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Centaur Aisle (The Magic of Xanth, No. 4) by Piers Anthony
ISBN: 0345297709
ISBN13: 978-0345297709
Author: Piers Anthony
Book title: Centaur Aisle (The Magic of Xanth, No. 4)
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Publisher: Del Rey (December 12, 1981)
Language: English
Size PDF version: 1230 kb
Size ePub version: 1854 kb
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Category: Science Fiction

Dor agreed to act as King of Xanth so long as Trent was gone for a week. But the weeks passed and Trent did not return. Dor knew he had to rescue his king but with no magic powers, how could it be done...?

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I loved these books as a--forgive me--tween. I liked the world building and the fact that the author lived about 30 minutes away from me on the Mundane peninsula that resembles Xanth. I loved the silly puns and the characters' integrity. When I revisited the Land of Xanth recently I was less enchanted. Piers Anthony has definite gifts--anyone who has read "Chthon" or "A Spell for Chameleon" knows that the man has a fantastic imagination and terrific writing. He just seems to do better with the first few books in a series. The puns that that mark this series become wearing after a while and the constant deus ex machina that extracts the heroes in dangerous situations lacks credibility. Another series I should have left on the shelf so that my pre-adolescent self could retain its happy memories.
I was introduced to the Xanth stories by a book that was given to me by chance, much later on in the series. I got about halfway through when I decided to go back and start from book 1, and now I'm moving on to book 5. I'm loving the creative outlook, and different perspective on many things we take for granted regularly. I have to admit, there are some decisions I would make differently from the characters; however at the writer's discretion, everything comes together at the end very neatly.
I would recommend to anyone who loves fantasy, and many who don't.
Centaur Aisle (or is it Isle) is an intelligent and fun book to read. Anthony has perfected the art of homonymn confusion and has made me intimidated of spelling bees(the kind that buzz) for life! The book revolves around Bink's son, Dor, and his quest to rescue King Trent from a dungeon in Mundania though his struggle with Irene's sex appeal also dominates the narrative. Don't worry, the Xanth series is still geared towards younger readers but old farts who love true fantasy books, such as these, will devour these titles and have a lot of fun in the process. After all, if I wanted adult fantasy I'd be stuck with Lovecraft or the softcore porn that passes for fantasy these days. If you enjoyed "The Hobbit", you will love Centaur Isle no matter how old you are.
Knights from Bernin
Piers Anthony is a tour de force, in my opinon, of the fantasy book writers! His Xanth series, of which this is one, is a cute, sassy and spirited novel. The story line is clear, the characters fresh and the plot thickens as the book progresses until the good guys win the day. Please come join all us fans in the magical world of Xanth and be transported to a marvelous new world.
This series by Piers Anthony is one of my favorite fantasy series!!! I highly recommend the whole series!!!!
I read this series 40 years ago. It is no longer in print, but should be. I have been purchasing it for my early teens niece, who very much enjoys reading. And has also enjoyed reading this series.
Little Devil
This is another good book in the series. In this book, you head into drear Mundania, which you don't often get to do. You get to see characters stepping up and taking on responsibilities they aren't sure they're ready for, and you see them grow because of it as they struggle their way through. This book is definitely worth the read.
Gift for hubby, who read and loved this series as a teenager. Will be eventually getting the entire set for his Kindle.
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