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A Spell for Chameleon - Piers Anthony
A Spell for Chameleon
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Though already developing a successful career in SF with such heady novels as Chthon and Omnivore, Piers Anthony did not reach brand-name status until he cooked up some fantasy in 1977. And it was cheerful, humorous fantasy at that, as in his first Xanth series novel, A Spell for Chameleon. The... show more
Though already developing a successful career in SF with such heady novels as Chthon and Omnivore, Piers Anthony did not reach brand-name status until he cooked up some fantasy in 1977. And it was cheerful, humorous fantasy at that, as in his first Xanth series novel, A Spell for Chameleon. The book's young hero, Bink, is without magical powers in a world ruled entirely by magic. Worse still, if he doesn't discover his own magical talent soon, he will be forever banished from his homeland. Naturally, it takes an epic quest for Bink to learn what his unique talent truly is--and perhaps to win the girl of his dreams as well. A Spell for Chameleon was the very first of Anthony's bestselling (and still ongoing) humorous fantasy series. Noteworthy for their outrageous word puns and bizarre characters, the Xanth books are a light yet often satisfying brew, especially when compared with the author's sometimes nihilistic and ultraviolent hard SF. --Stanley Wiater
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Format: kindle
ASIN: B000FBFOFU
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
Series: Xanth 5 (#1)
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Turn The Page
Turn The Page rated it
This was a very enjoyable read. Imaginative, funny, and has somewhat of an adult tinge to it in some of the emotions it explores. I can't wait to see what else Anthony has in store in the world of Xanth.
A PhD in Fantasy
A PhD in Fantasy rated it
1.0 A Spell for Chameleon (The Magic of Xanth, No. 1)
So, Piers Anthony is a pervert, a sexist pervert. That this particular book was written in 1977 is no excuse. That out of the way, what we have here is a classic light fantasy full of nice ideas and concepts. But the story lacks direction, a bit like a badly planned Dungeon and Dragons session: "an ...
Nightgate Inn
Nightgate Inn rated it
3.0
This book is a trully mixed bag. A lot of negatives but also some important positives that bring the score to just about average. The negatives include probably the most annoying, frustrating and unlikable protagonist ever (I won't EVEN say "hero"), some occasional bad writing by Piers, very sketchy...
nouveau
nouveau rated it
5.0 A Spell for Chameleon (The Magic of Xanth, No. 1)
Way back in 1977 a starving young artist names piers Anthony wrote a delightful "pocket universe" fantasy novel with its own strange combination of magic, crossover with real world, and good vs evil twists and turns.He then proceeded to write 15 more novels, each more sexualized and cruder than the ...
All the Time in the World
All the Time in the World rated it
1.0 A Spell for Chameleon
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away - the 1980s, to be precise - I read a bunch of the Xanth books. I think I quit long about book #8, Crewel Lye (a caustic yarn) because the painfully bad puns were the best part of the books. (As of 2012, the series is up to #36.)Last weekend I picked up a...
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