A Spell for Chameleon

A Spell for Chameleon

eBook - 1977
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Xanth was the enchanted land where magic ruled--where every citizen had a special spell only he could cast. That is, except for Bink of North Village. He was sure he possessed no magic, and knew that if he didn't find some soon, he would be exiled. According to the Good Magician Humpfrey, the charts said that Bink was as powerful as the King or even the Evil Magician Trent. Unfortunately, no one could determine its form. Meanwhile, Bink was in despair. If he didn't find his magic soon, he would be forced to leave.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c1977
ISBN: 9780345454300
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Triple_X_Rex
Sep 29, 2017

I can't believe mammothhawk read 6 books in less than 24 hours.

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mammothhawk229e
Sep 29, 2017

The breakthrough book for prolific author that Del-Rey Publisher demanded he make more.
What a lovely problem.
Be prepared for puns though.
Anthony, not Tolkien introduced me to fantasy when I was younger.

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wendyeyes
Feb 02, 2017

This book is very punny.

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janwishart
Jun 20, 2015

Started well - but I lost interest part way through

JCLAmandaH Feb 11, 2014

I started reading the Xanth series as a youngster, and still adore the first 15 or so books as funny, entertaining fantasy. In a world where everyone has a magical talent, Anthony starts off following a group of characters through a couple generations, then expands more into the history and scope of Xanth with stand-alone newcomers. The characters are memorable, the romances sweet, and the humor is never far away from a pun. The first four books as well as #6 "Night Mare," and #12 "Man From Mundania" are my favorites.

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psheehy
Dec 03, 2012

Piers Anthony was one of the authors who made me a sci-fi/fantasy fan. I loved his humor and his sense of irony. I am thrilled to share his work with my sons. We have a tradition of me reading books a level beyond their own reading ability and this is a perfect fit.

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Tolkienfreak
Sep 25, 2012

Epic fail. The writing style is geared towards second grade boys, but then he uses words I needed a collage dictionary for. Riddled with suggestive (or nearly explicit) content, this book should not be given to a young boy.

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BieberFever108
Jun 18, 2012

I liked this book. It was a little hard to get into at first but after the first chapters I enjoyed it. There is some suggestive material in this book but besides that it was a good read. :)

cidvicious Mar 25, 2012

Wonderfully imaginative and a great introduction into the world of Xanth. Piers Anthony is an excellent storyteller who makes great use of word play. Very descriptive of the world... He really pulls you in and leaves you wanting to know more. This is what I found with his Incarnations of Immortality series.... I couldn't stop reading from The first book to the last book. For those who keep on about how this is geared towards boys..... I am a woman and totally enjoy his writing. Think of it like Star Trek the original series. Piers was born in 1934. Things were different and like it or not, woman were simply treated differently. Remember, this is a work of fiction. He could have made all the females slaves if he wanted to be really sexist. I have not come across anything offensive in his writings at all, but perhaps I am not so easily offended at minor details in an author's work of fiction. This is not a writer you want to skip if you love fantasy and sci-fi.

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LazyNeko
Mar 16, 2012

Lots of crazy fun and funny adventure in a land where everything even rocks and bugs work magic with a likable hero and an amusing conceit for a heroine. However, the lechy descriptions of women make this a story more suitable for boys.

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BieberFever108
Jun 18, 2012

BieberFever108 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

r229061 May 23, 2011

r229061 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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r229061 May 23, 2011

Finding ones place in the world is not easy while being the but of most jokes but learning while you go means that you must keep going. A fun read.

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r229061 May 23, 2011

Sexual Content: Hinted but there none the less.

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LazyNeko
Mar 16, 2012

"Correction," Trent said. "To have an unidentified talent is hardly synonymous with having no talent. But even if you are talentless, there is strong magic associated with you. You may be magic, as is Fanchon."

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