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Piers Anthony

Author of On a Pale Horse

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About the Author

Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob was born in August, 1934, in Oxford, England. He graduated from Goddard College in Vermont in 1956. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen while serving in the United States Army in 1958. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1959. In 1977, he received a British Fantasy show more Award for A Spell for a Chameleon. Anthony's family emigrated to the United States from Britain when he was six. Highly popular because of his science fiction and fantasy works, Anthony is also known for the Jason Striker series and martial arts novels co-written with Roberto Fuentes. A highly prolific author, Anthony's other works include Bio of a Space Tyrant, Cluster, and the Omnivore series. Anthony makes his home in Tampa, Florida. He also writes under the pseudonym Robert Piers. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Piers Anthony

On a Pale Horse (1983) 5,058 copies
A Spell for Chameleon (1977) 4,989 copies
Bearing an Hourglass (1984) 3,652 copies
The Source of Magic (1979) — Author — 3,567 copies
With a Tangled Skein (1985) — Author — 3,363 copies
Castle Roogna (1979) — Author — 3,285 copies
Wielding a Red Sword (1986) — Author — 3,184 copies
Centaur Aisle (1981) — Author — 3,131 copies
Night Mare (1982) — Author — 3,009 copies
Ogre, Ogre (1981) — Author — 2,995 copies
Being a Green Mother (1987) — Author — 2,982 copies
Dragon on a Pedestal (1983) — Author — 2,760 copies
For Love of Evil (1988) 2,752 copies
Split Infinity (1980) — Author — 2,645 copies
Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn (1984) — Author — 2,612 copies
And Eternity (1990) — Author — 2,487 copies
Blue Adept (1981) 2,402 copies
Golem in the Gears (1986) — Author — 2,358 copies
Juxtaposition (1982) 2,285 copies
Vale of the Vole (1987) — Author — 2,107 copies
Heaven Cent (1988) 1,961 copies
Man from Mundania (1989) — Author — 1,911 copies
Out of Phaze (1987) — Author — 1,753 copies
Isle of View (1990) — Author — 1,745 copies
Demons Don't Dream (1993) — Author — 1,726 copies
Question Quest (1991) — Author — 1,619 copies
The Color of Her Panties (1992) — Author — 1,578 copies
Robot Adept (1988) — Author — 1,499 copies
Harpy Thyme (1994) — Author — 1,418 copies
Unicorn Point (1989) — Author — 1,320 copies
Refugee (1983) 1,281 copies
Geis of the Gargoyle (1995) 1,239 copies
Virtual Mode (1991) 1,216 copies
Roc and a Hard Place (1995) — Author — 1,164 copies
Phaze Doubt (1990) 1,129 copies
Mercenary (1984) 1,052 copies
Yon Ill Wind (1996) — Author — 1,036 copies
Macroscope (1969) 1,035 copies
Politician (1985) 992 copies
If I Pay Thee Not in Gold (1993) 971 copies
Executive (1985) 965 copies
Faun & Games (1997) — Author — 960 copies
Fractal Mode (1992) 909 copies
Chthon (1967) — Author — 878 copies
Zombie Lover (1998) — Author — 877 copies
Statesman (1986) 861 copies
Cluster (1977) 841 copies
Orn (1970) 799 copies
God of Tarot (1979) 782 copies
The Dastard (2000) 777 copies
Xone of Contention (1999) — Author — 775 copies
Chaos Mode (1993) 744 copies
Swell Foop (2001) — Author — 720 copies
Omnivore (1968) 715 copies
Chaining the Lady (1978) 704 copies
Race Against Time (1973) 673 copies
0X (1976) 663 copies
Vision of Tarot (1980) 650 copies
Up in a Heaval (2002) — Author — 650 copies
Kirlian Quest (1978) 647 copies
Shade of the Tree (1986) 627 copies
Battle Circle (1983) 620 copies
Faith of Tarot (1980) 614 copies
Isle of Woman (1993) 608 copies
Cube Route (2003) 597 copies
Killobyte (1993) 597 copies
Dragon's Gold (1987) 588 copies
Mute (1981) 576 copies
Total Recall (1989) 566 copies
Firefly (1990) 562 copies
Viscous Circle (1982) 539 copies
Currant Events (2004) 535 copies
Anthonology (1985) — Author — 534 copies
Prostho Plus (1971) — Author — 529 copies
Pet Peeve (2005) 522 copies
Ghost (1986) 511 copies
The Magic of Xanth (1987) 504 copies
Mercycle (1991) 486 copies
Serpent's Silver (1988) 475 copies
Stork Naked (2006) 474 copies
Steppe (1976) 467 copies
Shame of Man (1994) 452 copies
Visual Guide to Xanth (1989) 451 copies
Through the Ice (1989) — Author — 451 copies
Hasan (1969) 447 copies
Phthor (1975) 441 copies
DoOon Mode (2001) 435 copies
Under a Velvet Cloak (2007) 428 copies
Air Apparent (2007) 421 copies
Chimaera's Copper (1990) 385 copies
Two to the Fifth (2008) 364 copies
Hard Sell (1990) — Author — 355 copies
