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When life seems pointless to Norton, he accepts the position of Incarnation of Time. With the other incarnations - Death, Fate, War, and Nature - already distracting him, Satan springs a cunning trap.

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

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  • Don
  • Virginia Beach, VA, USA
  • 12-08-07

A bit saucy, and full of Zest

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!

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  • joe
  • Sterling Heights, mi, United States
  • 08-23-07

Intricate

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.

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  • Cliff
  • madison, MS, United States
  • 02-11-14

OK. Just didn't hold up as well as I remembered

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.

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Well done.

Bearing an Hourglass is the second installment of Anthony's Incarnations of Imortality series. It is set some years after On a Pale Horse. As the story opens, the solitary, nomadic Norton is enjoying a camping trip when he's paid a visit by a ghost who makes a strange request. The ghost, a young dragonslayer named Gawain who met is demise in battle with a dragon that actually turned out to be a dinosaur, is married to a young woman who lives on and enjoys all the benefits of Gawain's estate in exchange for producing an heir. Gawain's request is that Norton meet the girl and sire said heir. Though reluctant, Norton agrees to meet the young woman, Orlene. He quickly discovers that Orlene has the peculiar ability to see a person's aura, which manifests itself in the form of a glow, and to know the character of that individual based on that glow. Despite his best efforts Norton becomes attracted to Orlene and as Gawain hopes impregnates her. Not long after the birth, however, Gawain reappears with devastating news that ultimately causes Orlene to commit suicide. As compensation, the ghost arranges for the grieving Norton to have the chance to assume the office of Chronos, the Incarnation of Time. Though reluctant, Norto takes up the Hourglass and soon finds himself embroiled in the endless struggle againstSatan, the Incarnation of Evil, who seems bent on discrediting or otherwise neutralizing an influencial senator who could prove to be his greatest foe. Only time will tell if Norton will have what it takes to avoid Satan's subtle snares and keep Seator Kaftan safe from harm.
All in all this was an excellent story. I've always enjoyed Piers Anthony's writing and George Guidall does a fine job narrating this tale. If ou haven't already done so I heartily recommend this series, particularly the first four books. These are On a Pale Horse, Bearing an Hourglass, With a Tangled Skein and Wielding a Red Sword. The rest are Being a Green Mother, For Love of Evil, And Eternity and most recently Under a Velvet Cloak, though this last is not currently available from Audible.

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Overall a worth while story

This is the second book in the "Incarnations of Immortality" series and as such I found it to be a good follow up to the 1st book and helps cements the concepts laid down. However I found this book to be a bit lack luster compared to the 1st one a lot of the same themes come up but I feel they were better handled in the first one. I also felt like Zane (Death from the first book) lacked the personality that made him such a compelling character

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loves it

amazing novel. my only regret is not reading earlier in my life. inspiring and weird, but ultimately fascinating.

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Life as it should be

I can't get enough of Mr Pierce Anthony. I have read this series hundreds of times. This is my world. the world I want to exist in.

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I liked this book alot.cant wait for the next one

I really enjoyed this bool....oldie but goodie...this one had me slightly confused at times but able to figure it out easily...

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Another great Piers book...

Again, I have enjoyed this Piers Anthony and this series... on to the next book!

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Bearing am Hourglass is a great!

"Bearing The Hourglass" was a wonderful experience. I kicked up my feet and listened to Piers Anthony Audiobooks and I had a great me time, earphones and Hourglass, they went with me everywhere with me.