No ISBN indicated. Title : Balook. Author : Piers Anthony. No territories, no APO, no other countries. First Edition first printing hardcover book with dustjacket. Good condition. Tight binding. This is the large oversized Trade Paper edition. Book dealer second. I'm always out bookscouting and adding to inventory.
Alister wants a favor from Good Magician Humfrey.
Alister must set out, risking the perils of Xanth, with only his wits, his magical talent, and his rock hound Marbles to help him. This over page book which is counted in gaming sections, not pages is in excellent condition, with clean off white pages, glossy covers, strong unbroken spine, and free of any markings.
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Visual Guide to Xanth Illustrated Edition 1. A Spell for Chameleon 2. The Source of Magic 3. Piers himself But What of Earth was co-authored with Robert Coulson. Pretender was co-authored with Frances Hall. Through the Ice was co-authored with Robert Kornwise. The Willing Spirit was co-authored with Alfred Tella. Open Library is an initiative of the Internet Archive, a c 3 non-profit, building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.
Other projects include the Wayback Machine, archive. Xanth is a magical land located on a peninsula shaped and designed like the state of Florida, as stated by Piers Anthony. I remember her name but she may be a great-grandmother by now, and hardly eager for that kind of notoriety. She was a healthy, shapely, sexy girl; let's leave it at that.
I don't think her dishabille affected Xanth; panties didn't really come into it in the first four novels. One image I remember that may have had a effect was a TV review of fashion, and one of the models, as she was departing the stage, flicked her skirt to show a brief flash of panty. I thought that was a nice indication of naughtiness demonstrated in a harmless way. So when I wanted harmless naughtiness in Xanth, panties was it. Why do you think young people are so drawn to fantasy and wonder-stories like your Xanth series?
Do you feel the endless puns in Xanth are merely an extra cosmetic wrinkle, or integral to the appeal of the series? Are puns especially appealing to young people? Do they reflect the way young people see the world, or assist young people to progress from a childish to an adult perspective?
Today there are fantasy novels, movies, and games galore, so young folk are immersed in a culture of fantasy. In an earlier day there was a culture of western stories. So it seems to be the fashion of the day. Originally the puns were decoration, but now I'm receiving fan mail from readers who are pun-fans. They do set Xanth apart from most other fantasy. Some older folk relate to them too. I'm not sure this reflects anything significant. It's just that those who like puns - and many don't - can find them here.
Was the magician Humfrey named after Humphrey Bogart?
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Editor Lester del Rey objected, I think correctly, and so I simplified the names to their closest legitimate appellations: Humfrey, Iris, and Trent. One reviewer of your Xanth series wrote that the Xanth books describe "The Adult Conspiracy," which is "an attempt by all adults to prevent juveniles from gaining knowledge about words and concepts, especially about sexuality, which are considered inadequate to know for juveniles.
More or less. It is also a rather obvious parody of Mundane attitudes. Studies show that young folk who are sensibly educated about sex grow up to have fewer illegitimate babies and venereal diseases than those kept ignorant - so concealing such information is folly. But it seems conservatives believe it. Are you the first person to use it to describe an imaginary place, that you know of? I merely adapted it. I doubt I was the first to do so. I first found Xanth when I was 12 years old; I had fallen in love with C. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series, and was looking for something similar.
My school librarian recommended "A Spell for Chameleon," which I enjoyed immensely. Do you find that many of your readers find Xanth via the "gateway" of Narnia or Oz, or that Xanth leads them to other fantasy works, like those of Tolkien? Your surmise is reasonable, but I have little information to support it.
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Most of my readers just seem to see a novel on sale, try it - and like it. Many have it urged on them by friends. Some have indeed reported that once Xanth made them realize that reading could be fun, they went on to other writers. In your May newsletter, you said, "Reviewers are an ignorant lot, but one made a comment years back that made sense to me, saying that Xanth was like a slightly more mature version of Oz. Yes, I think so.
I was a captive of Xanth
I did not try to copy Oz - I suspect the genesis of Xanth owes more to the Raggedy Ann books, with their gardens of lollipops, or the Narnia novels, with their sapient animals - but I did read all 14 original Oz novels to my daughter Penny twice, when she was that age, along with the Arabian Nights and much else.
There are pie trees in Xanth, which are like more mature lollipop gardens. As for Narnia - I never heard of it until a relative recommended it for my children. I had like C. Lewis' trilogy Out of the Silent Planet , Perelandra , and That Hideous Strength , so I don't think Narnia had much direct influence on Xanth, other than helping establish the fantasy ambiance. The demons of Xanth are essentially Arabian Nights ifrits. Why do you think they were so popular, if the stories were mediocre?
Was it mostly about the special effects? Is there a particular story of yours which you'd like to get on the big screen? I want to clarify that something doesn't have to be great literature for me to enjoy it. Star Wars is my kind of junk. It is scientifically implausible if not outright nonsense, and it's hardly original to put one man in a robot suit and another in a monkey suit, or to have Boy meet and rescue Princess. But the effects are well done, it's full of action, and it's fun. That's why it's successful, while critically acclaimed films seldom are. What I write is not great literature either, but it is good entertainment.
As for what of mine I'd like to see become a movie - anything will do. There are now movie options on three of my series, and I hope they all turn out well. Which 3 of your series are optioned for films? The Adept series - with Split Infinity destined for an anime movie.
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Xanth , optioned by Warner Pictures. What do you think of the Harry Potter books? I read the first and found it not great literature but okay. If there's such a thing as a movie being better than the book, this is the case here, as they are great entertainment movies.