is just not what one would expect in the Mode series. The book had many wonderful concepts, but lacked the movement and action of the earlier books. Lack of action is not a fault, but it is not what I expected. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read the earlier Mode books, but, by itself, it will not immerse the reader in the world of the Modes enough to allow for complete understanding.
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I am not surprise that there is so much variety of opinion about DoOon Mode, the last book of the Mode series. A lot of people have criticized this series for his used of sexual explicit scenes of rape and child abuse involving a 14 years old girl. DoOon does offer this and more in this concluding book of the series.
I have to disagree with those that thought the book was a disappointment. It would have been a disappointment if he has never written an ending of what happen to Colene. I think it is nice that Piers decided to listen to his fans and finishing to publish this book.
Some don't like the use of the Nulls characters in the series and thought that they were too stupid in Virtual Mode. I don't agree. They weren't stupid just slaves. Piers used the same style that he used in Fractal Mode. To use the first chapter of the book to introduce fully the new anchors before Colene and her gang show up in the scene.
But let's talk about the merit of this book. I found the story enthralling and poignant. Throughout the book we learn a lot more of why Colene is a depressed and suicidal teenager. We got hints in Virtual Mode when she told Sequiro how unhappy she was when she visited Panama before the rape. The rape just exacerbates a downhill trend that was killing her slowly already. We learned even more about Maresy and why she is important to Colene. In a way, this is ultimately Colene story and we get all the answer of our questions that came up throughout the previous 3 books.
I did enjoying learning more about the Nulls society. I don't know if they are philosophers but they indeed are worthy people that unfortunately know that they are doom in DoOon to do as they are asked or died. They are aware of their condition.
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