A Spell for Chameleon

A Spell for Chameleon

Book - 1977
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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....
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1977.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781442005358
1442005351
9780345258557
034525855X
9780345347534
0345347536
0345317718
Branch Call Number: SCIFI Anthony Piers
Characteristics: 344 p. ;,18 cm.

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JCLAmandaH Jan 08, 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... Read More »

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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... Read More »


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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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Alphabaz6666
Aug 03, 2019

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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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Tolkienfreak
Sep 25, 2012

Epic fail. The writing style is geared towards second grade boys, but then he uses words I needed a collage dictionary for. Riddled with suggestive (or nearly explicit) content, this book should not be given to a young boy.

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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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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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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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r229061 May 23, 2011

Sexual Content: Hinted but there none the less.

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