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eBook Two to the Fifth (Xanth, No. 32) epub
  • ISBN: 0765358948
  • Author: Piers Anthony
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Humor & Satire
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy; Reprint edition (September 29, 2009)
  • ePUB size: 1642 kb
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Two to the Fifth is the thirty-second book in the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. This is the 32nd book in the Xanth series of fantasy books, as alluded to in the title. It begins with Cyrus Cyborg, the son of Roland Robot and Hannah Barbarian, looking for his place in the world.

Two to the Fifth is the thirty-second book in the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. The adventures certainly are getting quite zany as the series progresses, and this story is definitely one of the crazier ones, for sure. Cyrus the Cyborg is crumbling under the weight of responsibility and expectation- so off to Magician Humfrey he goes to get some much needed perspective. As far as he knows, he’s the only cyborg in Xanth.

The Xanth books constitute Anthony’s longest and most successful serie. .Tor books by piers anthony.They are intended to be kind- spirited, fun reading, a series of wondrous beasts and beings, and, most of all, an endless succession of outrageous puns. Lee Killough, The Wichita Eagle. Published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC. 175 Fifth Avenue.

The future of Xanth is in frightful peril Only a mysterious child called Kadence, and a cryptic clue - Two to the Fifth" - may give the companions the edge they need to defeat Ragna’s dictatorial.

The future of Xanth is in frightful peril. A powerful magical bird named Ragna Roc has embarked on a campaign to become absolute ruler of that mystical realm. Those who swear loyalty to him are spared. Only a mysterious child called Kadence, and a cryptic clue - Two to the Fifth" - may give the companions the edge they need to defeat Ragna’s dictatorial dreams. Brimming with passion and merriment, drama and deception, Piers Anthony’s thirty-second Xanth fantasy is a pun-packed performance sure to provoke applause and ovations from the series’ myriad fans.

Book 32 of 35 in the Xanth Series. Piers Anthony is one of the world’s most popular fantasy authors. No content in feature. Start reading Two to the Fifth: An Adventure in the Land of Xanth on your Kindle in under a minute. His previous Xanth novels have been read and loved by millions of readers around the world.

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Xanth (/ˈzænθ/ ZANTH) is a fantasy world created by author Piers Anthony for his Xanth series of novels, also known as The Magic of Xanth. Anthony originally intended for Xanth to be a trilogy, and after the success of the first three books expanded the series to nine books. A devoted fan base persuaded the author to continue writing the series, which is now open-ended.

Piers Anthony’s Xanth books are among the most loved series in fantasy, with millions of copies purchased around the world. Xanth (Volume 32) Piers Anthony Tor/Forge. The future of Xanth is in frightful peril.

Book in the Xanth Series). Two to the Fifth is fun, fantastic and punny! Xanth stories are punny parodies of "Mundania" (real life) and make for awesome reading. I found Two to the Fifth to have a slightly faster pace than most Xanth novels. It was a lot of fun. Some of the puns are getting more sophisicated.

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The future of Xanth is in frightful peril. A powerful magical bird named Ragna Roc has embarked on a campaign to become absolute ruler of that mystical realm. Those who swear loyalty to him are spared. The rest have simply disappeared.

So powerful are Ragna’s sorceries that even the Good Magician Humfrey dares not confront him directly. Instead he enlists Cyrus the Cyborg, a handsome half-human playwright with little knowledge of the world, in a stealthy subterfuge. Cyrus must assemble a troupe of traveling players to attract Ragna’s interest. And hidden in disguise among the bevy of beautiful young actresses are the young princesses, Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm, whose magics might just be a match for the evil bird.

But Ragna has planted a spy in the midst of the troupe, one who knows their deepest secrets, including the true nature of Cyrus’s forbidden love for one of the young princesses. Only a mysterious child called Kadence, and a cryptic clue — “Two to the Fifth" — may give the companions the edge they need to defeat Ragna’s dictatorial dreams.

Brimming with passion and merriment, drama and deception, Piers Anthony’s thirty-second Xanth fantasy is a pun-packed performance sure to provoke applause and ovations from the series’ myriad fans.

Comments: (7)
Bukelv
I'd been reading the Xanth series in order and gotten as far as #22, but when I heard about the controversial nature of this book, I had to jump ahead. I won't give anything away until the second part of this review, so allow me to begin with a few general comments.

First of all, I really liked this book, in spite of certain things that I found disquieting, and enjoyed it more than the last few installments I'd read. The character of Cyrus Cyborg reminded me strongly of Data from Star Trek--a likeable, curious, innocent person, more man-like machine than machine-like man. His mission to deal with the current threat to Xanth captured my attention and kept me reading chapter after chapter to learn what happened next. Minor characters like Don Donkey and Melite Muse brought delightful humor and wit to the story.

