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Phaze Doubt by Piers Anthony

Phaze Doubt (original 1990; edition 1991)

by Piers Anthony

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Title:Phaze Doubt
Authors:Piers Anthony
Info:New York : Ace, c1991.
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Phaze Doubt by Piers Anthony (1990)



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This is almost a stand-alone story within the universe of Anthony's Apprentice Adept series. I liked it better than the prior book, so it was a redeeming end to his 7-book "trilogy." (The truth is that the original trilogy would have been superb if left alone!)

The one point of contention I had with the book was his portrayal of the suddenly-lesbian character (seriously, she's gone 6 books without being gay - while he explains it, this was obviously something he hadn't planned prior to the last book). In his author's note, he talks about how he didn't want to ignore the gay community in his universe, so I think he did have noble intentions. However, I'm not sure he's ever met a lesbian. ( )
  brianinseattle | Oct 1, 2014 |
well, I can say I've read the whole series.....and that's the nicest thing I can say about this one. ( )
  revslick | Aug 9, 2013 |
My first purchase from Amazon.com! ( )
  morbusiff | May 9, 2013 |
With this last book in the Apprentice Adept series, Anthony almost (but not quite) redeems himself for the poor quality of the last three books. With a good bit less random sex, a strong lesbian character, and a proper enemy, he provides a fitting conclusion to the tale of the split worlds of Proton and Phaze.
Since the frames were merged in the last episode, the planet's value has gone up in the estimation of the local alien takeover experts. The Hectare come to exploit the expensive and rare Protonite. They are true Bug Eyed Monsters, but fortunately also have a love of gaming and a sense of honor. Almost all the former players are immediately captive but Flach/Nepe (the two of whom merged into one when the frames did), is free and are entrusted with a three-part plan to save the world. Acompanying the youngster is Lysander, a human-like android with a Hectare brain, who is an enemy sleeper agent whose mission is to infiltrate the local resistance and betray it to his leaders. The resistance is aware of this, though, and their counter-plan includes a prophecy that states Lysander can be turned. They engage every bit of magic at their disposal to make that happen, and Lysander's eventual choice involves heart-pounding suspense. Fortunately, as well, there is less (not none, but less) random games that decide extremely important things. This wouldn't be an Adept novel if it were entirely devoid of this device, but it works better when there are fewer contests, particularly at this late stage when most of the games which would be interesting to read about have already been depicted so far.
Overall, a satisfying end to the series. ( )
  EmScape | Nov 8, 2012 |
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
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The dual worlds of magic and science - Phaze and Proton - are threatened by a terrifying species of beings, more powerful and destructive than any force on the planet.
Only two special children , Nepe and Flach, will dare to fight back - by befriending one of the enemy...
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The merged worlds of Phaze and Proton face a new threat from an invading force--leaving the fate of the two planets in the hands of Nepe and Flach, two children possessing magical powers.

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Following instructions left by the planet's leaders, Nepe and Flash join forces with the enemy. Magic has shown them that a Hectare spy will lead their side to victory--if they can convert him to their cause.

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