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A Spell for Chameleon von Piers Anthony
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A Spell for Chameleon (1979. Auflage)

von Piers Anthony (Autor)

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Xanth was the enchanted land where magic ruled--where every citizen had a special spell only he could cast. That is, except for Bink of North Village. He was sure he possessed no magic, and knew that if he didn't find some soon, he would be exiled. According to the Good Magician Humpfrey, the charts said that Bink was as powerful as the King or even the Evil Magician Trent. Unfortunately, no one could determine its form. Meanwhile, Bink was in despair. If he didn't find his magic soon, he would be forced to leave.… (mehr)
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Titel:A Spell for Chameleon
Autoren:Piers Anthony (Autor)
Info:Del Rey (1979), Edition: 9780373714605
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The Xanth books by Piers Anthony were one of the first SciFi/Fantasy series I ever read. I love puns so I have always enjoyed them. Upon re-reading them I can see that they have some weaknesses but overall they stand the test of time. They are a fun and fast read that keeps me amused without any deep thinking required. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
Xanth was the first series of books that caught my attention as a child, and I have Piers Anthony to thank for my love of reading today. I read nearly twenty of the books before moving on to more advanced fantasy series. What is most remarkable about all of that to me, however, is that I don't remember once thinking how horrifically sexist the books are! It's hard to talk about the magic of Xanth and the great and interesting talents of its people because the book is overwhelmed with things like a mock rape trial, observations about the uselessness, deception, and irrelevancy of women, and downright shameful reduction of women's role in society and men's lives as objects. I am not a vocal advocate for women's issues, and I'm very often turned off by liberation or empowerment propaganda, but in the face of outright misogynistic vitriol I cannot help but take a stand. It is one thing to discuss the differences of the sexes, their relative strengths and weaknesses, and even allow for some socio-historical context to influence the characters in a fantasy setting; but Piers Anthony goes way beyond that at every turn. The book somehow makes a claim to be about the worth of a person being judged by doing the right and just thing even when faced with unjust situations. Yet it takes a pause in the very beginning of the main character's adventure to have a completely pointless aside where in the guise of a legal proceeding he dismisses the entire concept of date rape as being ridiculous. He outright claims that a beautiful and smart woman must be inherently evil, and that it is only natural for a man to want a woman of both intelligence and beauty, but not at the same time. These things overshadow every aspect of the fantasy story being told. I can't even begin to talk about the story's tales of companionship, illusion, history, or growth. They all take a back seat to one man's disgusting vision. As my own son grows, I had planned on offering up this series to him at an early age in hopes of capturing his interest in reading. You can be sure that won't be happening. No boy should grow up thinking these kinds of thoughts about women. No good and just actions can come of it. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
Xanth was the enchanted land where magic ruled—where every citizen had a special spell only he could cast. It was a land of centaurs and dragons and basilisks.

For Bink of North Village, however, Xanth was no fairy tale. He alone had no magic. And unless he got some—and got some fast!—he would be exiled. Forever. But the Good Magician Humfrey was convinced that Bink did indeed have magic. In fact, both Beauregard the genie and the magic wall chart insisted that Bink had magic. Magic as powerful as any possessed by the King or by Good Magician Humfrey—or even by the Evil Magician Trent.

Be that as it may, no one could fathom the nature of Bink’s very special magic. Bink was in despair. This was even worse than having no magic at all . . . and he would still be exiled!
  Gmomaj | Jul 25, 2021 |
Juvenile. Pun-friendly. Chauvinistic. Read because its the beginning of one of the most well-regarded, long running series in Fantasy. Its difficult to see why as an adult. I'm sure at 15 I would have chortled the entire way through. Not John Ringo bad, but the rape trial sure comes close. ( )
  illmunkeys | Apr 22, 2021 |
The first time I read this it annoyed me so much that I literally slammed it down on the table and snorted imperiously at it(and then gave it a 1 star rating), but for some reason I felt the need to try again and on the whole, am glad I did in the end. I still found the endless reviews with their endless gushing over it to be a little misleading though. It's not that it's a bad book but rather that I have a real dislike for this fairy-story kind of writing, you know, there's a king and an evil magician and a good magician and a young lad that's put-upon and outcast and ends up being the great saviour(if not the new king, almost!). When I invest time in a novel I really like it to show me something new. Having said that, I did enjoy it in the end although the characters still seemed a bit one-dimensional even as I reached the end. I will now read the next one which I really never expected to be saying, but I suppose I'd be asking for too much to hope that it'll be a little more gritty and a little less fairy-story. Still, there's always hope.

Not bad, just not as great as most of the reviews would have you believe.
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  SFGale | Mar 23, 2021 |
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Xanth was the enchanted land where magic ruled--where every citizen had a special spell only he could cast. That is, except for Bink of North Village. He was sure he possessed no magic, and knew that if he didn't find some soon, he would be exiled. According to the Good Magician Humpfrey, the charts said that Bink was as powerful as the King or even the Evil Magician Trent. Unfortunately, no one could determine its form. Meanwhile, Bink was in despair. If he didn't find his magic soon, he would be forced to leave.

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Im magischen Land Xanth hat jedes Lebewesen, sei es Pflanze, Tier oder Mensch irgendeine Art von Magie. Entweder das Wesen selbst ist von magischer Natur, wie Zentauren, Kobolde, Elfen oder Drachen, oder es kann Magie ausüben. Dies kann von Wetterbeeinflussung bis hin zu Gestaltwandeln reichen. Oder es ist so etwas Sinnvolles wie das Erzeugen von grünen Flecken an der Wand. Jeder in Xanth hat irgendetwas Magisches.

In dieser Welt voller Zauberei lebt Bink. Er ist 24 Jahre alt und hat bis jetzt leider noch nicht herausfinden können, was seine Magie ist. Daraus ergibt sich ein Problem, denn es gibt ein altes Gesetz unter den Menschen, dass jeder, der bis zu seinem 25. Geburtstag keine Magie vorweisen kann, verbannt wird. Man wird ausgestoßen nach Mundania – die normale Welt ohne Zauber…

Der einzige Ausweg, der Bink noch bleibt, ist der weise Zauberer Humfrey. Der könnte herausfinden, ob Bink Magie hat. So macht sich Bink auf den gefahrvollen Weg von seinem Dorf zum Schloss des Magiers. Dort muss er zunächst drei Prüfungen bestehen, bevor er überhaupt Humfrey zu sehen bekommt. Was dieser ihm dann sagt, ist wenig hilfreich: Bink hat zwar Magie, aber der gute Zauberer kann bei bestem Willen nicht sagen, worum es sich handelt.

Die Bestätigung von Humfrey ist nicht genug und so wird Bink in die Verbannung geschickt. Doch was für ihn wie der Weltuntergang erscheint, ist in Wirklichkeit der Beginn eines großen Abenteuers, das Binks Welt auf den Kopf stellen wird…
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