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Faun and Games (Xanth Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 17 Sep 1998


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st Mass Market Ed edition (17 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812555112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812555110
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 607,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Piers Anthony is one of the world's most popular fantasy authors, and a "New York Times" bestseller twenty-one times over. His Xanth novels have been read and loved by millions of readers around the world, and he daily receives hundreds of letters from his devoted fans. In addition to the Xanth series, Anthony is the author of many other best-selling works. Piers Anthony lives in Inverness, Florida.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Jan 1999
Format: Hardcover
I've read all of the prior Xanth novels and enjoyed them all, but the latest, Faun and Games, was definitely a disappiontment. Completely overrun with puns, I lost most of the storyline because of the jokes that became tiresome after the first few chapters. I barely got through the novel. I love the Xanth series, but Faun and Games is by far the worst of them all. A journey on the world of Ptero, where everything that has and ever will be resides, was a great idea, but I found this novel to be boring. I hope that the next installment of the Xanth series will be a little more readable, and the puns and adult conspiracy junk will be brought down a notch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Oct 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book was a refreshing change of pace for those Xanth readers who were tired "same place, same thing" with only the characters changing. By introducing the complexity of Ida's moon(s), the author finally breathed some new life into the series. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, but I didn't particularly care for Forrest or even Imbri. The story would have been better with some of the other characters. The numerous trips to the various moons did become a bit tedious, although I did like the settings of Ptero and Pyramid. I recommend this book for any Xanth fan looking for a little variety.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Oct 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book sucks. Sorry but that's the way it is. Anthony continues to pen his fascination with young females' anatomy and tries to squeeze increasingly lame puns into a once-intriguing world. The characters have no depth and I was unable to find myself caring about any of them as I did for Bink, Trent, and the other original cast. I've read all the books (I don't know why) and must say that this is the worst in a series that is diminishing with each new episode. Please, Piers, get back to the basics: plot and characters we care about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 July 1998
Format: Hardcover
Xanth's latest suffers from the same illness of Baywatch: Too many characters to follow the series. I fell in love with Bink, Chameleon, Dor, and other characters who make rare guest appearances nowadays. Why not go back to the best-loved characters? The fantasy-within-a-fantasy world herein just strains my willing suspension of disbelief. Read the first 10 books like Castle Roogna or A Spell for Chameleon to find the real charm of the series and to find characters that weren't made of cardboard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 May 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Faun and Games is definately a few steps up from Anthony's previous two Xanth novels in my opinion. The story is fun, the characters are new and, for the most part, unexplored. However, it seems as though with each passing novel, the series grows farther and farther in terms of storytelling and ingenuity than the earlier Xanth stories. I haven't read the latest novel Zombie Lover, but I hope it continues in the same direction F&G was headed towards.....up.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Mar 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I cannot believe so many people gave this book such bad reviews. Obviously they were paying more attention to the puns (which admittedly are beginning to overrun the books) than to the storyline. As for those who believe the characters have no depth - Imbri and Forrest have more depth than many real people. I myself think the the idea of Ida's moons upon moons, each with it's own landscape and cast of characters, was very imaginative and I hope he will expand on it in future Xanth Novels. I like the romance between species and hope that will be continued as well. Keep going, Piers Anthony, you're the best!
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By A Customer on 19 Aug 1998
Format: Hardcover
Another Anthony fan is satisfied once again. This was an excellent book. I was happy to see Mare Imbri again and I hope they show more of Nimby (Xanth) and Chlorine. I also hope Surprise has a chance to be a main Character in a book. Forest is an interesting Fawn and he met a lot of potentially new and exciting characters that I hope are explored more in future books. Then there is the disapointment I see in all his books. The fact that I finish them the day after I start and have another year or more to wait for the next one. :( Other must reads are his Imortality Books. They are facinating in the character connections. I really do not know how he managed to keep his head straight.
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By A Customer on 23 Jun 1998
Format: Hardcover
This certainly was different. I have read his other Xanth novels and this one seems to change the scene and I don't mean it's alternate worlds. Most of if not all the other books were centered around the royal family or those in close contact with them. Mare Imbri has hardly done anything involving the Royal Family since Nightmare. And there is Forest a very confused but versitile faun (hence the name). Also we get to see the strange and fascinating world of Ptero. It certainly gave us something new and interesting to explore, although I would have thought that we might have heard,by now, about whatever happened to Jenny Elf.
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