Hey there! I am a Fantasy/Sci-Fi nut. I also enjoy a good zombie novel or thriller now and then. My likes tend towards Young adult novels as I find most of the "adult" Fantasy novels to be uppity for lack of a better word. Follow me if you like the same as I intend to go back and review every book I had listened to on this site and will keep doing so.
This is my personal favorite book of all time. I love the way piers mixes magic and science, His outlook of hell and heaven, and Zane. The book is both fun and light as well as addressing some very intense topics.
I first read this book as a child in the 80's and have since read it once a year. Sadly the later book in the series are not as good however still worth reading.
I don't read much fantasy but this was on sale so I thought I'd try Piers Anthony, knowing he's been around for 2 or 3 decades. I wasn't prepared for an alternate 20th century earth that is much like our own in everyday details but one where science and magic play equal roles, Satan competes with God for souls, ghosts and demons are prominent, and the lead character is not Death itself but someone who holds "the office of Death."
On the positive side, the suspenseful story is cleverly written and fast paced, and there are glimmers of humor and double meaning scattered throughout that keep the story from becoming too grim. Although I was tempted to quit several times, because this is not the kind of fantasy I enjoy, the entertaining writing style was enough to keep me engaged to the end.
On the negative side, the story seemed to me to become both more dreary and more outrageous as it approached the climax and I found myself glad when it was finished. But that may just be my own taste and limited exposure to fantasy. So, in deference to more devoted fantasy fans than I and to the well-established Piers Anthony, I'm giving it four stars, largely because I enjoyed very much the way he told the story.
This book is completely insulting to women and a thinly veiled catholic sermon. I was expecting a fun scy-fi/fantasy book and instead was hugely disappointed. The book speaks of the inherent "bitchiness" of women, suggests that a baby born in incest has "evil" on it's soul and a describes this poor woman who's father is trying to offer her up as a sex slave for death as "un-special, and un-remarkable" when it's pretty remarkable to me that she didn't run screaming out of the room. Terrible book.
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I first red this during the gulf war. in the early 90' s and now I get the whole series. some one was using the pages as tp. so it was hit or miss in the paper back.
Some rather dated attitudes to women, but an original, enjoyable story. Unfortunately I found the next book in the series too dated and sexist to get into and stopped following the series.
I love Piers Anthony, and all his works. However, and I'm sure he'd be the first to tell you, the Incarnations series is not kid friendly, a little bit too raunchy.
The performance was adequate, but left something to be desired. Maybe it's the speech patterns, maybe the inflection... it's hard to put a finger on. Definitely listen to a sample before you purchase to find out if you can stand it.
I love this series, I have purchased all 7 titles of the Incarnations series in paper back and this is still my fav.
I like the way this book makes me think about existential material and philosophies.
The narrator does a great job, but I wish some sound effects could be added like in other audible titles I own.
the first incarnation book I read was bearing an hourglass and loved it but even if I hadn't read it out of order I still would have read all the other books in the series because they are so well written and tell the story of average people working in a not so average job