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Volk Piers Anthony. Fire Sail Piers Anthony. Zombie Lover Piers Anthony. Xone of Contention Piers Anthony. Yon Ill Wind Piers Anthony. Roc and a Hard Place Piers Anthony. Geis of the Gargoyle Piers Anthony. Demons Don't Dream Piers Anthony. Harpy Thyme Piers Anthony. Ghost Writer in the Sky Piers Anthony. And in the shallow magic of a wishing well, she asks her wish to be granted.
Something happens. A sudden whirlwind surrounds her, lifting her up and ripping off her clothing. She is changing, somehow. Then she falls flat on the ground. She has been transformed into a flat, stiff board with two knotholes for eyes. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
Published January 6th by Premier Publishing first published September 26th More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Board Stiff , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 01, Angela Oliver rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasy.
Piers Anthony's books have been getting steadily more and more painful ever since the unfortunately titled "The Color of her Panties" it was plaid, by the way. Now they seem to have devolved into an old man's sexual fantasy and are rife with sexism and tedious, drawn out and erratic plots that do not flow and where everything works out awfully convenient for the characters.
Firstly, I wish to discuss the sexism. From this book, I get the opinion that Piers Anthony believes: a, men are only inte Piers Anthony's books have been getting steadily more and more painful ever since the unfortunately titled "The Color of her Panties" it was plaid, by the way. From this book, I get the opinion that Piers Anthony believes: a, men are only interested in sex, and have tendencies to seeking it even when it is non-consensual, b, a woman's main purpose in life is to find her Happily Ever After or, failing that, have some sort of sexual experience so she knows what it is like.
The fact that these books were once considered young adult astounds me. Brief summary: The main character makes a wish in the wishing well, gets turned into a board cos she's bored, right, haha, yeh Now, they have never met, and she is quite ready to settle for someone whom she considers "adequate" despite the fact that she really hasn't traveled far from home.
So, he picks her up, to use as a weapon and goes on an adventure. Usual visit to Good Magician Humphrey yawn sent on quest with female companion - this time a transformed basilisk, called Astrid. Okay, Astrid was a good character, despite her desire to snog beings she found repulsive cos it was the best she could hope for. Her eyes could kill and her scent could stun.
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Not exactly good wife material. She and board-lady, whose name is Kandy, struck up a pretty good friendship, cos when Ease sleeps, Kandy assumes her human form, as long as she in in physical contact with him. This man spent the entire book clutching a board every time he went to sleep. Anyway, I was kind of hoping there might be a real break from the norm and Kandy might decide that she'd rather have a perfect even if slightly poisonous woman than an adequate man, but no such luck.
Astrid was brave, generous and eventually got a rather pathetically convenient HEA. So, Ease and his board Kandy , Astrid, Com Pewter in Android form , some chick with anti-grav hair, her equally hairy bf hair shirt, ugh and D. Metria band together to save Xanth from a pun-destroying virus. To facilitate this, and make the plot even more convenient, Astrid has a dress - the Sequins of Events - which turns transparent every time she loses a sequin and when it is returned, they are taken somewhere convenient where they have to solve some problem to further the plot.
Overall, it was the sort of story line that would make most critiquers cry. Eventually it builds to a rather pointless ending and the puns are saved.
Let us celebrate. At least in this book the character doesn't run into people who randomly give their name and talent before walking on by and vanishing from the story forever "Hi, my name is Merry and I can make people happy. I am on a quest to cheer people up, have a nice adventure, bye! So, with all these cons, why do I read Xanth novels at all?
Why was I so excited when I was approved the pre-release copy via NetGalley? I have no idea, it wasn't like I was not expecting this, having read the majority of earlier books and watched the sad descent from the entertaining light fantasy of earlier titles into the sexism and innuendo, not to forget the formulaic plots, of the latter. Will I read another? There is a part of me that wonders: will they get better, and I guess the other part of me is wondering: how far will they go?
Probably not I am grateful, really. View all 7 comments. Sep 11, Ionia rated it it was amazing. I gave this book five stars, but would have given it more if the powers that be on the certain sites and Goodreads would have let me. I make the rules on this blog. I gave this book ten stars because I said so. I apologise for when this review gets copied to those above mentioned sites. It has been far too long since I was able to revel in the world of Xanth. With the hilarious characters, riddles love them and the overall strangeness that is Piers Anthony, it is hard to go wrong.
This I gave this book five stars, but would have given it more if the powers that be on the certain sites and Goodreads would have let me.
This book starts out with a few laughs and you get ever more of them as it progresses.