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Preview — Castle Roogna by Piers Anthony
I do have problems at times with the way the author illustrates women in his world of Xanth. Millie the Ghost was annoying in her role of parody damsel in distress. (but noes, Xanth is not sexist at all)
Also, I'm unsure about the target a ...more
Bink, the hero of the first two books, was forever being tempted but turned away to remain true to his fiancé in book one. When that fiancé turned from him, Bink fell in love with and finally married the mysterious Camel ...more
My favorite part is when he inco ...more
So, to help him learn about life, as well as prepare him ...more
I wasn't very invested in Dor's quest because he more or less literally got handed a plot and went off to do it. Very little of what he does is of his own volition, so he spends the book reacting and being le ...more
The 3rd Xanth Novel
This is a third Xanth novel. Castle Roogna. This book is about a magical land named Xanth. Dor is trying to do something good for someone he knows because trent, the king of Xanth, told him to. Dor is about to be king. He needs to go back in time to find the Zombie Boss to bring millie the maid’s zombie boyfriend back to life.
If you like magic, and restrictions, I advise looking at this book. It has lots of magic, and is very realistic to be a magical land. It’s ...more
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It's not unexpected. Books that are loved in childhood rarely stand up the second time around. There are a few exceptions, Harry Potter being one that springs to mind. But with the Xanth series it has just got the point where I cannot justify carrying on, and also I'm not masochist ...more
I really enjoyed the time travel aspect of this book, seeing how Xanth developed in earlier times. I liked the character of Jumper.
Con: Once again, extremely sexist. But it's light entertainment, and I'm not reading this to obtain my sense of morality.
Also: I saw the plot resolution with Millie the ghost an ...more
30 December 2011
This is the third of the Xanth series. Now, I was not inclinded to write any more regarding the books in this series because, to be honest with you, there is probably not much more to write beyond the basic plot of the story, however I felt that maybe I should put at least a little comment into the review part of this book, despite the fact that there really isn't all that much to review.
Probably the reason why I ended up reading a lot of the X ...more
The portrayal of women continues to get on ...more
One of the major appeals of this novel has always been the age of the protagonist. I first read it when I was 11 (the second time at 13), so Dor was easy to relate to.
The story is this:
Dor has just reached the age where he does not need a nanny anymore and yet he cares deeply about his nanny and wants to do something nice for her. As she is a Ghost, he decides that the best thing to do would be to bring her b ...more
Millie, a ghost for 800 years wants only one man--Jonathan, and he's a zombie. To prove himself, Magician Dor volunteers to get the potion that can restore Jonathan to full life. But he has to go back through time to do it, to a peril-haunted, ancient Xanth, where danger lurks at every turn....
OK, let me just say, I am terrified of spiders. And what lurks on the cover of this one? A GIANT spider! It's amazing that I read this one - but I did when I was a teen - and I am so glad ...more
As it was ending. xD
The adventure lagged a lot due to heavy detail, but it makes sense. Considering that Xanth is based on a certain peninsula (Florida, I think?), yeaaaah. I do think that the world building was interesting, as always. I love how the writer wrote about Xanth as it was 800-ish years before Dor's time. It was enjoyable reading about evolution and how it easily explains the change of the land and its species under the influence of magic. :B Well, that's something I love ab ...more
This is the third in a series of fantasy novels by Piers Anthony set in the mythical world of Xanth and stars the son of the protagonist from the first two novels, Dor
Dor is the heir apparent to the throne of Xanth and as educational tool the current king, Magician Trent sends Dor back in time 800 years to find the ancient and mysterious Zombie Master. While Dor is in reality a young boy he inhabits the body of a full-grown man during this quest and it presents an opportunity for Anthony to show...more
Xanth was recommended to me by a coworker, right after I started him on Pratchett's Discworld. He said that it was a pretty similar style. In some ways it is, in the sense that there's humor thrown in to a fantasy setting, but I thought that both the writing and the humor were weaker than Pratchett. Every joke (and I mean every) in the series is a pun. One pun after another. ...more
What sad, misogynistic shit these books are. I forced my way through the first three and that's as far as I'm willing to go. I wouldn't recommend these books to anyone and I deeply regret suggesting them as possible reading for my son. I'll be correcting th ...more
The characters are interesting. I didn't particularly like how Millie was the silly air-headed maiden. I liked her when she was sweet, mature, and a strong young (ish) women. I DO like the character Dor plays in this, as the young, experienced kid expected to play the role of a grown-up hero. And I love Jumper.
I found the first 2 books to be somewhat dull ...more
I like Anthony's ability to conjure a sense of the magic of the story. There really is a lot in his books. It's maybe not the most ...more
In this third installment we meet the main protagonist Dor, Bink’s twelve year old son. Castle Roogna is a decent coming of age story about a boy being groomed to possibly someday become the next king of Xanth. The quests and adventures are entertaining from start to finish. Although similar in style compared to the first two volumes, Anthony’s creative imagination and witty humor persist to keep things interesting. Several outcomes though are far ...more
The kid getting trapped inside a mans body with all of the sexual tension that goes along with this fit pretty well into my being a kid and reading this. I liked it a lot but I was rooting for him to get ...more
Piers is a self-proclaimed environm ...more