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Esrever Doom (Xanth #37)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  368 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
In our Mundane world, Kody undergoes controlled coma, with possible side effect of Reverse Mood (title backwards). He wakes in Xanth, immune to curse that switches how people see each other, pretty as ugly, and vice versa. He likes zombie Zosi, starts double Quest, to break spell and save zombies. Team has unknowing spy for villainess NoAmi. Demons have wagers on outcome.
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 333 pages
Published October 2013 by Tor Tom Doherty
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Amanda Summers
Dec 28, 2013 Amanda Summers rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic adventure in the land of Xanth! Piers Anthony has really outdone himself with this one. Some of the puns are hilarious while others will have you groaning they're so bad. Loved the varied cast of companions this time. Was lovely to see some new creatures never presented before. Only one negative to report -- you never learn what the incident was that landed Kody in the hospital and required surgery at the on-set of the book. Sure, it's the pretense for bringing him to Xanth, bu ...more
Brian Miller
Jan 17, 2014 Brian Miller rated it did not like it
This book was a bit confusing to me unless I was very much mistaken the main character was a gay man turned straight by the magic of xanth I have loved this series for many years but was more then a bit hurt by this story.
An Odd1
Apr 18, 2015 An Odd1 rated it did not like it
Many puns; some I miss. Goes round about; some predictable zigs, other confusing zags. For when you're in the mood for unusual alert brain and English language tickles. Most likely could not translate. I needed pauses to catch up with twists.

Kody wakes up in hospital, hears anesthetic for "controlled coma" p 12 may cause mood reversal, title backwards. Kody next wakes in Xanth, grabs a catbird from ogre before the monster stomps off. Hipporoc crossbreed, friend of catbird, gratefully gives Mund
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Patricia
Aug 03, 2014 Patricia rated it it was amazing
There sure are a lot of mundanes getting into Xanth lately. I hope this isn't the start of a wave!
This is another Demon bet (with a capital D) I kinda feel like Piers may use Demons to make certain things happen quickly. When the story line starts to fizzle and he can't figure out a way to segue into the next part of the story... Boom! in pop some "all powerful" Demons. All previous problems disappear, Status points are exchanged, and the story goes off in some new direction.
Here we see a new w
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Samantha Eve Kennedy
I have been reading the Piers Anthony Xanth series for years. Although I plan to keep reading the next installments in the series, I find that I do not love them quite the way I used to. The plot has become very formulaic. A foreignor (Mundanian or otherwise) ends up in Xanth unexpectedly. He or she goes to the Good Magician to get answers to an issue. The Good Magician assigns the visitor a quest. Others join the quest. At least one or more parties fall in love. (There are passages related to s ...more
Kirsti
Mar 06, 2016 Kirsti rated it liked it
I dunno, I just wasn't feeling this one. It seemed far to similar to most of the recent books, and I kind of wanted more than the usual demon bets and couples pairing off. It feels too much like following a recipe; add in attractive human male, mix in a few crossbreed species, world of Xanth in peril, Good Magician sends them on a quest, demon contest. Of course attractive human male makes best decision ever, and Xanth is saved. Hn.

I know there is a new book out after this, but I feel a little b
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Rex Libris
Nov 06, 2013 Rex Libris rated it did not like it
This was the 37th installment in the Xanth series. In it someone created a bomb that made ugly people attractive and attractive people ugly. A Mundanian is brought in to lead the quest to end this reversal.

The Xanth series used to be fun, light-hearted, and entertaining. But it lost those features a long time ago. The books have become tiresome, the formula no longer works because it has been done into the ground, and the over-arching story line has become unecessarily bizarre.
Randal
Jul 16, 2014 Randal rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Beavis or Butthead
Shelves: fantasy
OK, anytime you give one star to #37 anything you're swimming against the tide. But this is crap, with puns.
The characters are crap. The plot is a straightforward quest, which is to say, crap. The tone is an unremitting series of descriptions of how desirable the female characters are. Definitely a 15-year-old male target audience. Some of the puns are really good. But otherwise, this is crap.
OK, one concrete example. There's a chapter where the hero happens upon a demolition derby and is outrag
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Nathan Dehoff
Feb 01, 2014 Nathan Dehoff rated it liked it
The thirty-seventh book in the Xanth series is very much by-the-numbers, and contains the usual flaws. Most notable is the constant flirtation and panty-flashing by pretty much every female character toward the male ones, to the point where it feels uncomfortably like softcore porn that just happens to include dragons and bad puns. There's always been a hint of this in the series, but in earlier books it tended to be more innocent, but as Anthony has gotten older they've been increasingly perver ...more
Jenn
May 25, 2014 Jenn rated it really liked it
This has been one of my favorite Xanth books. After a hiatus, I returned to reading the series and hadn't found then add entertaining as I had in the past, but this one reminded me why I started reading them to begin with.

