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Faun & Games [Mass Market Paperback]

Piers Anthony
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Oct. 15 1998 Xanth Novels (Book 21)
Piers Anthony's most exceptional Xanth adventure ever reveals wnodrous new worlds of mirth and magic!

The miraculous and mirth-filled land of Xanth holds many marvels. But now an extraordinary new aspect of this remarkable realm unfolds as young Forrest Faun's quest takes him to a tiny planet hidden in the heart of Xanth. There, with a delightful "day mare" as his constant companion, Forrest will find more marvels then he ever dreamed of.

Packed with magic, mystery, and mirth, Faun & Games is the freshest and most exciting Xanth adventure in a month of Pundays!

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What can a hapless reviewer possibly find to say about Anthony's Xanth yarns--here the 21st of that ilk--that hasn't been said before? Astonishing as it may seem, Anthony has found the present puns-and-anything-goes format too restrictive, so he's introduced a miniature planet called Ptero that contains (wait for this) everything in Xanth that is or ever could be! The future sure won't have been what it used to be. So: evidently, nothing much--but stay tuned for next year's adventure (according to reports from Ptero, it'll be about zombies). And, meantime, in the author's afterword, you can catch up on the latest news about Anthony's teeth. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Piers Anthony is one of the world's most popular fantasy authors, and a New York Times bestseller twenty-one times over. His Xanth novels have been read and loved by millions of readers around the world, and he daily receives hundreds of letters from his devoted fans.

In addition to the Xanth series, Anthony is the author of many other best-selling works. Piers Anthony lives in Inverness, Florida.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite, but OK May 27 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In my opinion this is not one of the better Xanth books. It sort of drags along but some interesting and good things happen. As for those who continue to complain that there are too many puns all I can say is "then quit reading them unless you like to be unhappy"!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best but not bad Feb. 17 2003
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Another trip to Xanth, a new trip to Ptero. The Xanth books always had a fairy tale quality to them. Yes they get predictable, but so does every fairy tale. the good guy wins, the bad guy loses, we have fun along the way, and all's well.
The puns are numerous but do they really detract from the story? Not really, if you can't handle this, then you probably should read any of the Xanth books period. The pun strips are overflowing with puns, but guess what? That was the idea
To the story, we find a decent faun made good by his association with his tree, helped by a nightmare gone soft. Later, he's accompanied by two lovely princesses out for a good time but in the middle of a crisis so the good times will have to wait.
This journey takes them into a series of moons upon moons. The journey was not so much tedious, but the shift of planes gets disjointed. I suppose some people can't handle that. If you require your stories to stay effectively in a single plane of existence then be warned this book travels around.
That having been said is the story predictable. If that above is what you've expect when you pick up a book then I guess yes it is, I didn't. I suppose in a xanthy kind of way however, you can guess certain things. There will be an appropriately goofy manner of resolving the problem and a somewhat goofy problem
... The first 8 books are so detailed a xanth somewhat in strife. The magician trent had just taken over for the storm king, and the dark age of xanth had just ended, soon to enter a new golden era. The earlier books had more realistic problems and quests (search for the source of magic, considering the place is Xanth its not that unrealistic of a quest).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Faun...not really...... Jan. 20 2003
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Faun and Games by Piers Anthony is about an almost unbelievably decent faun named Forrest. Although, he cannot resist his faunish nature, he endures with two or three lovely creatures on a quest to save a friend's tree. They discover several different worlds to find that one special faun. At last, Forrest finds the spirit to fill in the tree and, also, gets more than he's asked for.
This book was not the best of Piers Anthony's books. I found the book to be not as alluring as all of his books before, since it just brought some points that seemed rather predictable and unrealistic for me to believe. In the World of Xanth, things can get pretty unbelievable, but in this case, it was ridiculus and needs a change of personality of some characters to make things more interesting than sexually alluring.
I find that Faun & Games would be a fair novel because of the introductions of new and interesting worlds that I find appealing and of the introductions for future expectations of new characters that drew my attention for further novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BOOK I EVER READ ! Dec 24 2001
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I just got finished reading this book and I honestly must say, I couldn't keep my nose out of it.It was the best book I ever read and I mean that. The plot behind the book will keep you going so you never wanna put the book down! I must say the ending of the book was also the best ending that I have seen in a long time.I recomend this book for the ages of 15 and Older, Only reason I say 15 is because the book does talk a little about the sexual nature,if you will.I would say to buy this book and keep it close to your heart and I did.Enjoy!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm... Aug. 27 2000
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I've just finished reading Faun & Games and have over the years read every Xanth novel before it. I gotta say, here was a setting with a fair amount of potential. Exploring Ptero had so much possibility. A world of might-bes. Unfortunately, the author seems to have just exploited it as a means to including as many of his readers Xanthine suggestions as he could, designing a loose plot around this catalogue. Please try harder Piers I know you can do better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Xanth ROCKS! July 13 2000
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Faun & Games has easily become one of my favorite Xanth books ever! It has one of the best stories ever conjured for Xanth; taking you from planet to planet...literally!
Faun & Games is about a faun who's friend falls over a cliff while playing with a nymph...he sets off to find the tree a companion and is soon lauched into worlds/planets surrounding a woman's head! Sounds great and it is great! Enjoy!
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1.0 out of 5 stars One of the hardest of the series to read. June 27 2000
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Though the book is still fun to read, it was pretty much like the rest of the series: main character has a problem, goes to good magician, then ends up in a full fledged adventure. The trips to ida's moon is enough to make anyone loose track of where the characters were, where they came from, and what they were trying to accomplish.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Please, no more! April 23 2000
By A Customer
I began reading Anthony when I was thirteen, and I thought thatit was just great. Over the next couple of years, I read every bookin his two Xanth series, and I had to wait for over a year before Icould read Faun and Games. I was sixteen by that time, and when I began to read it, I felt sick. I am so tired of all of his female characters being either beautiful and stupid, or ugly and a genius. And the male characters, even those that are truly unintelligent, always manage to be more clever than the women. This series did once have a fun, escapist quality to them, which made them funny, and a nice way to avoid real life for a few hours. But his novels have steadily gone downhill, and have now fallen so far in terms of quality that I can't even justify reading them anymore... The story line is overrun with useless puns, which are now completely unbearable, and the sudden appearance of these moons is a desperate attempt to keep [the] readers' attention in a series that has steadily lost it's originality. He ruined Mare Imbri, who was always one of my favorites by taking her out of her horse form, and giving her such lines as "I am femalishly curious." When I read that I almost threw the book down then and there. This author has created a low-brow man's paradise, with all of the female characters being nothing more than idiotic nymphs that always end up with their clothes off. ...It was simply a poorly written book with pathetic dialogue, a sad excuse for a storyline, and with one-dimensional characters that you could never find yourself caring about.
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