Bio of an Ogre (1988) 349 copies
Triple Detente (1974) 343 copies
Tatham Mound (1991) 337 copies
But What of Earth? (1976) — Author — 326 copies
Jumper Cable (2009) 324 copies
Rings of Ice (1974) 319 copies
Pretender (1979) 311 copies
Orc's Opal (1990) 309 copies
The Ring (1968) 306 copies
Double Exposure (1982) 303 copies
Hope of Earth (1997) 301 copies
Muse of Art (1999) 273 copies
Sos the Rope (1968) 262 copies
The Caterpillar's Question (1992) 260 copies
Letters to Jenny (1993) 251 copies
Var the Stick (1972) 236 copies
Knot Gneiss (2010) 228 copies
Tarot (1979) 228 copies
The E.S.P. Worm (1970) 214 copies
Dream a Little Dream (1999) — Author — 196 copies
Pornucopia (1989) 195 copies
Dead Morn (1990) 193 copies
Alien Plot (1992) 192 copies
Well-Tempered Clavicle (2011) 189 copies
Luck of the Draw (2012) 172 copies
The Secret of Spring (2000) 167 copies
Balook (1990) 161 copies
Neq the Sword (1975) 151 copies
Quest for the Fallen Star (1998) 145 copies
Tales from the Great Turtle (1994) — Editor — 143 copies
Esrever Doom (2013) 141 copies
The Gutbucket Quest (2000) 139 copies
The Iron Maiden (2001) 135 copies
Board Stiff (2013) 130 copies
The Willing Spirit (1996) 124 copies
How Precious Was That While (2001) 114 copies
Five Portraits (2014) 98 copies
Spider Legs (1998) 97 copies
Isis Orb (2016) 91 copies
Realty Check (1999) 91 copies
Of Man and Manta (1986) 86 copies
Ghost Writer in the Sky (2017) 85 copies
Uncollected Stars (1986) 77 copies
The Continuing Xanth Saga (1984) 76 copies
Climate of Change (2010) 71 copies
The Magic Fart (2003) 64 copies
Key to Chroma (2003) 63 copies
Key To Destiny (2004) 61 copies
Key to Havoc (2002) 60 copies
Volk (1996) 56 copies
Pandora Park (2011) 50 copies
Fire Sail (2019) 48 copies
Jest Right (2020) 41 copies
But What of Earth? (1976) 39 copies
Key to Liberty (2007) 37 copies
Skeleton Key (2021) 35 copies
Key to Survival (2008) 34 copies
The Sopaths (2011) 33 copies
Xanth by Two (2010) 31 copies
Return to Centaur (1990) 29 copies
Six Crystal Princesses (2022) 29 copies
A Tryst of Fate (2021) 25 copies
The Apprentice Adept (1987) 24 copies
Kiai! (1974) 24 copies
Aladdin Relighted (2011) 21 copies
Tortoise Reform (2007) 21 copies
To Be a Woman (2012) 20 copies
Odd Exam (2013) 20 copies
Jack and the Giants (2014) 20 copies
Eroma (2011) 19 copies
The Bamboo Bloodbath (1974) 19 copies
Mistress of Death (1974) 19 copies
Shepherd (2012) 18 copies
Fly Trap (2012) 18 copies
Juliet (2009) 16 copies
Apoca Lips (2023) 15 copies
Awares (2012) 15 copies
Knave (2008) 15 copies
Aliena (2013) 14 copies
Amazon Slaughter (1976) 14 copies
Spellbound Xanth (1986) 13 copies
The Toaster [short story] (1985) 12 copies
Der blaue Adept II. (1987) 12 copies
Amoeba (2011) 12 copies
Cautionary Tales (2014) 12 copies
Beetle Juice (2011) 10 copies
Der blaue Adept Band 1 (1987) 10 copies
The Xanth Series (1970) 10 copies
Serial (2008) 9 copies
Aladdin Sins Bad (2012) 9 copies
Ninja's Revenge (1975) 9 copies
Dragon Assassin (2013) — Author — 9 copies
Hair Power (2016) 7 copies
Relationships I (2006) 7 copies
Aliena Too (2014) 6 copies
Constellations (1995) 6 copies
WereWoman (2014) 6 copies
The Worm Returns (2016) 5 copies
Relationships II (2008) 5 copies
In The Barn (1972) 4 copies
The Ghost Galaxies (1966) 4 copies
Service Goat (2016) 4 copies
Dolfin Tayle 3 copies
The Whole Truth (1970) 3 copies
The Message (1966) 3 copies
Triple Detente 3 copies
Hair Peace (2019) 3 copies
Beak By Beak (1967) 3 copies
ALFRED (2007) 3 copies
Relationships III (2008) 3 copies
Gone To The Dogs (1985) 2 copies
The Journey (2017) 2 copies
Pira (2016) 2 copies
Noah's Brick (2016) 2 copies
The Aladdin Trilogy (2012) 2 copies
Bad Taste, Small Mouth (1970) 2 copies
Phog (1965) 2 copies
Hard Sell [short story] (1972) 2 copies
Wood You? (1970) 2 copies
Xanth Series #26-30 (1998) 2 copies
The Life Of The Stripe (1969) 2 copies
The Bridge (1968) 2 copies
On The Uses Of Torture (1981) 2 copies
Hurdle (1972) 2 copies
Encounter (1964) 2 copies
Commitment (2000) 2 copies
Within The Cloud (1967) 2 copies
In The Jaws Of Danger (1967) 2 copies
Lavabull 1 copy
Relationships 6 (2018) 1 copy
Azael 1 copy
Writer's Retweet (2016) 1 copy
UNICORN POINT (1989) 1 copy
Relationships 4 (2010) 1 copy
Xanth Series #16-20 (1993) 1 copy
Xanth Series #1-19 (2014) 1 copy
Xanth Series #1-9 (1976) 1 copy
Lava 1 copy
Captive (2016) 1 copy
Relationships V (2012) 1 copy
Neris (2016) 1 copy
Medusa 1 copy
Xanth Series #1-23 (1960) 1 copy
Sheol [short story] (1964) 1 copy
aboutpa 1 copy
Prostho Plus (SS) (1967) 1 copy

