Piers Anthony is one of my favorite fantasy authors. I'm a fan of his Xanth series, so naturally I felt compelled to pick up this book.
Penn & Chandelle are grandparents of a wild teenage girl, so they rent a house where they could spend some time with their granddaughter. The house is quite unusual.
The backdoor opens up to different worlds, the house is conscious and stocks itself with stuff that Penn & Chandelle like. Everything from food, clothing, hobbies, interests, tv, internet, anything that they need and want.
There is a holographic window that changes setting, and the house can "travel" to different locations in the world.
Soon their wild granddaughter Lynn joins them, along with her cousin Lloyd and his dob Obsidian. Penn, Chandelle, Lynn, Lloyd & Obsidian are soon discovering the house's many secrets and mysteries...
What's the house for? What does it want from its occupants? Well I sure am not going to tell you, your going to have to read to find out. I really liked how Piers Anthony weaved the story. He doesn't give anything away and the house's purpose is revealed in the last pages.
This book is somewhat risque with sex references, its not dirty but its somewhat risque. Kinda like when movies have sexual jokes, references, etc. Like the cousin Lloyd is a little lustful for his cousin since he's almost a teenager but that is no excuse...and Lynn flashes him...if you know what I mean.
Later on they take in some strangers and there is this girl who is many years older, but she's definately an adult. Anyway this girl was looking for a job, she was lied to and then taken into white slavery, the house & the others eventually find her & help her escape.
Lloyd develops a crush on her and then the other characters agree it would be okay if she was with Lloyd in an intimate way because she has no passport, no papers, & no identity. She can't return to her city because where she comes from its considered a cultural disgrace, even if it was not the girl's fault that she ended up in white slavery.
That was so sad to read but still I don't think that the characters should have agreed that it would be okay if she was intimate with Lloyd, after all he's a minor!!
I only recommend it for older teens & adults but its not something that I would read again, I think that Piers Anthony went too far in this book with the sexual risque situations.