Realty Check Paperback – Aug 20 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
In the second Anthony novel due out in May (see Muse of Art, reviewed above), an elderly couple, Penn and Chandelle, rent an expensively furnished house in Philadelphia for a vacation getaway. It turns out that the building is not only luxurious but allows its inhabitants to travel through time and space by simply walking out the back door. The couple invite their wild granddaughter Llynn, 15, to help them explore the houses wonders. They are soon joined by Llynns obnoxious, bright cousin, Lloyd, 13, and his dog. Then the adventures really begin: saving damsels in Moscow and communicating with aliens are two of the highlights. Considering its jolly, familial tone, the novel contains a surprising, and occasionally disconcerting, amount of sexual tension. Overall, however, this is an intergenerational as well as intergalactic charmer, hallmarked by fast pacing, strong characterizations and skillful prose. (May) now publishing original and reprint trade paperbacks on paper (with the books also available online at www.pulpless.com.) Other original May Pulpless.Com titles include The Land Beyond Summer by Brad Linaweaver, Other States of Being by John DeChancie, Book of the Monk by D.K. Kirts, The Microbotic Menace by Victor Koman (the first in his new Captain Anger series) and The Robert Heinlein Interview and Other Heinleiniana by J. Neil Schulman.
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About the Author
Piers Anthony is the acclaimed author of more than 100 novels and short story collections. His works include the Xanth series, the Mode series, Chthon and Total Recall. Realty Check is an original novel sure to delight Anthony fans everywhere. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
I was also not so easily convinced that the characters would figure out the puzzles so easily! The character development seemed mildly weak, they just weren't beleivable at times. Lloyd, the 13 year old is introduced as an obnoxious little punk, but within a matter of minutes it seems he grew into a wise adult. Llynn was a bit too stereotypical, even admitting that she looks for 'bad boys'. The type of girl that likes a bad boy usually doesn't know or admit that they do.
Also the book had an almost creepy sexual tension at times, as there was plenty of sexual tension not only between cousins, but also between adults and minors. A few times it just left me wondering "huh?!" There was even a bit of sexual tension between 15 year old Llynn and Grandpa!
While I felt some areas of the book left much to be desired, it was really the imaginative and mysterious qualities I was looking forward to, and it came through big time there. I've recently been on a kick looking for stories that deal with time travel, dreams, and other fantasy related subjects. The simple idea that a house has doors that can open to any city in the world is a fascinating concept, and it's those ideas that I enjoyed most about this book. I don't want to give too much away that you can't read on the back of the book, but Piers Anthony is a very creative dude with a wild imagination, so if you're a bit of a dreamer you may well enjoy the book even if you agree with my above criticisms.
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.Read more ›
Since Chandelle is uneasy about being alone in the house or outside it, they arrange for Lynn's first cousin Lloyd and his Doberman Obsidian to stay with them. In the attic they find alien artifacts that allow them to understand any language and transmit a sound so if anyone goes missing it will be easy to find them. They keep finding out something new and vital about the house every day. The only questions left to answer are what is the purpose of the house and what does it want with them.
Adults and teens will definitely enjoy reading REALITY CHECK, a work that is pure entertainment. Readers will delight in solving the riddles of the house and empathize with the characters, as they stumble the hard way into learning the different facets of the house. Piers Anthony has written a work that is fresh, original and fascinating, but readers need to check their reality prior to entering the front page.