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Jumper Cable (Xanth #33)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  952 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
In the thirty-third thrilling escapade in Piers Anthony’s rousing Xanth fantasy series, an adventurous arachnid named Jumper must assume human form to save the enchanted realm from a cosmic peril.

A cataclysmic battle between two all-powerful Demons has severed a mystical connection that joins Xanth to our own world. The key to restoring it is hidden within a cryptic prophe
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published (first published October 13th 2009)
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Jul 13, 2010 Jill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, fantasy
Well, after reading the author's note, I feel a little bad saying this, but the book was a disappointment. It was less like a book and more like a neverending series of puns strung together with a thin, repetitive story line. Many of the structures used in the other Xanth novels seemed to be there just for form this time, such as setting the beginning of the story, getting into the Good Magician's castle, getting across the Gap Chasm, etc. - Like someone going through the motions. About halfway ...more
Nov 29, 2011 Mike rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
Full disclosure: A Spell for Chameleon was the book that started me on the road to becoming the bibliophile I am today. I adored that book and blame my love of puns and punsmithing on the Xanth series.

That being said this installment of the Xanth series (which I had stopped following around the 18th or 19th book) was simply terrible. The characters were remarkably flat, there wasn't a challenge in the course of the book, save for the final one, that lasted more than a page or two before being ov
Aug 02, 2011 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, xanth
I love the Xanth series. I love the puns that Anthony uses. I use his books as a fun escape from reality. However, this book was the worst Xanth book yet. It has flat characters and seemed to be a composed of a very thin story line and a mismash of puns. I was extrememly disappointed. The dialogue was horrible, especially from the woodwife character. If I had to read one more piece of dialogue like "I dew knot know about him. Then yew rescued me," I was going to lose it. or "Yew see, I'm knot re ...more
Jan 01, 2010 Unwisely rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, fantasy
Why oh why, do people keep publishing Piers Anthony novels? They're recycled jokes that no one beyond the age of 14 will find new (or humorous), storylines that make my one foray into MarySues look well-plotted, and smutty enough to embarrass me, even though they're PG. Gods. My aunt got it for Xmas, and said I should read it, so I dutifully did. Awful, awful, awful. (I should have stopped reading, because everyone around me was tired of me bitching about how terrible it was.)

Ami E. Bowen
So, It's been a long time since I've ventured back into the punniful magical land of Xanth and if the other books were as bad as this one then I must have been wearing some very effective rose-colored glasses when I read them and actually liked them enough to read more. This entire book is such a jumble of groping, panty/bra-flashing, stork-summoning hot mess. Everything feels rushed and formula as if Anthony was eager just to fill pages and collect a paycheck. All the right Xanthly ingredients ...more
Feb 07, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of course a giant spider would save all of Xanth, become an honorary Prince, and marry a Demoness! It makes perfect sense, at least in Piers Anthony's fantastic world! Oh, and the girls Jumper befriends along the way all get their happy endings too -- except for Princess/Sorceress Dawn, who will probably be featured in a forthcoming book.
Apr 28, 2010 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Xanth series. I've read all 33 books and re-read the first 9 or 10, 2 or 3 times. Jumper Cable, I did not love. I barely liked it. And then only because I am such a long time fan. This edition has none of the suspence or adventure of the earlier books in the series. The puns are week at best and the characters were flat.
David Caldwell
I need to reread this one.
Vicki G
Nov 20, 2011 Vicki G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy fiction lovers
I think it's actually possible to think about some things a little too much. Not that I should talk, since obsessing about things is one of the characteristics that I always have to work on to keep it under control. I get addicted to everything but housework. However, I don't think about sex as much as he does...I don't think Hugh HEFner thinks about it as much as he does.
But he's not alone. My brother wanted to read one of my books, by this same author, when I told him the story starts out on a
Nov 06, 2011 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was not the worst Xanth novel that I've ever read, but it is pretty bad. The method of Jumper's entry is difficult to scrabble over. Though Piers is not known for being a feminist, this is by far the most sexist book of his I've read. The Character's are flat and the whole book just seems rushed. This may be because Piers is getting old, and was having some problems at the time of writing, but I'm going to blame it on the fans (and Piers' willingness to use their suggestions.)If you read th ...more
Alan Smith
The list of authors who can do genuinely funny fantasy can probably be counted on one hand. Terry Pratchett tops the list, of course, with Tom Holt and Robert Rankin and... well, there's America's entry, Piers Anthony.

Anthony has written, seemingly, a trizillion volumes about his imaginary version of Florida, called Xanth (presumably the name comes from "Pier XANTHony, though he apparently denies this), a world inhabited by demons, elves, centaurs mer-folk and the usual denizens of fantasy nove
Jason Cantrell
Jul 09, 2013 Jason Cantrell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I've been a fan of the Xanth series for over ten years, and in general the series has had its ups and downs. I've always felt that out of the 30+ books in the series, the best of the best were around books #12-20. Some of those earlier books had epic tales that were truly magnificent. Some of the books since then have ranged from "good" to "great," but rarely achieved the heights of the earlier books in the series.

