A Spell for Chameleon

A Spell for Chameleon

Book - 1977
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For use in schools and libraries only. Until Good Magician Humphrey lends a hand, Bink is the only inhabitant of Xanth who has no magic.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1977.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345258557
034525855X
9780345347534
0345347536
Characteristics: 344 p. : map ; 17 cm.

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maiki69
Jan 23, 2021

A SPELL FOR CHAMELEON, Book One of Piers Anthony's popular Magic of Xanth series, follows the story's protagonist on his quest to figure out what his magical talent is. It's a search with a twist. Anthony employs calculated wordplay that takes punning to an entirely new level. An enjoyable, uncomplicated read.

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mikey69
Feb 06, 2020

In the land of Xanth, magic is key; if you lack it, you're expelled. In this, the first volume of Piers Anthony's wildly popular The Magic of Xanth series, we follow Bink, a 25-year-old struggling to discover what his unique magic is. Beyond Xanth, Anthony compels each and every one of us - if not to find, then at least to ponder - what magic is unique to us.

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humbleworm
Jul 10, 2018

The first in a long series of pun-based fantasy novels churned out since 1977. You may also enjoy Robert Asprin's series that started with Another Fine Myth (1978).

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mammothhawk229e
Mar 11, 2018

This pun-happy book was breakthrough for prolific author who toiled in the 1970s. Del Ray publishing ordered him to make more. What a lovely problem.
What seemed to be straight forward adventure was more nuanced.
Author introduced me to fantasy not fuddy duddy Tolkien.

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TwilightBlue
Sep 29, 2017

I can't believe mammothhawk read 6 books in less than 24 hours.

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wendyeyes
Feb 02, 2017

This book is very punny.

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janwishart
Jun 20, 2015

Started well - but I lost interest part way through

JCLAmandaH Feb 11, 2014

I started reading the Xanth series as a youngster, and still adore the first 15 or so books as funny, entertaining fantasy. In a world where everyone has a magical talent, Anthony starts off following a group of characters through a couple generations, then expands more into the history and scope of Xanth with stand-alone newcomers. The characters are memorable, the romances sweet, and the humor is never far away from a pun. The first four books as well as #6 "Night Mare," and #12 "Man From Mundania" are my favorites.

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psheehy
Dec 03, 2012

Piers Anthony was one of the authors who made me a sci-fi/fantasy fan. I loved his humor and his sense of irony. I am thrilled to share his work with my sons. We have a tradition of me reading books a level beyond their own reading ability and this is a perfect fit.

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maiki69
Jan 23, 2021

Got magic? Welcome to Xanth, Piers Anthony's fantastic world of mythical beasts that tend to buck our expectations. In the land of Xanth, magic is a crucial element. Not only does survival depend on it, but so does the right to residency. If you don't got it, you can expect to be on the next train to Mundania, and who in their right mind would want to live there? Coming of age, the story follows Bink on his search for the magical talent that's unique to him. Facing banishment without it, he must find the magic within the limits prescribed. As with all successive Xanth novels, Anthony's clever wordplay ignites the story like so many incendiary devices, bent on enlightening rather than destroying.

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mikey69
Feb 06, 2020

In A SPELL FOR CHAMELEON (Del Rey, $2.95), the first volume of Piers Anthony's wildly popular The Magic of Xanth series, we follow Bink, a 25-year-old struggling to discover his unique magic. See, in Xanth, everybody's got magic. If you lack it, you face exile. Beyond the implications to Xanth, Anthony has written a coming of age story. At 25, Bink is racing full on into manhood, and in search of what that means as to what kind of a man and with what talents he has to offer society, compelling us to ponder our own unique talents.

r229061 May 23, 2011

Finding ones place in the world is not easy while being the but of most jokes but learning while you go means that you must keep going. A fun read.

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maiki69
Jan 23, 2021

Anthony employs calculated wordplay that takes punning to an entirely new level.
http://www.penhead.org/

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mikey69
Feb 06, 2020

Beyond Xanth, Anthony compels each and every one of us - if not to find, then at least to ponder - what magic is unique to us.
http://www.penhead.org/

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LazyNeko
Mar 16, 2012

"Correction," Trent said. "To have an unidentified talent is hardly synonymous with having no talent. But even if you are talentless, there is strong magic associated with you. You may be magic, as is Fanchon."

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BieberFever108
Jun 18, 2012

BieberFever108 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

r229061 May 23, 2011

r229061 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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r229061 May 23, 2011

Sexual Content: Hinted but there none the less.

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