A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth #1)
When this came out, it was unlike any series before it AND was funny on top of that. Humor in this sort of fiction is hard to pull off, but Anthony d...more
Ultimately, this is a series that you either "get" or you don't. And if you don't, then nothing I (or anyone else!) can say here will make any difference.
I don't like them for the writing quality. Even after all this time, Anthony still has trouble putting a sentence together, or making his dialogue sparkle or creating a convincing character (either male or female...more
i began reading the Xanth series somewhere around the 15th or 16th book many years ago. It was filled with light-hearted drama, action and puns that made me laugh out loud.
But this first book was such an original idea & filled with an amazing amount of tension, thoughts, morals, as well as the drama & etc. that will come to follow.
Bink not only takes an amazing journey through Xanth, into Mundania & back, but also inside & outside himself.
"How many people similarly spent thei...more
A Spell for Chameleon takes place in the magical world of Xanth, a land inhabited by humans, sentient creatures, monsters, and a vast variety of magical plants. This story follows the protagonist, 25-year-old Bink, who must discover a magical talent if he is to remain in Xanth. This is because in the magical land of Xanth,...more
When I reread this, I re...more
Even though they have a decidedly silly aspect to them, I think that in many ways they a...more
1. It is outright sexist. No contest. Even my husband was a little offended.
2. The Author over explains everything in lieu of providing plot.
3. Balk. Balks. Balked. Balking. Every two to three pages.
It harbors the most ming-boggling chauvinism I have ever read, mainly because it is so blatant. No woman has a substantial magic apart from affecting appearances (usually their own) or... cooking. That is, of c...more
The central premise here is this: which is preferable, a very beautiful, very dumb woman, or a super smart, wise but ugly woman?
You can probably tell from this that a) the book is aimed at young men, and b) women might find the question, never mi...more
This is, by far, the best of all of them.
Xanth is a magical land(seems to be in Florida somewhere) where every citizen, by law, must have some sort of msgic talent.
In this first one we're introduced to the main character, Bink, appears to have no magic talent, so is about to be exiled.
There's more to his seeming lack of talent than first appears.
Along the way we meet a few more characters who will be central to the whole se...more
This is the first in a series of fantasy novels by Piers Anthony set in the mythical world of Xanth where everyone has a magical power, except Bink.
When I read this as a teenage boy I loved the fantasy world Anthony created and the nature of Bink and his rival, Magician Trent.
The story begins with Bink ostracized by his village because he has no magical power and follows him on his quest to discover said power. He traverses the dangerous landscape of Xanth encountering a number of powerful foes...more
Though already developing a successful career in SF with such heady novels as *Chthon* and *Omnivore*, Piers Anthony did not reach brand-name status until he cooked up some fantasy in 1977. And it was cheerful, humorous fantasy at that, as in his first Xanth series novel, *A Spell for Chameleon*. The book's young hero, Bink, is without magical powers in a world ruled entirely by magic. Worse still, if he doesn't discover his own magical talent soon, he will be forever banished f...more
Xanth was the enchanted land where magic ruled--where every citizen had a special spell only he could cast. That is, except for Bink of North Village. He was sure he possessed no magic, and knew that if he didn't find some soon, he would be exiled. According to the Good Magician Humpfrey, the charts said that Bink was as powerful as the King or even the Evil Magician Trent. Unfortunately, no one could determine its form. Meanwhile, Bink was in despair. If he didn't find his magi...more
The writing and story is simple. The world is not designed with particular attention and elegance; it's more organic. People who are looking for a very deep world are not likely to find it in Xanth (at least the first book). The characters are also quite simple. They've got a couple of layer...more
Twenty-five year old Bink of the North Village is in danger of being exiled from his homeland, Xanth, because he has no magic talent. Xanth is a land where magic is the norm, and the King requires that every citizen have a magic talent. Naturally Bink wants to discover his talent so he can stay in his homeland and marry his girlfriend, so he heads off to the Good Magician for help.
So begins the first novel in the Xanth series, which now has over 3...more
I loved the main characters; they were all so quirky in their own ways, intelligent and straightforward without being whiny and know-it-all. Bink made a great lead; for once, a fantasy hero who isn't invincible OR a whiny, angsty loser! He's tall, young and good-looking, but he's also flawed. He has issues with them, but then he faces them head-on and deals with them with minimal fuss. Same goes for Trent and Chameleon, and the three make an extremely likeable trio...more
A little while ago I was browsing through my local bookstore when I came across a sale copy of A Spell for Chameleon and, feeling somewhat nostalgic, bought it.
I sort of wish I hadn't.
My memories of Xanth and its inhabitants were rose-tinted. Returning to that world, to this story, after a few decades was a di...more
Piers is a self-proclaimed environm...more