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  1. RachelAnne RachelAnne says:

    The sexist attitudes prevented me from at all enjoying the whimsy.


  2. Sarah Lu Sarah Lu says:

    I tried, I really tried The way that my sister was talking about this book, it sounded like so much fun, and there was so much potential But I just can t like this book First off, I think that it could have been so much shorter It takes so much time, trying to soundimportant than it really is, that it just sucks pages into bizarre explanations Secondly, I can only take so much of reading about nymph s pert little butts, their supple arms, and how female they are And pretty much th I tried, I really tried The way that my sister was talking about this book, it sounded like so much fun, and there was so much potential But I just can t like this book First off, I think that it could have been so much shorter It takes so much time, trying to soundimportant than it really is, that it just sucks pages into bizarre explanations Secondly, I can only take so much of reading about nymph s pert little butts, their supple arms, and how female they are And pretty much the whole look on women in this book is pretty insulting Female characters are shallow, caring only about their looks and how others perceive them and are often put down as being the classic ball and chain and at times it seems that women are just meant to be evil beings that are only on Xanth to torture the men and exploit their barbaric weaknesses Maybe I m reading too much into it, but by the end, it was just too much And why did females seem to only have talents that would help them look nicer or change their appearance Really Why couldn t they have something actually useful Okay I ll stop here Third, the puns I liked them at first, the puns about the creatures and plants in Xanth, the shoe tree that provides fresh shoes and such But eventually, it just got a bit silly Like the jellyfish A fish made of jelly That was a bit thin, in my opinion Overall, I just couldn t get into this book Perhaps it is because it was written for a different generation, but it just didn t settle with me The entire book eventually reached an insanity that just wasn t fun any, and that just made me want to leave the book right there


  3. Lyn Lyn says:

    This story takes up where A Spell for Chameleon left off Like the Incarnations of Immortality series, it seemed that Anthony had a great idea to begin with and then the originality, and quality, dropped off exponentially This book was saved by Anthony s unique gift and talent as a writer, but I never read anyof the series For pure fantasy fans This story takes up where A Spell for Chameleon left off Like the Incarnations of Immortality series, it seemed that Anthony had a great idea to begin with and then the originality, and quality, dropped off exponentially This book was saved by Anthony s unique gift and talent as a writer, but I never read anyof the series For pure fantasy fans


  4. Liz Liz says:

    Hmmm it s a strange thing to read your childhood favourites as an adult except with Harry Potter, which for me is timeless I will never stop enjoying them I quite enjoyed The Source of Magic , though reading it now, a few things strike me Firstly an obvious one the prose are not nearly as good as I remember But that is to be expected nobody writes like Ian McEwan when they re writing young adult fiction Also, this book in particular I have yet to see whether the others will follo Hmmm it s a strange thing to read your childhood favourites as an adult except with Harry Potter, which for me is timeless I will never stop enjoying them I quite enjoyed The Source of Magic , though reading it now, a few things strike me Firstly an obvious one the prose are not nearly as good as I remember But that is to be expected nobody writes like Ian McEwan when they re writing young adult fiction Also, this book in particular I have yet to see whether the others will follow suit, though I expect they will is overtly sexist The premise basically centres around a bunch of men of various species a man, a centaur, a man transformed into a griffin going on a quest because their wives and partners are either pregnant or have just had a kid, and the men wish to escape the stress of their home life Yeah, what a great message to send to young readers The books goes on and the chauvinism gets worse At the end, the protagonist doles out some male wisdom to the lady centaur, telling her that in order to keep her partner interested, she must pay himattention instead of focusing too much on her new born baby centaur Not good, Piers Anthony, not good at all One of the main characters is also a self proclaimed woman hater who takes any opportunity throughout the narrative to discuss why he despises the opposite sex so much, only to end the book marrying a woman who he doesn t have to see all the time, because that constitutes a perfect relationship for him Also, it s got LOADS of sexual undertones that I totally failed to pick up the first time round not saying that s a bad thing, just picking up on aspects of the book that I didn t get when I was younger Overall this book would have been a lovely nostalgic indulgence if it hadn t been for Piers Anthony sending a message to his readers that if your wife girlfriend lady centaur is annoying you with her ridiculous female ways or her unforgiving pregnancy hormones go on a life threatening quest, it will make you appreciate her a lotwhen you get home I m going to carry on reading the series though I probably shouldn t because I remember that I loved some of the books later on in the series, and I need the character set ups Let s hope Anthony s story lines focuson promoting equality in subsequent books, though to be honest, I do not hold much hope for this happening


