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The Time of the Transference

(Spellsinger #6)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  2,108 ratings  ·  26 reviews
In the talking-animal world of Foster's Spellsinger series, the songs of transplanted rock musician Jon-Tom make a powerful if often misdirected magic. The quests he undertakes for his wizardly mentor send him to distant countries, where he meets whimsical creatures speaking in outlandish accents. With more memorable and dramatic adventures behind him, Jon-Tom is off this ...more
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Published (first published October 1986)
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Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jon-Tom ist am Boden zerstört. Seine geliebte Duar, ein gitarrenähnliches Musikinstrument, mit der er Banngesang betreiben kann, ist kaputt. Laut dem Hexer Clodsahamp gibt es nur einen, der sie reparieren kann. Doch dieser wohnt weiter entfernt hinter dem Glittergeist-Meer. Also macht sich Jon-Tom auf den Weg, natürlich wieder begleitet von seinem treuen Freund Mudge.
Unterwegs warten wieder etliche Abenteuer. Aber Jon-Tom und auch Mudge finden etwas, dass ihre Zukunft für immer verändern wird.

Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book as a gift, having not read the rest of the Spellsinger series. Despite this, the story of Jon-Tom and his companion Mudge as they journey to repair the instrument that allows Jon-Tom to access and manipulate magic in this world of sentient animals separate (although loosely connected) to the world-as-we-know-it and former home of Jon-Tom himself was much easier to follow and understand than this sentence. The picaresque hike-with-adventure plot provided a good glimpse of the ...more
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
8/19/18 - 6/10

Book 6 is yet another adventure story with a slightly more complex plot (albeit based on some heavy handed plot detailing) and more overbearing and unrealistic relationships. This one was a bit more interesting than the past couple and it ended well.

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
Peter Curd
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the last of the original Spellsinger books and actually I enjoyed it quite a lot. Some of the story didn't make much sense, and the entire ending is just mad but I came out of it with a positive feeling. The onward marching plot from the first few books is now well and truly replaced with "books in a bottle" where a fresh calamity is created and resolved within one book. This was one of the more believable plots, although some of the sub plots make very little sense - in typical style ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Odd1
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A.D. Foster is an easy read fave. Cannibals, flying horse, love, pirates. To fix magic duar, man and Mudge cross ocean, jungle, accidentally mundane world.
Nai Wang
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tom vs the real world. Gotta love it and gotta hate it. Just take it for what it is and enjoy the silly little thing.
David Sarkies
Feb 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Jon-Tom discovers his home
4 February 2012

Well, this is the last of the Spellsinger books that I have read, though another two have been released since, however I am highly doubtful that I will ever read them. It turns out that Jon-Tom did settle down with Talea, though she is portrayed as the loyal, subservient wife who stays at home for years while Jon-Tom is out travelling the world. It is unclear why this is the case since she joined him on his original adventure and one would think that she
Jeremy Michael Gallen
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
The sixth Spellsinger story by Alan Dean Foster opens with thieves invading the turtle wizard Clothahumps tree, with these bandits dealt with, albeit at the expense of Jon-Toms duar, key to his spellsinging abilities, being broken. Thus, Jon-Tom fetches the otter Mudge for another quest to Strelakat Mews, in the jungle south of the city of Chejiji, well across the ocean. Whilst on the journey, Clothahump suggests Jon-Tom stop by the shop of Izfan ab-Akmanjiandor, nicknamed Dizzy Izzy, in ...more
Apr 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As another spellsinger adventure this works. However, as a way of concluding the series it doesn't do so well. Talea acts very out of character and doesn't appear much. The choice of which world Jon-Tom wants to live in isn't very dramatic as he can go back and forth with relative ease. I find the main conflict itself to be somewhat stupid, as breaking the duar means there isn't much spellsinging in this book.
Jul 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
More of the human in the magic animal world. The humor was well-placed, the characters good. But this time the females were domestic Talea didnt go with Jon-Tom on his adventure, Weegee tries to Tame Mudge but the worst was that Jon-Tom left for years and Talea kept house for him, waiting alone. Thats stupid, and not at all like her original character. Enjoyable anyway, though I hate it when authors try to impose their own insecurities and fantasies on their characters. ...more
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.
Feb 23, 2012 rated it 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.

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.
Aug 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
read this series in high school. I'm sure I liked it much more then than I would now.
Keil Hunsaker
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Definitely enjoyed this one and the ending seemed to pretty much wrap things up. That is until Son of Spellsinger. or whatever it is called
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-sf
Did not really draw my interest.
Arito Sato
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Oct 19, 2010 rated it liked it
A nice new twist in this one was a brief return to JonTom's world. It contained a satisfying ending to the series.
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I always find these books fun. The characters are good and I like the music references mixed in with magic. And I always try to work out how the song chosen will backfire.
Dave Peticolas

The final book in some series or another.

Jan 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Donated to Smith Family charity March 2015
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Highly enjoyable as always. I read these books without haste so that I may really enjoy my imagination.
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Time to put this book set to rest, not going to read the other two, Books one and two and five worth reading. Imo skip the rest :)
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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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