The characters are humble yet virtuous, likeable and realistic. The story explores themes of love and sacrifice while staying light-hearted. Very well done!
Jeff
Jan 14, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Any Xanth is comedy as well as fantasy and must be read for the pun of it!
Margaret
Feb 01, 2014 Margaret rated it it was amazing
As always, Piers Anthony gave me good giggles.
Darlene
Feb 09, 2015 Darlene rated it it was amazing
Shelves: darlenekg1
A very good book to read . I'm enjoying it .
Mark Burnham
Mar 07, 2014 Mark Burnham rated it really liked it
Always a good read.
David Caldwell
Book 37 in the Xanth series.

I think I read Xanth for the first time in 1980. I remember buying my brother a box set of the Xanth trilogy (when it actually was a trilogy) for Christmas and then reading them as soon as he was done. I have stuck with the series through its ups and downs. Even when some of my other friends would tease me about sticking with the series, I just ignored them and kept reading. So I know the formula for the Xanth books pretty well by now. And yes, the series has a defini
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Jeremiah Johnson
Mar 28, 2015 Jeremiah Johnson rated it liked it
This was a middle of the line Xanth novel for me. It still had most of the things that irritate me about the series, but they weren't nearly as prevalent as in other books.
The story was basically the same as every other one, a group of people come together unexpectedly to finish a seemingly insurmountable quest.
The one thing that set this apart a bit for me was the level of violence. It wasn't over the top, but enough to add a sense of actual danger that has never been a part of Xanth.
Tara Bates
Sep 18, 2015 Tara Bates rated it really liked it
Another Xanth novel in my 2015 ultimate reading challenge but I do love them. This one is typical of the type, but has a mundane coming to Xanth which I always love.
Harry Lane
Nov 29, 2013 Harry Lane rated it liked it
YA fantasy, yet I find it curiously appealing. The puns are of course outrageous, as they are in all of the books of this series; one cannot help groaning in response to some of them. And the scenery, greenery and creatures that populate the realm of Xanth are weird to the nth degree. Despite all that, which in many writers hands would be a total disaster, Anthony makes it all work together. This volume is basically a quest with the usual odd lot of quirky characters. The saving grace to this st ...more
Joanne
Mar 31, 2014 Joanne rated it did not like it
I remember liking the Xanth chronicles twenty years ago for their puns. Pretty clunky writing in this one.
Wayne
Jun 10, 2015 Wayne rated it it was amazing
I enjoy all of Piers Anthonys writing and this one did not disappoint me.
Mary
Mar 02, 2014 Mary rated it liked it
It's been decades since I read a Xanth book. I forgot how pun filled they are. It was a fun, easy read.
J W
Feb 06, 2014 J W rated it liked it
Mediocre addition to Xanth. Not as witty and compelling as Luck of the Draw.
Michelle
Jan 21, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Another novel of Xanth. I happen to like puns but if you don't you may spend a lot of time groaning at the puns. I really think it is cool that Mr. Anthony uses puns sent in by readers and gives them credit at the end of these novels. Lots of fun and action in this pure fantasy novel.
Pamela Sue
May 22, 2014 Pamela Sue rated it it was ok
Loved this series in the 80s. Now I have a hard time finishing it. Just doesn't hold my interest.
Melony
Feb 11, 2015 Melony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xanth
Sometimes I think I'm tired of the Xanth books. But I am somewhat compelled to read them as the light-hearted punnish books they are meant to be, as a break from crime novels and heavier sci-fi genres. Already downloaded the next book, but it may be awhile before I read it.
Blake
Nov 12, 2013 Blake rated it liked it
This was just another standard book in the series. The last few books had actually been rather refreshing, but this one was boring at times and I had to push myself to get through it.
Nibrock
Dec 17, 2015 Nibrock rated it liked it
Another pun filled quest through Xanth with a hero who doesn't understand the land, and a group of women who want to help him figure it out.
Kathy Mertens
May 09, 2016 Kathy Mertens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this xanth book was better than most. I think it was because of the relationships the characters built with each other.
C
Jan 07, 2016 C rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed this book. It was not as pun packed as most Xanth books.
Julie
Jul 14, 2015 Julie rated it it was ok
Very repetitive. Finished reading it out of loyalty to the series.
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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.

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