Bearing an Hourglass (Incarnations of Immortality #2)

Bearing an Hourglass (Incarnations of Immortality #2)

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by Piers Anthony
     
 

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When life seemed pointless to Norton, he accepted the position as the Incarnation of Time, even though it meant living backward from present to past. The other seemingly all-powerful incantations of Immortality—Death, Fate, War, and Nature—made him welcome. Even Satan greeted him with gifts. But he soon discovered that the gifts were cunning traps and he

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When life seemed pointless to Norton, he accepted the position as the Incarnation of Time, even though it meant living backward from present to past. The other seemingly all-powerful incantations of Immortality—Death, Fate, War, and Nature—made him welcome. Even Satan greeted him with gifts. But he soon discovered that the gifts were cunning traps and he had become enmeshed in a complex scheme of the Evil One to destroy all that was good....

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345313157
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1985
Series:
Incarnations of Immortality Series, #2
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
136,308
Product dimensions:
4.23(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.98(d)
Lexile:
730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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Bearing an Hourglass 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
Bearing an Hourglass is the second book in the Piers Anthony Incarnations of Immortality series. Norton, the main character, takes on the office of Time. Once he bears the hourglass and assumes office, his life moves backward from everyone else. The concept is a little hard to grasp at first but before too long I was able to follow and understand how it all worked. Norton's task as Time in this book is to make sure Luna (from the first book) is elected into the Senate because she will sometime in the future need to foil Satan's plot to take over world power. The Father of Lies tries to distract Norton with trips to other planetary systems, dragons, fair maidens, BEM's (bug eyed monsters), an evil sorceress and even an eviler sorceress. Will Norton succeed in hindering Satan's evil plans? Will he ever get over the loss of his true love Orlene? And what is reality anyway? Bearing an Hourglass is more of a fun book and the subject matter not as deep as in the first book, On a Pale Horse. This is a light mix of science fiction and fantasy with a very enjoyable result.
JamenM More than 1 year ago
This second book of the series lacks the same page turning quality I felt the first book, On A Pale Horse had. It is still a good book, and worth the read, but I felt it got bogged down toward the middle with the seemingly incompetence of the main character and his constant lack of awareness of basic concepts of his office. However, I have enjoyed the series as a whole, and nothing is complete without the influence of Time. Worth the buy, and looking forward to book 3 of 7!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good book, two thumbs up. Even if it's confusing at times, the storyline would really make you think logically on how things came, or will come, to be. One of the best books in the series, though I liked the third one better for the confrontation with Satan, and On a Pale Horse for the storyline
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a really good book but it got a little confusing if you ask me but i still loved it ecspeally the relationship bewteen chrones and clothe
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bearing an Hourglass is a science fiction book written by Piers Anthony. The book is the second of a series of five books and is labeled ¿a novel in its self¿ by fans and critics and also by me. What ¿a novel in its self¿ means that you don¿t have to read the first book in the series to understand or like the book at all, I did just that unwittingly and enjoyed it so much I continued the story with the other books. The plot is complex but simply for it is headed by Satan (the character in the book, that is) and one you get to know Satan and his ¿devilish¿ tricks you will get the idea very well. The characters themselves are very in-depth and if you continue the series you will be looking for them and feel almost as if they were old friends. Anyway back to the plot, the main character ends up being the incarnation of time (having nothing to do with any middle-eastern religions) and lands in the most interesting predicament, he lives life backwards and to top it off, he must balk Satan¿s plans to defeat God in the battle they wage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, I believe, has got to be the second best. Most of the people that I have talked to about this book found it confusing, and unnerving. THAT'S WHAT I LOVED ABOUT IT. The author has done one of his greatest jobs in this book. This was the only book that took me reading it from cover-to-cover three times to fully understand every aspect of it, from the backwards life, to the extra-planetary adventures. As the First book, he still has the best ability to mesh reality as we know it with the Futuristic-Fantasy Land that we all wish we could live in.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
Time, nothing but Time 4.5 *Book source ~ Home library One day when Norton is out camping he meets a ghost, Gawain. Gawain is from a noble family with a long lineage, but he died slaying a dragon (well, he thought it was a dragon) before he could marry and father an heir. So his parents arranged a ghost marriage for him and he’s wandering the Earth looking for a suitable man to get his wife pregnant. It is this meeting that changes Norton’s life in a really big way though he doesn’t know it yet. Book 2 in one of my favorite series is actually my least favorite book because of the Time thing. When Norton becomes Chronos he starts living his life backwards. This is the part where I get lost and no matter how many different times it’s explained by various people throughout the book, I still don’t get it or precisely how the hourglass works. I didn’t get it the other times I read it and I had hoped, now that I’m older, I might understand it, but nope. Ah, well. Except for that fact, I did enjoy the story. I love Norton/Chronos. He’s a great character and so well-detailed he feels like a real person. Sning is my next favorite character. I’d love to have a ring like him!  When Satan’s plan is foiled by Death in Book 1, he tries his shenanigans with the new Chronos. Chronos shouldn’t have been so gullible, but who isn't a bit unsure in a new job? And being Chronos was way more than just any ol’ job. Whew! Anyway, despite the whole Time and paradox thing I once again enjoyed Norton’s story very much. 
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You dont ave to read all the books, nor in order. But in order but to follow the series, reading from first to last helps keep it all in perspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book of the incarnations of immortality and relates to the office of time/Chronos It is a bit complicated as Chronos lives backwards and it may have been a bit outdrawn since he was not as competent as he couldve been. I still enjoyed this book and you get the hang of it after you keep reading it. It wasnt as smooth flowing as the first, Death On A Pale Horse I have read this series before but taking another read to better understand the novel in genersl and the characters and their roles they play in future book(s)
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Wesker_Chick More than 1 year ago
The second in the "Incarnations of Immortality" series, this is one of those books you don't have to read the first book to understand what is going on. A good book, but one that makes you really think about what you are reading. Because the main character lives backwardse of everyone else, it can sometimes become confusing. I only recommend this if you have ample time to read it.