  5. Jill Jill says:

    Eh Nope.This one is another series of mini adventures in the course of a larger quest undertaken by Bink, Chester, Crombie, Humphrey, and Grundy to find out the source of magic in Xanth I was really hoping it would be less sexist than the first one, but it s not I mean, there was no infuriating rape trial here, but otherwise it was just as bad.Every woman in Xanth is described and, to at least some extent, valued in terms of her attractiveness You get a description of almost every female cha Eh Nope.This one is another series of mini adventures in the course of a larger quest undertaken by Bink, Chester, Crombie, Humphrey, and Grundy to find out the source of magic in Xanth I was really hoping it would be less sexist than the first one, but it s not I mean, there was no infuriating rape trial here, but otherwise it was just as bad.Every woman in Xanth is described and, to at least some extent, valued in terms of her attractiveness You get a description of almost every female character s breasts Almost every single female character fits into one of three categories 1 beautiful, innocent, not overly bright but very accommodating 2 beautiful, seductive, manipulative, and conniving or 3 ugly The only exceptions I can think of from this book AND the previous one are Chameleon in her average phase, which doesn t appear in this book, and Bianca, Bink s mother, who is barely mentioned at all and, being the protagonist s mother, is naturally never presented as sexy Chameleon, the character with so much potential for awesomeness, is barely in this book at all, and when she is you don t see her because she is both in her ugly phase and extremely pregnant and is therefore hiding in her room out of embarrassment And the usual sexism of women being nagging shrews, ball and chain wives, or sexy and tempting nymphomaniacs is sprinkled throughout.There are two particular examples of sexism that really bothered me minor spoilers view spoiler Our heroes encounter an all female village in their travels The village lacks males of any kind because a siren has been luring them away The remaining females would fight the siren, but there is a giant tangle tree that blocks the path, and they aren t able to defeat it Except it turns out they ARE able to defeat it Crombie rallies the females to attack and, indeed, overcome the tangle tree Bink observes that they were fully capable of defeating it but had simply lacked the masculine drive to do so therefore they had remained useless every single woman in the village until a man came along to direct them Yep hide spoiler a bigger spoiler view spoiler Our heroes also encounter a nymph underground named Jewel We are treated to a full description of Jewel s appearance, including her full breasts and pert butt _ Bink is in love with her because he drank from a love spring, but she actually resists his advances because she doesn t know him and she has no interest in any relationship that will take her away from her job of planting gems, which she quite enjoys Because of this I had high hopes for Jewel to be auseful female character whose life didn t revolve around Bink s But no In the end, Jewel falls solidly into the first category of Xanth females She s only a little brave and smart and totally lacking in strength Her magical talent is relatively useless And despite her initial resistance, she very quickly does fall in love with Bink in a matter of two days sigh In a couple of scenes, you could almost entirely forget that she s there except for the asinine ways we are reminded of her presence For instance, in one scene, all the menfolk discuss the quest with the male demon Beauregard Jewel is there but largely silent In fact, I thought for a moment that Anthony had forgotten about her But then she starts chiming in once a page or so to.compliment Bink Literally her only contributions to the conversation are to say to Bink, You re loyal or I think Bink is noble or another bit of praise directed at Bink Later, all the male characters are in a fight with life or death stakes Jewel does not help out Instead, the only mentions of Jewel during the fight are to say that she looks afraid, that she gets distracted by some pretty shoes, and that she directs three small fairies to assist her in picking up her spilled gems Jewel could have been such a fun character, but instead Anthony made her fall in love with Bink for no good reason and make extremely minimal contributions to the little bit of the quest she participates in hide spoiler I WANT to like these books, I really do I expect the constant puns could get tiresome if you read the books too frequently, but there s really a lot that I like here There are interesting takes on magic and exciting plot developments There are witticisms and quirky creatures I hate to throw the baby out with the bathwater here But you know what There are a lot of books in the world to be read that offer the good things without the addition of flagrant, nonstop sexism So I don t really think I should bother to plod through the Xanth series when I could move on to one of those instead So goodbye Xanth I really wanted this to work out, but I m done Time to clear the rest of the series off my to read list


  6. Jeffrey Jeffrey says:

    The first three novels of Xanth are classic fantasy novels In A Spell for Chameleon, we are introduced to a world where everyone has a magic Talent Some can point unerringly at trouble, others can change their appearance In order to become a citizen of Xanth, a person must display the talent or they are exiled to Mundania where we live In Spell, Bink is revealed to have a talent, but the talent itself is reluctant to be revealed as Bink s talent, tries to thwart evidence of its existence The first three novels of Xanth are classic fantasy novels In A Spell for Chameleon, we are introduced to a world where everyone has a magic Talent Some can point unerringly at trouble, others can change their appearance In order to become a citizen of Xanth, a person must display the talent or they are exiled to Mundania where we live In Spell, Bink is revealed to have a talent, but the talent itself is reluctant to be revealed as Bink s talent, tries to thwart evidence of its existence in order to ensure that no one can harm Bink magically If people knew what the talent was, its power might be lessened Moreover, Bink s talent is Magician Class, capital letters intended In Spell, some of the permutations of this talent are explored as Bink goes up against Trent, another Magician class talent, who eventually becomes the King of Xanth There is a wonderful explanation of the power of Bink s talent in Spell that leads to the events captured in the next novel.In The Source of Magic, King Trent sends Bink on a quest to find out why Xanth has magic In the process Anthony explores the wonderful terrain of Xanth and further permutations of Bink s talent are revealed His quest companion s know he has a talent but they are unaware of what it is Good Magician Humphrey, whose Magic Talent is the accumulation of knowledge is on the quest and he brings a powerful demon along as well, to answer questions The interplay between the questors, the inimicable flora and fauna, and the powerful Source of Magic makes this a great fun read, which I have read many times Might in fact be time to read it again


