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A Spell for Chameleon [Mass Market Paperback]

Piers Anthony
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May 1978
Xanth was the enchanted land where magic ruled--where every citizen had a special spell only he could cast. That is, except for Bink of North Village. He was sure he possessed no magic, and knew that if he didn't find some soon, he would be exiled. According to the Good Magician Humpfrey, the charts said that Bink was as powerful as the King or even the Evil Magician Trent. Unfortunately, no one could determine its form. Meanwhile, Bink was in despair. If he didn't find his magic soon, he would be forced to leave....

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc. (May 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034525855X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345258557
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars The original and the best? 2 Aug 2002
Format:School & Library Binding
The first and one of the best Xanth novels. A strong start which has provided the momentum to carry so many Xanth future novels. I was intrigued by the originality of concepts of this fantasy world even in spite of its blatant appropriation of generic mythology and fantasy. Having read every Xanth novel yet released, (though many I would not rate as highly as this one) I find it hard to separate contextually this book from the rest and its significance to the entire series, but I'll try to review it as story on its own. I have often very much appreciated the simplicity of story context in fairy tales and myths and legends which have been handed down over the centries to our modern culture. Quite often there is the strong desire for complex world building and complex subplotting in contemporary fantasy writing. When reading a Spell for Chameleon I felt I was returning to a simple but elegant plot of a simple hero, unjustly treated but solving a quest nonetheless and achieving greatness.
There was no great history of Xanth or even more than a rudimentary map and I found it easy to focus on a story being told in an interesting jungle fantasy setting. The lack of detail provided, allowed me to envisage Xanth more on my terms than strictly laid out details. It was more like a novel length short story. Sometimes the overuse of puns for the sake of putting them in can be a bit tiresome but its still an easy read. In some ways I am reminded of The Hobbit, which compared to most Middle Earth tales, was simple and a good ripping yarn/fairy tale without pandering as much to world building as JRR's other books. That simplicity I find in A Spell for Chameleon and Bink will always be my favourite character I believe in Xanths no matter how many hundreds are written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Pier! 2 July 2011
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If you want an easy read, lots of chuckles and a book that you can pass onto your kids, this is it in spades.
I first read it in the 1970's and I've never forgotten it, plus Piers Anthony seems to be one of this worlds real good guys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of a Series 6 Oct 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is not only the first of many pun filled books, but the best of the series. The others are fun filled and contain some very good writting. But this book has a well developed plot that is worth reading. Be careful though, for the series seems never ending.

Xanth is a marvellous place to visit, espically if you are familiar with Florida. Everybody has a magical talent of lesser or greater degree, but our hero seems to lack one, and heads for exile and adventure.

It is worth your time to pick up this book and follow our heros' adventure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really liked it. 26 Feb 2014
By John
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This is a great little book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The way that the author describes the world is quite atmospheric. The story is not quite what you would expect, and it does not progress as you might predict(which is good). The main character is quite interesting because you get a very good insight into the world as he explores it and struggles to understand its perils, and from the stand point alone it makes a very interesting read.

This book is not wildly amazing or out of this world, but it is very good fantasy. It doesn't seem to take itself too seriously. I really enjoyed this book and I have already purchased the next one.
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The first three Xanth novels were truly great and very original. So many of the others to follow were sometimes very good, sometimes very average. But worth reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strange but funny! 1 Dec 2013
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This book introduces the reader to the world of Xanth; it is therefore very strange to read. You have to get used to the strangeness of Xanth before really enjoying this book and the follow-on books. Anthony employs humour through the ambivalence of language and is really a great author, would recommend for teenagers and adults alike who like fantasy books, magic and 'play on words'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Piers Anthony 24 Nov 2013
By Somtaww
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Read many years ago and enjoyed...still a good read despite the somewhat heavy handed moralizing and occasional over wordy prose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic ics 11 Nov 2013
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Ics are rare creatures that you only find in xanth .the world is full of puns and most of them are in the world of xanth. piers has taken a fantastic idea and run with it and then just kept going .if magic is your bag this is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars golden oldie
loved this book when i was young and wanted it on the kindle for the memory, this book has magic and a love story just what a teenage girl wants, it might have a lot of puns, but... Read more
Published 11 months ago by momo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I am really enjoying this series of books. They are easy to read and you want to keep reading to find out what happens.
Published 12 months ago by LindaC
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourites
This book had me enthralled from start to finish. What a wonderful introduction to the land of Xanth and the many great characters that reside there. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr Kibbles
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless classic
I grew up with this book and now my children are loving it too. For boys and girls of all ages.
Published 13 months ago by MammaBear
5.0 out of 5 stars Spans the generations
I read this as a teenager when it first came out, and now my own teenager has read it and loved it
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I have read this book several times over the years and it always holds my interest when I start revisiting the world of Xanth. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ladyrattles
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A good light read, interesting concepts, and a good author. Had read it before many years ago, and still enjoyed it.
Published 15 months ago by Linda Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminds me of first reading this at 10.
The story is simple but beautifully delivered, could do without the brief intercourse really but an enjoyable read. Worth a try.
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