Category Archives: Xanth

Big Birds

I don’t think I’ve ever written a post about the Simurgh, the giant bird from Persian mythology that I actually first came across in the Xanth series. Pretty much always identified as female, this peacock-like bird is often shown as … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Authors, Babylonian, Final Fantasy, Greek Mythology, Hinduism, Judaism, Monsters, Mythology, Persian, Piers Anthony, Religion, Semitic, Video Games, Xanth | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Know Your Gnomes

I’ve been looking into the portrayal of various mythical peoples in works of fiction, and it seems to me that some are much better defined than others. I asked earlier today on Twitter and Facebook what people thought of when … Continue reading

Posted in Authors, British, C.S. Lewis, Characters, Chronicles of Narnia, Fairy Tales, Games, J.R.R. Tolkien, L. Frank Baum, Monsters, Mythology, Norse, Oz, Oz Authors, Piers Anthony, Ruth Plumly Thompson, Xanth | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Just Another Day in Fairyland

The three books I’m reviewing this time all have to do with magical lands I’ve read about before. Board Stiff, by Piers Anthony – There’s really nothing new in this latest installment in the Xanth series, but hey, I’m a … Continue reading

Posted in Authors, Book Reviews, Chris Dulabone, Dave Barry, Marcus Mebes, Marin Elizabeth Xiques, Oz, Oz Authors, Piers Anthony, Xanth | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Bunch of Books

Esrever Doom, by Piers Anthony – The thirty-seventh book in the Xanth series is very much by-the-numbers, and contains the usual flaws. Most notable is the constant flirtation and panty-flashing by pretty much every female character toward the male ones, … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Authors, Book Reviews, Genetics, History, Humor, Language, Piers Anthony, Science, Xanth | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Age Issues in Xanth

Luck of the Draw, by Piers Anthony – An old man named Bryce is made younger, given the power of second sight, and sent to Xanth to participate in a contest for the hand of Princess Harmony. He receives a … Continue reading

Posted in Authors, Book Reviews, Piers Anthony, Xanth | Tagged | 3 Comments

Leave the Real World Far Behind

If you’ve watched the DiC Super Mario Bros. 3 cartoons, you’ll know that the inhabitants of the Mushroom World are always referring to the Earth we know as “the real world.” Wouldn’t their own world be more real to them? … Continue reading

Posted in Authors, Harry Potter, L. Frank Baum, Mario, Oz, Oz Authors, Piers Anthony, Ruth Plumly Thompson, Television, Xanth | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Pope, the Puns, and the Puppet

The Antipope, by Robert Rankin – I believe this was Rankin’s first novel, and it’s also the first volume of what came to be known as the Brentford Trilogy. It shows clear signs of what would become Rankin’s signature style, … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Brentford Trilogy, Humor, L. Frank Baum, Oz, Oz Authors, Piers Anthony, Robert Rankin, Xanth | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment