Bearing an Hourglass is a fascinating, richly imagined tale that reaches beyond genre conventions. Science-fiction/fantasy legend Piers Anthony combines a gripping plot with a serious and thought-providing study of good and evil.
Don't miss the other books in the Incarnations of Immortality series.
©1985 Piers Anthony Jacob; (P)1996 Recorded Books
Second in the series, this is a challenging book to follow, however a must read for those who bite in to the "Luna" saga. Do not miss the authors note at the end! On its own this book doesn't have the punch of On a Pale Horse, but is fill so many gaps needed to truly understand the strange view of Piers' Incarnations. Don't pass this one up, in will entertain as well as educate.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
This is the second book in the series. It is typical Piers Anthony writing. It is light on character development and more about problem solving. I'd say this is one of those series that reads more like a transcript of a role playing game session than a novel. It isn't bad, it isn't great. It is a passable read. I loved ythis series as a child. Maybe it is more for young adults because it didn't hold up as well as I remember. If you like Piers Anthony you will like this one. If not, you won't. it isn't bad, but it isn't anything to write home about either.
The second in the series, this story continues w/ the Incarnations and follows the pattern from A Pale Horse. APH was a bit funnier, and BAHG is a bit more science oriented. The devil is up to his usual great tricks, characters are great, science is mostly believable, and the puns are good.
Can't wait for the next in the series!
The story is good and flows well. It keeps you interested and is fun. The characters are very colorful and you get to know and understand them. The only thing that I missed was the humor. Book 1 was a bit funnier in it satire.
there's some pretty mind breaking concepts in this book. is very well written and George always a delight.
I enjoyed the first book in this series and wanted to continue the adventure. The storyline in this book, however is too jumbled and tedious.
I understand that the main character is disoriented by his new life, but there are several times the dialog is just too repetitive on this topic. He seems to be confused about EVERYTHING. The author feels the need to remind us every third sentence that the hero is confused or looking at the "most beautiful woman he had ever seen."
Overall the book is slow moving and repetitive. I only made it to Chapter 9 and I did not finish listening to it.
I am a "Life is Awesome! Strive to be Worthy of it." student of life kind of guy. Feeding on Chaos and Empowering the Good. Group Hug!
I honestly am not sure how to rate this book. It is not bad, do believe I liked "On a Pale Horse" more but I would not say this book was worse than the first one, both were really slow and just interesting enough to keep my attention. The idea that Death, Time, War, Nature, Fate are offices to be held by incarnations is entertaining all by itself. I think this author (based on these first two books) is a Good Person and his writing mimics his own personality... Simple, Organized, OCD. Honestly I think there could be so much more to these first two books.
If you are into SLOW mellow (very mellow) drama, that plays in the area of magic and sci-fi. Very few PG rated undertones (by today's standards).
It is books like this that inspire me to write my own. :) And one of the things I do like about these first two book is the Authors Notes on the end. I think it is awesome that he took the time to share. That in itself makes these books worth it to me.
I work to support my dog and reading habits.
If you love reading and love science fiction/fantasy, Piers Anthony is the author for you. He is only author that challenges my vocabulary and makes me reach for the dictionary every so often! Well done, Mr. Anthony!
The characters are fun. You care about them.
The way his voice draws you in...
Time is a very powerful incarnation but he has a very difficult job. I enjoyed this book, however, compared to the other incarnation books, this is one of my least favorites. Pierce Anthony is well known for his fantasy and science fiction writing. I think because this was the 2nd book of the series, he had to compromise with the publishers to push such an important series by including what he is best known for. It fits into the story fairly well, but it leaves the character as a whole less developed than the other characters.
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