Bearing An Hourglass (Incarnations of Immortality #2)
The other seemingly all-powerful Incarnations of Immortality—Death, Fate, War, and Nature—made him welcome. Even Satan greeted him with gifts. But he soon discovered that the gifts were cunning traps. While he had been distrac...more
I own maybe 4 books in this series and have owned them for about ten years. I keep trying to get into Book 1 but I just cannot. So this attempt was via Audio and with one of my favorite narrators George Guidall.
More than halfway complete but I cannot continue. I really like the characters, i just hate this story! This novel is contaminated wit...more
I was about to write off this book as pulp until I read the plot again and noticed that this, like the first one, is q...more
The second book of the Incarnations of Immortality series follows the life of Norton who takes on the mantle as the Incarnation of Time in an effort to maintain a relationship with a former love who committed suicide. The basic plot is that Satan wants to undue events from the previous novel, On a Pale Horse, either by preventing Zane from assuming the mantle of Death or preventing Luna from achieving political success. Both events which thwart Satan’s goals. Satan attempts to trick Norton into...more
Norton's story was interesting at first, but then somehow the story goes to hell! He ends up in a space western, then randomly in a fantasy thread, all of which take pages and pages that just seem like filler. There is no relation between these "adventures" and the main plot line of the story. When the plot DOES decide to make an appearance, it proce...more
The first story introduced Death to us. Bearing an Hourglass is the second book, and as might be guessed from the title it’s about Time. Norton is an ordinary man who agrees to take on the role of Time after a series...more
The long review:
This was quite a disappointing follow-up to On a Pale Horse , which I partly expected based on the few reviews I read before beginning the second installment of the "Incarnations of Immortality" series.
First, Piers Anthony just isn't that good a writer, although he definitely works hard at it if his author's notes are to be believed. Lots of passages in this book were hampered by awkward prose.
Second, the plot, such as it is, was a jumbled mess. More char...more
The main character, Norton meets a ghost by the name of Gawain who asks Norton to marry his wife. Norton is put off by this idea at first, but Gawain insists that it is because he needs a child and heir. Norton reluctantly follows but soon be...more
And though it's nice to have read book 1, it's not required. These are independant stories until you get up closer to book 4 or 5, and even then you won't be that confused.
I don't like the main character. He is not the kind of guy I relate to. This makes it d...more
Bearing an Hourglass is the 2nd book in the Incarnations of Immortality and we are introduced to the aspect of time. Norton is an average guy and when his life when it starts to get pointless for him. Norton is then convinced to take up the mantle of ti...more
After reading about a third of the novel, I was surprised about the criticism it had received. I was finding it just as interesting as On a Pale Horse with the tale of a man, Norton, accomplishing a service to a ghost and it ending tragically. He then takes up the role of Chronos, th...more
I love this story but there were times when the explanations of time travel got me confused. Norton had some great adventures thanks to Satan but with help from the other incarnations he finally understands his role as the Inc...more
I found myself painfully plodding forward during the BEM/Evil sorceress sections of the book. They seemed to have no real point other than to stretch out the content. (And I know, the BEM did play a part at the end when he was figuring out how to get back to...more
This book was supposedly about Norton, who assumes the office of time and has to live backward, all while foiling Satan's ploys to take over the world. If that was really what the book was about, I would have liked it. But don't be fooled, a majority of the book is a philosphic...more
Piers is a self-proclaimed environm...more