Pet Peeve (Magic of Xanth #29)

Pet Peeve (Magic of Xanth #29)

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by Piers Anthony
     
 

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A relentless horde of renegade robots has plunged the fate of Xanth in dire peril. All that stands between the enchanted land and destruction is a most unlikely hero, a moody, mild-mannered Goblin named Goody, who must summon all of his courage and determination to overcome this abominable army of automatons.

Brimming with heart-stopping adventure and

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A relentless horde of renegade robots has plunged the fate of Xanth in dire peril. All that stands between the enchanted land and destruction is a most unlikely hero, a moody, mild-mannered Goblin named Goody, who must summon all of his courage and determination to overcome this abominable army of automatons.

Brimming with heart-stopping adventure and heart-warming delight, overflowing with wicked wit and wanton wordplay, Pet Peeve is Piers Anthony in rare form, an exceptional new chapter in the continuing chronicles of Xanth.

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Anthony returns for the 29th time to the perennial pot of gold known as the Xanth series. Xanth is the fantasy land shaped like Florida where its magical inhabitants-from monstrously stupid ogres to wee elves, rampaging barbarians and rude goblins-seem inordinately fond of light adventure and puns. In this installment, we follow what happens when the strangely nice Goody Goblin ("I am cursed to be polite. It is most inconvenient") hooks up with the curvaceous Hannah Barbarian on a quest. Their job is to find a "suitable home" for an antagonistic and foul-mouthed bird (the "Pet Peeve" of the title) that insults anyone or anything in its vicinity in the voice of the person carrying it; quite a problem in a place where one tends to run into ill-tempered dragons. Along the way, we are introduced to a veritable menagerie of magical characters and exposed to some very bad puns. This is the kind of book where, when a character's name is Rek King, you can be quite sure that someone will be attending the Rek King Ball later that evening. A patently silly tale: all in all, fun, humorous light fantasy.
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Praise for recent Xanth novels:

"Clio, the muse of history, has a problem connected with the twenty-eighth chronicle of Xanth. When she sits down to write it, she discovers that it has already been written— and unintelligibly. So the scholarly lady must repair to the real Xanth, where she is sent by the Good Magician Humfrey on a quest to save two pocket-sized dragons, Drew and Drusie, who are essential to the environment of Xanth. Naturally, the quest is successful—Anthony does not trade in tragedy in his best-known series—and what is more, along the way Clio finds true love with the magician Sherlock and meets a good many of the ongoing characters in the Xanth series. If latest entry in said series features a more mature heroine (still obsessed with her figure, however) and less of the adult conspiracy and stork-summoning that has marked some of its recent predecessors, the puns for which the Xanthian corpus is famous are as numerous and outrageous as ever." - Booklist on Currant Events

"Profusely punning his path through his 26th Xanth fantasy, the prolific Anthony focuses on a contest between Demon Jupiter and Demon Fornax, reviving to great effect the dueling demons theme from last year's Swell Foop. …Anthony's latest offering is certain to please fans." - Publisher's Weekly on Up In A Heaval

"Do you think the puns will ever run out?" a character asks early in Anthony's 26th funny Xanth adventure. "If they do, Xanth will dissolve into chaos... It is mostly made of puns," another character sagely replies. … Diehard Xanth fans will rejoice at this fast-paced romp" — Publisher's Weekly on Swell Foop

[Swell Foop is] an entertaining, fast-paced adventure, full of puns suggested by the author's many fans. … A great series for fantasy fans, along with Terry Pratchett's comedy/fantasy "Discworld" series." - Library Journal

"The twenty-fifth book of Xanth deals with a matter of some gravity. Specifically, the Demon Earth has disappeared, which means that eventually not only some but all gravity will disappear from Earth and Xanth. …The search is fraught with Anthony's usual cargo of puns. A bit longer than some recent Xanths, this is also a bit better, and even those who find it more of the same are likely to enjoy themselves." -Booklist on Swell Foop

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765304087
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Series:
Magic of Xanth Series, #29
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.17(d)

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