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Split Infinity: Apprentice Adept Series, Book 1 | [Piers Anthony]

Split Infinity: Apprentice Adept Series, Book 1

On the technological, decadent world of Proton, someone was trying to destroy Stile, serf and master Gamesman. His only escape lay in Phaze, a world totally ruled by magic. Soon he learned that his alternate self had already been murdered, and that he was next. On Proton, his fate depended on winning the great Games. On Phaze, he must master magic to survive. And if he used any magic at all, his friends were determined to kill him at once!
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On the technological, decadent world of Proton, someone was trying to destroy Stile, serf and master Gamesman. His only escape lay in Phaze, a world totally ruled by magic. Soon he learned that his alternate self had already been murdered, and that he was next. On Proton, his fate depended on winning the great Games. On Phaze, he must master magic to survive. And if he used any magic at all, his friends were determined to kill him at once!

Be sure to check out all of the titles in the Apprentice Adept Series.

©1987 Piers Anthony (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"To solve his own demise, Stiles must travel between the two realities, each abounding with the expected confusions and unexpected plot twists for which Anthony is famous. An artful blending of SF and fantasy clichés and situations, Split Infinity shows Piers Anthony at the top of his ingenious game(s)." (Amazon.com review)

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    Jerry Roseville, CA, United States 08-20-10
    Jerry Roseville, CA, United States 08-20-10
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    "Favorite Piers Anthony Series"

    This is by far my favorite Piers Anthony Series. It has one of the best plots involving science fiction and fantasy of any author in either genre. The dialog sometimes is a little stilted but it's a fun adventure and is great for those who aren't die-hard fantasy fans. The overall plot involving a world with two different "frames"--one of science and one of fantasy--is wonderfully done and easily justifies the three books. The last book in the series, Juxtaposition, is a roller coaster ride of increasing stakes as the hero overcomes his enemies and saves both worlds. This series is really meant for adults and older teens as it includes nudity and nongraphic sexuality. There is no "bad language" but the themes are very much adult-oriented. I wish someone would buy the movie rights to this series as it would make an awesome set of movies to rival the best fantasy/sci fi out there.

    I didn't like the narrator very much at first but he kind of grew on me. By the third book I actually enjoyed listening to him. He has a rather "bland" voice but is able to differentiate some of the characters so you can tell who is who. If you like reading and have the time I recommend reading this series first. But if you don't, definitely get the audio book and give the first book a little bit of time. It starts slow but picks up pretty fast and then never stops until the end!

    In short, if you like Piers Anthony, you will LOVE this series. It's his best by far. And if you've never read Piers Anthony before, read this series first! It's far superior to his other works.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    David Port Lavaca, TX, United States 02-19-11
    David Port Lavaca, TX, United States 02-19-11 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "Apprentice Adept Series"

    you cant go wrong with Piers Anthony.
    i have everything by Piers Anthony from here and love them all.
    the best in the Apprentice Adept Series is the first 3 books.
    but Apprentice Adept Series is all part of one story.
    try the first book and if you dont like it then dont bother with the rest in this Series.
    but if you do like it then get them all.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-18-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2009

    I write reviews to help readers, not to win votes. My reviews are my honest opinion whether popular or not. I hope they help you. ;)

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    "A clever idea well executed"
    What made the experience of listening to Split Infinity the most enjoyable?

    I remember reading this as a teenager. I bought a bunch of Piers Anthony books in audio format and most of his storys have not held up particularly well as an adult. This one actually was as good as I remembered.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The concept is original and the most compelling part of the story.


    Which character – as performed by Traber Burns – was your favorite?

    None really, Piers Anthony characters are pretty flimsy at best. The stories are more world or scenario driven.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great concept and a good book. Be forewarned that the quality of the writing in this series falls off in the remaining books. Personally, I found the third book a waste of time, except to get closure with the series. Any of the books after that were just the author milking the cow for extra cash.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lorena Monmouth, OR, United States 10-03-12
    Lorena Monmouth, OR, United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2011

    “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ¯ Mark Twain

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    "Light and Fun"

    I read a lot of Piers Anthony when I was younger and really enjoyed it. When I saw this on Audible, I thought it would be fun to revisit his work...It was! Some of the story was a bit more simplistic than I remember, and the physical relationships of the lead character were a bit much to take. Still, this is a very fun story that is light, humorous, and easy to listen too. The setting is clever, and allows for both fantasy and science fiction. I found both realms to be interesting and unique. Overall, the story had a similar feel to other Piers Anthony books, so if you've enjoyed any of his works, this one won't disappoint. I, for one, am glad I decided to relive this adventure.

    Traber Burns did a great job reading the story. He doesn't add as much voice differentiation and drama as some readers, but his story telling is pleasant and consistent. Probably because of these things, his narration doesn't distract from the written story, making you feel more like you've read the book instead of listened to it. I will be looking to see what else he has read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 09-12-12
    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 09-12-12 Member Since 2004

    Computer Geek

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    "The best of both worlds"

    SF can be tricky stuff, particularly when you start reaching for books that were printed more than a decade ago. Some books just age well, some just look like giant piles of stinking poo. Split Infinity, written more than 25 years ago, has aged well. The lumping together of Science Fiction and Fantasy can be frustrating to fans of one genre or the other, but this books manages to span the two genres.

