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Climate of Change

Climate of Change

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A remarkable epic of passion and courage, savagery and survival, Piers Anthony's "Geodyssey" is a saga unlike any ever written. It is nothing less than the story of humanity itself, told through the lives of a handful of extraordinary men and women reborn throughout history.

Now, with Climate of Change, Anthony introduces us to a new cast of

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A remarkable epic of passion and courage, savagery and survival, Piers Anthony's "Geodyssey" is a saga unlike any ever written. It is nothing less than the story of humanity itself, told through the lives of a handful of extraordinary men and women reborn throughout history.

Now, with Climate of Change, Anthony introduces us to a new cast of characters, including Keeper, who knows the ways of nature, Rebel, a headstrong girl as brave as any man, Craft, a cunning inventor, and Crenelle, who uses her seductive charms to defend her people.

Through their eyes, we see how some of the most crucial moments in human history have been driven by natural forces, from the great ice ages of prehistory to the droughts and plagues that have destroyed history's proudest civilizations. And we witness a harsh but hopeful future in which humanity at last transcends the devastating effects of climate change.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Anthony (Jumper Cable, 2009, etc.), best known for his popular Xanth fantasy novels, delivers the final volume in his historical-fiction Geodyssey series. The author continues to tackle the story of the human race through the centuries-using a common set of characters with similar names and personalities. Here, characters named Hero, Crenelle, Rebel et al. deal with changes driven largely by natural forces, in a series of episodes set in vastly different places and eras. One of the more intriguing stories has a sci-fi bent, as we witness characters in Basque country in the year 2050, and the ways they deal with worldwide overpopulation and climate change. While Anthony's very long view of history remains an intriguing concept, this volume is hampered by many of the same flaws that plagued other Geodyssey books: stilted dialogue, an obsession with sex and didactic historical information-dumping combined with soap-boxing. For diehard fans only.
Publishers Weekly
Anthony's fifth Geodyssey novel (after 1999's Muse of Art) covers approximately 100,000 years of human evolution, moving at the speed of the glaciers he frequently describes. In between lectures on the development of human bodies and culture, a small group of archetypes with names like Hero, Haven, and Harbinger act out scenarios that demonstrate Anthony's ideas. The result resembles nothing so much as a middle-school textbook with cheery characters attempting to make learning fun, except that these characters are deadly earnest. Anthony's thesis that much of our evolutionary history was caused by climate change is fascinating, but his fictional mouthpieces do little to improve his heavy-handed narration. Readers familiar with the brilliant nonfiction work in this field will find this “message novel” inferior in both scholarship and prose. (May)
From the Publisher

“Ambitious in scope and intent, Isle Of Woman is an impressively crafted weaving of tales that present a larger picture of the human odyssey. Readers of Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear as well as dedicated Anthony fans will find this particular book to be a unique presentation that is both engaging and informative.” —VOYA on The Geodyssey

Isle Of Woman is a message book, as the author freely admits...But Anthony knows better than to just preach. First and foremost he tells a story, an adult story, filling the book with sex, adventure and the struggle to survive, and casting it with women drawn as brave and clever and resolute as his men. He also gives us a tale of eternal love, between soul mates Blaze and Ember, separated by circumstance and living their separate routes through history, never reincarnating in quite the same place at the same time.” —Wichita Eagle on The Geodyssey

Library Journal
Tracing the fortunes of two families as their lines pass through history, Anthony continues his epic "Geodyssey" saga, which began with Isle of Woman and includes Shame of Man, Hope of Earth, and Muse of Art. Focusing on the theme of global climate change as instrumental in the development of human civilization and migration patterns, Anthony takes his characters through living conditions in the Rift Valley, 100,000 years in the past; the Beringian plateau of 20,000 years ago; the Yucatán in the 11th century C.E.; and many other times. Though graphic in many parts, particularly the descriptions of the sexual mores of various times, this fascinating look at one writer's vision of history should appeal to an audience beyond the author's already large reader base. VERDICT This ambitious undertaking bears Anthony's unmistakable stamp. Together with previous volumes, this is a masterly saga of human endeavor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429947466
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Series:
Geodyssey , #5
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
302,244
File size:
422 KB

Meet the Author

Piers Anthony is one of the world's most popular fantasy and science-fiction authors and a New York Times bestseller twenty-one times over. He is the author of series including Geodyssey, which makes the broad sweep of human history into very personal stories, Mode, and Xanth, which has been read and loved by millions of readers around the world. Piers Anthony has a devoted fan following, and he daily receives hundreds of letters and emails from them. Piers Anthony lives in Inverness, Florida.


Piers Anthony is one of the world's most popular fantasy authors and a New York Times bestseller twenty-one times over. His Xanth novels, including Esrever Doom, Luck of the Draw, and Well-Tempered Clavicle, have been read and loved by millions of readers around the world. In addition to his bestselling Xanth books, Anthony is the author of a series of historical fantasies called The Geodyssey, that makes the broad sweep of human history into very personal stories. He daily receives hundreds of letters and emails from his devoted fans, whose ingenious ideas are often incorporated into Anthony’s tales. He lives in Inverness, Florida.

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