Search Results: "Piers Anthony"


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BLUE ADEPT by Piers Anthony
Released: May 18, 1981

"Tirelessly inventive, action-packed entertainment—with a mild comic strain and no claim to seriousness."
The second installment in the lightweight, Zelazny-ish fantasy trilogy begun with Split Infinity (1980). Read full book review >

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VIRTUAL MODE by Piers Anthony
Released: Feb. 13, 1990

"Rewarding if you can get past her and Darius's never-ending internal monologues."
In an interesting mix of sf and fantasy, Anthony examines the effects of parental neglect and sexual abuse against a fantastic backdrop. Read full book review >

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HOW PRECIOUS WAS THAT WHILE by Piers Anthony
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"This unsparingly forthright second memoir should ruffle some feathers that badly need ruffling."
Sequel to the prolific fantasy writer's previous autobiography, Bio of an Ogre (not reviewed). Read full book review >

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TOTAL RECALL. by Piers Anthony
Released: Sept. 26, 1989

"Should make a smashing movie."
Action-adventure yarn involving memory implants, aliens, and Mars: based (on a Philip K. Dick short story and a movie script. Read full book review >

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ISLE OF WOMAN by Piers Anthony
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Amiable twaddle, then, intended for a wider audience than usual."
Start of a new series—maybe (Anthony isn't sure)—entitled Geodyssey, attempting to frame, in ecological terms, no less than the entire history of the human species: Now that's ambition. Read full book review >

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PHAZE DOUBT by Piers Anthony
Released: June 12, 1990

"Absurdly complicated as always, juvenile as ever, and bound to be popular, since nothing dissuades Anthony's faithful."
Book seven and last (?) of Anthony's Apprentice Adept series about the two-phase planet Proton (science)/Phaze (magic). Read full book review >

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DEMONS DON'T DREAM by Piers Anthony
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Series fans will find themselves right at home."
Anthony's popular fantasy series set in the world of Xanth moves into hardcover; this, entry #16, kicks off a new cycle of yarns based on interactive computer games (cf. Read full book review >

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FOR LOVE OF EVIL by Piers Anthony
Released: Nov. 18, 1998

"One of the most appealing entries so far—Party's about as lovable a Satan as you'll find—with God still to come for the series finale."
Sixth installment in Anthony's popular Incarnations of Immortality series: here, the motives behind Satan's vast and cunning plots in books one through five are revealed. Read full book review >

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SHAME OF MAN by Piers Anthony
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Edutainment' for sound-bite mentalities."
The second of Anthony's uncircumscribed rants against humanity's plundering of the Earth's resources is structured, like its predecessor (Isle of Woman, 1993), as a succession of story-chapters propped up by expository paragraphs in which Anthony's tsk-tsking is all but audible. Read full book review >

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FAUN AND GAMES by Piers Anthony
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"And, meantime, in the author's afterword, you can catch up on the latest news about Anthony's teeth."
What can a hapless reviewer possibly find to say about Anthony's Xanth yarns—here the 21st of that ilk—that hasn't been said before? Read full book review >

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CHAOS MODE by Piers Anthony
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 4, 1994

"Though this episode lacks firm direction and a strong plot, the Modes notion continues to be one of Anthony's more thoughtful, hard-working, and substantial series."
Third of Anthony's Mode series (Fractal Mode, 1992)—a reality-hopping adventure combined with advice on personal growth, with an overly complicated premise but solidly agreeable character interactions. Read full book review >

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Released: April 12, 1988

"The first trilogy, featuring Stile and his quest to become Citizen and Blue Adept, was endlessly inventive and absorbing; the second time around—sons of—that magic has evaporated."
Fifth in the Apprentice Adept series (Out of Phaze, 1987), an overextended mega-yarn that now looks decidedly shabby and increasingly threadbare. Read full book review >