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, who started this site in June 2007, earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology at Indiana University (Bloomington) and now teaches at the University of North Florida. When she reads fiction, she wants to encounter new ideas and lots of imagination. She wants to view the world in a different way. She wants to have her mind blown. She loves beautiful language and has no patience for dull prose, vapid romance, or cheesy dialogue. She prefers complex characterization, intriguing plots, and plenty of action. Favorite authors are Jack Vance, Robin Hobb, Kage Baker, William Gibson, Gene Wolfe, Richard Matheson, and C.S. Lewis.

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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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