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Faun & Games

(Xanth #21)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  4,164 ratings  ·  45 reviews
The miraculous and mirth-filled land of Xanth holds many marvels. But now an extraordinary new aspect of this remarkable realm unfolds as young Forrest Faun’s quest takes him to a tiny planet hidden in the heart of Xanth. There, with a delightful “day mare” as his constant companion, Forrest will find more marvels then he ever dreamed of.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 15th 1997 by Tor Fantasy (first published October 1st 1997)
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Oct 31, 2009 rated it liked it
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Xanth #21: Faun & Games, by Piers Anthony

When Branch Faun is lost to the Void, his friend Forrest embarks on a quest to find a replacement before Branch's tree dies. Like all Xanth protagonists, he goes to visit Good Magician Humfrey with his Question, and his resulting adventure sends him to the world of Ptero.

Forrest is paired with Imbri, a nightmare who used to deliver bad dreams but then got a soul and became a daydream delivering mare. The two travel to Ptero, which is a moon orbiting Prin
Dec 05, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Aug 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
I know that Piers Anthony has a rather large following of readers, but with this book as my first exposure, I can honestly say I am not impressed. Everything from the jokes to the situations is cliche. At best, the read is boring. At worst, it is a mockery of the human imagination.

I will probably not be returning and Anthony or his Xanth worlds again.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Faun & Games is the twenty-first book in the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. We follow Forrest Faun on a quest that will send him to the tiny planet at the heart of Xanth. Along with his constant companion, Day Mare, they embark on a mind boggling adventure. And so begins this epic fantasy with some sci-fi thrown in for fun.
The Xanth Series is quite a really long series that has spanned many decades. I remember reading the first few books back in the very early 1980’s and was totally capti
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I understand this author has a massive following so I tried a novel. I plodded through and saw the many, many puns. I enjoy puns, nut these weren't often sustained, more likely superficial or even poorly done. Certainly quantity over quality.

The plot, meanwhile, rambled. Not with a playful or fantastic sense, more with a make up a page or a two at a time as one goes along , then make something else up. The characters, the cosmology, it was all so superficial. Granted, a larger cosmology did eme
Sarah J
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Xanth is a fantasy novel that is based almost entirely on wordplay, specifically puns. The series occupies a strange space between silly and weird. Anthony has some odd opinions on themes, such as sex, racism, prejudice, growing up, and the use of magic in everyday life. The writing vacillates between heavy-handed condescending to extended analysis of magic, science, and the application of the rules of Xanth. Some love it, some hate it; I personally thought it was a strange read but harmless, al ...more
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-bad
This is more like it! In his last novel, Piers Anthony ran himself over and out with puns and it took away from the storyline. I like his puns, but Xanth is magical even without them, and I'm here for the story, not for counting how many puns he manages to fit onto one page.

In this book, we are introduced to Forrest Faun and are reunited with the recurring Night Mare, Imbri (who is now a Day Mare) as well as several other recurring characters. The timeline continues and so does the family
Lance Sherrill
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay, so, this is by far one of the strangest Xanth novels if not the strangest Anthony novel I've ever read (even more so than Bearing an Hour Glass :p). As much as I enjoyed this novel it was SO VERY WEIRD! They just kept going deeper! It was almost like reading a foray into the item world from Disgaea...only WAAAAY more interesting and MUCH less insane. ...more
Kate H
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Xanth books by Piers Anthony were one of the first SciFi/Fantasy series I ever read. I love puns so I have always enjoyed them. Upon re-reading them I can see that they have some weaknesses but overall they stand the test of time. They are a fun and fast read that keeps me amused without any deep thinking required.
Apr 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
UGH! I just filled a box with "my thoughts". I thought that was a review. I'm not typing all that again. Hated this book. Cutsie crap for pre-teens maybe. Can't believe a friend thought I'd like this. ...more
Elisa Kay
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book which took us on an adventure unlike any before. I did start to wonder when we would get to where we needed to be.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was a fun and quick read, but rather redundant throughout. I usually enjoy his books but I was tempted to skip parts in this one due to the same over and over.
Ariel RG
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very cute read
Feb 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teenagers, adults young at heart

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I bought this book on vacation. It is like new with a perfect dust jacket. I plan to gift it to the library.

IMHO this is wonderfull satire about sexual and courtship behavior, and about attitudes about proper sexual beliefs.

