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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: 17.7 x 10.5 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261,209 in Books (See Top 100 in 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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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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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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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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By A Customer on April 28 2001
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Much as I enjoyed this entry in the Xanth series, in retrospect, it seems as if it marked that point when the series began to turn to pure comedy, then to flat-out farce---which was unfortunate. The most recent entries in the series have been so plotless as to be nearly unreadable.
"Dragon on a Pedestal", though, is a charming book about a little girl who gets lost in a terrifically dangerous wilderness, surviving only by her innate good nature---coupled with a Sorceress-level magical talent, of course. Co-starring the Gap Dragon, a.k.a. Stanley Steamer.
Very cute.
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By A Customer on April 28 2001
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Much as I enjoyed this entry in the Xanth series, in retrospect, it seems as if it marked that point when the series began to turn to pure comedy, then to flat-out farce---which was unfortunate. The most recent entries in the series have been so plotless as to be nearly unreadable.
"Dragon on a Pedestal", though, is a charming book about a little girl who gets lost in a terrifically dangerous wilderness, surviving only by her innate good nature---coupled with a Sorceress-level magical talent, of course. Co-starring the Gap Dragon, a.k.a. Stanley Steamer.
Very cute.
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Simply put, this book was terrible. I couldn't read another Xanth novel after this.
Did none of the other reviewers tear their hair out while screaming things like "A 3 year old could not possibly think like that!"
The first 3 Xanth novels established Xanth as a wonderous and dangerous place where people were afraid to leave their own villages unless they possessed strong magic. Now some little 3 year old tyke can venture into the wilderness almost with impugnity.
Do yourself a favor. Read the first 4 Xanth novels. They are great. The few after that are merely OK until you read this one. After that, I do not know.
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