The Source Of Magic (Xanth #2)
First off, I think that it could have been so much shorter. It takes so much time, trying to sound more important than it really is, that it just sucks pages into bizarre explanations.
Secondly, I can only take so much of reading about nymph's pert little butts, their supple arms, and how female they are. And pretty much th...more
I quite enjoyed 'The Source of Magic', though reading it now, a few things strike me. Firstly an obvious one - the prose are not nearly as good as I remember. But that is to be expected - nobody writes like Ian McEwan when they're writing young adult fiction.
Also, this book in particular (I have yet to see whether the others will follo...more
I couldn't ignore the commentary on women because it never stops, ever. I don't know if Piers Anthony was bitter but that makes it not worth reading for me.
Also, the continuous lusting descriptions of the centaurs ass. No one needs to read from the inner mind of a man who seems to think a horse's hind end is the most beautiful thing he sees.
So my reaction to this book is the same as my reaction to the re-read of A Spell for Chameleon. Too much sexual innuendo for kids. Too much "theory" for kids. Not serious enough for adults. Not funny enough for adults. Every woman is defined by her looks and made to be either a sexual object or basically "not a woman".
So again I ask who are these books written for? If I at age 41...more
Rating: R (sexism, adultery, demons, scatological humor, lascivious descriptions of women as objects only)
Worldview: Do what you want to do.
The first of the Xanth novels was somewhat witty, did a decent job of world-building, and established the protagonist as a upright if slightly immature young man. This second novel is a ridiculous bodice-ripper lacking a cohesive plot. All the characters are one-dimensional, and many are written contrary to their orig...more
This one is another series of mini adventures in the course of a larger quest undertaken by Bink, Chester, Crombie, Humphrey, and Grundy to find out the source of magic in Xanth. I was really hoping it would be less sexist than the first one, but it's not. I mean, there was no infuriating rape trial here, but otherwise it was just as bad.
Every woman in Xanth is described and, to at least some extent, valued in terms of her attractiveness. You get a description of almost every female cha...more
Bink, a Magician class Talent in a society where everyone has magic, is searching for the sourch of magic in the land of Xanth. He is escorted by two of his friends through the dangers and perils of a magical, but not at all friendly w...more
Sadly this one is a little worse than the first. It sticks to the same episodic template and jumps around all over the place, a book of ideas more than a strong narrative. I can see why I would have liked it as a child, but in terms of story it tended to be full of...more
In this book we get to meet some fun new charac...more
The first part was okey.
Actually found some things funny.
The story started to drag, Bink started to be annoying again, the comments about women too hard to ignore.
And here comes the peak of whole suspension and fallout, the find of the source of magic. What does Bink do? Against better judgement, against advice of smarter...more
24 September 2011
This book doesn't actually seem to be much at all. It is a sequel to Spell for Cameleon and the second in the Xanth series. It appears that the Xanth series probably should be read in order because, unlike Discworld, it appears that it moves around the same characters (though considering that this is only the second book in the series that is probably a pretty tough call). In this book Bink has discovered his magical power, which is de...more
This story did well to fort...more
Bink is joined by other characters from the first novel, Chester, Humphrey and Crombie as he leads them on a difficult adventure into the unknown regions of Xanth.
Once again, Piers Anthony spri...more
Aside from this, however, the book itself is much like its predecessor i...more
"As a general rule, Xanth novels are about a protagonist who doesn't really fit in and has no idea what their purpose in life is or what group they would fit in with. That is, they are a normal young adult. They decide to go on a Quest and over the course of said Quest they discover who they are, where they belong, and fall in love."
This is the book that breaks that general rule, and that is likely it's biggest weakness.
Bink, the protagonis...more
I hate to follow the general custom, but I can't not allude to Anthony's blatant sexism and simplicity of thought. Particularly given Bink's moral stand in this novel. Anthony's condescension and ste...more
This is the second in a series of fantasy novels by Piers Anthony set in the mythical world of Xanth and stars the protagonist from the first novel, Bink
The story begins with Bink on his way to a masquerade ball hosted by Iris who is the wife of the newly appointed king of Xanth, Magician Trent.
Bink has several attempts made on his life and eventually it is decided, as a way to safeguard him, that he will travel the lands hoping to find the mythical Source of Magic.
Bink is accompanied by his fri...more
These books seem geared for the adolescent male as buried in the magic and adventure are ample...more
Piers is a self-proclaimed environm...more