Castle Roogna (Xanth, #3)
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Castle Roogna (Xanth #3)

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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....
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Published June 23rd 1997 by Del Rey Books (first published June 1979)
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Marta
So, the third book of the Xanth series (so far) I've liked the best. The plot line was interesting, the characters likable (I rather dislike Bink of the first two books). Most appealing of the character list to me seemed Jumper the Spider of unusual proportions.

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
David
These books continue to be air headed fun. Three stars because they lack anything that resembles social importance, but Five Stars for fun. I love the fact that Anthony seems to share Heinlein's attitudes toward sex and nudity but with an underlying sense of moral responsibility.
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
Natalie
Castle Roogna is about a boy named Dor(who is the child of Bink)and how he goes on a quest to see the Zombie Master so he can get a restorative potion to restore Millie the former ghost's love Johnathan. However the Zombie Master lived eight centuries ago. So now Dor must go back in time, to the fourth wave when the king was King Roogna. On his quest he encounters many thing that are not in his time such as a wool plant(a sheep which is a plant)which is extinct.

My favorite part is when he inco...more
Don LaFountaine
Book 3 of the Xanth series takes place 12 years after book 2. Dor, Bink and Chameleon's child, is twelve years old, with a Magician level talent that makes others uncomfortable. In addition to that, he is now starting to notice the physical features of the female sex, specifically Millie, the former ghost brought back to life. As Millie is now Dor's nanny, he is closer to her than others, and is thereby more effected by her magical talent.

So, to help him learn about life, as well as prepare him...more
Ian Black
Castle Roogna
The 3rd Xanth Novel

This is a third Xanth novel. Castle Roogna. This book is about a magical land named Xanth. Dor is trying to do something good for someone he knows because trent, the king of Xanth, told him to. Dor is about to be king. He needs to go back in time to find the Zombie Boss to bring millie the maid’s zombie boyfriend back to life.
If you like magic, and restrictions, I advise looking at this book. It has lots of magic, and is very realistic to be a magical land. It’s...more
Steve Kunitzer
A pleasant, easy to read, juvenile Xanth book by Pies Anthony. Not your average coming of age story since the main character starts as a young boy, becomes a young man through a magical, historical transformation for a knowledge and item quest, and returns back to the present day to his young boy form. As usual, the puns and play on words are plentiful and woven into the story. There are a lot of books in this series and I don't think I could read more than a couple back-to-back.

Summary [not nec...more
Liz
Mar 10, 2014 Liz added it
I lied. I haven't finished this book. I'm not even halfway through. But there are far too many brilliantly written life-changing novels out there for me to continue to waste time on Piers Anthony's fantastical drivel.

It's not unexpected. Books that are loved in childhood rarely stand up the second time around. There are a few exceptions, Harry Potter being one that springs to mind. But with the Xanth series it has just got the point where I cannot justify carrying on, and also I'm not masochist...more
Bryan
Castle Roogna is third in the Xanth series, and actually a better book than its predecessor (The Source of Magic) but not up to the standard of the initial Xanth debut (A Spell for Chameleon).

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
David Sarkies
Apr 25, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tweens who liked the Harry Potter Books
Recommended to David by: Stewart Wymer
Shelves: fantasy
Time to send the kid into the past
30 December 2011

This is the third of the Xanth series. Now, I was not inclinded to write any more regarding the books in this series because, to be honest with you, there is probably not much more to write beyond the basic plot of the story, however I felt that maybe I should put at least a little comment into the review part of this book, despite the fact that there really isn't all that much to review.
Probably the reason why I ended up reading a lot of the X...more
Swankivy
One of the few things I really liked about Xanth was that time moved forward. There are lots of fantasy series in which time goes so slowly that it seems like no one ever gets older. But in this book, the protagonist is Dor--the son of the protagonist from the previous two books in the series. And he's old enough to think and act and do stuff. Of course, he has a Magician-strength talent: inanimate objects communicate with him. Which can be very useful.

The portrayal of women continues to get on...more
J Austill
This is one of my favorite Xanth books. It is the first to have Dor as the protagonist.

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
Mary Davis
Jun 13, 2012 Mary Davis rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers
Shelves: books-read-2012
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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
Meli
Loved it.

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
Tom

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

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Josh
So this is the end of the Xanths. Overall I'd say I liked the series, but I doubt I'll be recommending it to many friends.

