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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun at Any Age
I first read this book when I was 12 or 13. It was great. I recently have re-read it, at age 33, and it is still a good read. A Spell for Chameleon is one of Mr. Anthony's best books even after 20 years as a writer and well worth the read for anyone interesting in magic or fantasy.
In particular, the story centers on a young man named "Bink." In any...
Published on Nov. 24 2000 by Richard La Fianza

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3.0 out of 5 stars It's an ok book
This book was ok. It so would have been better if he left out the nudity in it but besides that it has a good story line and good meaning too it. I won't be buying any of his other book though maybe checking them out at the library but definitely not buying them.
Published on Jan. 31 2002 by M. Smith


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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed is an understatement, May 14 2002
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This review is from: A Spell for Chameleon (Mass Market Paperback)
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Painfully sexist and cliche, Dec 29 2001
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Rebecca D. Ganetzky (Philadelphia, PA United States) - See all my reviews
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, Nov. 23 2000
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars The is one of the worst SF novels ever., Feb. 12 1998
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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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