Castle Roogna (Xanth #3)
From the Paperback edition.
The portrayal of women continues to get on...more
This is the third in a series of fantasy novels by Piers Anthony set in the mythical world of Xanth and stars the son of the protagonist from the first two novels, Dor
Dor is the heir apparent to the throne of Xanth and as educational tool the current king, Magician Trent sends Dor back in time 800 years to find the ancient and mysterious Zombie Master. While Dor is in reality a young boy he inhabits the body of a full-grown man during this quest and it presents an opportunity for Anthony to show...more
Probably the reason why I ended up reading a lot of the Xanth books was because there were readily availabl...more
I do have problems at times with the way the author illustrates women in his world of Xanth. Millie the Ghost was annoying in her role of parody damsel in distress. (but noes, Xanth is not sexist at all)
Also, I'm unsure about the target a...more
Xanth was recommended to me by a coworker, right after I started him on Pratchett's Discworld. He said that it was a pretty similar style. In some ways it is, in the sense that there's humor thrown in to a fantasy setting, but I thought that both the writing and the humor were weaker than Pratchett. Every joke (and I mean every) in the series is a pun. One pun after another....more
Bink, the hero of the first two books, was forever being tempted but turned away to remain true to his fiancé in book one. When that fiancé turned from him, Bink fell in love with and finally married the mysterious Camel...more
As it was ending. xD
The adventure lagged a lot due to heavy detail, but it makes sense. Considering that Xanth is based on a certain peninsula (Florida, I think?), yeaaaah. I do think that the world building was interesting, as always. I love how the writer wrote about Xanth as it was 800-ish years before Dor's time. It was enjoyable reading about evolution and how it easily explains the change of the land and its species under the influence of magic. :B Well, that's something I love ab...more
My favorite part is when he inco...more
The kid getting trapped inside a mans body with all of the sexual tension that goes along with this fit pretty well into my being a kid and reading this. I liked it a lot but I was rooting for him to get...more
Childish and does get boring after a couple of books, but...more
Dor suffers much from the same problems that Bink did. Bink suffered from lack of magic even though he was strong and intelligent. Dor suffers from lack of strength even though he's had magician caliber magic and become an outcast because of it. The thing he struggles with more is his youth where...more
Millie, a ghost for 800 years wants only one man--Jonathan, and he's a zombie. To prove himself, Magician Dor volunteers to get the potion that can restore Jonathan to full life. But he has to go back through time to do it, to a peril-haunted, ancient Xanth, where danger lurks at every turn....
OK, let me just say, I am terrified of spiders. And what lurks on the cover of this one? A GIANT spider! It's amazing that I read this one - but I did when I was a teen - and I am so glad...more
This and all of the other books i've read from Piers have been very very entertaining. The man has an incredible imagination.
I'm not adding specific reviews because it would take at least a month. I've simpply read too many.
The stars will have to suffice. If you enjoy sci-fi and or fantasy, you have to Give Piers a try. I have not been disappoint...more
One of the major appeals of this novel has always been the age of the protagonist. I first read it when I was 11 (the second time at 13), so Dor was easy to relate to.
The story is this:
Dor has just reached the age where he does not need a nanny anymore and yet he cares deeply about his nanny and wants to do something nice for her. As she is a Ghost, he decides that the best thing to do would be to bring her b...more
I really enjoyed the time travel aspect of this book, seeing how Xanth developed in earlier times. I liked the character of Jumper.
Con: Once again, extremely sexist. But it's light entertainment, and I'm not reading this to obtain my sense of morality.
Also: I saw the plot resolution with Millie the ghost an...more
Maybe its my age now, but I really liked it. I adored Dor and Jumper and couldn't wait to see what would happen to them next. Piers even has a lot of the foreshadowing that I love so much about JK Rowling.
Strangely enough it does have a lot of sword play and too many puny jokes to even get into, but it...more
The characters are interesting. I didn't particularly like how Millie was the silly air-headed maiden. I liked her when she was sweet, mature, and a strong young (ish) women. I DO like the character Dor plays in this, as the young, experienced kid expected to play the role of a grown-up hero. And I love Jumper.
I found the first 2 books to be somewhat dull...more
I am starting on the Great Cataloging Project. I am taking all of my lists of books read ince 1983 and transferring them to Goodreads. This should keep me out of touble for awhile!
However the scope of the battles and the way in which the plot develops in this book ultimately made for a satisfying read.
Piers is a self-proclaimed environm...more