    We are introduced to Stile, who is a serf on the SF world of Proton. Due to a number of various issues he literally stumbles across to the Fantasy world of Phaze, where he uses the various skills he acquired on Proton, and a lucky dose of magic, to learn more about the world. Along the way we learn the back story of Stile, his training and history as well as more information about the Phaze. Stile is fantastically lucky with the ladies, he seems unable to enter situations where at least one woman doesn't become enamored with him. As well, Stiles also appears to be among the most powerful of Phaze, an Adept, with ready access to magic.

    A great story as Stile meets unicorns, robots and werewolves and continues to "know thyself" as well as balance his life in both worlds.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DocJim Low Prices,Great Service - Please Keep it that way! 09-11-12
    DocJim Low Prices,Great Service - Please Keep it that way! 09-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist

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    "Interesting Worlds -- that require brains"

    Two very different worlds, kept apart by, well a secret. One would seems to to be a strange sci-fi world, the other a fantasy world. The rules are different. And they were connected - hence if you live in both worlds you have to keep your whits about you. Sci-Fi, Fantasy requiring some Gray Matter!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karina Netherlands 03-08-11
    Karina Netherlands 03-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Not bad if you like short men and horses"

    The continuous emphasis on the main character Stile being short got to me after a while. As did his love for horses - though not so annoying as his relationship to women. The idea of the story is intriguing, an SF and Fantasy world in one book, but as the narration progressed I began to lose interest. I just didn't care much for Stile and I won't download any more book in this series. I did learned a lot about horses though, and their manure.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Habnar San Francisco 09-02-10
    Habnar San Francisco 09-02-10 Member Since 2009

    habnar

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    "Great book! The reader takes some getting used to."

    I would give it 5 stars if it had a better reader. He has no range of voices. They all sound pretty much the same. The story is an interesting mix of Sci-Fi and Fantasy and I enjoyed it very much and will continue the series in spite of the reader.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    June A. Cook Fairbanks, Alaska United States 06-14-13
    June A. Cook Fairbanks, Alaska United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2010

    Alaska Homesteader

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    "The Joy of Rediscovering Piers Anthony"

    Years and years ago, our family tumbled into the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. We anticipated each entry into the series, reading aloud as a family group and quoting the puns for months, even years after. Time passed; the books passed from children to grandchildren and my husband and I, now great-grandparents, fell prey to cataracts and all the other travesties of old age. Enter Audible and three years of catching up on old favorite stories. Sadly, the Xanth novels have not yet made the transition to audio ... but what was this? Another series by Piers? Surely this would measure up to our expectations. And it has ... in spades. Split Infinity hooked us from the very beginning and as the story unfolded we reveled in the author's skill weaving words. The narrator, Traber Burns, speaks clearly, distinctly and at an even volume. We despise books where we are constantly required to adjust the volume. Best of all, this narrator does NOT mispronounce words. Nothing tears a listener out of the story flow more than a mispronounced word. Also, Mr. Burns does not 'act' the narration. He demonstrates character changes with perfect inflection. This combination of author and narrator makes Split Infinity a pure joy to hear. We look forward to hearing the rest of the series. We highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 03-06-13
    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2011

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "Split Infinity = Love Child of a Robot and Unicorn"

    I was a little skeptical that this book would work out from the first opening listen. Gradually I started to like the tale more and more as Proton, its society, and the game were introduced. By the time that Phaze (the alternate reality world) and Stile's long ride of the unicorn commenced, I was hooked. I joke a bit with the title and if this all seems strange, well, it really is... But if you like science fiction / fantasy that isn't space based then this is up your alley. I think fondly of the Landover series by Terry Brooks and find this book to be comparable in style.

    Basically, Proton is a world of advanced technology where man is ruled by the rich and the games are the only way a servant can become a citizen, thus earning the right to stay on planet. The other world introduced is Phaze which is full of all types of magical fairy creatures and operates on a more primal nature where death for transgressions seem more common. Stiles is our protagonist who is of the servant class in Proton. He is also a top competitor in the games and finds himself to be of magical powers in the alternate world of Phaze. With free travel between both worlds, Styles is forced into situations of life and death where he must discover who wishes him dead before it is too late.

    I wouldn't say there is a heavy amount of action, but enough to make this a fun fantasy full of adventure and discovery. I found some facets of the society of Proton to be fascinating. Particularly, I found interesting how the separation of a classes is distinguished and the parallels can be drawn to the alternate world of Phaze where magic holds the power. The author's description of events and surroundings were admirable. However, I felt at a few points this extended too far. For example, when Stiles profession becomes that of a stable hand, the intricacies of horse manure and his job were explained in too much detail. Also, there are some strange happenings that include romantic interest with an equine and a robotic women. Suffice to say, the characters or Proton are quite liberal with their bodies in such respects.

    I liked the story crafting in other fashions. Piers Anthony utilizes both past and present to explain our protagonist and shape a believable character. Then he introduces a world much like that of Proton, except with magic, where the rules and laws of nature change dramatically. There is quite a bit of potential for sequels. I felt the ending wrapped up like the end of a good chapter in Stiles life but certainly didn't conclude events by a long shot. I now eagerly await book two.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    this book was full of humour suspense and a perfect listen for people who love modern fantasy

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