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Roc And A Hard Place [Hardcover]

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Oct. 18 1995 Xanth
The author returns to the magical, bizarre land of Xanth, scene of Demons Don't Dream and other wildly popular tales, where Roxanne Roc, a bird, must stand trial before the desirable Demoness Metria and Magician Humfrey.

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The 19th novel in this lighthearted series, popular for its puns and its innocent naughtiness, is again set in the fantasy land of Xanth (Demons Don't Dream ). Here, Anthony tells the story of the Demoness Metria and her other selves, the crazy D. Mentia and the waif Woe Betide, as they carry on a mission for the Good Magician Humfrey: Metria and company must assemble a court and jury to try Roxanne Roc, under unspecified charges from another magical Xanth bird, the Simurgh. On this loose structure are hung many outlandish characters, adventures, jokes and plays on words-such as the quarter horse that splits into four one-legged creatures, or the twins Ordinate and Abscissa, who can travel "by geometry." The mentions of Xanth's enforced "Adult Conspiracy to keep Interesting Things from Children," the youth of some of the characters and the euphemistic presentation of sex may appeal to younger readers. A concluding author's note adds a more somber touch, as Anthony explains how deceased friends and fans have made their way into his ever-evolving vision of Xanth.
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In the umpteenth installment of Anthony's Xanth series, the Demoness Metria has a problem that only the good magician Humfrey can help her solve. There is a price to pay, however--finding a jury to give Roxanne Roc, under indictment for some bizarre crimes (and under such dubious circumstances that even Metria doubts Roxanne's innocence), an impartial trial. It is getting hard to say anything new about the Xanth yarns, for Anthony is not really putting many surprises in them anymore. The series goes on as before, affording honorable light entertainment and no more, but never any less. Perhaps the most interesting feature of this book is Anthony's afterword, which takes up how he draws on events and people in Mundania (i.e., our world) to continually expand the cast and concepts of Xanth. Roland Green

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3.0 out of 5 stars Roc-ky May 13 1998
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Now I like the Xanth novels. I've read virtually all of them and they're entertaining, but that doesn't stop me from noting its problems and downfalls. Piers Anthony has made some improvement in his Xanth novels. While he still hasn't been able to let go of the ever-present find-a-mate-get-married-have-babies-for-the-next-Xanth-novel plot, it has been pressed more or less into the background instead of being the one of main focuses of the book. No the main problem of the book is that there is no real conflict in the story. Everything is accomplished too easily and you can always find someone who has the answer or something to give you just what you need. This is my definition of 'abuse of magic'. There is never any doubt about the outcome. Problems are just passing clouds, without any real substence or lingering effects. That may be fine with younger readers, but who are these books written for anyway? You tend to think adults, because 'Roc and A Hard Place' is full of Sexual Innuendo and Situations. Which is downright absurd when the last three chapters of 'Roc and a Hard Place' are about a bird being put on trail for having violated the Adult Conspiracy by uttering the word 'Darn' in the presence of a juvenile... in this case, an egg.
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Kevin Miniter migelsanchezz@hotmail.com
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Roc and a Hard Place, by Piers Anthony, welcomes you to the magical land of
Xanth. In this Xanth adventure, the reader experiences the world through main character,
Demoness Metria. D. Metria, an extraordinary demoness, obtained half a soul, which she
achieved when she married a mortal. In order to conceive a child, she has summoned the
stork numerous times. The stork will not respond to her signals, because of a sin she
committed long ago. D. Metria goes on a quest to get the stork's attention. Along with
her comes her other personalities, Woe Betide, a small innocent girl, and D. Mentia, the
insane, soulless half of D. Metria. To find the answer to her problem, D. Metria must
travel the length and breadth of Xanth.
Piers Anthony has created a real world that everyone can love because of the
diversity of the characters and the different genres. D. Metria, in herself, is really three

