Roc And A Hard Place Hardcover – Oct 18 1995
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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.
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 GreenSee all Product Description
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Review of Roc and a Hard Place
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Nov. 16 2000 by Backlash
This book is awsome. It is exciting. Once you finish the3 boring part it is awsome.Published on Dec 6 1999
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 morePublished on June 1 1999
I wish Piers would have stopped writing in the Xanth series, even though I continue to read the newer ones. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 1999
Like all of the Xanth novels, this book is absolutely wonderful. I couldn't put it down!Published on Jan. 10 1999
Wow! Piers Anthony does it again, when the Demoness Metria joins forces with her split personality to find out how to... Read morePublished on Nov. 26 1998
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 morePublished on Aug. 25 1998