Posts tagged ‘Xanth’

June 17, 2010

Xanth!

Wow!! I found a torrent for all 33 Xanth novels in ebook form. (If you need an explanation of what torrents are, I don’t really feel like explaining, so I will let Wikipedia do it for me. Click for torrent explanation.) Piers Anthony is one of my favorite authors. I’ve been reading his Xanth series since I was about 16 They’re all about the world of Xanth where everyone has a magic talent and the world is full of crossbreeds of all sorts of fanciful creatures. He uses a lot of puns in his humor, but the way he uses them is great. For better explanation I will consult Wikipedia for you (One of my favorite websites. I know it’s not perfectly reliable, but it’s great as long as you take it all with a grain of salt.)

History

The name Xanth is in itself an unintentional pun, which matches the playful tone of the books. Anthony has said that the coincidence of the word Xanth sounding like a portion of his name (“Pier-XANTH-Ony”) was unintentional, and in fact he only realized this years after the series was first created.

Anthony commonly states that he originally intended for Xanth to be a trilogy, and after the wild success of the first three books decided to expand the series to nine books. An extremely devoted fan base persuaded the author to continue writing the series, which is now open-ended. He has since declared, in the Author’s Notes of Cube Route, that this 27th book ended the first “magical trilogy” and that he was beginning a new one with the 28th, punning on the fact that 27 is the third power of three, i.e. three cubed.

Inhabitants and Talents

Each human character in Xanth is born with a unique magical ability, called a talent. With the exception of the curse fiends and the child Surprise Golem (Daughter of Rapunzel and Grundy Golem), these abilities never repeat exactly in individuals throughout the entire history of Xanth (although nearly identical talents show up on occasion.) Though many talents are limited in scope (called the “spot-on-a-wall” variety), the series focuses mainly on individuals with “Magician” caliber abilities (one of the criteria for serving as King of Xanth).

In addition to the human characters, Xanth is populated by centaurs, demons, dragons, fauns, gargoyles, goblins, golems, harpies, merfolk, naga, nymphs, ogres, zombies, curse fiends, and other fictional beasts. Though initially introduced as obstacles to the human characters, some individuals from those groups become main characters in later books of the series.

As the series progresses, some of the half-human species are discovered to have the potential to possess magical talents. The centaurs of the primary centaur community, Centaur Isle, exile any centaurs who demonstrate a magical talent (although some centaur communities are more lenient about possession of talent); however, they tolerate talents in “lesser” races such as humans. Goblins and harpies are shown to have the potential to possess half-talents, the complementary half existing in a member of the other species, (i.e., a goblin must team with a harpy for them to utilize their talent); the hostility between goblins and harpies proved a major obstacle to any serious effort by them to work together to develop these potential talents. Other non-human species are also shown to possess potential for talents.

Those are the basics and then Wikipedia provided plenty more links, in my copy and paste fun, for anyone who needs the basics of mythology and magical creatures explained to them.

Anyways, if anyone thinks these books sound interesting, like I said, I found a link to download all 33 of the books. Look around, you will probably find plenty more books you’d like to read. There’s a torrent for these really erotic Anne Rice novels. They are hot and well written. They’ll get you pretty wet if you’re like me and like those kind of books.

Also, check out the Dragonlance Collection. There’s a whole lot of them in the torrent. I can’t swear to how good they all are but I do know that quite a few of them are well written, engaging fantasies. They’re set in the Dragonlance world, which is a D&D type setting. It’s very outlandish, like Xanth, but much more serious. My brother got me into them when I was 9. I read them for years.