"Jumper Cable" was good. There were strong sections of the story throughout, but a
Blake Baguley
Jul 12, 2011 Blake Baguley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This just sucked. There's no other way to put it. (Actually, there's plenty: it was awful, crap, 2-dimensional, undeveloped, barely a plot... the list goes on) I'm a long time Xanth fan so I managed to struggle through it. But... it was such a shame. Why does he turn out such cliched and cookie-cutter trash nowadays? I went back to the first ever Xanth novel I read - Demon's Don't Dream - to see if it had actually been just as bad but I'd never noticed, but no, that wasn't the case. His old writ ...more
Jeremiah Johnson
Jan 02, 2015 Jeremiah Johnson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jumper Cabler, or How 6 Girls try to Seduce a Giant Spider. Seriously...
This is one of the worst books I have yet read in this series. The dialog, or what passes as such anyhow, is abysmal.
Anthony says in the Author's Note that this is an adult fiction series so showing bras and panties is acceptable. I would agree with that except that this book is nothing but that. There is no story that moves forward. The characters have no substance. There are only the bras and panties over and over and over
Jun 17, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After I read this book, I saw a lot of negative reviews about it on Goodreads. Is it full of puns? Yes, but then all of the Xanth series books are. Trying to figure them out is part of the fun of the books. I didn't really think this one had less plot than other Xanth books. I enjoyed this book for what it was, a fantasy in an alternate world where puns rule.
Jun 01, 2014 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one tried very hard to be more grown up than past Xanth stories. Actual curse words were both used and hinted at. Panty flashing and freak outs more rampant than Color of Her Panties. And stork summoning was at such an all time high that it happened by accident a few times. I would say the older Piers and Xanth gets, the more it is probably best left to only the most loyal of die hard fans. First time readers who start the stories this late in the game tend to magically turn into those drea ...more
Keith Beasley-topliffe
Piers Anthony decided to change up a few things in the Xanth books with #33. It's a little more meta than most with puns that only work in print (a woodwife who says "yew" instead of "you") and characters waiting for a new paragraph to come along before they can speak again. And it's considerably raunchier than others with sexual scenes replacing the usual ellipses. Guess even Piers was getting bored with the series (though there are several more that follow this one).
Jared Lopatin
I liked it, but I didn't love it. I get that we're going for a more adult theme, but there's a lot more about stork-summoning in these later books. I enjoyed the Demonly aspects, though.
Jun 08, 2014 Jan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. I used to love the Xanth books when I was a kid. Couldn't get through this one. Great for youngsters!
Debra Meyer
I'm starting to have a few problems with this author an this series, not sure I'm going to make it to the end but only have 2 books left that I have and probably won't look for the rest after I am finished. Seems to be really starting to have a thing for underage sex kind of
Beverly Weyer
Oct 07, 2014 Beverly Weyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jumper (a spider) is spider-napped from Mundania to save Xanth.
Aug 23, 2015 Breneman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
good really good
Dec 29, 2013 Kirsti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I added a review already here, but it disappeared! I can't wait to get back my laptop, so this ancient dinosaur can stop overheating and I can actually linger on the internet instead of frantically typing reviews and checking my facebook.

I like this book, although I get annoyed reading Wenda's accent. She goes on to be the protagonist in the next book, but her accent gets taken for much of that novel. Jumper original was a favorite character, so to have his descendant was awesome.

Great book, fiv
Mia Darien
Feb 17, 2012 Mia Darien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book stands out to me especially because of one detail which showed a hint of something otherwise I've found lacking, while still skirting the standard "fantasy conservative" lines that Xanth has otherwise held to. (I don't want to give anything away.) I kind of hoped he would take it one step further, but he didn't and I'm not surprised or precisely disappointed. Still, the hint of it was a nice touch at least and it was another fun romp through the world of Xanth.
Dec 01, 2010 Ivy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-books-read
I found that there was way to much sex in this one. I would not have let my minor child read it. I don't think that the story line really got good until about the last third of the book. I kept waiting for something to happen that would make the story move along better. It was slow going for most of the book. Not one of the better books in this series storyline wise.
Adrienne Kiser
I'm a Piers Anthony loyalist, and I really did like the basic story going on here, but good grief the unnecessary sex. Characters were hopping into bed left and right in ways that had nothing to do with furthering the plot. I'm no prude, but if there's that much physical intimacy going on, I'm pretty sure it should be a completely different kind of book.
Jan 03, 2012 Misty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
I love Xanth! But, the farther in the series we get, the story becomes less and less about magic and puns and more and more about panties and stork summoning. I wonder when they'll stop classifying these books as Fantasy and start putting them with soft porn. Definitely not recommended for children or even for fans of the early series!
honesty in my personal opinion this xanth book isn't as good as previous xanth books, but at the same time it still contains the all the puns and funny situations that are expected from a Piers Anthony book. It was an enjoyable read, very relaxing, the only problem is that it can absorbed quickly that it makes the book a quick read.
Traci Hazelwood
Mar 15, 2010 Traci Hazelwood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I actually couldn't get past the first couple of chapters. I've read most of Piers Anthony's books. This one was very hard to read. Several of the characters had different ways of talking that were very hard to read and figure out what they were saying and meaning. I just couldn't get through it.
Jul 01, 2014 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you don't like smut (not a patch of the wit in early Zanth novels) then skip to page 110 safe in the knowledge that the main protagonist was a spider who has taken that many pages to get used to a human body and not be freaked out by the sight of female knickers.
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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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Xanth (1 - 10 of 39 books)
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“Referring to Jumper the spider, who needs to hide himself in human form, and he's learning to act like a human.

"I'm sure I can learn to walk faster than that," he said desperately.
"But you'll also need to learn the nuances of human behavior. Such as not going around naked."
"What's wrong with being natural?" he demanded.
"Humans aren't natural. They are girt about by all manner of conventions. It will take time for you to catch up with them all.”
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