very unique story
This made me continue on to the rest of the series, something I've only ever done once before.
This is the book that made me fall in love with reading. Anthony pulled me through his world kicking and screaming at first and then I just couldn't put the series down. I have read this series at least ten time over the the last 25 years and it never cease to amaze me.
He is the only reason i put up with this excuse of the book to see how it ends
disappointment and i will never get that 11 hours back.
The story started well and fizzzzzzled, it could have been a 2-hour-abridged-book. the vocabulary, the sentence structure, and the writing style could belong to a 10th grader and does not get any better. this book is amazingly boring and childish.
I wish I did not throw my money away on this book.
These are ALL the greatest books I have ever read (40 years old). They are written, so that they are all intertwining, yet stand well on their own. Has everything. Violence. Tragic love stories. Plus, the way the Incarnations work... Well, lets just say, VERY original. Hope you enjoy!
Only the other books.
Ahhh... You can close your eyes, & let your imagination go.
Not really, but is emotional, for sure.
Bring an open mind.
On A Pale Horse is a wonderfully thought provoking book set in an equally entertaining world. And when paired with the incomparable George Guidall, the results are spectacular. Get this recording now!
The incarnations series by Pierce Anthony is incredible. In this book ,he really explores the concept of death and how it is nothing to be feared but can be a very compassionate character.
On a pale horse is one of my favorite books ever. the only book i like that compares to this one is "for the love of evil"
this book shows suspense and excitementside by side. Zane is a great character that shows morals and ethics for the dead man. i wished this series would become a movie trilogy
i love storys about magic with adult humor in the storys like Piers Anthony and Orson Scott Card i also like some sci-fi storys. The storys i like best is : On a Pale Horse, The Lost Gate, Ender's Game, Split Infinity. i do not like short storys.
This is the Best of Piers Anthony.
this is a muct have from Piers Anthony.
so far i like everything by Piers Anthony.
they need a lot more of Piers Anthony on audio books.
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When the grim reaper shows up a few seconds early, Zane shoots him instead of using the gun on himself as he???d planned. Now, instead of being dead, Zane is Death. He has to take over the office, riding around the world in his convertible pale horse collecting and measuring the souls of those who???ve committed equal amounts of good and evil during their lives ??? those who are ???in balance.??? In his new guise (complete with all of the accoutrements: scythe, hooded cloak, skeleton face, etc), Zane sets out to change Death???s image while dealing with his own personal demons.
This is a fun premise and I expected Piers Anthony to do a lot with it, but unfortunately I found On a Pale Horse to be mostly illogical, trite and, worst sin of all, just plain boring. Part of the problem is that it doesn???t know if it wants to be a comedy, a love story, or a heavy philosophical treatise. It tries to do all three (it should have been possible), but it fails at all three. The comedy, as usual for Piers Anthony, consists of puns, allusions, and light black humor. For example, when Zane asks Mortis (the pale horse) something to which the answer is negative, Mortis says ???neigh??? (that was the only one I actually laughed at). I enjoy puns in real-life dialogue (they indicate a quick wit), but they don???t often work for me in print and this is one of the reasons I don???t read Piers Anthony (I gave up on the first Xanth book after 4 chapters, but I tried On a Pale Horse because it sounded mature and interesting).
There were some things I did find funny ??? Death lives in a house that looks like a funeral home and answers fan mail, Satan uses his publicity budget to sponsor Hellathons, group plans, and billboard advertising, a soul???s balance of good and evil is computed like an income tax, and you should hear Satan argue with a female Irish fishmonger ??? but mostly I found the humor and cheesy dialogue to be juvenile.
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While I enjoyed this audiobook I had read the book several years ago and could see how somebody could easily become lost in the audiobook version of this book. It is a fairly complex concept and starts out in a confusing manner. I think most will like this audiobook if they can struggle with the first hour to grasp what is going on. It is a little easier in print form since you can review earlier material easier. That being said, the Incarnations series has been one of my favorite series.