A Spell for Chameleon: Did Not Finish

Xanth, A Spell for Chameleon, The Source of Magic, Castle Roogna, Centaur Aisle, Ogre, Ogre, Night Mare, Dragon on a Pedestal, Crewel LyeA Spell for Chameleon by Piers AnthonyA Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony

Bink is a teenage boy without magic who lives in a land where everybody else has some particular magic spell they can cast. Bink must go on a quest to discover what his power is before he is exiled from his beloved homeland.

This is in no way a proper review because I read A Spell for Chameleon about 20 years ago and I can’t remember enough of the details to write anything more substantial. And I don’t want to re-read the book because I hated it. In fact, I couldn’t even get past the midpoint. The book was juvenile, silly, and often disgusting. Actually, the best word is puerile. It’s most likely to be enjoyed by a 12 or 13 year old boy. A Spell for Chameleon is full of objectification of girls and, worst of all, the stupidest puns I’ve ever read.

The XANTH series is very popular, but I just couldn’t stand it.


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KAT HOOPER is a professor at the University of North Florida where she teaches neuroscience, psychology, and research methods courses. She occasionally gets paid to review scientific textbooks, but reviewing speculative fiction is much more fun. Kat lives with her husband and their children in Jacksonville Florida.

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  1. I really loved the first 6 or 7 Xanth books–but I did read them when I was about 10. With each book, a bit of the magic faded. Could have been partly the books, could have been partly me and my reading tastes changing. When I was in my 30s I tried to read one of the later books that I hadn’t read before. Let’s just say it wasn’t my thing!

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