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Golem in the Gears: (#9) [Paperback]

Piers Anthony
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June 23 1997 Xanth
Grundy Golem got no respect. So, to prove himself, he volunteered for a quest to find the long-lost dragon, Stanley Steamer. On the way, he somehow manages to free a damsel in distress-- but not without incurring the wrath of the Sea Hag in the process. And when it comes to avenging herself on Grundy, the Sea Hag will never give up....

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YA In this ninth Xanth novel, Grundy Golem is feeling unappreciated, so he decides to begin a Quest to locate Princess Ivy's lost pet dragon, Stanley Steamer. Consultation with Good Magician Humfrey leads him to the Ivory Tower, where he rescues Rapunzel from the Sea Hag. As the Quest procedes, the Hag harries the couple and their companions. The puns that have made this series so popular with teens come thick and fast, although perhaps more forced and wearily than before. A lexicon of Xanthian people, places and things is attached.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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 --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Loved it and Hated it! Jan. 29 2002
By Tamora
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When this book first came out I was really excited. Finally a Xanth book centering in Grundy. The little golem had been there insulting everyone right from the second book. He'd earned it!
But I should've known better than to get too worked up. In my excitement I'd forgotten one very important thing about Peirs Anthony - All his lead characters suck!
No matter what the book or who is leading it, he always manages to make them boring, thick headed and clumsy in every way possible. It's a pity because he has a lot of supporting characters that are great. But as soon as they take the position of main characters, they somehow turn into Bink clones.
I loved Grundy until this book. I loved his rudeness and total disrespect for people's feelings. But in this book he became a hero and it didn't suit him at all.
But there were good points.
The sweet little relationship between Grundy and Repunzel.
The fact that women weren't insulted as much as in the other Xanth books.
Ummm...That's it, I think. I'm all out of good things to say.
This book destroyed my favourite character but still manages to be one of the better Xanth books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fantasy! Aug. 28 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love the Xanth series and this one remains my personal favorite. Grundy is a great, unlikely hero. The resident lilliputian smart-mouth of earlier Xanth novels, he shows us here us that wise-acres have feelings too, as he goes on a great quest that may or may not bring him true love.
The thing I like about Piers Anthony's Xanth series are the things its detractors hate about it: its pure whimsy and silliness. Modern fantasy can sometimes be grim and self-important, whereas a trip to Xanth is anything-can-happen day.
I know of no books which I digest more easily than Anthony's Xanth series. They are full of silly sexuality, engaging cleverness, emotional frailty and eternal optimism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Golem in the Gears-a review of a great book Nov. 21 1996
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Xanth, the land of magic is a place where I am sure many
people would love to go. Almost everyone has a magic talent
(not centaurs, of course) and the people with the greatest
talents are elligible for kingship. This place is a fantasy
world where puns are reality. they range from spelling bees
to pillow trees and beyond!
In this story, Grundy Golem goes to find the lost pet of
princess Ivy. That is her pet dragon, Stanley Steamer. He
is told by the rejuvenated magician Humfrey that he should
ride the monster under Ivy's bed to the Ivory Tower. He goes
looking for the Ivory Tower and when he finds it, a whole lot
ofthings start to happen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A realy good book Nov. 8 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story starts out like a movie,but it isn't it is a book. Grundy(a golem)who was finaly brought back to life was sent on a very imporent Quest, a quest for the long lost gap dragon Stanley steamer the biggest and strongest of all dragon's a like. Stanley Steamer little Ivy's pet and best friend. Stanly at this point has been missing gor a small period of time so Grundy sent out on the quest for Stanly. While Grundy is out on the quest he finds many friends and eniems. Now Grundy will be on his quest for the gap dragon Stanly Steamer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this book!! Jan. 10 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Of all the Xanth novels, this one is my favorite. I liked Grundy from his first appearance in the series, and Piers Anthony has a way to make the characters seem very real and human where in many of the fantasy stories I have read, the characters are the steriotypical overly heroic hero and wimpy maiden (Which isn't always bad). I especially liked the romance in it, the Xanth novels turned me into a hopeless romantic when I was 11. This is a great Xanth book, with suspense, excitement, a great villian, and a "little" romance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good book, a lot of creative puns. Dec 1 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is an interesting book it has a good storyline for about the first 10 chapters, then it gets worse. The author used too much repetition and every time the Golem said something the author had to write at least a sentance to explain what/how/who he was talking to or about etc. This book has a lot of quick fixes and an extremely grueling end. The last 3 chapters talk about nothing but the golem and his girlfriend fighting over why they should and shouldn't become an item.
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