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Zombie Lover (Xanth #22)

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Horrors and Hilarity Collide as a Vivacious Young Visitor to Xanth Faces a Fate Far Worse than Death.

Breanna, a beautiful young newcomer to the enchanted land of Zanth, must deal with a distressing dilemma. She has unwittingly attracted the affections of King Xeth, ruler of Xanth's Zombies, who yearns to make her Queen of the Undead! Her quest to preserve her innocence, an
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 15th 1999 by Tor Fantasy (first published September 15th 1998)
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Rod Brown
Apr 09, 2016 Rod Brown rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned-books
I was given this book as part of a "Blind Date with a Book" promotion at the library at the college where I work.
If this book had been a real blind date, I’m ashamed to say that in the middle of dinner I excused myself to the restroom then promptly climbed out the window and ran far, far away.
I only made it through page 49.
When I first unwrapped the book, I was happy to see it was a Piers Anthony novel, as I had enjoyed his Incarnations of Immortality and Bio of a Space Tyrant series when I was
Don LaFountaine
Nov 24, 2015 Don LaFountaine rated it it was amazing
Book 22 of the Xanth series is one of my favorites in the series, and though I am happy to have been able to reread it again, I am sorry that it is done.

The book follows a young black wave girl by the name of Breanna as she is out exploring. Breanna is different from other Mundanes in Xanth because she was not born in Xanth yet she still has a magic talent - she is able to see perfectly in the darkness. When morning arrives, Breanna find that she is tired and settles down for a nap. Unfortunatel
Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
May 20, 2016 Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all, fantasy readers
Recommended to Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) by: Piers Anthony
More Piers punnery and exiting Xanthy tomfoolery. I always enjoy reading a novel in this series, no matter what he writes. And, I love that he has written SO many! So, by the by, Breanna, a beautiful young girl fresh to Xanth's magical realm, deals with a dire & distressing dilemma. She falls asleep at a love pavilion, gets kissed awake by the King of the Zombies who then wants to marry her!!Really, and that's where the fun really begins! She's unknowingly allowed the Demon Xanth to share he ...more
May 18, 2009 Justin rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, own
This book is the point that I stopped reading Xanth. I never finished reading it, but I read enough to know that the draw of Xanth for me had come to end. It had become predictable, but still enjoyable several books back in the series. Xanth was one the first fantasy series I'd ever read, and to this day my Xanth collection is one my most beloved. Zombie Lover is the same story that many Xanth books follow, only not as well written. Mr. Anthony's series had become it's own worst enemy. Zombie Lo ...more
Jan 11, 2010 Leeanna rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own
Xanth #22: Zombie Lover, by Piers Anthony

I think "Zombie Lover" was the first Xanth book I read, and it's a perfect book for getting into the series. Breanna, the main character, isn't a native of Xanth but instead migrated with the Black Wave; human migration into Xanth has always happened in waves of people. And so the readers see Xanth through Breanna's eyes, which is a great way to see it if you're new to the series.

Not overfull of puns, as some of the later Xanth books are, "Zombie Lover"
Nov 14, 2011 Kirsti rated it it was amazing
"Zombie Lover" is another in the Xanth series, my favorite series of all time. Breanna of the black wave is the only one her age to have a magical talent, that of seeing in the darkness. That is because, unknown to her, she has allowed the Demon Xanth to share her dreams so he can learn how to dream himself (Demons don't dream after all) She falls asleep in a love pavillion and is kissed awake by the King of the Zombies who wants to marry her, and that's where the fun really begins!

