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About the Author

Piers Anthony is an established novelist with more that 130 books published, 21 of which were New York Times bestsellers. He lives in backwoods Florida with his wife.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris, Corp. (July 12, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738811513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738811512
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,566,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Piers Anthony is one of the world's most popular fantasy authors, and a New York Times bestseller twenty-one times over. His Xanth novels have been read and loved by millions of readers around the world, and he daily receives hundreds of letters from his devoted fans.In addition to the Xanth series, Anthony is the author of many other best-selling works. Piers Anthony lives in Inverness, Florida.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Shepherd VINE VOICE on February 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Anthony arrived on the science fiction scene with quite a bang with this novel. So much of a bang that it was nominated for the 1968 Hugo award, losing out on the award itself only to another truly brilliant work, Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light.

Anthony introduces a multitude of ideas in this work: a flower that shows whether or not your significant other truly loves you, a galaxy-spanning `message' that kills humans in its path by hypothermia, a naturally formed inorganic based consciousness, a type of grub that quite literally eats absolutely everything. But the most significant idea is a genetically modified type of human, the minionettes, all physically identical and the very picture of absolute female perfection, who have their emotional circuits inverted, where the kindest thing you can do to them is hate, abuse, deride, and punish them.

Anton Five, knowing nothing of her true nature, has the misfortune to fall in love with one of these minionettes, a love that is an obsession, a mixture of real love and conflicted hate, as the object of his emotions, after only three brief encounters, goes to space. It becomes his mission in life to track her down, even at the expense of his farm and a rejection of freely offered true love by a daughter of the family of Four. And due to this obsession, he eventually is sent to the prison planet Chthon, where the prison is the naturally formed caves and tubes formed by ancient volcanic action and that no one has ever escaped from. Within this prison are real monsters, truly horrifying and very unique, many of which are seen only from offstage or half-seen, and the very indistinctness this lends to these creatures adds to their effect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jari Aalto on April 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
Aton five finds himself in a prison. Not just any prison, but sentenced to a planet, in hot dark tunnels. He must work as a underground gem slave to earn his daily bread. He must escape. Badly. And he doesn't care how many slaves he must lure to take part of his plan; to become his sacrifice. He is Chaos. This is a story of Aton 5, son of a wealthy world where Hvee flowers -- who flourish only in virtue -- are grown. At age of 7 he had heard siren's melody in the woods. An fairy sitting in a hillock. So beautiful, that her hair is firing black and red. She kissed him telling: he would not find anyone as beautiful as her. At age of 14, after agonizing 7 year waiting, Aton found him again. Now matured, starting to understanding his emotions, the fairy returned with his melody. And she kissed him once again. And now she's gone. And Aton is lost. But the melody won't stop. He had to find her. And for his love he was sentenced to Chthon, the prison.

This is a dark novel. About dangerous love whose subject is alluring Minionette. About forbidden love that is not allowed to spread in galaxy. The planet of the Minionette race is a buried secret. Swept out of the galactic navigation archives so that nobody would ever get lured. The emotions of Aton, the search for his Minionette turns the skies upside down when he understands the truth. Not just about the Minionette but himself too. He is incurable; the madness of Chthon, the prison, was already living in him. The rest of the series are Phthor (1975),
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L Murphy on September 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
The protagonist of this story is Aton Five, is from the planet Hvee. At age 7 Aton meets an extremely beautiful woman in the forest named Malice. She appears to him 2 more times and he is warned by his father that she is a dangerous siren called a minionette. He goes in search of her but when he finds her she pushes him away. He is then sent to a retreat planet and is cared for by a slave girl named Coquina. His second love.

Because of his love for Malice he ends up on a prison planet called Chthon. Here the lesser criminals are kept on the upper level and the more dangerous ones on the lower levels. Here they mine garnets for food.

Half way through this book I ordered the sequel Phthor, I cant wait to read it! This is a book I think ill have to read again in the future to fully understand but its the first of many Piers Anthony books ill be reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wow. Incredible. For his first book, this is his best by far. Having first read only the Xanth books, and then the entire Bio of a Space Tyrant series, I was expecting another kind of kiddish book with adult overtones. But no, this very adult oriented book was way beyond my expecatations, the plot twists and turns are amazing. Always gripping, Piers Anthony at his best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allanon on February 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for just another book by Anthony, that's the wrong address! Anthony`s books usually are light read, without any comlexities of caracters or plot. This one is nothing like this! It's really a mature book (altough first one?). Just great read! I highly reccomend it...
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