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Ogre, ogre by Piers Anthony

Ogre, ogre (original 1981; edition 1982)

by Piers Anthony

Series: Xanth (5)

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Title:Ogre, ogre
Authors:Piers Anthony
Info:New York: Ballantine Books, 1982.
Collections:Your library, Science Fiction and Fantasy
Tags:Fantasy, Humour, Xanth

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Ogre, Ogre by Piers Anthony (1981)



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Intelligence. ( )
  JorgeCarvajal | Feb 13, 2015 |
Another fun entry in the world of Xanth. Not as good as previous entries, but I still enjoyed it. Anthony is quite clever, methinks.... ( )
  utbw42 | Dec 21, 2014 |
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
# 5 -- laughs keep on coming-- keep up the good work
"They travel about Xanth, and Smash acquires other young women who travel with him and whom he protects. Along the way, he is infected with the Eye Queue vine, which makes him intelligent (although actually invoking his human half) making him distressed as ogres are not supposed to be smart in any way. As he finds an antidote to his intelligence, he undergoes several adventures; saving Tandy from the dream realm in the gourd and smashing (true to his name) the Gap Dragon. Soon he finds matchs and finds solutions to all of the women, who leave one by one." ( )
  Scoshie | May 6, 2011 |
This book is has decent puns and is one worth reading if you like the series. Smash is an ogre. They love to fight, the uglier the better and brains is something to be avoided. It has some great fights which shows the strength of an ogre. Smash runs into an Eye Queue (IQ) vine and becomes smart. He regards it as a curse, as ogres are proud of their stupidity. Ogres are also soulless, emotionless creatures, and Smash is not; over the course of the adventure he becomes more and more of what we would call human like. Though Smash knows he is an Ogre. His adventure triggers new feelings, which at first he doesn't understand, and eventually becomes comfortable with the idea of being a soulful human being while maintaining the ability to bash someone's brain in at need. When you remember Smash's speech patterns, you forget how horrible Ogres' are suppose to be. ( )
  hermit | Jun 16, 2010 |
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Tandy tried to sleep, but it was difficult. The demon had never actually entered her private bedroom, but she was afraid that one night he would.
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Smash knew all about ogres. After all, despite his having a human mother, Smash was an ogre himself. Ogres were not only huge and horribly ugly; as Smash was; they were also so stupid they could hardly speak, and they spent most of their time fighting, destroying, and eating young girls.

So what was he doing here with seven assorted females looking to him to guide them and save them? Even in Xanth, where magic made anything possible, why should Tandy the Nymph trust him and seem fond of him? And how could all that high-flown conversation be coming out of his mouth?

But that, it seemed, was what you got for going to Good Magician Humfrey for an Answer - before he even knew what the Question was!
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345354923, Mass Market Paperback)

Smash, himself, was part ogre. Although ogres were considered so stupid they coud hardly speak, and spent their time eating young girls, seven assorted females had suddenly turned to him for guidance and saftety? In Xanth, one visit to the Good Magician Humfrey worked wonders....

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When Tandy and Nymph becomes lost in the magical land of Xanth, she is forced to rely on the ugly ogre, Smash, to rescue her.

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