I love this n
Jeremiah Johnson
Nov 02, 2013 Jeremiah Johnson rated it did not like it
This book was very awful. The sexual innuendo that started to ramp up with Dawn and Eve in the previous book is full blown in this one. I don't understand why Anthony went in that direction. Xanth had no place for it in my opinion.
Ida's moons are back much to my dismay. The first visit there does nothing at all to advance the story. All it does is waste a few chapters on horrible reader submitted puns. The second visit was thankfully brief but still bad.
The kings spend half the book looking fo
Have to say, I don't love the whole Ida's moons thread that seems to be taking over the series, it's an intriguing premise, but one book about it was enough, and this one just seemed to stretch it out too much! I'm also getting a little tired of the puns, which seem to not have any purpose any more, they are just there because it's expected of Xanth, and just seem randomly thrown in, instead of being cleverly placed!
That aside, I did enjoy the main characters in this, and their story, so wasn't
Oct 04, 2014 Nathaniel rated it liked it
Charming and witty this lighthearted tale of never ending puns was an entertaining tale of personal growth. A tad dated in it's social commentary, but still a worthwhile read.
Oct 21, 2014 Jayme rated it it was ok
Shelves: dpl-books
Sound interesting until I made it a few chapters in and realized it really wasn't.
Feb 15, 2016 Mandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: piers-anthony, xanth
My first time reading Piers Anthony and was not bad.
Sep 04, 2008 Ceilidh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy adventure lovers
Shelves: xanth
This book is the height of awesome for me. I first read it about 8 years ago, and it has since been my favorite book EVER. Although it isn't as well written as some, this book has a certain excitement to it with an odd twist involving a tree who is tired of a boring life, a black wave girl who made a HUGE mistake, and yes, zombies. Although the title makes it sound like a bad horror story or softcore porn, it's actually a fantasy with a comedic twist. I sincerely applaud Piers Anthony for a book ...more
Oct 03, 2008 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone and anyone
Recommended to Hannah by: no one
Zombie lover is a great book if you want adventure, drama, and plus, Xanth is like the coolest place on Earth! Everything is just hilarious and good. I loved this book a lot, Piers anthony is definately my favorite author. But, it did have some...well, a lot of things that are very innapropriate. But, that is partially what made it good, and there always is the adult conspiracy to protect children from knowing anything just gota read the book.
Delicious Strawberry
Nov 11, 2012 Delicious Strawberry rated it really liked it
This was the first Xanth novel I ever read, but it was easy enough to get into. I wasn't too confused by reference to other Xanth novels as they were minimal and were not much focused on. Some of the jokes were rather funny, and the plot had enough humorous twists in it (and a couple of cool surprises!) to keep me well-entertained. It was a rather enjoyable book, though I definitely like Incarnations of Immortality better. overall 3.5/5 stars.
Sep 25, 2012 Alexis rated it liked it

This was where Xanth and I parted. It was a good,if slow read. I did enjoy it but it just isn't the series I started. A bit much social justice for the number of laughs it got. Still a fun short read though and never let it put you off starting the series at the beginning or closer to the beginning then this.
Amelia the Strange
Jul 27, 2010 Amelia the Strange rated it it was amazing
This was my first Piers Anthony book and thus, my introduction to the land of Xanth. I love this book. His puns, his's all great. I am actually trying to go back and read the books in order. But there are so many. We shall see if I actually ever succeed.
Well, thematically it's in the right place -- the book spends its time shambling along without direction. The periodic blasts of truly barrel-bottom-scraping punnery definitely don't help.
Oct 04, 2007 Aaron rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Xanth fans
(I read all of the Xanth series between 2004 and present, so I may be off on the date I've read them. In case you were keeping notes)

ZoMbiES!!!! Zombie Lover? What in the world can that be... FIND OUT and read it. After you've read some other Xanth.
Meghan Anderson
Jan 21, 2011 Meghan Anderson rated it really liked it
First Xanth book that I remember. I loved the puns and the general light hearted-ness of the book. I had been reading some heavier fantasy and I enjoy taking a break with something that I know will work out well just for a change of pace.
Sep 12, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was ok
This starts off rather funny, but then the puns become endless and dull. The ending is good, and I consider it worth reading... if you can make it through all the lame jokes.
Dec 29, 2012 TaleofGenji marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Debra Meyer
Nov 22, 2013 Debra Meyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
well it was different, slogged a bit in a few places but its another one that feels not quite like the authors writing but it was good
Aug 06, 2013 Mari rated it really liked it
Yay! Justin Tree finds tru wuv! :) Breanna rocks! such badassery, and as always I suck at reviews, wutevs, this is for me so I remember.
Feb 16, 2016 Serena rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
Oct 19, 2012 Blake rated it really liked it
It annoys me when the plot is helped along by simple lack of common sense. Other than that it was a decent read.
Jan 23, 2013 Crystal rated it it was ok
Shelves: piers-anthony
Zombies...mushy? I guess that's from all the rot in their hearts and brains and everything else. :P
Kyra Dunst
Aug 16, 2013 Kyra Dunst rated it it was amazing
The Xanth series is one of my favorites. This isn't your normal zombie novel, but you will love it.
May 11, 2012 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
a great series that i love, a story of unlikely romance with a tun of humor
Feb 21, 2011 Irene rated it did not like it
Given the title of the book, this was somewhat surprisingly horrible
Kaylynn Johnsen
Aug 23, 2009 Kaylynn Johnsen rated it liked it
I didn't really like Breanna but I do love the rest of the story.
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