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Poorly written and misogynistic
on May 22, 2017
I had just worked my way through Terry Pratchett and Guy Gavriel Kay's entire collections and was looking for a new author whose collection I could wipe out. I saw that Piers Anthony had a pile of books and that people seemed to like them, so I decided to try the first book in his Xanth series.
This just sucked. The writing style reminded me of some of the horrible children's books that I used to read my kids, but the content was nothing I'd ever let a kid read. Along with the poor story and terrible writing, it was also full of misogyny: All the women were constantly described in terms of how beautiful or ugly they were, even after we already knew them. The beautiful women were stupid, and the ugly women were sneaky and "too smart".
Save your money and don't buy this: There is so much good fantasy out there.