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review 2017-08-18 02:57
A Spell for Chameleon
A Spell for Chameleon - Piers Anthony

I was enchanted by this book when I was younger, the misogyny and pedophile vibes went right over my head (remember that Bink is supposed to be 25, even if he acts 15), but reading the book again makes me wonder what the hell is going on with this book? It was impossible for me to divorce the attitudes expressed about women by every character from the plot of A Spell for Chameleon.

Other reviewers have done a splendid job of detailing what Piers Anthony accomplishes in this book, so I won't go on about it. Just know that while the development of the setting was fun and had some humor to it - the better puns would have to wait for later on in the series - the writing is clunky, Bink is a total Mary Sue, and no woman gets out unscathed.

I've had great success re-reading some old favorites, but this is one that's better off in the foggy depths of pre-adolescent memory.

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review 2017-08-09 21:09
Scatterwood by Piers Alexander
Scatterwood - Piers Alexander
I chose this book because it seemed interesting enough to force me out of my normal areas of reading. The late 17th century setting was compelling, taking the reader from the streets of London to the plantations and mountains of Jamaica. The author clearly has a passion for the history that is the basis for this novel, and I enjoyed the authenticity of the story.

Unlike many novels that romanticize their setting, Scatterwood delves deep into the horrors of the slave trade, indentured servitude, and early sugar plantation work. Some scenes made me cringe and hope that no person had truly had to suffer such indignities (knowing full well that they did). From devilish overseers to swarms of biting insects, the trials of our protagonist, a man blackmailed into indentured servitude with an impossible mission to accomplish, are brought to life.

I do feel that I would have had a bit of an easier time following the action and keeping track of the cast of characters had I first read The Bitter Trade, which introduces them. Everyone is brought onto the scene in this book as though the reader should already know them, and the action happens so quickly that I sometimes found myself a bit lost. However, for those looking for a fast-paced adventure that reveals some dark aspects of history, this book is a great choice.

3.5 stars. I received this book through NetGalley. Opinions are my own.
 
 

 

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text 2017-08-09 10:46
Reading progress update: I've read 39%.
A Spell for Chameleon - Piers Anthony

So far it's amazing! Just as I remembered it, A fantasy classic.

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text 2017-08-05 14:06
Not recommended
Spider Legs - Clifford A. Pickover,Piers Anthony

 

A very unsatisfactory ending.

The last 'fight' scene with spider was incredibly tedious, if a bit gross.

evaginate is a new word for me and the images it invokes make me laugh.

 

 

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text 2017-08-05 02:54
Reading progress update: I've read 80%.
Spider Legs - Clifford A. Pickover,Piers Anthony

 

 Still skimming, though the info dumps have mostly taken a pause for some action.

 

We have two bouts of extreme hypothermia that were recovered from unbelievably fast, and a kid had his intestines sucked out through his abdomen.  'Bout damn time.

 

We also have another budding romance.

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