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
PJ Wetzel
One of the more entertaining and imaginative of the early Xanth series, and as such one that helped the series gain attention and establish its reputation. The action here takes place within an ancient animated tapestry in the castle that takes us back in history 800 years. Our hero, Prince Dor, enters the tapestry and proceeds on a quest to bring a zombie to life. A little insignificant spider creeping along on the tapestry becomes a monstrous giant within its landscape, and a great help to Dor...more
Moonstar326
Jul 10, 2012 Moonstar326 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who appreciaters humor.
Shelves: bookshelf
This book, the 3rd in the series, is one of my favorites. I enjoy the puns and silliness of the book, as well as the gore and quest objective.
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
R.G.
I've really like this series so far and this book was definitely a good one... it took me a little bit to get into it because unlike the previous books about Bink this one is about his son Dor and so you had to go through introductions and getting to know him and he's basically a wimpy 12 year old boy which I really can't relate to so I had some trouble with that until he finally decides to go off on his adventure to become a man... I have to admit that it was Jumper the spider that made the sto...more
Amelia the Strange
I thought I had read this one but it turns out I had not. I found it to be quite enjoyable. I do love traveling the land of Xanth. Castle Roogna is the third in the series and follows Dor, a twelve-year-old boy in line for the throne. Dor's magical talent is the ability to talk to inanimate objects (such as furniture, rocks, clouds). Dor is sent on a quest by the Good Magician to find a way to restore life toJonathan, a zombie. On his journey, Dor meets some wonderful characters, including Jumpe...more
Mark Dewey
Piers Anthony is actually quite a good author, and I would read his stuff still if it weren't for such as the occasional harpy that he throws in there. I mean, you don't see them or anything and he doesn't describe them in detail, but they are still naked on top and I just don't feel right reading a book with that imagery anymore—not that I entirely did then, either.

I like Anthony's ability to conjure a sense of the magic of the story. There really is a lot in his books. It's maybe not the most...more
Ryk Stanton
I am making a half-effort to read all of the Xanth books again. These were my gateway books to fantasy reading when I was a teen, and I hold Mr. Anthony in high esteem. I stopped reading around the tenth book or so because they all became a bit formulaic and predictable, but the fun is still evident in his writing. This man never met a pun he didn't like. The writing is a bit ham-handed at times, but ... I don't have a better way to say this ... the books are fun. Get these books for a teen in y...more
William
It is always fun to escape to the land of Xanth.

In this third installment we meet the main protagonist Dor, Bink’s twelve year old son. Castle Roogna is a decent coming of age story about a boy being groomed to possibly someday become the next king of Xanth. The quests and adventures are entertaining from start to finish. Although similar in style compared to the first two volumes, Anthony’s creative imagination and witty humor persist to keep things interesting. Several outcomes though are far...more
Kayla
Even though the ending was pretty obvious, I thoroughly enjoyed Anthony's creativity, as always. A pleasure to read, though I'm not sure if I'd read it again, which is why I gave it a four.
Lin Clark
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Nicholas Armstrong
Pretty cool the way Anthony kept his world awesome and interesting and yet the books were still very different (unlike another fantasy series *cough* Harry Potter *cough*) from one another. Each book is pretty different but still similar enough that it doesn't alienate the reader - which I love.

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
Boyya
So as I stated before I love this series, and we see more and more puns coming forward, and I really enjoy that aspect of Xanth. Now I loved being able to see how things in Xanth were made, such as now we know why there is a forget spell on the gap. We also see how Castle Roogna was formed. One thing I didn't like was Jumper was his fallback guy, whenever you figured Dor was in a mess he couldn't get out of Jumper was there to save him. One thing I have to add, I am amazed at him putting neo-sor...more
Brianne
The third installment was much like the first book. As the story is told from the perspective of Bink's son Dor. It's good where you don't necessarily have to read the first two books to understand it.

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
Andrew
The Third Book in the Xanth Saga by Piers Anthony, Castle Roogna changes the main character from Bink to his son, Dor who's now 12. This book is much of the same as before but instead of being a quest-oriented book like its predecessor, it harkens back to the first book as a journey of self-discovery. Through this book, the reader learns a bit more about the history of Xanth and how things came to be. It's a great book if you love the world which Anthony has created and want to dive deeper into...more
Kirsti
I've always liked Dor's talent, it is definitely one of the most appealing in Xanth. The ability to talk to inanimate objects? Well, you could definitely have fun with that! Here in Xanth book number three, we get to know Dor well, even if he is in the guise of a mundane warrior. Jumper is also one of my favorite Xanth characters, even if he is a spider. So much gets exaplined in this book, about the forget spell on the gap chasm, Millie and Johnathan, the brain coral, and the history of harpies...more
Mohammad Ali Abedi
This series has like 31 books so far, and still going strong. I lasted until Book 5, but eventually, I lost interest. The book is set in a city called Xanth, which we eventually learn is set in our world, but due to magic, non-Xantanians can't see it. We mostly interact with the characters in Xanth, and the book is written in a silly and fun style. Everything is basically a play on words. Like, Spelling Bees in Xanth actually spell words.

Childish and does get boring after a couple of books, but...more
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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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