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The Paths of the Perambulator

(Spellsinger #5)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,568 ratings  ·  25 reviews
There goes the neighborhood! Nobody wants to be around when a freak of supernature called a Perambulator enters the world, bringing with it some really weird shifts in the fabric of suddenly turning Jon-Tom into a giant blue crab, or Mudge the Otter into a nasty disease... But the mad Perambulator is there to stay, unless the wizard Clothahump can muster a ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 1987 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 1985)
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Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
8/11/2018 - 4/10
Another adventure romp with a sloppy, scattershot, non-cohesive plot that only consists of dealing with perambulation after perambulation. The romance is very juvenile.

Some passages I liked:
Location: 237
“Anyone is capable of anything,” Clothahump informed him sternly. “There is nothing that can be imagined that cannot be done given enough time, devotion, intelligence, and blind luck.”

Location: 969
I never drink to excess, mate. Me body don’t know the meani’ of the word. I just dr
mike powney
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favourite books the spellsinger series has everything action magic sex appeal and an otter with attitude
James Hein
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Continues to hold my attention, this one had a Koala in it :)
Peter Curd
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my favourite Spellsinger book so far. The story is a little mad but it has a good premise and allows Foster a lot of freedom to try things out. The titular Perambulator is a well conceived "big evil" character and all the way through I was wondering what beast from Jon-Tom's world it would be. It made it clear to me what the earlier stories were missing - something that I actually care about!

My biggest issue with this book is a bit of blatant sexism about half way through which is handle
Nai Wang
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Graphic Audio makes these books a hoot to read! Hoot Hoot Hoot!
David Sarkies
Feb 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who have read the others
Recommended to David by: A friend at the Library
Shelves: fantasy
Off to fight a baby carriage
4 February 2012

It appears from looking at some of the reviews that the concept of anthropomorphic animals wearing clothes is something more for children and teenagers as opposed to adults, however I would hardly call the Spellsinger series a children's book. It is probably more suited to the young adult market, but then by the time one gets to being a young adul, the whole concept of talking animals simply seems to be a little childish, despite Foster attempting to m
Jeremy Michael Gallen
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
The fifth installment of Alan Dean Foster’s Spellsinger series, which he dedicates to printers Alex Berman and Sid, opens with spellsinging protagonist Jon-Tom sensing something amiss, specifically that he has transformed into a giant blue crab. The reason is the eponymous perambulator, a part-organic, part-inorganic, part-orgasmic creature neither here nor there, only it’s both here and there. Clothahump the turtle wizard is just as scared as Jon-Tom, with he and his owl apprentice Sorbl encoun ...more
Todd Mulholland
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
The same-ness starts getting to you in binge reading.

This is the fifth book of the spellsinger series. However, there ends up (other than the first) being a level of same-ness to the stories. A problem appears. Jon-Tom has to go take care of it. Mudge doesn't want to go (Although I'll note he does want to go this time, after deciding that everywhere else is too dangerous). They take a long journey. Jon-Tom succeeds in getting them past the problem, except for one time when Mudge has to save them
Jul 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A huge improvement over the last one; and maybe I expected too much from a fantasy series about magic anthropomorphic animals. The only sketchy parts for this one were two places where the humor bits were predictable. As for the rest, the book was imaginative, funny and extremely entertaining. (I would like just a little more realism in the characters' actions, more motivations than humor… but that’s a minor complaint.) ...more
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this as a teenager.

Back then I read sci-fi and fantasy almost exclusively, and this author (ADF) was one of my favorites; in particular, his Spellsinger series.

This is the first book in the series that I read, after my cousin Michael recommended it to me. I liked it so much at the time that I read the whole series.

Don't know if I would like this book the same if I re-read it as an adult, but in my memory it was an entertaining read.
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed the characters, and their world and hope I get the chance to read the story again and/or to read more within the series.

My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
Apr 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As entertaining as the rest of the series. The concept of the perambulator is fairly creative. The cover is quite different from the others, but to me it feels like it's perhaps a more accurate depiction of the tone of the novel than the more realistic covers on the previous and subsequent volumes. ...more
Lorrie Gipson
this was a good one
Robert Whisner
This was a great series. I'm considering re-reading it now. I'm looking for images of Clothahump to use on a pathtag, perhaps. I'm a Whizard from Turtle Creek, so it fits. ...more
Jun 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Re-reading this one. Always liked Alan Dean Foster.
Nov 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
1986 grade C+
2006 grade C-

Series book SS5
Dave Peticolas

This is the only book I know of, fantasy or otherwise, with a title containing the word "Perambulator". FYI.

Sep 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: passed
GAH!!!!! Anthropomorphised animals with funny names and they wear clothing! I didn't get more than 3 pages. :p
Young adult, I guess.
Keil Hunsaker
Another book in the series that I enjoyed. Some particularly funny scenes when the perambulator changes up reality for the characters.
Aug 10, 2009 rated it liked it
read this series in high school. I'm sure I liked it much more then than I would now. ...more
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Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing, ...more

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