But there were negatives, not sufficient enough to ruin the book, but present nonetheless. The Woman-as-Predator theme has gone far beyond simple inhales and now includes active seduction involving nudity in bed and Doing Things to hapless males. Playful teasing and flirting were amusing to read, if sometimes stale, but the escalation to bolder moves takes away the light-hearted nature that characterized the earlier volumes. The sex is rampant and overdone. And I was quite surprised to see Demoness Metria, who I thought was happily married to Veleno, trying to seduce a man. An explanation might arise as I read the intervening novels, but if not, then the author has brought (attempted) adultery into a series that once seemed such fun.

Princess Rhythm, from the moment she enters the story, is more menacing than appealing, and she quickly proves it by shamelessly manipulating Cyrus. While I didn't dislike her outright as I did Dawn and Eve in Faun and Games, she never won my sympathy or support.

SPOILERS!

Is this a book about pedophilia? Rhythm is physically 12 years old, but takes an elixir that ages her ten years for the sole purpose of seducing Cyrus, over and over throughout this book. What doesn't get emphasized enough is that Rhythm's emotional and mental age is 17, the result of a magical adventure. The author missed a wonderful opportunity to explore the issue of a maturing young woman trapped in a child's body. While 17 is still underage, it is near enough to legal to make her relationship with Cyrus less egregious. Unfortunately, this aspect of her character tends to be forgotten. Cyrus refers to her continually as a child and regards his liaison with her as illicit, even though the body she uses is mature. The author says he needed the romance and stork signalling in order to bring in Kadence, Cyrus and Rhythm's daughter, from the future to help defend Xanth, but I'm not convinced this was the only way he could do it. He's an imaginative and clever man, he could have come up with some other way.

While I'm ambivalent about parts of this book, they weren't enough to ruin the story. I couldn't put it down and finished it in two days.

Addendum--I've since read the intervening books (23-31) and the author's treatment of Metria varies. In the previous story, she is a tease who nevertheless honors her marriage, but elsewhere it's not so clear how far she will take her seductions. In one book, she seems serious about going all the way. In Air Apparent, she doesn't like Mentia seducing Veleno in her form, but earlier, she was fine with it. What is clear is that she doesn't spend much time with her husband these days.
Umor
I have not read all the Xanth novels, maybe 28 or 29, and I definitely prefer the earlier ones. In this latest novel, "Two to the Fifth", I cannot believe or see any connection to "A Spell For Chameleon". Almost all the characters are new and except for the three princesses they are all insignificant yet they have a daunting challenge in the rogue roc, Ragna Roc. The scenery in 'Fifth' is not well defined, you must have read earlier Xanth stories to know what Anthony is talking about when he goes into the puns, the pie trees, the pillow trees, all the comforts of home that are just there for the picking. And the characters, who and what are their function? I wonder if I would have enjoyed the story more, or even less, if I were not so familiar with the castles, the government, the magic? So much was missing, so much expected to be known from some other source, not from within the story. And yes, the rebellion against the Adult Conspiracy was almost successful in this story, it played only a little part. Two additional conspiracies were mentioned, the Children's Conspiracy and the Women's Comspiracy. They seemed to be added for the equivalent of political correctness, let everyone have a conspircy so no one is left out.
And poor Ragna Roc! One bird poweful enough to nullify the power of the three princesses, three sorceresses cubed. The demon Xanth must himself stepped in to bestow this power, but you need to read some of the other Xanth novels to see the imbalace plus to find out where the magic in xanth comes from. There is just too much outside required reading to enjoy this story, Piers Anthony's age is beginning to tell. Still all us old fans can not afford to ignore any Xanth story.
Dishadel
I've loved Piers Anthony's work for about 25 years now, particularly the Xanth series. I was delighted when I discovered that his work is now available for my Kindle. However, I'll not be purchasing any more of his stuff for Kindle if this one is any example of the publisher's output.

There are innumerable broken words which probably were hyphenated in the original. In the Kindle edition they become two separate words. Almost every sentence at the end of a paragraph, if it was dialogue, has no terminal punctuation. It appears that this edition was OCR'd from a physical print of the book and the OCR output was never proofread!

I didn't pay more for the Kindle edition than the printed book so I could be irritated constantly by stupid formatting errors. I made my living for 13 years by writing, and I would be ashamed to have my name appear on something this poorly produced.

As for the story itself, it's pure Anthony and I loved it. Others have commented on one specific aspect of the story they found disturbing. Personally, I found his handling of the topic completely acceptable and not in the least prurient.

Buy the printed book if you enjoy Piers Anthony's work. You'll enjoy it. But don't waste time and money on this publisher's poor production efforts to place Anthony's work in a position for Kindle owners to enjoy.
Iriar
This is one of the latest installments of the very popular Xanth series. If you are a Piers Anthony fan you should find all the things you like about his writing here. Plenty of puns and tongue in cheek situations make for enjoyable reading. The only problem I have with the story is the amount of sexual subplots. These Xanth books are read by a lot of children and I wish Piers would keep it toned down a bit.

My biggest complaint is with the electronic version of this book. Apparently someone scanned the book into a computer and used OCR software to convert it to text. As a result there are tons of mispelled words and missing letters. With the price of the e version almost as high as the cost of a paperback this is unacceptable. No self respecting publishing company would print thousands of paperbacks with this number of errors and e readers deserve better.
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