Associated Works

Again, Dangerous Visions (1972) — Contributor — 987 copies
The Flying Sorcerers: More Comic Tales of Fantasy (1997) — Contributor — 506 copies
The Blood of Ten Chiefs Vol. 1 (1986) — some editions — 350 copies
Again, Dangerous Visions 1 (1972) — Contributor — 256 copies
The Dark World (1946) — Introduction, some editions — 193 copies
Counter Attack (1988) — Contributor — 167 copies
Nova 1 (1970) — Contributor — 138 copies
Analog 6 (1968) — Contributor — 105 copies
Young Extraterrestrials (1984) — Contributor — 65 copies
Newer York (1991) — Contributor — 63 copies
Science Against Man (1970) — Contributor — 59 copies
The Random House Book of Science Fiction Stories (1996) — Contributor — 44 copies
Fantasy for Good: A Charitable Anthology (2014) — Contributor — 44 copies
Attic Toys (2012) — Contributor — 40 copies
Generation: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction (1972) — Contributor — 32 copies
Gauntlet, Issue 2, 1991 [Stephen King Special] (1991) — Contributor — 30 copies
Beyond Fantasy: The Art of Darrell K. Sweet (1996) — Foreword, some editions — 29 copies
Space Wars (1988) — Contributor — 28 copies
SF: Authors' Choice 3 (1971) — Contributor — 26 copies
Unidentified Funny Objects 3 (2014) — Contributor — 25 copies
Curiosity Quills Press Presents: Chronology [anthology] (2015) — Contributor — 17 copies
Unidentified Funny Objects 4 (2015) — Contributor, some editions — 14 copies
Goldmann Fantasy Foliant I. Fantasy- Stories. (1983) — Contributor, some editions — 11 copies
Worlds of Tomorrow No. 24, Summer 1970 (1970) — Contributor — 4 copies
The Forsaken: Stories of Abandoned Places (2017) — Contributor — 2 copies
C'è sempre una guerra — Contributor — 1 copy

