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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (June 12 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345349369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345349361
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.1 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Piers Anthony [Xanth] -- Piers Anthony redefined the fantasy series when he launched his Xanth books--they're(quite simply) pun for the whole family!

--Veronica Chapman, Senior Editor


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Alright, most people will agree that the first 3 Xanth novels were awesome. And some of the later ones were entertaining as well. But this book does not do the series justice. About a young girl, who happens to be the princess, who is lost in the jungles of Xanth. Meanwhile, the Gap Dragon has become a child and escaped from the Gap and caused "forget whorls" to appear all over Xanth. Okay, sounds really good right? Nice plot, huh? No, it's not. This book is overly coincidental, has pretty uninspired characters, and is pretty unrealistic, even for the setting. It totally does not show the normal actions of a child well after about the first 50 pages. And each conflict seems to appear with no relation to the last. Basically, it was a good idea turned bad, by some lazy planning by our friend Piers. The puns are still in full effect, fun, but getting a tad corny. If you're reading the series in order, you may as well read this - it's fun for a while but in the end a turn off - but don't let that distract you from this wonderful series.
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I very much enjoyed the first few Xanth novels. In those early novels, Anthony combined a well thought-out world, engaging characters, and a humourous tone to make eminently readable books. He lost the spark somewhere along the way, however. The later books, like this one, are simply going through the motions. Take Princess Ivy, for example. Early characters -- like Bink in A Spell for Chameleon -- had unique characteristics and abilities that they had to learn to use to resolve the challenges facing them. With Ivy, Anthony cops out. Her "special power" basically boils down to an ability to cause anything to happen that she desires. Not surprisingly, having given himself this incredible crutch, Anthony feels no need to put much thought into the plot of the book or to devise creative ways for his characters to resolve problems. What, there's a giant chasm blocking the characters' passage? That's ok, Ivy has decided that someone has the ability to sprout wings and fly them across....
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This book isn't that bad, if it were the first Xanth book you read. However, this was my sixth Xanth book. Alot of the original things, the magic, the irony, the stories, which I loved in the other books are just repeated here. Worse, in Dragon on a Pedestal, some of the great horrors and monsters of the past books, like the moat dragon, are turned into cute little creatures. Boo! Xanth novels were light hearted, but they had a serious edge too. Here everything is warm and fuzzy and harmless. There is no tension in this story because we all know that everyone will be okay in the end and, in addition, will be great friends who share milk and cookies. Boo again! I remember Castle Roogna where Dor takes Goblins, transformed into rocks, and shots them at approaching Harpys. Where the Zombie King raise the dead, whose limbs fall off them while they fight. Here Xanth is too nice and too sweet and too boring for anyone who likes good fantasy to really enjoy. I would avoid this book if I could. I already read it though so the best I can do, to warn you about it. For myself, if this is the direction Xanth is going, I think this will probably be my last trip to Xanth. Maybe it is time I bought other books.
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I have truly enjoyed all of Anthony's Xanth books up until this one. The books of this series are made memorable and entertaining to me largely due to the incredible imagination of the author. That is, unfortunately, the main missing aspect of this novel. Our young heroine's talent seems to function as a vehicle for making unbelievable polt twists occur rather than as a specific talent that marked the heros and heroines of the other Xanth novels. **SPOILER** Another weak chain of events was the benefit reaped by the Tree of Life. That idea was about as poorly put forth as Ivy's talent of convenience---I was half expecting Irene to find a seed that grew cannons or Volvos.
While most other Xanth novels had the ability to make the reader believe that the fantastical events were possible in Xanth due to the incredible magic of the land and characters, this one just made this reader believe the author ran out of good ideas.
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By Coray on July 29 2002
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If you're going to read any of the Zanth series, this is the one to read.
While really serious readers would be best adviced to avoid this book-and all others in the Zanth series-like the plague, if you want a light, humorous, cute, and up-lifting story, then it's hard to find one that comes off as well as this. Just the mention of "Stanley Steamer" brings a little smile to my face.
If you like this Zanth story, then there are others in the series that are others nearly as good. (Although I'd never ever recommend reading the whole series, unless you're about 13 and extremely bored over the summer.) The first one, A Spell for Chameleon is probably the most serious of the series, and rather good. Castle Roogna is also good, as is Ogre, Ogre, and Night Mare. Reading more than 5 (maybe even fewer) though would expose the enormous flaw in the series-repitition.
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Dragon on a Pedestal was the 1st Xanth novel I have read. I can say but one word: WOW! It was a great story. It combined an interseting story about how little princess Ivy got lost in the jungles of Xanth after being saved from the Gap Dragon by a zombie, and added many interesting twists at the same time. Ivy's fearlessness and bravery got her through every challenge she faced. Piers Anthony even added some interesting words from, possibly, a "Xanth Dictionary" to make it fun. I really got into the story. Anthony described everything very well, it was as if you were there. I think it was an extremely awesome book, and anyone interested in fantasy stories should read it.
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