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Fri, Feb. 18th, 2005, 01:09 am
Xanth ~~~Geek warning~~~

Today at work I was playing Connect Four with one of the kids and two sisters next to us asked the girl I was playing with if she'd ever read Xanth.

I turned and responded with, "What? Did you say Xanth? Those totally aren't appropriate for kids!"

To which the reply was that their mom was reading it to them.

"She skips parts, and changes things- mostly Grundy Golem."
Yeah, and other things...

A 4th & a 3rd grader. I told them I was reading those in 3rd grade and that they're really good reading for kids around that age who are quite a bit advanced in their reading level. The older one was a little astonished that I was reading them then anyhow, and I added again, "those books aren't for kids, well, mostly."

I told the 4th grader that I think Piers isn't a very good writer despite his creativity and she countered with, "I dunno, I think they're good words." Hehe.

Right now their mom is reading them Night Mare. (I wonder how long it will take before they get to The Color of Her Panties and whether their mom will skip that one. Or even Heaven Cent, which has a pretty close call on describing sex.)

I told them about my longest standing/remembered amusement, which has to do with reverse wood because Iris was the last standing human king in that book—

"What happens when Iris holds reverse wood? Does she dispel illusion or create reality?"

I'm not sure they understood the gesture.

But of course if she could create reality it might be a cheap trick. Might. I try to hold the reverse wood all the time as an artist.

If I were a few years younger I might have been compelled to reread one of them, but, I think that's a bad idea. Though, now they probably read in less than a day.

Piers Anthony, unfortunately, isn't a very good writer. It's true. In fact, he can be downright awful. But I must say, I think a lot of his later books are just fleshed out by him and then ghostwritten. His ideas often stand out fairly (if not incredibly) well, but christ, the language is downright atrocious at times. The imagination is sometimes top notch, but the language needs some serious work. I read DoOon Made this summer because I wanted to finish the series and it was really bad. : /

Sorry Piers, I used to love you, but I'm not 8-13 anymore. If you want you can prove me wrong. I know you love the computers—maybe you'll find this post.

I'm glad Xanth is still appreciated by the young.

It's funny that this time I hear about Xanth it's being directly edited by the Adult Conspiracy. My parents never did know, and I'm sure never will.

Fri, Feb. 18th, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)
patrick

Ah Xanth. I went back and read 'A spell for chameleon' a couple years back. It was pretty amusing, but as that series goes on, there just wasn't anywhere to go anymore.

I remember spending some personal alone time with some of the later books, if you know what i mean. But then I discovered the internet and alt.sex.stories and i stopped reading Xanth.

Fri, Feb. 18th, 2005 10:35 am (UTC)
arielanne: On a Pale Horse...

If you don't like Xanth try the Incarnations of Immortality series. It is very good. Well the first couple are good. Luckily he hasn't been writing it long enough to have beaten it to a pulp like a dead horse. There are only like 5-6 books. The first and best one is 'On a Pale Horse'. If you haven't read it..give it a try. I read all the Xanth's...yes ALL...and they did get very repetitive and old very fast. The 'Incarnations' is a much more original idea. Much better thought out also. that and it is not a cheesy with the double meanings and such.
Xanth WAS written for a younger audience, that is obvious. They were meant to be a happy go lucky series with just a little innuendo for the adults that are reading them. First couple were ok...then it was just the same thing over and over again. I read 'em when I was in 5-6 grade and it was a little to young for me then.

Seriously though, try 'On a Pale Horse' and then if you don't like it write of Piers as an immature writer with nothing to give a person over the age of 15. I still enjoy it now and I am 25. Not exactly string theory or anything but it is fun reading.

Fri, Feb. 18th, 2005 10:39 am (UTC)
holyloki: Re: On a Pale Horse...

Yeah, I've read those. They are definitely better, although still suffer from a less intense version of my Xanth complaints.

Sun, Feb. 20th, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
canneryrow: Re: On a Pale Horse...

if there reading level really rocks they could start in on romantic themed plays or something. get some real human love fest drama going, as Xanth is pretty out there. theatre could be equally racy but more, ah, useful examples for later life?

Sun, Feb. 20th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
canneryrow: Re: On a Pale Horse...

ugh make that "their"

Sun, Feb. 20th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
holyloki: Re: On a Pale Horse...

I just tried calling you. Dude, did you hear Hunter S. Thompson shot himself? :((((((((((((((((((((((((((

Tue, May. 3rd, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
samiotic

i tried reading ogre, ogre when i was twelve or so, and the rape scene at the very beginning upset me too much. or at least that's what i remember happening. but then i read one of his books about a xanth computer game in which a merman falls in love with a frumpy girl and tells her that her zits are beautiful thinking they're beauty marks, and i thought that was nice.

(sorry for reading your old entries all stalkery-like. i was actually looking to see if you had posted your cell phone number somewhere before you called.)

Tue, May. 3rd, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)
samiotic

demons don't dream. that was the name of the other one.