characters: the very ordinary wife D. Metria, the sweet and innocent Woe Betide, and the
diabolically insane D. Mentia. At times, we fit into the roles of these personas. All the
characters represent us in small ways. It is easy for the reader to become any of these
characters. Over all there is one big genre, fantasy, but if you look deeper the reader can
see adventure, romance, action, and a little suspense.
Xanth is a land of beauty and color. Piers Anthony shows his readers a very real
world by using vivid details and real problems. With the greatest of ease, Piers Anthony
transports us to Xanth. In Xanth, the reader feels every thing the main character feels,
that is the power of great details.
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I honestly stopped reading Xanth novels for a while after reading this novel, fearing that any other ones after it would be as bad.(Needlessly, as it turns out, as the series gets better afterwords) It reads like a mish-mash of jumbled ideas he had all thrown together, with plot as an afterthought. If you want to read a Xanth novel, read "Spell for Chameleon", "Ogre, Ogre", "Castle Roogna", "Zombie Lover", or even "Faun and Games". But not this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard To Resist Jan. 13 1999
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Roc and a Hard Place is my first Xanth book(Sept 1998). It is excruciatingly punny. I loved it, loved it, loved it! All the others I have seen since then (Harpy Thyme, Valley of the Voles, Colour of Her Panties) are hilarious. This series is a must-read for all not-so-serious fans of fantasy who are sickened by the blood and gore that pervades most of this category of books. I only gave it five stars because they wouldn't let me give it ten!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED THIS BOOK!! Aug. 12 1998
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This is a positively great book! I believe that it is one of Piers Anthony's masterpieces and I think that the twists that the plot takes are delightful and amusing. His work of bringing together all the many characters into such an unexpected conclusion is entertaining and very enjoyable. I have read every single Xanth book including the most recent, "Faun and Games" and I never once less than loved any of them!
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3.0 out of 5 stars too much too much Dec 26 1999
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Yes, he's quite the wit with puns and words and phrases, and yes it's fun.... but enough already. Let us have some interesting storyline too! I think I still like best the story A Spell For Chameleon. It was heartwarming. Roc and a Hard Place is just an exercise in wordiness. Does he get paid by the word? No character development, no plot development, just more and more and more of the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is a great book. Dec 2 1998
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This was the first book I read by Piers Anthony. I loved it. I loved how everything used simple logic and how everything was not as it apeared to be. The characters are the best. I also liked how he would tell segments of another story in his books. It gives me a chance to see what the other books are about. I got hooked by reading this book and I encourage others to read it too.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Its old now
By this time Piers Anthony is losing the magic that made him so refreshing a read in the first place. There's hardly anything new and even the puns are getting dull. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2000 by Backlash
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I ever read
This book is awsome. It is exciting. Once you finish the3 boring part it is awsome.
Published on Dec 6 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best novels Anthony has ever written; my fave.
This book is excellent. It truly is and always will be one of Piers Anthony's best novels. It is my personal favorite of his whole Xanth series, which I follow VERY closely. Read more
Published on June 1 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good...older ones better
I wish Piers would have stopped writing in the Xanth series, even though I continue to read the newer ones. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars An AWESOME book!!
Like all of the Xanth novels, this book is absolutely wonderful. I couldn't put it down!
Published on Jan. 10 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece brought to life!
Wow! Piers Anthony does it again, when the Demoness Metria joins forces with her split personality to find out how to... Read more
Published on Nov. 26 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars the best in the series
This is my favorite book in the enormous Xanth series (I think this is number 19). It has very few of the awful puns that gave this series notoriety, and delivers a great moral... Read more
Published on Aug. 25 1998 by "fathertoasisterofthought"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Demoness Metra and Mentia, get stuck in a strange trial.
The book was thrilling at some points,wondering if The demonesses Metra and Mentia would make it in time before they dissolved into dust devils.
Published on July 28 1998 by Gena Eyr bethmarch@juno.com
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