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And Eternity Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 1991

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reprint edition (Feb. 1 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380752867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380752867
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 59 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #241,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

With this seventh book Anthony concludes his series called the Incarnations of Immortality. Previous works have focused on Death, Time, Fate, War, Earth, Evil; the subject here is the Incarnation of Good, and the setting is an alternate Earth where Magic and Science share power. Each of the offices of these Incarnations must be filled by a human who will not age while occupying the position. Following the theme of the series, this book is concerned with the transition to a new Incarnation of Good. Each Incarnation has different rules for change, and that of Good requires the agreement of all six other Incarnations, including Evil, a decided complication that the other five must deal with. Anthony's excellent prose and well-thought-out plotting deliver an enjoyable and logical surprise solution to the conflict, following the resolution of Luna Kaftan's critical vote (a subplot of the entire series).
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A campaign to replace the Incarnation of Good with a more active and concerned individual hinges on the successful resolution of a quest involving three unlucky young women--two of whom are ghosts. This grand finale to one of the author's most popular series showcases Anthony's multiple strengths: high humor, appealing characters, serious themes, and a surprising--although, in hindsight, inevitable--conclusion. Recommended.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I was so excited to grab this book the other day. I loved the rest of the series and except for some slow spots gave this series a solid four out of five stars. Ten pages into this book and I had to take a double look at the front to make sure I had the right author. I can't think of a single reason why this book is getting good reviews here on Amazon but I just have to clear the air in case someone has the idea to read this book to cap off a great series. Skip it.
I still have about fifty pages to go but even if the ending is wonderful and totally takes me by suprise it still won't make up for this book ever having been written. Now just so it doesn't seem like I am giving such a negative review for no reason, I will tell you why it is so awful.
First, it is very repetitive. You basically know what is going to happen at every turn and even if you didn't, it really is boring. Also, this introduction of Vita, the new underage character who loves sex (not being paid, just doing it for free) is very annoying. As a character she is pretty shallow. Actually all the characters in this book are shallow. Orlene has to ask all the incarnations for a favor and EACH one tests her before they give her the item or perform the favor she asks, even though they all basically are related to her (Mother, Grandmother, Father, Stepfather, Lover, etc.). Very unrealistic (I know it's fantasy but c'mon, a little real human emotion wouldn't hurt.)
And the asking of favors and the testing her (them, actually but that is another boring aspect of this book I won't get into) is literally 200 pages. You know she will get the items in the end, so why strech it out? Why have Vita/Jolie/Orlene banging away with the Judge for pages on end? Boring, Boring stuff Piers and I wish you would have stuck to your guns and not wrote this piece, or at least tried to make it interesting.
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And Eternity was a very enjoyable read. The addition of new characters made this story refreshing, but it also was sure to tie in all the characters from previous books in the series. The adventures of the new characters are exciting, as well as interesting because of the way their paths cross with the Incarnations and other characters you've met through the other six books. Anthony uses the characters whose personalities he has already developed with the new characters-- their interactions are fascinating; The end's twist is great! The settings in the book are just as interesting as always, and you are always kept on the edge of your seat from all the changes of scenery and also the plot developments. The underlying plot revolves around the need to replace the God of non-interferece (and non-action) and keeps hinting that different characters might become the next God, but who is finally chosen and the way he/she/it was chosen is great, and draws support and meaning from For Love of Evil. If you've read the other books from Incarnations of Immortality and are interested in the characters, and especially if you have an interest in mythology and theology, this is a Must-Read!
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First of all, for anyone who has not yet read a book by Piers Anthony: Piers is an outstanding writer. He has written many series in various genres, and has proven apt at all of them. Whether he's writing Xanth or Adept books (to pay the bills), Incarnations or Mode books, or his Geodyssey series, his words are almost enthralling. I tend to read a book at night to help me go to sleep, but without fail his books keep me up until I hear birds singing outside my window and I realize that the sun has risen on a new day. At that point I have to reluctantly put the book down and go to sleep still imagining the worlds he has created on the page and in my mind. He is a gifted writer, regardless of the genre.
Secondly, this series has been especially thought-provoking. Whether or not we believe in the Incarnations is irrelevant. It's the idea of these incarnations, moral rules, and the basis of our own humanity is what makes these books so worthwhile to read. The fact that Piers can make these heady and intricate issues so very exciting, captivating, and entertaining is the mark of a talented writer.
To say that one book in the series is better than another is very difficult to do. I enjoyed them all immensely. This one was particularly good, in part because it dealt with the one Incarnation that I, as someone that was raised in the Christian faith, was already familiar with. Piers didn't create an Incarnation of Good (aka God) that was one iota different from the Christians believe. So we're entered into a story where there are a bunch of deities that exist only in this series (essentially), plus one that we already believe in, and everyone around us believes in too.
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By A Customer on July 12 1999
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Piers Anthony, in his Incarnations of Immortality series, has done what no author has done before (or, at least not as well). He described some of the most difficult to explain aspects of our existance. Of course, he does that from his point of view, but it is very surprising, and, in the end, amazing, how much thought is put into each of the books.
Anthony has had difficulty coming up with appropriate event sequences in prior books, as is most apparent in the 3rd one, The Tangled Skein. However, he links it all briliantly, and creates feelings and emotions that few other authors can. Of that, the relationships between incarnations, natural as well as supernatural, are exemplary instances.
I have waited 7 books to finally read about the Incarnation of Good. I was, to say the least, a little disappointed, but then it struck me: Anthony speaks true, once again! For many years, few have ever believed that a prayer has been answered, or that a worship has been appreciated. Anthony explains that so simply, it's laughable. The Incarnation of Good was, after all, everything I expected Him to be, just not exactly in the same manner.
Because some who have not read the book may be reading this, I attempt to give away none of the plot, but I definitely recommend this one, and all the other Incarnation series.
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