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3.17  ·  Rating details ·  721 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Pornucopia is a picaresque black comedy that transgresses all bounds of everyday good taste. It begins in a near-future world where sex-vending machines and genital transplants are taken for granted. Prior Gross, the hero and sex object of this wild adventure, thinks his fantasies have all come true when a beautiful young woman seduces him on a public beach. She turns out ...more
Hardcover, 172 pages
Published May 30th 2003 by Mundania Press LLC (first published 1989)
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Jun 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Well I finished this one this morning. I am hesitant to write any kind of review for fear it would sound like pornography. There is very little I can say about this book without getting into details and that is something that I just can't do. Suffice it to say that it is fantasy, erotica at the highest level and definately NOT for everyone. It gets quite weird in most of the book. Things happen quickly and there is a tendency to almost lose track of what you are reading. The basic premise (altho ...more
Alex Denson
Jun 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Piers Anthony + erotica = Pornucopia

Honestly, that's all that need be said, if you really understand the statement. This book is completely ridiculous, and the premise is completely ludicrous, and that is all part of the Piers Anthony charm. It's exactly what he does.

You know when you go see an action movie for the explosions? Or a horror movie to see how many people die? You don't go expecting Oscar-worthy acting. This is sort of the same thing. Refined sensibilities need not apply.

I found this
Aug 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pornucopia is not your average Piers Anthony novel!

Piers Anthony must be a time traveler: he traveled ten to fifteen years into the future, surfed German Fetish Websites, interviewed the rock group Tenacious D, then went back to 1988 to write this book.

Chapter 1: Smegma, opens with Prior Gross trying to hide his 3.97 inch erection while at the beach. (Yes, the size is important to this novel.)The shadow of a succubus falls over him as she tells him to pretend to be asleep. Succubi can only c
Sep 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished, ebook
wtf is this, an attempt to get us grossed out by sex/erotica? I don't know how jaded you have to be to get through this without getting grossed out. It'll be a while before I can get some of the scenes out of my head. Will not attemp sex in the meantime! ...more
Nov 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
The dumbest, most infantile, disgusting, idiotic, and un-erotic book I've ever read. I had been hearing of this book for years and so looked forward to reading it. Having read several of Piers Anthony books in the past I figured this would be something special. OMG. What crap.

This is the third sex oriented book I've read in the past year (or two) after "The Drowning Pool" and "House of Holes." All three were awful. What is it about sex that makes authors write like giggling horny twelve year old
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
If you're a veteran of Piers Anthony, you know that he plays fast and loose with the subject of sex. At times, I found it a bit tiresome (like in ...And Eternity), and this book is no exception. Yes, this book is supposed to be ABOUT sex as opposed to other series/books, and don't get me wrong, there were plenty of amusing parts in this book. If you're a prude, you won't like it, but if you find sex humor to be funny, you will like it.

Many of the characters fall flat and come across as cardboard
Nov 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Given the slightly comedic cover I thought this might be an amusing read with a bit of titilation thrown in but it's so ridiculously over-the-top, fantastical and gross that there's nothing erotic about it. Basically:

Man with small penis loses penis after adventure with succubus.
Man gets replacement penis with loads of attachments.
Man has ridiculous amount of sex.
Man wants old (and small) penis back.
Man goes on quest (involves lots of sex) to get penis back.

With the above involving succubi, demo
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
A book from Piers Anthony with the word Porn in the title? How could I go wrong?


Don't think I'm some prude--I like reading porn as much as the next person (especially if the next person is a fifteen-year-old boy, LOL) but this was just...overkill. Constant mentions of his small penis or how his "cheese" had magical healing powers had me rolling my eyes. After a while I decided it just wasn't worth finishing - there are plenty of other books out there that I haven't read yet. Time is to
Henrik Rostoft
I like Piers Anthony, but not enough to read through this.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A classic shonen manga style adventure story. A featureless good-for-nothing protagonist one day realized he had a most valuable ability, only to get betrayed and lost his most precious possession.
Set on a journey to recover what he's lost, our protagonist must face all sorts of danger along the way, and unravel the truth of the universe in the process.
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
It was a pretty shit novel way back whenever I read it, somehow I stuck through it?
Not recommended.

Many / most old school sci-fi authors couldn't write good or even decent sexual stories.
Books with a "proper" (without obsessive fetishism...) story, or creative scenarios, imagery, characters, or self delusional / fantasy fulfilling plot line.

Find something else if you're looking here.
Wendy 'windmill'

Outrageously funny, erotic, painful, & out of this world! This book has it all! Wow! I'm glad I had it on kindle & was able to read it with one hand!
Courtney Bagby
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Such a weird, gross, silly read. Approach with caution.
Kat Tipton
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
OMG I laughed all the way through this one! Definitely not a book to be taken seriously at all, but weirdly entertaining non the less.
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even if Pornucopia weren’t already legendary as one of the best/worst examples of Piers Anthony’s more eccentric tales, that “picaresque black comedy that transgresses all bounds of everyday good taste” tagline would be enough to guarantee me a read.

You know what? It’s actually a pretty good read. Off-the-wall, incredibly fucked-up bizarre, and ridiculously pornographic, it initially seems rather dated, but it’s actually quite progressive (and weirdly prescient of contemporary fetish erotica) fo
Doctor Doom
If it's self-published, beware.

