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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Aided ably by his friends ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
A good book
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Piers is a self-proclaimed environm ...more