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Centaur Aisle (Xanth #4)

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Centaur Aisle (Xanth)
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 12th 1987 by Del Rey (first published December 1981)
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J.G. Keely
Jun 10, 2007 rated it it was ok
The first Piers Anthony book I ever read.

At my middle school, there was a yearly book drive where everyone would bring in boxes of books from home and all the kids could go buy books for a dollar. I would always buy anything that had a dragon or a knight on the cover. That's how I got into Piers, Dragonlance, Eddings, and all that other Junior High stuff. Not to mention Conan.

I got this book there, and needless to say, as an eleven-year-old, Anthony was hilarious. Especially in these early books
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Carolynn
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out really slow! But in the end I loved it, and can't wait to read the 5th. I really don't know why people say these books are so sexist because (view spoiler) and also what Dor thought of at that time (and I quote) (view spoiler) there is also the ...more
Nicholas Armstrong
This was my favorite Xanth book by far. This book more than any other figured preeminently into altering who I was as a young man. Young love, sexual tension, heroism, principles and danger; it was really all I wanted after I read this book.

Even if I go back and discover these books weren't as good as I remember (highly likely considering the span of years that's passed), I gotta give credit to them for helping raise me in a sense. Senses of justice were pretty much instilled in me by these book
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Ryk Stanton
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm working my way through the Xanth series and finding it quite enjoyable. There's a bit of nostalgia – these were the gateway books that led me into a life of loving fantasy novels, and I still read them with quite a bit of fondness. Reading it as an old man and as a much more seasoned reader than I was when I first read these books as a teenager (that long ago? really?), I might under some circumstances be forced to critique these books as somewhat ham-handed and contrived – one of the reason ...more
Don LaFountaine
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must disclose that I really enjoy the Xanth series. I love relaxing with some brain candy during the weekend, simply enjoying the story. So I rated the book 4 stars, when if possible, I would have given it 3 1/2 stars.

This is the fourth book in the Xanth Series. Dor is now 16, and King Trent has him running the kingdom while he has gone to Mundania to try to meet with a country to establish a trading partner. It was supposed to last only a week. Then it becomes longer and longer, and King Tren
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Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all, fantasy readers
Recommended to Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) by: Piers Anthony
This is the fourth book in the excellent and awesome Xanth fantasy series. We join Dor who is now sixteen years old, & King Trent has asked him to watch the realm while he has travelled to Mundania, ahem Earth, to establish a trading partner. King Trent and Queen Iris have mysteriously disappeared. They have not returned to Xanth and they were only to have gone for a week. More time passes, what is Dor to do? Go on a punnish magical adventure; this is Xanth, people!
Aided ably by his friends
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Joan
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy and humor lovers
Another really fun adventure in Xanth. Dor is the second generation to be chronicled and this is his second adventure. King Trent is raising Dor in the palace to give him training in how to be a monarch. However, this got interrupted when King Trent went on a week's visit to Mundania and never came back. Dor and several companions including the king's daugher, Irene, set out to find the King and rescue him. The puns flow quickly in this romp. As does love. This isn't great literature I suppose, ...more
Pbnray
Jan 07, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i first discovered this series in high school for a book report... where i read demons dont dream. i found the book a couple years ago and was like hey i liked this book in high school ill read it again... and liked it again... after some research i found out it was the 16th book in a series of over 30 books... i was like... i will conquer this series... Piers Anthony's series is fun to read though not that memorable... the series does build on each book... so im excited to see where it'll go in ...more
Quadragon27
This was a pretty good entry in the Xanth series, because it included aspects of Mundania (the real world), which is always pretty entertaining. The author had an interesting take on how everyday people would react to encountering magic, and while powerful it didn't become an unstoppable trump card, which I liked. Intelligence and cunning were still necessary for success. The relationship between Dor and Irene was cute, and made me smile. Overall, a pretty lighthearted and fun read.
Sarah J
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Paula
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
AKA "Irene's Legs"

Where are Dor's parents? They had been traveling to Mundania intermittently, but have been completely absent from the last two books. Also, Dor should be 17 and Irene 15 or 16, according to the timeline. How are they now both 15?

Inconsistencies aside, the creative adventure is being replaced by sexualization of Irene. At the start, there's normal teen flirting, but this turns into constant up-skirting, child marriage, and sexual assault of a child. Irene isn't a college girl ex
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Nita
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new look at Mundania

The thoughts of characters, personal interactions and the way the group interacts even with all their differences makes the story unique. I love the positive struggles of overcoming together.
Eric
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Great book.
Dakota McCoy
A fun xanth book
Charlie Devlin
A great part of the Xanth story as Anthony travels across Xanth and into Mundania, the expansion of Dor and Iris as characters, and a very good supporting cast.
Athimar
Dor's story continues. Now an 18 year old, Dor is made temporary King of Xanth while good King Trent and his wife partake on a mission to magic-less Mundania. Together with King Trent's 15 year old daughter, Princess Irene, Dor muddles through... but when King Trent doesn't return, they must partake on a quest to the southernmost region of Xanth. Together with Chet the centaur, Grundy the golem, and Smash the ogre, they must search for a newly discovered magician whose power, somehow, will be ab ...more
John
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xanth
This is the fourth book in the series and the second of Dor's adventures. With a group of friends (previous characters or children of previous characters) he sets off on a quest to find a danger threatening the land of Xanth.

The characters are interesting and the group works well together as a team. Every character is given something important to do, and each of them has an opportunity to demonstrate their own unique talents. I cannot recall any part of the book where a character might have bee
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J Austill
What makes this book great is the Xanth formula, as mentioned in my review of A Spell for Chamelon:

"As a general rule, Xanth novels are about a protagonist who doesn't really fit in and has no idea what their purpose in life is or what group they would fit in with. That is, they are a normal young adult. They decide to go on a Quest and over the course of said Quest they discover who they are, where they belong, and fall in love."

