A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth #1)
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
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
That out of the way, what we have here is a classic light fantasy full of nice ideas and concepts. But the story lacks direction, a bit like a badly planned Dungeon and Dragons session: "an encounter! another encounter! a fight! you fall in a hole! Oh, look, a dragon! a sexy babe! another fight!"
What also annoyed me was the constant rationalization. Characters talk all the time about th...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
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
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
The element of this book that I still remember today ( I read this in HS more than 25 years ago) is the magical characteristics of Chameleon. Her beauty and charisma runs inversely to her intelligence, similar to a menstrual cycle. So as the month goes on, she gets more...more
Bink is in danger of being exiled from his homeland, Xanth, b/c 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.
Definitely a nice change from the horror & PNR I've been reading recently, but I don't think I'll read all 30 books of this series. I get committed to the...more
I struggled with this one, but I read the first sixty pages before I finally gave up. The writing is entertaining, and the descriptions are vivid. At first, all the thinly-veiled innuendo was amusing, but it quickly went from amusing to annoying. When it began to seem like...more
I started a brief stint as a feature writer and columnist at the newspaper his daughter later worked at. So, I figured I had an "in" (and I later turned out to be right!), so I wrote him. We started a many-year, very occasional letter-writing relationship. At the time, I was mainly writing comics and short...more
Now I've read all the reviews about Anthony being sexist, but I've found that I have to put this in pers...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
It starts out being written like a simple children's book. There are even a lot of exclamation points in it! ("And the trees could MOVE!", etc) So you get this childish feeling from it and settle down to have a fun, innocent time... and then Anthony starts talking about rape! (EXCLAMATION POINT!)
Also: For the most part, it's one of those "questing fantasy" books that I tend to detest. I don't really like seeing how a character deals with different things they find "along the way" (I'm also...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
Piers is a self-proclaimed environm...more