  7. Jessie Jessie says:

    If you loved the first book you may like this one.I couldn t ignore the commentary on women because it never stops, ever I don t know if Piers Anthony was bitter but that makes it not worth reading for me Also, the continuous lusting descriptions of the centaurs ass No one needs to read from the inner mind of a man who seems to think a horse s hind end is the most beautiful thing he sees.


  8. Shelby Shelby says:

    I enjoyed the story in this one in so far as it was entertaining to read about the origins of magic in Xanth I wanted to knowI loved how crazy the road they travelled was and how dangerous all the magic became The only thing that knocked this down a star for me was the depictions of all the female characters in this one All of the men complaining about their women and how they were being treated just rubbed me the wrong way a little bit It was one of the few things that felt like it m I enjoyed the story in this one in so far as it was entertaining to read about the origins of magic in Xanth I wanted to knowI loved how crazy the road they travelled was and how dangerous all the magic became The only thing that knocked this down a star for me was the depictions of all the female characters in this one All of the men complaining about their women and how they were being treated just rubbed me the wrong way a little bit It was one of the few things that felt like it made it clear when this book was written Because while the women had power, they were still the bane of men s existence and were relegated to nags and bitches The sorts of creatures men should just run away from for some peace and quiet Still I did like the actual adventure part of this book and there s lots of entertainment to be found in the land of Xanth as usual


  9. Shane Shane says:

    My 12 year old really liked A Spell for Chameleon so now we re on to the next book can t say I m all that excited.So my reaction to this book is the same as my reaction to the re read of A Spell for Chameleon Too much sexual innuendo for kids Too much theory for kids Not serious enough for adults Not funny enough for adults Every woman is defined by her looks and made to be either a sexual object or basically not a woman.So again I ask who are these books written for If I at age 41 My 12 year old really liked A Spell for Chameleon so now we re on to the next book can t say I m all that excited.So my reaction to this book is the same as my reaction to the re read of A Spell for Chameleon Too much sexual innuendo for kids Too much theory for kids Not serious enough for adults Not funny enough for adults Every woman is defined by her looks and made to be either a sexual object or basically not a woman.So again I ask who are these books written for If I at age 41 1000 s of books later was having trouble interpreting the the ethical debate about whether to set the demon free then it can t be for kids right Then add in the comments about sex, temptation, the descriptions of the women and you think this must be for adults But the story itself is lite and filled with silly puns, the kind of stuff you find in kids books.Anyway my boy s 13 now and he liked it I m assuming because of the sex references He says he wants to readand I remember Castle Roogna being my favorite of the first 3 books so I guess we ll move on to that one and hopefully like it


  10. Jessica Jessica says:

    The Source of Magic is the second book in Piers Anthony s Xanth series This series is usually well known for it s heavy use of puns and the resemblance of the land of Xanth to a certain North American peninsula with an oversized rodent infestation i.e Florida.Bink, a Magician class Talent in a society where everyone has magic, is searching for the sourch of magic in the land of Xanth He is escorted by two of his friends through the dangers and perils of a magical, but not at all friendly w The Source of Magic is the second book in Piers Anthony s Xanth series This series is usually well known for it s heavy use of puns and the resemblance of the land of Xanth to a certain North American peninsula with an oversized rodent infestation i.e Florida.Bink, a Magician class Talent in a society where everyone has magic, is searching for the sourch of magic in the land of Xanth He is escorted by two of his friends through the dangers and perils of a magical, but not at all friendly wilderness.This book was written before Piers Anthony really got thick into the puns, and I feel it s the better for it Bink is athoughtful character than some of the leads in later books, and the situation is muchcomplex, focusing around personal honor and ethics There s plenty of action to keep ther eader interested, though From Demons to Dragons, Piers Anthony covers the whole fantasy genre


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The Source of Magic [BOOKS] ✮ The Source of Magic By Piers Anthony – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Ordered by King Trent to determine the source of Xanth s magic, Bink and his companions were harried by an unseen enemy determined to thwart them When even their protector turned against them, Bink st Ordered by King Trent to determine the source of Xanth s magic, Bink and his companions were harried by an unseen enemy determined to thwart them When even their protector turned against them, Bink still managed to reach his goal and carry out the King s ordersbut the king did not expect Bink s next act to destroy utterly the magic of Xanth.