I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
I first read this series when I was in High School. Having been a fan of Anthony's Xanth series for a good two or three years and therefore become accustomed to it by then I wasn't sure I would enjoy this one as much. However, I ultimately did. Pale takes place on an Alternate Universe version of Earth, an Earth where science and magic enjoy almost equal potency, and where creatures long believed myythical I.E. Dragons, Unicorns and others are real. The story centers around Zane, a young man facing poverty and likely eviction from his meager home and desperate to improve his fortune. Visiting a shop selling magical stones, he makes a deal with its proprietor, to use a love stone to locate romance, but to let the shopkeeper take his place in that romance. Zane, for his part, will receive a stone that supposedly will bring him wealth not only to erase all his gambling debts but to have any woman he could want. It soon becomes apparent to Zane that he's been duped and, seeing no other way out, he puts a gun earlier taken from a would-be robber to his own head in preparation for suicide. Conronted suddenly by the specter of Death, Zane turns the gun on the apparition instead, which turns out to be a living man. Immediately afterward he's visited by a woman who introduces herself as Lachisis, who tells him that having killed Death he must now assume that office himself. Death, it turns out, collects the souls of mortals whose good and evil deeds in life are so perfectly balanced that they can't transition on their own. Not long afterward he makes the acquaintance of Luna, daughter of a powerful magician whose soul he collected. The magician urges Zane to protect Luna from the forces that would destroy her. But those forces willstop at nothing to see that Luna is removed from their path before she has the chance to fulfill an ancient prophecy that could tip the world's balance toward good. Can Zane protect Luna, or will he be forced to destroy her? And what other terrible choices might he have to make in order to foil the forces of evil?
Pale is narrated by distinguished actor and narrator George Gidall. Guidall may not have been my first choice for a narrator for these novels, at least that's what I thought before I listened. He does a fine job of narrating the story and his portrayals of thevarious characters didafter all turn out to be what I would have imagined. He has a talent for different accents and dialects and he has the sort of voice that lends itself to narrating all sorts of situations from calm, relaxed ones to more tense and suspenseful ones without seeming overdone. He also has a way of conveying Piers Anthony's irrepressible humor. Needless to say I wholeheartedly recommend this one.
Piers Anthony really is a fantastic writer. This book is a piece of literature, like Beowulf and Dracula. I Loved it! Unfortunately, Piers doesn't keep it up in the series. Some books are more insipred than others, some parts of them seem like he just had to turn in his homework that day and decided to write about some nonsense that he weaves back into the storyline as an after-thought. But this book is one of my all time favorites; along with Ender's Game and Snow Crash (though very different).
The performance is well done, Piers has a rediculous vocabulary and the narrator keeps up very nicely. It seemed plausable to me that if I met the man on the street, he would just talk that way normally.
Probably a bit fast at times if you like to take time to think about the meaning or choice of words as it relates to the overall picture the author had in mind. He kept me wide awake on a long night-time drive. There really was no part that I wanted to just skip ahead on.
I felt emotion when I suddenly realized the main character was really filling the shoes of the office properly. When our hero 'arrives' it is quite dramatic. The book deals with death and the "right to die" so if that theme is a problem for you... move on.
Highly recommended for all; with one exception, there is a torture scene with the devil; you will know it when you get to it; I would recommend covering young ears for a page or two at that point... but the remainder I think would be ok for 14+ year olds.Piers is typically obsessed with women and their "full figures", but this (dispite a few naked women scenes) is probably a-typical of his writing in that regard.
i love listen to books while doing my art and i love to read. I am now in college learning how the film industry works maybe some day this may become a movie
I have always liked mr Anthony's imagination he has never written a dull book
That death was an office
No this is the first but done well
The office of death
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.
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.