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Spellsinger 6: The Time Of The Transference [Mass Market Paperback]

Alan D Foster
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Jan. 8 1987 Spellsinger
Jon-Tom was quite happy to settle into domestic bliss with fiery Talea, study magic and practise spellsinging on his duar. But when the magic instrument is broken, his quest to find the one person who can fix it leads to the discovery of a way back to Earth - and he must choose which world is home.
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In the talking-animal world of Foster's Spellsinger series, the songs of transplanted rock musician Jon-Tom make a powerful if often misdirected magic. The quests he undertakes for his wizardly mentor send him to distant countries, where he meets whimsical creatures speaking in outlandish accents. With more memorable and dramatic adventures behind him, Jon-Tom is off this time on the fantasy equivalent of a trip to the repair shop. The breaking of his magical duar is the occasion for encounters with pirates, cannibals, talkative porpoises, a flying horse who's scared of heights and the lovely, level-headed otter Weegee, who becomes the love of Jon-Tom's irascible companion Mudge. Though always amiable, this novel sounds more and more like an impromptu bedtime story that has been extended beyond the teller's powers of invention.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars time for good things to end [no spoilers] April 10 2004
By Oscar
Format:Paperback
"The Time of the Transference" is the sixth volume in the enjoyable Spellsinger adventure about Jon-Tom and colleague Mudge.
Back cover of book:
There's No Place Like Home...
It was a pretty good life for a spellsinger from L.A. He'd battled demons, fought deadly Plated Folk, even met a socialist dragon and survived. Now Jon-Tom was quite happy to settle into domestic bliss with the fiery Talea, study magic, and practice spellsinging on his duar. But the magic instrument is broken when Jon-Tom protects the wizard Clothahump from thieves and he must set out across the Glittergeist Sea to find the one person who can fix it. With the irrepressible Mudge the Otter as a traveling companion, only the unexpected can happen. But cannibal muskrats, ogres, and a fierce pirate king parrot seem ordinary indeed when Jon-Tom finds a way back to Earth - and he must choose which world is home.
End back cover of book.
Although I am amazed at the creativity in the exploits of Jon-Tom and Mudge, the continuous dangers faced can become mind numbing. I enjoy the strange characters he meets, especially those with a phobia or a personal problem. This book is a pleasant read but not as colorful as the earlier ones in descriptions of the environment and attire of the inhabitants of the world. As the back cover indicates, Jon-Tom finds a way back to Earth and one would hope this novel or the next would have an involved exploit. Unless one is a fanatic about a complete series, I would suggest ending with this book knowing of the next and final two volumes. "Son of Spellsinger" and "Chorus Skating" didn't leave a great impression on me as the first six.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It won't get this good again. July 19 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have Alan Dean Foster's entire Spellsinger series. They are covered in waterstains(from being tragically, and accidentally, I assure you, left in a flooded garage for a month), in horrible purple plum stains(don't ask--it's just too painful), and at present have been in the hands of a younger cousin for about half a year now. Frankly, I have doubts as to whether I will ever see them again.

As I've said, I have the entire series, including the two latest books that I know of, "Son of Spellsinger" and "Chorus Skating". At the time I discovered these I had just purchased and read the last, "Time of the Transference", so completing, as I had thought, the series. I was pretty thrilled as I hadn't figured there were, or ever would be, any further sequels, as the last, "Time of the Transference", had been written quite a while ago. As often as you tell yourself, "The more sequels, the more risk of a decline in quality", I don't think anyone would be able to help getting a little excited in similar circumstances.

Oh the horror! Poor old Foster must been kidnapped by desperate fans unable to cope and forced to continue the Spellsinger story. It's too horrible--God, the humanity!

Well, I survived. I suppose maybe, forcing myself to be openminded, these two books aren't that bad. They just don't measure up to the previous six. And after all, it's not as if this series ever pretended to be great literature, just great entertainment. Still, you have to forgive me when I say that up till the time I lent my series out I had "Chorus Skating" and "Son of Spellsinger" stuffed away on one of my dustiest, most infrequented shelves, and now would not be too horribly dismayed if my younger cousin should "forget" to give those particular two back.

Unfortunately I fear he has, while a poor conscience, better taste.

Well, since you probably would prefer hearing a little about "Time of the Transference" to my vented spleen, it is classic Spellsinger--funny, action-packed, and with some unexpected twists and turns. I figure(sniff) Foster intended this to be his last and best(before he made the ill-fated decision to write the two afore-mentioned vile mistakes).

For Mudge fans out there, this the last time you're getting your idol in all his untamed and licentious glory. It may be pathetic of me to say this, but a Mudge with grey fur and a paunch sucks.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I expected it to be. April 25 2005
By frumiousb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Spellsinger series is not my favorite, but to give Foster credit, the quality of his writing is fairly consistent. If this had been an Anthony or a Chalker series, by the sixth book the story would have broken down completely.

In this, the sixth book about the rock-n-roll singing wizard from another world, Foster maintains the level he set in the earlier books and creates an enjoyable read. Jon-Tom faces the biggest villain of all-- his own desire to go home.

