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Split Infinity (Apprentice Adept #1)

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On the technological, decadent world of Proton, someone was trying to destroy Stile, serf and master Gamesman. His only escape lay in Phaze, a world totally ruled by magic. Soon he learned that his alternate self had already been murdered, and that he was next. On Proton, his fate depended on winning the great Games. On Phaze, he must master magic to survive. And if he use...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Del Rey (first published 1980)
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Jeremy Preacher
This is one of those books that I have read a hundred times (quite possibly literally) and cannot be objective about. I first read it when I was maybe 8. And man oh man did I love it. Horses! Unicorns! Magic! Underdogs winning!

It... doesn't hold up. There are some key worldbuilding elements that don't really work that I never would have noticed as a kid - so it's basically a slave society, where the slaves are all totally naked and powerless except they can leave the planet at any time. And yet...more
This book reminded me of a geeky prepubescent male's fantasy dream. The plot takes place in two worlds: a world of fantasy, and a world of science fiction. I normally read books from both genres, so I thought I would really enjoy it. The idea was novel, but it did not flow well. The main character jumps jarringly between the two worlds throughout the novel. In the science fiction world of Proton, no one is allowed to wear clothing unless they are in the rich upper class. The nakedness of the cha...more
This was another novel concept by Anthony. The first book or two were great, but he took the series further than I wanted. This one is definitely re-readable, the 2d & 3d are OK, but after that I couldn't get into them any more.

The world is in the far future, but one man finds he can slip from his ultra modern world into a nearby fantasy world since the death of his counterpart in the other dimension. He winds up dealing with all the problems two people have all by himself. Funny, fast read...more
I bought this trilogy while I was at University (a fabulous second hand bookshop where you could return other books to count towards new purchases) and I remembered enjoying them at the time. In the intervening years the trilogy has grown somewhat – Piers Anthony has a tendency to keep extending series beyond his original intent.

A great idea, well constructed. Both a science-fiction universe and a fantasy universe in the same book. They overlap and some people can even move between the two world...more
Michael Y. Patuwo
A classic Gary Stu story. The main character Stile is so gifted in every possible facet ranging from athletics to music to mental prowess that it feels utterly unbelievable, given his station as a serf. His only 'flaw' was being short, and naturally he never failed to mention this fact, in his many self-righteous monologues, to reason out why certain people he encountered during his adventures showed distaste against his character. It wasn't because he was a maddeningly arrogant pretty boy, god...more
When I was 13, I read a lot of Piers Anthony, and when I say “a lot,” I mean a lot. The guy was pretty much all I read, from the Xanth series to the Incarnations of Immortality series, and even the Battle Circle and Bio of a Space Tyrant series, but my favorite of his books from that time would have to be the Apprentice Adept series. I read them again in my late 20s and thought they held up pretty well, so when I got on a bit of a nostalgia kick recently, I thought I’d give these another go, jus...more
I can see why men love this book. After finishing this today, that was my first thought.

I was introduced to this book by a friend of mine. He knows I never read sci-fi or fantasy books. Since he recommended it, I thought I would try it . I must say, the thought of reading this book did not appeal to me at all. I am a very logical person. I can not imagine unicorns, robots and magic all wrapped up together. It just does not make sense to me. However, as I read I found the characters complex, the...more
Stiles is slave and a jockey, not very attractive and actually quite short for a man. But he knows how to win in the Games, and that might make all the difference when he meets a woman and his world starts falling apart.

