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Under a Velvet Cloak by Piers Anthony
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Apr 02, 2011

it was ok
Read in March, 2011

There Was No Point To This

For some reason--money obviously--Piers Anthony decided to try and tack on a new book to the Incarnations of Immorality series. Now i understand that sometimes authors get pressured to create and add to their more popular works but this novel was beyond unnecessary. Besides the fact that the original series was 5 novels and then he added two more novels because of the fans--it was a perfect series and one of the best I have ever read.

So to have a book done that seriously undercuts that legacy is sad to say the least. It is a book obsessed with sex, all sex, all the time and not even well written or fun sex. There is more than one hint of pedophilia in the book with characters who don't sleep with the main character because they prefer children--which more awful is the narrator is made immortal in the story and is trapped looking like 14 for a huge portion of the story but this is not young enough for some characters.

And even that aside--when the book gets to the point of tying itself to the events and characters of the actual series--it is all about alternate timeline and how things that happen here may not effect what happened elsewhere. This is to justify making their own timeline and mistakes but not being held accountable to the original books and not some grand creative spin.

Just read the first 7 and avoid this
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