The plot is not perfect in the Time Of The Transferance. It meanders a bit more than it should. Foster really seems to forget the mission in some places and get caught up in cannibals and bad puns. Still, fans of Spellsinger should not be disappointed. As usual, people new to the series should begin at the beginning with Spellsinger and not here.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars time for good things to end [no spoilers] April 10 2004
By Oscar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"The Time of the Transference" is the sixth volume in the enjoyable Spellsinger adventure about Jon-Tom and colleague Mudge.

Back cover of book:

There's No Place Like Home...

It was a pretty good life for a spellsinger from L.A. He'd battled demons, fought deadly Plated Folk, even met a socialist dragon and survived. Now Jon-Tom was quite happy to settle into domestic bliss with the fiery Talea, study magic, and practice spellsinging on his duar. But the magic instrument is broken when Jon-Tom protects the wizard Clothahump from thieves and he must set out across the Glittergeist Sea to find the one person who can fix it. With the irrepressible Mudge the Otter as a traveling companion, only the unexpected can happen. But cannibal muskrats, ogres, and a fierce pirate king parrot seem ordinary indeed when Jon-Tom finds a way back to Earth - and he must choose which world is home.

End back cover of book.

Although I am amazed at the creativity in the exploits of Jon-Tom and Mudge, the continuous dangers faced can become mind numbing. I enjoy the strange characters he meets, especially those with a phobia or a personal problem. This book is a pleasant read but not as colorful as the earlier ones in descriptions of the environment and attire of the inhabitants of the world. As the back cover indicates, Jon-Tom finds a way back to Earth and one would hope this novel or the next would have an involved exploit. Unless one is a fanatic about a complete series, I would suggest ending with this book knowing of the next and final two volumes. "Son of Spellsinger" and "Chorus Skating" didn't leave a great impression on me as the first six. "Son of Spellsinger" deviated from the norm with the offspring of Jon-Tom and Mudge while "Chorus Skating" doesn't have the high energy as the earlier ones.

As a fan of the classical, rock, and heavy metal music genres, I find the magic Jon-Tom creates with his duar exciting since I believe a well-constructed song can affect people with its intensity and power in a primal aspect.

Thank you.
4.0 out of 5 stars Disaster strikes! Feb. 25 2014
By Michael Szeller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
How can you mend a broken heart? Easier than you can mend a broken Duar! Without his beloved instrument Jon-Tom may be done as a Spellsinger! A quest is in order to find the only being that may be able to help with repairs.

Our characters have grown in this installment and are even getting ready to settle down, but a happy ending isn't as easy as that!
4.0 out of 5 stars Lonewolf 18`s ultimate review on Spellsinger Oct. 6 2013
By Wolf17 - Published on Amazon.com
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For book 6, I liked it a lot. The novel once again had a few dry spots but ended up making up for them with a climactic and exciting moment. The ending did feel a bit akward but I say a good endings a good ending.

Series Review: I have read all 6 books in Spellsinger and I decided to do one big review to go with it. The story takes place in the 1980`s. The series main character, Johnathan Thomas Meriweter (Jon-Tom) gets trasported to anouther unnamed world where every mammal and bird evolved to the humans level. A confrotation with an otter by the name of Mudge (who is the secondary character and the anti-hero of the series) convinces Jon-Tom he is not on Earth any more. As I read the books, the author seemed to make a realist feeling. I`ve read many books and when it comes to feeling reality, this book really made me picture the story happening in the real world. The animal planet that Jon-Tom is on feels big and every town you read about feels diffrent than the others. Plus, a lot of refrences to our world from commercial T.V to Jimi Hendrix are made by Jon-Tom as he goes on life treatening quests. This style makes this book feel more home than the other sci-fy that I have read. The characters seem to be well developed. Sometimes they dont seem to speak in a normal tone but you can get the gist of what they are saying. Also, when you meet one animal, it`s hard to tell if it`s a basic average personality in the world you are reading about. For example, one racoon that the protagonists meet acts like he would sell his own mother for benefits while anouther is a team player who acts sympathetic. Just like the world, the people (and animals of the same spiecies seem to be exact) all come in many shades which is anouther real world feeling. The series does`nt escape critism from me though. At times, the quality seems to feel dry and there is a repeat pattern. The protagonists get in a life or death situation and somehow Jon-Tom spellsings his way out or his companions solve the problem. It`s repeat pattern does seem to be a disapointment but then again, it does`nt feel like it`s a rewind as the situations tend to vary. Also, Allen Dean Foster seemed to make his characters say witty remarks that try to make it funny but it feels a bit corny at times. Still, the lame jokes are enough to make you smile. The series also has book 7 and book 8 but the series seemed to drag on after the climax which wears it out. I`d say you skip the last 2 books and stop at book 6. The last book also had false advertising as Time of Transferance was described as the thrilling climax but continued. Still, the plot lines feel original and well polished with laces of reality, pop culture, classic tunes and well developed characters who seem to reflect real life in a way. For an old series, it makes me happy to have accidently discovered it. It may be hard to get, but 98% of me says if your willing to, go for it and try to get the series. It is almost always worth reading it.
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