I could not finish this book. I am just not a fan of this book. At first I was all on board. Games, where two people chose the battle field and competed, were quite an interesting concept. Competition of speed on a dust-filled slide? Interesting. The possibility that you can bea...more
A masterful blending of science fiction and fantasy; the action takes place in two worlds: the technologically advanced planet Proton and the medieval fantasy world Phaze. Our hero, Stile, passes between worlds defeating foes and avoiding death in both.
I don't actually want to explain much more about the book. In fact, I'm of the opinion that even the blurb on the back gives too much away. The outcome of a couple of contests is completely spoiled due to that information. In fact, I would encour...more
Chad Lindaman
Piers Anthony was my favorite author while growing up, and I read nearly all of his books he had written before I turned 16. I decided to try him again (now that Im 41), and see how he holds up. He's still fun, but clearly not what I remembered. I have read recent accusations against him of being misogynistic, and while I wouldnt go that far.. His treatment of female characters is certainly.. different. He reminds of of Orson Scott Card: great ideas, but lacking in most other areas, combined wit...more
Vincent Wood
Large number of people running around conducting their daily activities while wearing less clothing than might be seen at a European beach? Check. Intimate scenes in which one of the participants is an anatomically correct robot? Check. Bestiality with a magical mythical creature? Check. Yup, this must be a Piers Anthony novel. After all, he is the same author to have written a book named "The Color of Her Panties". Now I do not want to sound prudish. Well placed and well written sex scenes can...more
Scott Meidroth
One of my favorite books as a youth. Disregarding Anthony's borderline-misogynistic treatment of female characters, the settings and plot of this novel (and the two main sequels) imagine worlds I want to visit over and over again.
Hate to badmouth it, but...: This idea that Piers Anthony gives is great. Two worlds - one magic and one technological - is brilliant. The moment a friend told me about it, I went out and grabbed it. The book was also well written. I just couldn't stand the multiple-page long monologues Stile gives frequently. It seemed that every chapter Stile was giving some speech or another about morality or about how great he was at one thing or another. That's another thing that's not so great. I like havi...more
Aug 10, 2014 Michael rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anthony fans, young adult males, fantasy fans
Recommended to Michael by: Serendipity
I reviewed the second volume of this trilogy last time out, but when I ran across a copy of this one, I really wanted to go back to it, because it's the one I remember liking the best and re-reading the most when I was young. In general, I liked the first book of any Piers Anthony series, and generally found that it went downhill after that. It always seemed (to me at least) that he would get really excited about creating a new world and put his best effort into that one, but lose interest as he...more
Zack Hiwiller
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L.M. Ironside
Thin and ultimately silly, as all Anthony's stuff is, I give this book one more star than it deserves because I read it in eighth grade and actually enjoyed it then, when I was a kid who would find something to like in any fantasy novel and who still harbored a secret passion for magical horsies. An attempt to re-read it had me rolling my eyes by the middle of the first chapter.

Will fill the gullet if you crave the fluffiest of fluff. Not destined to be a classic of the genre.
Dale Mccoy
This book was ok, but not the best I've read. This book splits its time between fantasy and SF. This tends to the mark of an author unable to make up his/her mind on what kind of book to write; however, Anthony pulls this off well.

Having said that, I thought this book really kept me wondering when the plot would start and left me feeling rather "eh" when it ended. There was nothing resembling a resolution at the end and really just felt like the start of a series that, frankly, should be a sing...more
Jeni Clark
My god. This book is brutally lame. Don't do it -- there are just some things you can't un-read.
This is one great book that happens to have a unicorn on it. I wish fantasy publishers would consider the implications that some of these book covers have for the social lives of their most loyal audiences when they dream them up. What I mean is, we have to carry these around in broad daylight, where people can see them. When I was in eighth grade, a girl on the volleyball team who wanted to impress the other sports types in our English class stole this book off of my desk, threw it in the trash...more
Ken Butters
This was one of the first books I ever read by Piers Anthony. It led me to a whole lot of other books that I ended up enjoying a lot.

The found the main premise behind split infinity really fascinating. Stiles, the main character is able to go to an alternate reality at will, because his other "self" in the other reality was killed. One is a reality based on science, and the other is based on magic.

Stiles is, in each world, the 'Best' or an adept, but it is really interesting to see how the char...more
Feb 24, 2014 Kat rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
This novel feels like it was written by a 13 year old boy who overcompensates for his social awkwardness and self-loathing with outward displays of machismo and misogyny. The sexism in this book is disgusting. Is there redeeming value?

Anthony can string words together with variety and an ease. However, the book had horrible pacing. Long parts drug on and on and on in tedium. Also, there were some glaring errors. For instance, the main character prides himself on cleverness, but then says that T...more
The Apprentice Adept is the first book in a seven-book fantasy and science fiction series by Piers Anthony. This novel takes place on two planets called Phaze and Proton, which are two worlds in parallel universes. Phaze is a magical planet where as Proton is a wasteland for mining. Within the book, each person born on Phaze has an alternate self on Proton. Stiles is the master gamesman, born and raised on Proton and is also the main character. Stiles becomes a citizen as well as a professional...more
Michael R.
As with most Piers Anthony series I liked this one too.

