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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Five Portraits (Xanth #39) by Piers Anthony | Fantasy Book Review

Release Day Review! 

Piers Anthony delivers another tale set in the bestselling world of Xanth, filled with magic, surprises, adventure, and a few puns. Here’s what the author has to say about his new book:

“Five Portraits is a kind of sequel to Board Stiff in that it picks up where the other leaves off, with the same characters. Apart from that, it’s one of my favorites within the series. There’s something about Astrid Basilisk that appeals to me: a very pretty girl whose very glance is deadly, yet she’s a nice person whose selfless effort to save five difficult children from future Xanth is thoroughly worthy. I also like the theme of the power of unlikely friendship. Not just Xanth, but Mundania, too, would be better if there were more such friendships.”

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Five Portraits (Xanth #39) by Piers Anthony | Fantasy Book Review

| Source: Publisher/Net Galley
| Author: Piers Anthony
| Series: Xanth (Book 39)
| Genre: Fantasy Humor
| Content: Satire, Puns, Alternate World
| ISBN-10: 1624672728
| ISBN-13: 9781624672729
| Publisher: Open Road Media (October 21, 2014)
| Paperback: 279 pages
| Rating: 5/5 Stars
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Five Portraits (Xanth, #39)

♥ Mini Review ♥
Can a soulless Demoness learn friendship? Can a basilisk, who can kill with a look, become a loving guardian for five orphans? And can those five orphans, each with dangerous gifts, find new homes?  Alot is at stake as the very future of Xanth rests on the shoulders of five frightened children.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Board Stiff (Xanth #38) by Piers Anthony | Fantasy Book Review

Be careful what you wish for...

"I'm actually a smart girl who would make any man an excellent wife. But no man sees that. No man is interested in my mind or personality, just my whatevers. So here is my wish: I'm board stiff. I want Adventure, Excitement, and Romance.”

So begins Piers Anthony's 38th Xanth novel, in which Irrelevant Candy, looks at her reflection in the water of the shallow well and sees luxuriant midnight black hair to her breathtakingly slender waist, matching dark eyes in a lovely face. A torso coming yea-close to absolute perfection. She was man's desire. That was part of the problem.

And in the shallow magic of a wishing well, she asks her wish to be granted. Something happens. A sudden whirlwind surrounds her, lifting her up and ripping off her clothing. She is changing, somehow. Then she falls flat on the ground.

Literally. She has been transformed into a flat, stiff board with two knotholes for eyes.

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Board Stiff (Xanth #38) by Piers Anthony

| Author: Piers Anthony
| Series: Xanth (Book 38)
| Genre: Fantasy Humor
| Content: Satire, Puns, Alternate World
| ISBN-10: 1624670865
| ISBN-13: 9781624670862
| Publisher: Premier Publishing (January 6, 2014)
| Paperback: 250 pages
| Source: Found on Net Galley
| Rating: 4/5 Stars
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Board Stiff (Xanth, #38)

♥ Mini Review ♥
Once upon a time there was an alternate world. A world where puns were the foundation of just about everything from monsters to food. Granted, some things resemble our world. There are young men who want young women and adventure. In that order. There are young women who want excitement, romance and marriage. Which are not the same things at all. Fortunately, there is also a Good Magician who, for a year of service, will grant an Answer to any Querent who passes 3 challenges and makes it into his castle. What ensues is a rollicking tale of misadventure, misunderstandings, unique challenges and eventual happiness. But only if the adventurers survive the puns first.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Poem by Nicholas Gordon | Weekly Quote #23

Witches wail and werewolves howl,

Ghosts say "Boo!" and monsters scowl,

Jack-o-lanterns grin all night

As children shiver with delight.

-- Nicholas Gordon --

Halloween Poem by Nicholas Gordon on a background design by Mulluane

About: This is a weekly feature here in the old belfry. This week, again in honor of Halloween, I chose a free to use poem by Nicholas Gordon. As always, the design, along with any flaws, is mine. 

If you would like to suggest a quote or short poem (I prefer it be from a SFF author) let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do. No promises though. If a quote is too big I may not be able to reproduce it in the space available. I do promise to try though!

Usage: Non-Commercial Fair Use is permitted. The following restrictions apply: Please do not remove or mask the watermark url or poet's attribution. Do not sell, print or claim this work as your own and when sharing, pinning, reblogging or posting, a direct link to this post is appreciated. If you use the poem itself it must be credited to Nicholas Gordon. Thanks!

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