"We'll just have to establish that Imbri is an adult human female, and then have her remove her clothing."
"But that would be improper,"Imbri protested. "a human woman wouldn't."
"Precisely," Cathryn said. "That makes i
Don LaFountaine
Oct 07, 2015 rated it liked it
This is Book 21 of the Xanth Series. It follows Forest Faun, who is on a journey to find another faun to take over a clog tree that is next to him. He does what most people do when they need an answer, and seeks out Good Magician Humphrey. He does not get his answer immediately, but is directed to Princess Ida at Castle Roogna. With the Day Mare Imbri as his guide, they go on to explore the world of Ptero, which is the moon that is circling the Princess' head, in search for a faun to take over t ...more
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Faun and Games is the real introduction to Ida's moons, and I have to admit, I much prefer reading about Xanth proper than this might be. should have been, could have been and will be characters and places. It kind of turns into a muddled mess in my head, but I still love Xanth books, and Forrest is a great new character, and Imbri has always been one of my favorites.

Xanth is of course, full of puns, and that is one of the reasons I love the story so much. There are loads of puns in this one, so
Jeremiah Johnson
Sep 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
This was a huge step back in the development of Xanth in my opinion. The outcome of the story was blatantly obvious from the get go, which made the entire story seem pointless.
I also really didn't like the idea of Ida's moons. Geography being time I could have handled if that was it. But add to that the idea of people that actually exist being there for no reason other that to confuse the reader. Also the gaining/losing of mass or falling in love when a favor is done. These ideas seemed like the
Kristen (belles_bookshelves)
"It will be alright. It always is."


One of my favorite Xanth magical talents (Princess Ida's moons) plays a huge role here. I love that we're expanding the Xanth universe, without having to leave Xanth (well, not really, anyway). I love Forrest Faun: a usually raunchy creature, but here perceived with a brain, with a conscious, and with heart.

Besides that, it's your typical Xanth adventure. But, holy crap, the comic strips! I feel like Antony just had all these extra puns, but didn't want to wast
Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy readers, ya
Recommended to Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) by: Piers Anthony
Miracles, marvels, mirth and magic! Much more and puns galore can always be found in the magic filled tomes of Piers Anthony's Xanth novels, and this the 21st installment is no exception.
An extraordinary new aspect of Xanth, the most remarkable realm, unfolds as young Forrest Faun's adventure takes him to a tiny pyramidal planet hidden in the heart of Xanth. With the delightful day mare, Imbri, and Dawn and Eve Human, Forrest will find more wonders and puns enough for all. Always a fantasy fille
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In this book, we follow Forrest Faun through an adventure that starts out with him trying to find a new protector for his friend's tree. This is after a pain of a demoness gets him started on it. I personally love the Xanth series in general and will most likely be biased towards all of these books. They are fictional romance novels when you really think of it, but not so romantic as to give the gagging reflex. ...more
Aug 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was a mediocre continuation of the Xanth series. The creation of new worlds added a bit of interest, but the plot was predictable with the climax being particularly anti-climatic. I do find the Xanth books best read in order without skipping though so if you are reading the series, I recommend continuing on with this one.
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I remember being 17 and devouring this entire series. I loved it so much. I can't remember everything from it now because it's been a long time. I do remember the constant puns and the feeling like I was a part of all of the Xanth books. It's hard to explain but it catapulted me into a world that took me away from everything I was hating at the time. I have to reread this series again. ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Sep 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-comedic
I enjoyed the premise of the book, as I almost always do with Piers Anthony's Xanth books. But there are just getting to be too many puns. The obvious plot devices (like the comic strip) that serve as simply a way to work in all of the puns that the fans send in, is just too much. ...more
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites, humor
Thanks to a 12th birthday present from my dear sister back in the day, this was the first book of Piers that I read, and consequently for a long time he was my absolute favorite author. The constant puns are hilarious and I dig his quirky world. Cheers for Piers!
Debra Meyer
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well it was different a bit strange with all the sexual innuendo's almost made me wonder if the author wasn't getting it and taking it out in book form LOL but another one that made me wonder if he wrote it or someone else. It was just a very strange book good but strange. ...more
Sep 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantastical
Very entertaining author. PLENTY too much innuendo.
Mar 12, 2008 rated it liked it
This is the 21st book in the Xanth series. I read the the first 20, (sad I know), might as well keep going.
Authors live for people like me.
Kaylynn Johnsen
Jun 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Not one of my favorites, no reason really.
This Xanth branches into a new wing of the already complicated world. A mind boggling read. Delightfully predicable.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
not everything is not fun and games, this Xanth story looks at the individual
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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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