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the sopaths in Book talk (June 2012)
Golem in the Gears by Piers Anthony in Spoilerful Summaries (June 2011)
SciFi Avg guy holds key to finding genius in Name that Book (May 2011)

Reviews

What can I say? This was an absolutely appallingly bad book. I'm new to fantasy, and was really excited for this series. By five pages in, I was regretting that decision. By page thirty, I was openly laughing.

There's an interesting idea at play here (more interesting in 1983, I daresay, than in our world where "guy becomes Death" has been done to, well, death). But unfortunately, I'd assumed this was adult fantasy, whereas this is written like a youth book - in fact the prose reminds me specifically of the lesser "Choose Your Own Adventure" works. Zane, the central character, has the thought processes of a 13-year-old boy, and as a result, we're punished by having to endure every single mundane thought he has. (Without a trace of irony, one line of narrative voice says "This was unreal!")

It's clear that Piers Anthony has a lot of good ideas but has no way of expressing them. At one point, he describes a watch: "It was mechanical, but had a way of magic about it". Describe how Zane could sense this magic, Mr. Anthony. Or show us some glimmer or spectral presence, rather than just tell us that. This is fifth-grade writing at best. The world Zane inhabits, similarly, is not in the least appealing. Winged horses in this world? Are known as "air-horses". It's like a bad "Futurama" parody. (Note to Mr. Anthony: we didn't call aeroplanes "air-cars", nor did we call cars "metal-horses". This is not how the world works.)

Perhaps if I'd got further into the book, this would have been revealed as an elaborate literary device to show us Zane's simplistic surfer dude brain patterns, but somehow I doubt it. I'd only recommend this to fifth-graders, but even then, I'm sure they can find something better to read.
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therebelprince | 92 other reviews | Apr 21, 2024 |
The book was a bit drawn out and slow except for the last two chapters which seemed to try to explain all of loose ends, which still left a lot of questions for me. I just got a lot of his books and are now hoping that most are better than this one. It was ok, but I wouldn’t read it again. This one is going into my to be sold stack!
 
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AngelaOMalley72 | 11 other reviews | Apr 20, 2024 |
Prostho Plus is a fix-up novel from 50 years ago that should never have stuck in my head like it has. I could not remember the title, but I did remember the premise of a dentist being kidnapped by aliens and forced to work on a baby Leviathan whose fillings required tons of gold. In later episodes, he becomes the galaxy’s leading prosthodontist. I am trying to avoid saying that dentists as science fiction heroes are as rare as hen’s teeth. Oops.
 
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Tom-e | 4 other reviews | Apr 6, 2024 |
Personally I didn't mind the first book in the series.
Yes, A Spell for Chameleon was sexist, etc, but at least the characters were vaguely likable and interesting and the plot moved along reasonably well.
The Source of Magic I didn't enjoy as much. The macho attitude and 1-dimensional characters just started to get really tedious. And it had the "everything will work out in the end" feel about it regardless of any dangers and challenges found along the way.
I've managed to collect most of this series, but will probably pull the pin after the third book, Castle Roogna, unless it manages a huge turnaround and somehow renews my interest. I have plenty of other books on my shelves to get on to.… (more)
 
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stubooks | 31 other reviews | Apr 4, 2024 |

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