This is Dor's formula and we all came to love him in the previous
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David Sarkies
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tweens who liked the Harry Potter Books
Recommended to David by: Stewart Wymer
Shelves: fantasy
A trip to Mundania to rescue a king
30 December 2011

One of the things that I noticed about the Xanth Series is that while they were written in a particular order, and while it is probably helpful to read them in order, it is probably not necessary to do so. Personally, even though the books do not directly follow on from each other, as do most trilogies or series, it is hinted that the books are following a vague time line. Obviously Centaur Aisle follows on after Castle Roogna, but not directly
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Swankivy
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Noah
Centaur Isle
A good book

Centaur Isle
There is a land called Xanth where anything can happen. In Xanth everyone has magic powers. Some of the main characters are Dor, who can talk to the imamate; Irene, who can grow plants instantly; Grundy, the golem who can talk in any langue possible, and smash an ogre who has insane strength. The King of this land is king Trent. He is a very respected king. Then one day he goes missing. Dor, being second to the throne, decides to take his friends on a mission t
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Tom
Sep 01, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

This is the fourth in a series of fantasy novels by Piers Anthony set in the mythical world of Xanth and stars the heir apparent to the throne, Dor. Dor is left as king of Xanth after the current ruler, Magician Trent heads to Mundania on a diplomatic mission. Dor lacks the skills to properly rule Xanth and learns some hard lessons. When Trent doesn’t return as scheduled, Dor sets off with his friends Grundy, Chet the Centaur, Smash the Ogre, and the young woman Irene in search of Centaur Isle.

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Matt
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A friend gave me this book. I was traveling and gave it a shot, because I hadn't tried any other books by Piers Anthony.

So, it's better than most magazines. It's not Terry Pratchett entertaining, but it was (barely) entertaining enough that I finished the book. A couple times, I almost stopped, but did finish it. The book contains some stereotypes of women that I found pretty sexist, but might also be the sort of mild titillation that could get a teenager interested in reading more.

I will say th
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Julie Decker
Dor is entrusted with holding down the throne while Magician Trent is away in Mundania--land of no magic!--but when Trent doesn't return, he has to go find out why. However, he and his helpers have very little power to rescue anyone if they can't use their magical talents, and since magic doesn't work outside Xanth, they've got to find a way to get around it. Good thing the centaur Arnolde--whose magical talent is creating a magic aisle in places where there is no magic--is there to pave their w ...more
Theresa
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
Even though I'm sure he isn't trying very hard, I love Piers's love stories. They are cute and endearing to me. I gobbled up every second of Dor and Irene. Especially the "opposite" part.

I also really like Smash's loyalty to Chet even those two couldn't be more different. And that loyalty made it even more sweet when became friends with Arnolde.

I wasn't a big fan of their first trip to Mundania, and a lot of the book reminded me of all the camping in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Don't t
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Steven Oliver_Author
Piers Anthony's "Centaur Aisle" #4 in his humorous Xanth series, is a good read. While it can be read as a stand-alone, it is better to start with #3, "Castle Roogna" or this one. Once you know you like the characters such as Dor, Irene, and Trent, as well as minor characters, then it's worth while to read #3 (above) second. After that try the award winning but very slow #1 "A Spell for Chameleon". Your interest in the characters will sustain you and gain the context of some details that the lat ...more
William
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Dor, now sixteen, is once again the main protagonist in this fourth installment.

Centaur Aisle is my favorite book of the Xanth series so far. Anthony’s witty humor is persistent throughout and not overdone. I caught myself laughing out loud several times.

In this volume Dor must work as a team with several others to attempt to rescue King Trent and Queen Iris trapped in Mundania. Several fascinating characters traveling with Dor each play critical roles. One traveling companion is Princess Irene
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Lisa
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Piers Anthony's Xanth series is a comedic take on the typical fantasy novel, set in a land roughly the size and shape of Florida, where magic is real and everything is more literal. This particular book follows Dor, the heir to the throne, and Irene, his future Queen, as they attempt to find the real king and queen in Mundania (also known as "the real world"). I won't bother with plot summary because I don't think it would be very informative. The book had some very clever moments (though some p ...more
someparts army
In this 4th installment of the "Magic of Xanth" series, Anthony tells the story of how Dor, after being crowned regent, must locate and rescue King Trent of Xanth in his absence.

In my opinion, this is the worst book in the series so far. Anthony makes it ABUNDANTLY clear his stance on cultural taboos like nudity and sexuality, even more-so than in the rest of the series. More pages are spent on 16-year-old Dor and 15-year-old Irene's innuendo-filled romancing and groping than on the rather unsa
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Mark Dewey
Jun 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, hardcopy
Piers Anthony is actually quite a good author, and I would read his stuff still if it weren't for such as the occasional harpy that he throws in there. I mean, you don't see them or anything and he doesn't describe them in detail, but they are still naked on top and I just don't feel right reading a book with that imagery anymore—not that I entirely did then, either.

I like Anthony's ability to conjure a sense of the magic of the story. There really is a lot in his books. It's maybe not the most
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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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  • A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth #1)
  • The Source of Magic (Xanth, #2)
  • Castle Roogna (Xanth, #3)
  • Ogre, Ogre (Xanth #5)
  • Night Mare (Xanth, #6)
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“Adults had the notion that juveniles needed to suffer. Only when they had suffered enough to wipe out most of their naturally joyous spirits and innocence were they staid enough to be considered mature. An adult was essentially a broken-down child.” 32 likes
“Dor woke again as dawn came. The sun had somehow gotten around to the east, where the land was, and dried off so that it could shine again.” 11 likes
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