Golem in the Gears: (#9) Paperback – Jun 23 1997
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From School Library Journal
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.
From the Publisher
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
I've read all of the books before this one, and I am starting on the next, Vale of the Vole. When Grundy went out in search of Stanley Steamer, I kept wondering if he would shoot... Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004 by Amazon Customer
This was one of the few books in the series I could not put down. You never forget Grundy, and I was pleased he got his own book. Read morePublished on June 27 2000 by M. A. Ramos
The sharp and bold Grundy the Golem makes an excellent character because of his natural sarcastic personality, and his awesome talent. Read morePublished on July 21 1999
Golem in the Gears, as well as the entire Xanth series, is a great book. I read Golem in 2 days, and all the books (so far) from A Spell For Chameleon to Man from Mundania in an... Read morePublished on Oct. 16 1998