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Harpy Thyme [Mass Market Paperback]

Piers Anthony
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Feb. 15 1995 Harpy Thyme (Book 17)
Gloha is the only creature of her kind in all the world of Xanth, the beautiful offspring of a chance mating between a harpy and a goblin. As she grew to womanhood, she wondered where where she would find the one true love with whom she could share her life.

So, naturally, she sets off to find the Good Magician Humfrey to ask him for an Answer to the riddle of her heart's desire. But hUmfrey, for mysterious reason of his own, propels her instead on a perilous quest in search of truth, friendship, and, just possibly, happiness.

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With this fairly predictable but nevertheless amusing tale, Anthony ( Alien Plot ) returns to the magical world of Xanth, a place where "appearance counts for most of reality" and nearly everyone has some magical talent, even if it is only the ability to change the color of popcorn. In this installment, Gloha, the only goblin-harpy crossbreed in Xanth, attempts to find a male goblin-harpy to mate with and thus become a member of the Adult Conspiracy. After seeking advice from the Good Magician Humfrey from whom she receives a non-commital answer, she embarks on her quest alone, eventually joining up with a rejuvenated magician, a sultry demoness, a walking skeleton and a formerly invisible giant, among others. The magician Trent finally solves her quest by effecting a transformation. Trent surely could have come up with this solution at the beginning of the tale, but then Gloha would never have learned the meaning of true love nor would Anthony have been able to string out all his puns and jokes (he tells of a painter in the Mundane world who killed himself; named Van Go, he was one of the few there who actually believed in Trent). Fans of the author's trademark humor will relish this latest jaunt through the wacky world of Xanth; new readers too will enjoy the fun.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The latest installation in Anthony's popular "Xanth" series follows the adventures of Ghola, the harpy girl, as she searches for true love against impossible odds.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Xanth book Sept. 26 2002
By J. Conn
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love the Xanth series, and this was no exception. I don't recommend this book for anyone who hates puns, though, as it is chock full of them, just like the others. As usual, Mr. Anthony provides characters who are fantastic, yet we Mundanes can indentify with. Who hasn't felt that they don't belong? Or wondered how they will find a sould mate? We have all had a crush we know can't work out. But most of us have not had to deal with these things while on an adventure through a magical land while solving riddles and running from dragons. If you liked other Xanth novels, you'll like this one. And, best of all, this series can be read out of order. I don't recommend it, but it can be done. Pick up any Xanth book, and you will enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Piers has another winner on his hands! May 5 2002
By LC
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Harpy Thyme is beautiful beyond the amazing illustrations on the cover. Piers Anthony takes the story of a Xanth maiden who is alternately accepted and rejected by both species of her family. When she goes in search of a suitable mate, the young goblin-harpy gets more than she bargained for from Good Magician Humphrey. If you love Xanth and/or a good yarn, check this book out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!! June 28 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was recommended to me by a friend, and so I decided to check it out. I wasn't expecting it to be a spectacular read. boy, was I wrong! This is one of my favorite books of all time and I'm really eager to read all the other Xanth books. There a so many bad puns including a sar-chasm, Com Pewter, and a great deal of having secs (as in the abbreviation to seconds)! Harpy Thyme is a cute, funny, romantic book, and it's hilarious and fun to read! I'd recommend it to anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Gola and her travels. May 27 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was filled with puns, romance, comedy and adventure, nnot to mention the feelings of ambitious Golha, a Goblin-Harpy crossbreed. All Xanthian readers will ove this book, with old-timer Trent, and some new characters as well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its a timeless Clasic Nov. 12 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I Though it was a wonderful book action on evrey page I'll read it again and again. I recomend it to any body who likes Fairy tales
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure, fun and laughs! Aug. 24 2000
By "valai"
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Piers Anthony book I have read and it got me hooked!
Gloha is a half goblin and half harpy. She wonders if she'll find a half goblin half harpy man to love. So she goes to ask the Great Magician. Instead of giving her an answer the Magician sends her on a wild quest. She meets new friends and adventure is magically weaved throughout the pages! In the end she found friendship ... but could it be love? No, how could it possibly be love if he's her kind of creature???
A fun read, full of puns and adventure!!! Recommended to anyone who likes or loves a nice book to smile about in the end! Have fun! :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars PUNNY, PUNNY XANTH! July 13 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Anthony delivers yet another exciting and hilarious Xanth book! But I enjoyed this book more than I thought! The characters were notably desirable and great, as were the puns, as usual!
Gloha the Goblin-Harpy crossbreed is a very cool character! And swiftmud is great too! All people who love the Xanth series will absolutely enjoy this book to the highest degree! Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, punny, (as usual)...You get the idea! May 26 2000
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This was actually the first Xanth book I read, so I was kindaconfused about some things... But that's not relevant. This is aREALLY good book, for all you skeptics out there, and I should know. Demoness Metria was a really good addition (or annoyance) to the plot. What happens to her and her husband afterwards, I wonder? Amso, what was that about the Region of Madness and the Mundane guy with the potato chips? Oops, that's irrelevant. This book is REALLY, REALLY,GOOD! (I especially liked that part with the stare-way. Woe to any girls in skirts!) ~Dragonblade
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