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on May 14, 2002
I've read two of Anthony's books, "Spell For Chameleon" and "Centaur Aisle". Now, I think that he has potentials. I think that he's somewhat good at thinking up plots and I like his whole idea of the Xanth world. I also like the idea of the people. And the different magic talents he thought up are something I would never have thought of myself (well, some of them I would, but far from all of them).
However, I think he's a poor writer. I don't think he knows how to make things interesting. I have, I admit willingly, only read two of his books, but I disliked the main character in both of them. Actually, I dislike all of the characters and if there might be one I don't actually dislike then I feel indifferent towards him/her. The only reason why I continued to read the story is because I wanted to know how it ended, but I skipped several passages and just glanced at the words because it's far too dull for me to read. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone and despite the good ideas in it I don't see what the big fuss is about.
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on May 29, 2015
Grandson loves this book.
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on February 12, 1998
It is not so much because of this book, but because of the series that follows that I gave this book such a poor review. This book, bursting over with some of the smallest-minded puns imaginable is a work of what I believe is Science Fiction's Horatio Alger.
Piers Anthony relies upon the hormones of his teenage audience when he writes in the sexual innuendo that has been one of the main reasons for the success of his novels.
Furthermore, this novel, like all Piers Anthony novels, has a very easily predictable plot (it would be nice if the hero didn't always get laid by the end of the novel).
Look, for all you young Science Fiction fans out there, the 11,12,13 year old guys who just starting to really get into this genre, stay away from this guy. You'll regret ever picking up one of his novels in your 20's (heck I sure do).
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on December 29, 2001
Anthony seems to lack a basic grip of common courtesy, and any grip at all of sense. I have read many Xanth novels (blind to the error of my ways...) but when I read Spell for Chameleon I refused to read anymore. A Spell for Chameleon operates on the basic principle that pretty women cannot be intelligent and intelligent women are, by nature, ugly; a theory that is degrading to women everywhere. Anthony also makes no secret of this thesis, stating the above overtly towards the end of the book. Anythony's puns are trite and dull, and his characters tired cliches. By far, one of the worst fantasy writers I have every read, to the point where even mentioning his name is banned at some fantasy cons.
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on September 21, 1996
A Spell For Chameleo
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on November 23, 2000
I picked up this book because I enjoy humorous fantasy. What a terrible mistake. Anthony's much vaunted "humor" boils down to lots and lots of idiotic puns. Add to that a so-so plot, half developed characters, and blatant sexism, and you have a truly bad book.
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