The ember of Anthony's talent still warms this book, but it is ultimately half-baked and, as many have already complained, consummately juvenile in its approach to sex and eroticism.

It is indeed funny at parts, but it reads like a poorly written comedy routine for a late-night TV show. Low-brow slapstick and copious references to and vivid descriptions of "dick cheese"/smegma rob the novel of any hope of being remotely arousing, despite its subject-matter.

Lisa Linderman
Jan 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
I pretty much wanted to gouge my eyes out after reading this book. I was a fan of Anthony at the time (not so much any more, now that I'm not 12), and I thought heck yeah, sounds like a good time. No. It really isn't. It's puerile, childish, poorly written, inane, kind of (okay, really really) gross, and about the furthest thing from pornographic you could get. It wasn't even funny gross, it was stupid gross. It was only barely edged out of "worst book I've ever read" in the last few years, and ...more
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
This should be called Ode to a Tiny, Stinky, Uncircumcised Penis. It's absolutely ridiculous, but that's part of it's charm, I guess... if you like that kind of sophomoric humor. I enjoyed the first half of the book, where the owner of the 3.97 incher (when fully erect) finds out his head cheese kills venereal disease. Then he's tricked into donating his penis for medical research, and provided with various attachments to try out instead. Suddenly he's climbing a mountain made out of ice cream, ...more
Tom Hansen
NO KIDS ALLOWED. Yeah, it’s that bad. Despite the over-the top graphic sex, bestiality, demonality, and everything in between, I was surprisingly engaged through the entire book. I’m not sure if it was for the shock value of the probably 40+ sexual encounters in the book, or maybe it was the story behind it about a man on a mission that ends up doing something amazing for the world. Piers, you are a sick sick man for writing this book. I salute you for that. Now I will go wash out my eyes and br ...more
Jan 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
Despite being of fan of his Xanth, Space Tyrant, and Mode series, I only got a third of the way through this before just having to give up. Although he put eroticism and kinkiness in a number of his other works, I suspect this was Anthony's attempt at exploring erotic taboos without restraint.

Aside from the core premise seeming to be the save-the-world properties of the protagonist's smegma, the fourth wall-busting part for me was the satyr and succubus/incubus sex scene in the middle of a super
Jul 16, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was just terrible. Poorly written, nonsensical rubbish. I liked Piers Anthony and the book seemed bizarre enough to be interesting; but it wasn't. Having witnessed his takes on sexuality and humor in this book now makes me question the value and quality of his real novels. Reading this has coated everything Piers Anthony with a greasy film of... demonic smegma? I don't know. Don't read it. ...more
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
My review of the series.

Kind of a weird pervy series.

An entertaining read because of the author's writing skills, not the subject matter.

Pornucopia centres on a young man whose smegma is discovered to have magical properties.

He goes through adventures & quests usually involving the antagonists trying to take his smegma(via sex) without giving to him in return.

He experiences sex with humans, animals, demons, statues, & more in this cornball series.

David Schwan
I hadn't read any Piers Anthony in a while and saw this title show up in someones reading list. Apparently this book was written awhile ago and was written in two parts. The first half of the book has one style and the second half is more like the classic Piers Anthony novels. A moderate number of puns in the second half. Set in a future where people can have plugin sex organs. Overall worth reading, not great not bad. ...more
Cristal Hougham
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not quite your typical Piers Anthony book. Yes he has always had some sexual innuendos in his other works but this takes the cake. It's not your typical erotica novel. This is going to push boundaries and is really more sexually disturbing than it is sensual and sexy. But it did grab my attention and held it. I would be appalled at certain scenes in the book yet I couldn't stop turning the pages. I would only recommend this for those that can handle some f***** up stuff. ...more
Sean Randall
Jul 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I found this as a younger teen and, of course, it totally and utterly intrigued, baffled, titillated and confused me. Fortunately, it didn't hold any sway what soever on my person when it came to either the consideration or practice of any form of sexual activity, which is astonishing, given that I pepper quotes from other novels and indeed entire paragraphs into daily conversation where warranted.
Having reread it today? It doesn't really impact much. It's a bit of fun.
Jan 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Yes, it's a very, very, VERY weird book, even for Piers Anthony, who is great at weird. Because of that, and the fact that it very much lives up to its name, it is definitely not for everyone. You need to have an open mind and a thick skin to read it. For those of us with both qualities, it is a highly entertaining book. ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
I remember coming across this novel in college and being entertained by it, so I thought I'd give it a re-read. Turns out it's dated, sexist, semi-homophobic, and the humorous aspects are trying so hard to be edgy that they fall flat. Definitely something I should have left for the nostalgia bucket. ...more
Jun 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I found this a funny read filled with far-out sexual imagination. It's gross at times and gave me an eye-roll or two but I'm looking forward to the sequel. Sometimes we need a little "ewwww!" in our day. :)
Sep 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing that Peirs Anthony wrote this piece of Literotica. Its a great book much in Anthony's style but completely full of sex, lust and down right nastiness. The epilogue is a full explanation of the books history by Mr. Anthony, worth reading. ...more
Leslie Williamson
Apr 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
The book was obviously intended to be completely ridiculous. Not worth the time I spent on it. Fortunately it is a quick read. I'll have to go back and read "A Spell for Chameleon" just to remind myself why I read Piers Anthony at all. ...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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