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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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Its old now Nov. 16 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. I think its time he moved on to other works. If he doesn't, then his readers will.
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3.0 out of 5 stars too much too much Dec 27 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 One of the best books I ever read Dec 7 1999
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This book is awsome. It is exciting. Once you finish the3 boring part it is awsome.
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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. I practically LIVE Xanth. Anyway... this is THE GREATEST ONE OF HIS NOVELS AND IF YOU DISAGREE WITH ME, I RESPECT YOUR OPINION, BUT PITY YOUR WRONGNESS! C-YA!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good...older ones better Feb. 25 1999
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I wish Piers would have stopped writing in the Xanth series, even though I continue to read the newer ones. Then I would have been spared the pain of having each successive book being slightly less amusing. It becomes so old after this book that I don't know why I bother anymore...BUT the older books in the Xanth series are delightful. Invest your time and money in those.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard To Resist Jan. 14 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 An AWESOME book!! Jan. 11 1999
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Like all of the Xanth novels, this book is absolutely wonderful. I couldn't put it down!
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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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