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I didn't think it was that great...
on 23 June 1997
This book had an interesting premise, and if I'd read the story outline and situation,I probably would have said this would make a great satirical fantasy. However, I like to read either hilarity OR satire, I find when an author tries to mix them the novel ends up only going halfway and thus only being half as good as it might be if he tried to go all-out in one of the styles. Am I making sense? This is the first book I've read by Piers Anthony, and I'd heard he was terrific, so perhaps I was expecting too much? I don't know. I guess I was expecting something as hlarious as The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Series. I understand that this wasn't what he was trying to accomplish, but then, I didn't like what he was trying to do. I don't like his puns very much either. Puns are funny in comic strips or on Bugs Bunny cartoons, but to get bashed over the head with them over and over in a novel makes me sick after a while. But I think what really got me annoyed was the characters. They were BORING. I could barely finish the book, because I didn't care about them (I also hated their names, which always turns me off from the beginning). The situation was interesting, like I said, a good premise. But I didn't enjoy the way it was told. Though obviously somebody out there must enjoy Piers Anthony's style of writing, or he wouldn't be such a good seller, now would he? I might try another of his novels, though, one more chance couldn't hurt.