In this one Anthony creates two parallel universes in which the main character Stile suddenly finds himself being drawn into both. In his original world of Proton, Stile is a simple serf, who enters the great games, hoping to win the championship and most importantly, the grand prize, becoming a citizen and leaving serfdom behind. But someone is out to thwart Stile in games.

Unexpectedly drawn into the magic world of Phaze, Stile slowly comes...more
The best part is the author bio in the back, but there are a few worthwhile parts in the middle. Not enough to recommend the book, but enough to keep me entertained on my international flight. I did appreciate that all of the interesting world elements had a justification for existing, and likewise Stile had good reason to be physically, musically, and magically up to all the tasks. It's sometimes annoying when the main character is good at everything, but Stile was supposed to be--he'd practice...more
David Sarkies
I understand the saying 'don't judge a book by its cover' but the only reason I decided to read this book was because of its cover. I suspect that the saying means that because we don't like the cover then we shouldn't necessarily throw the book away, however I do not think it really applies when we like the cover and then want to read the book. Still, just because a book has a cool cover does not necessarily mean that it will be a cool book. This was a little different though (and the cover th...more
Jeanne Boyarsky
This book was printed before I was born. It was recommended to me by a friend so I gave it a read. It was great! The downside is that it is an older book and the library doesn't have #2 in the series. The upside is that it cost just under $42 (including shipping) to buy the entire set of 7 books used online. I try not to buy books lest I collect them, but I'll make an exception here. And I can always donate them to a book sale when I am done if I don't want to keep them.

I liked the switching bac...more
Very entertaining book, a bit of a combination of sic-fi and fantasy.
The main character Stile is living life as a serf on the planet of Proton.
The planet of Proton is rich in Protonite an energy rich mineral which is mined for export. The planet is ruled by "Citizens" who own everything and rule over the serfs. Each serf is indentured to a Citizen for a period of twenty years after which they are returned presumably to Earth.
The serfs of Proton serve only one function to serve and please the Cit...more
Vicki G
I never realized how hard it would be to read a popular book when you've talked to the author in a capacity other than writing books.
I mean, I don't know him really well, but I've met him (via online sources) and he's talked to me. He talks to most of his fans, but he introduced me to a girl he had helped in the late 80's. She was hit by a drunk driver when she was 12. She's 34 now and has never walked, but the person who did it has never even apologized for what he did.
She became a character in...more
Joey V.
I like this book. I really do. I have a special fondness for Parallel world stories. I absolutely adore Sci-Fi. I love Fantasy. And I think Unicorns are kick-ass. So a Parallel World story featuring one Sci-Fi World and one Fantasy World which heavily features Unicorns, it could almost be like Anthony was writing this one just for me. This is a GREAT book. With one problem.

The Rape Thing. Early on in the book, Stile forces Sheen into revealing her robotic nature. Afterwards, she says that he has...more
Justin Kemppainen
This book, and the series as well, is good and not in pretty equal measures.

It retains one of those bizarre amalgamations of fantasy and sci-fi worlds. One of technology, one of magic, yeah, we've seen that before.

The story is relatively interesting, the characters, while a bit shallow, aren't terrible by any means. Some of the technology and explanations of magic is quite interesting. In the sci-fi world, the main character is a slave who plays the "Game," which is a competitive tournament with...more
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Though he spent the first four years of his life in England, Piers never returned to live in his country of birth after moving to Spain and immigrated to America at age six. After graduating with a B.A. from Goddard College, he married one of his fellow students and and spent fifteen years in an assortment of professions before he began writing fiction full-time.

Piers is a self-proclaimed environm...more
More about Piers Anthony...
On a Pale Horse (Incarnations of Immortality, #1) A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth, #1) Castle Roogna (Xanth, #3) Bearing An Hourglass (Incarnations of Immortality, #2) The Source of Magic (Xanth, #2)

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