Author Piers Anthony

@emeraldisle (13145)
United States
February 16, 2007 11:39am CST
Piers Anthony is fantasy book author. He's a very prolific one at that. I've read many of his books and series and I wondered if there were any other fans out there of his. Some of his more well known series are: The Incarnations of Immortality Series Xanth Series Apprentice Adept Series The Roundear of Prophecy Series (co-authored this one) He also wrote the book Total Recall which some might have seen the movie by the same name. He's one of my favorite writers. Is anyone else here a fan?
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@Randync (544)
• United States
19 Feb 07
I loved his space tyrant books, at one point I had all of them, and read them so much they (paperbacks) wore out and I need to replace them.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
20 Feb 07
You have to love books that you read them that much that they fall apart. I've had a few do that as well.
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@Myrilia (212)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I've read many of Piers Anthony's books. My favorite was the Incarnations of Immorality series. I've also read his Apprentice Adept series and a few of the Xanth novels. I haven't read any of his current work. It's been years since I've picked up a book of his. He is the author that got me started reading in the SF/F genre.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
19 Feb 07
I love the Incarnations of Immortality series. It really makes you think while you enjoy the story. It's one of my favorites by him as well. He got me into the fantasy/sci-fi books as well. I've recommended him to many people especially teens who haven't been interested in reading for some it really got them to start reading.
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@steerpyke (396)
17 Feb 07
I did read the first couple in the Xanth series, castle roogna was a good one with a nice little paradox to it, cant say that i am too familar with his work but do recommend that book at least.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
17 Feb 07
The rest of the series is much like that one with little twists in it. The adventure from that book is mentioned in several others later on in the series. Not enough where you would have to read it to understand but enough to make you curious to read it.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I absolutely LOVE the Xanth series! I own about twelve of the series, and have read several more. I actually submitted a pun to Piers Anthony, because he uses reader puns in the novels...and he emailed me back saying he would use it!
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
17 Feb 07
Really? That's neat. I never submitted a pun but some of the ones people came up with that were in the books were very good. I'm not sure how many in the series I have but I know I had up to the Question Quest I think. Trying to remember the order and the last one I bought, been a while. If you haven't read his Incarnations of Immortality series I highly recommend it.
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@trionyxx1 (139)
• Philippines
18 Feb 07
so far he has written a lot of books, most of which have 'punny' titles. i think i've 3 or 4 of them. i've always found his books whimsical, funny and clever -- with a lot of tounge-in-cheek references to other standard fantasy stereotypes
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@APMorison (424)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I love the Incarnations and Xanth. I haven't gotten to all of his works yet - there are just too many books in the world and so few hours in the day - sigh ;) I keep an eye out for anything with his name on it though.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
21 Feb 07
The Incarnations is my very favorite series by anyone and by him even more so :) I know he has a lot of books out there. The ones I've read I've really liked but I doubt I'll ever get the chance to read them all.
• United States
20 Feb 07
Piers Anthony is one of my favorite authors. I have read all but a couple of the Xanth series. I also read the Doom series. My favorite though happened to be one that wasn't quite science fiction. It is called Tathum Mound. It is about a Native American storyteller's life. It was really really good.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
20 Feb 07
I remember that one. It's was very different from his usual books I agree. Confused me at first until I realized. I enjoyed it though and found it very well done.
• United States
17 Feb 07
It sounds as though he has a great fan in you! Unfortunately I never make too much time for reading now. Not to mention the fact that my eyesight is not the best either right now. I have glasses in every room of the house and all in different strengths. One of these days Medicare/Medicaid might actually spring and help pay for vision and dental care - but that's a whole different topic. Happy Reading and Bright Blessings ~Donna
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
18 Feb 07
Oh I understand. I don't read as much as I used to but I still like to. Yes I am a big fan of his but then every book I've picked up I liked by him. Well I take that back, 1 I didn't. It was the type of science fiction where you need a Ph.d to understand it. Other then that one his books have been great. Not often I find an author where I like a good majority of his work.
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@patgalca (15630)
• Orangeville, Ontario
17 Feb 07
I am not a fantasy fan. I picked up a BookCrossing book of Piers Anthony. I logged into the website and told the person who left the book that I wouldn't be reading it but would pass it along. She emailed me back and insisted I read it. She said I would love it. I read it and I did love it. What a hoot! The book was "The Dastard", I believe from the Xanth series. I have never seen so many puns in one place before. It really was a good read. But I doubt I will pick up another one of his books anytime soon, not with the 200 or so sitting on my shelves waiting to be read.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
17 Feb 07
That sounds like a Xanth book :) Xanth runs on magic and puns. The first book, A spell for Chameleon is a bit slow but it was his first book ever published so it's understandable, but the rest of the series is just like the one you picked up. Filled with puns through out and they are great for any age to read. That's always a plus in my opinion.
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@nowment (1758)
• United States
22 Feb 07
Do you read just his fantasy books? Or also his books that sci fi only ? or his books that are a mix of sci fi and fantasy? I become interested in reading his books when I saw an article he did about the fact that many science fiction stories will have fantasy in and then he went on to specify that there are books with srtictly science fiction, no paranormal only science can be used, fantasy such as a J.R.R. TOlkein story, and then those many books which will blend the two. He had purposely began a series that was strickly science fiction with no fantasy. So I was wondering if you read just the fantasy or if you also like his strictly science books as well? I think he does a great job creating the scifi/fantasy worlds for his various series.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I've read both of his and I prefer mostly the fantasy. The sci-fi books are good but the one Marcro...soemthing can't remember the full name but that one I had a real hard time reading. It was like I needed a Ph.D for it. Now Firefly and others I really liked and those were more sci-fi.
• United States
22 Feb 07
Years ago I read any of his books I could get my hands on, but I found after a while they all seemed to follow the same formula and were getting too predictable. Then I read his autobiography and he came across as self centered and egomaniacal. I just couldn't get into his books after that. So sad. I'm going to the library tomorrow, perhaps I'll pick up one of his books and try again. Perhaps I've mellowed over the years. 'Twould be nice to find something good to read again.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
22 Feb 07
Sometimes it's good to check an author out after a few years. I know I have found at times ones I didn't like when I was younger I like now and vice versa. One can never tell.