They must try a slower, more dangerous method: the creation of a four-dimensional universe. Darius picks five anchor points in five different universes to set up a skew path, a "virtual mode," on which the anchors can walk.
Thus begins a tale of romance, danger, adventure, and intrigue as the two travel through a myriad of alternate realities where anything is possible.
©2008 Piers Anthony; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio
"Fresh, imaginative." (Publishers Weekly)
Boy, I read the whole Incarnations of Immortality series and loved it! What rich writing! I expected more of the same from this series but could not even get through Part 1. It just ho-hummed along. The narration was flat, the story was flat. Flat, flat, flat. Narration was like listening to the reading of an instructional manual.
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.
you cant go wrong with Piers Anthony.
i have everything by Piers Anthony from here and love them all.
tho i do like this one it may not be for everyone.
try the first book and if you like it then your ok for the rest of the Series.
There is lots of physics and plains theory in the book, but it has a good story line and characters. ** Be warned that this book is incomplete and you will need to get the other Mode books to get the entire story. There are also discussions of sex with under aged girls, rape, and suicide so be warned (All the same things teens experience so it should come to no shock to many).** Piers Anthony writes good stories that tie in very well if you like long epic or characters popping in and out so this is a good book.
I would have given the story 5 stars - it is imaginative and makes you think - especially the last couple chapters.
However, the main character is 14, yet there are strong sexual themes surrounding her. I found this very disturbing. Also, sex or the female body was brought up every 5 minutes it seemed! Yet.. I have yet to figure out what the main male character even looks like. I don't think he was ever fully described.
I *highly* discourage this to young readers.
Also, the main female lead is definitely "emo" at the beginning. She doesn't stay that way, thankfully.
All that said... I am still going to get the sequel.
I enjoyed this book, and consider it time well spent considering I listened during my long commute. Still this isn't the best story that Piers Anthony has ever brought to me.
Hard to say, I guess if it was longer. It ended very quickly.
There have been other shows that dabble in virtual realities (Sliders/Quantum Leap,etc ..) If this were to ever go on TV, it would probably make a good mini series. Not sure who the stars of that series could be.
Some things are TOO convenient in this book. You will ask yourself certain questions and they are answered in a typical Piers Anthony type fashion. "How did you know that?" .. "oh ... well I can read your mind."
I would recommend the series, but the introduction is very weak and takes way too long to introduce the characters. About the time the plot is developed to a point the book gets really interesting, it ends. It was a good way to sell the second book. :"))
Yes, the series would make a great franchise.
Ba and MBA, Quality Engineer, living in Dayton Tennessee. Read mostly History, Business, Sci Fi/Fantasy
Bearing An Hourglass - timeline ran backwards for one of the characters.
Colene wins the day
The Character building was lacking somewhat compared to some of his other work. I have read many of Pears books more than a few times. I would not read this one a second time. However, I will read the next one in the series. Pears Anthony is one of my top favorite authors so I say all of this with great respect.
The story line to this book is very good. Many of Pears books are rocky at first because he has to construct a fantasy world from scratch. The Pale Rider was hilarious from the first few chapters in. However, Bio of a tyrant was a rough series but well worth the time and effort. In fact Bio of a tyrant started out on a down note and went more depressing from there. Great series, but had to keep at it at times.
Not at all.
I'm very sorry to say that this is the wrong narrator for this book. First of all, the protagonist is a 14 year old girl. Yes, there is POV from other characters (a 20 something male, a 60 something woman, a telepathic horse (so obviously a deep male tone)), but Colene the hero! I was a teenager when I first read it and listening to it again brings me back. However, I keep getting jarred out of the story with problems like mispronouncing macabre (it's mah-cah-b), making Colene's voice too snotty, saying "home in on" instead of "hoan in on". Now, that last one may be in the publication incorrectly, and I'll have to check, but come on, it's Piers Anthony! He's been writing FOREVER! He's got talented editors and rarely makes mistakes like that, especially when the rest of the book is so much more intelligent than that.
All in all, I prefer to read this with my own versions of the characters voices, but it is nice to sit back, close my eyes, and go back in time to an angst-riddled time and imagine, once again, traveling through the modes with Colene, Darius, Seqiro and Burgess. I learned a new appreciation for complex theory in the mandelbrot set and rode horses more. I will always hold this story dear to myheart. Thank you Piers!
I am still interested in listening to the Xanth series if it become available.
Something better than this book.
The performance was flat and monotone, like a college calculus lecture.
Hmm, tough choice: the pedophiliac joy wizard, the suicidal girl, the talking horse... all of them.
When I was in high school, I had enjoyed reading A Spell for Chameleon and was looking to find that book on Audible, but since it wasn't available, I picked this book. I didn't finish it. The book espouses very sexist themes and (SPOILER) is basically about a man (divorced multiple times) who travels across dimensions to find his true love who turns out to be a 14 year old girl, who is a rape victim, suicidal, and cutting herself. Much of the inner dialog of the main characters is an attempt to justify the sexist, pedophiliac themes in the book (such as the girl thinking that maybe her rape was fun). While the method of traveling through the dimensions is novel and interesting, the blatant, superficial male chauvinism in the book is nauseating. Had the topics in this book been dealt with in any kind of thoughtful manner, it might have been interesting, but I couldn't finish it and this is only the second book I ever decided not to finish.
While the story is engaging and well put together the narrative on this is terrible. It sounds as if it was auto-narrated by computer simulated voice. So much so that i could only stomach about 40 mins before I had to turn it off for good. Not up to his novel's usual standards. I purchased this book after listening to all of his incarnations series (which were superbly narrated), and only feel let down by this. I wish I could get my credit back!
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