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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first Phaze book was Split Infinity, I believe, followed by Blue Adept and Juxtaposition...but that is off the top of my head, so who knows?!?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The first Phaze book was Split Infinity, I believe, followed by Blue Adept and Juxtaposition...but that is off the top of my head, so who knows?!?


Doc's got it exactly right, and I enjoyed those three books far better than I ever enjoyed any of Anthony's Xanth novels.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I mentioned upthread that I really liked the "Mode" series. But my favourite Piers Anthony of all time must be Prostho Plus about a prosthodontist who gets abducted by aliens because they need a dentist. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never read that one, Avatar! It sounds like fun reading. and it may even encourage me to floss more! That can only be a good thing.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read it if you can find it...easy read, only a couple hundred pages, tops.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The first Phaze book was Split Infinity, I believe, followed by Blue Adept and Juxtaposition...but that is off the top of my head, so who knows?!?


Doc's got it exactly right, and I enjoyed those three books far better than I ever enjoyed any of Anthony's Xanth novels.


Those books were great! He should have continued those but he was too much in love with Xanth.
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read the first 9 Xanth books when I was in school, but never reread any of them. I do have my copies the Battle Circle omnibus, Cthon & Pthor, Ox, Orn & Omnivore, and Prostho Plus.
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I think Prostho Plus is the only one of his books that I own. The rest I read from libraries.

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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I'll get the 1st 3 Xanth books as those were my favorite of the series.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2016 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's easy for an author to write tons of light-weight reading. Consider the Tarzan novels and other ERB series, and Doc Savage. They also sell well. Piers Anthony also wrote some heavy stuff but it didn't sell.
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I like the Incarnations series for a while, and a few other of his books I found used, but it seemed to keep spiraling out to "this guy and this hot girl who has the hots for this guy for some reason." It got tedious and I stopped being interested in his writing. But I did have some fun with it for a while, and it was an interesting thought exercise.
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I like the Incarnations series for a while, and a few other of his books I found used, but it seemed to keep spiraling out to "this guy and this hot girl who has the hots for this guy for some reason." It got tedious and I stopped being interested in his writing. But I did have some fun with it for a while, and it was an interesting thought exercise.


I liked Piers because of the thought exercise, if I'm reading you correctly. In almost every novel of his there was some kind of puzzle or game. The one that comes to mind off hand is the Life game found in OX.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't read much Anthony, but as I understand it, most of his series start strong, but then descend into silliness and/or sex with minors within a few volumes.

I also enjoyed the Incarnations of Immortality series, the only series of his I've read. The first three or four volumes of that were really decent, but the rest suffered from the problem above. There's apparently an eighth volume that was published long after the others, that is appallingly bad.

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I haven't read much Anthony, but as I understand it, most of his series start strong, but then descend into silliness and/or sex with minors within a few volumes.

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Sex with minors! Can't say I've read any of those ones. Or do you mean Chthon, the garnet mine, where Anton Five had sex with miners? Razz
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, there was some sex with a minor in the "Mode" books, can't say it much bothered me...minors do have sex after all.

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