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DoOon Mode (Mode, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – April 15, 2002

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Bestseller Anthony packs his fourth and concluding volume set in the Mode multiverse (Virtual Mode; etc.) with a huge variety of characters, a brisk, episodic plot, plenty of sex and some superficial emotional heft. A trio of cat-based androids from DoOon Mode accepts a challenge posed by the evil Emperor Ddwng to find clinically depressed, suicidal 14-year-old Colene and her loving, stable husband, Darius, to force them to hand over the powerful Chip. With the Chip, Ddwng will be able to travel the multiverse and raid it ruthlessly for supplies and genetic material. Surprisingly, Darius agrees to turn the Chip over (could it be he knows something that Ddwng does not?), and he and his telepathically linked friends, now counting the cat androids among their number, traverse the alternative realities of the Modes to Darius's home Mode, finding adventure and solving problems along the way. In so doing they grow closer, eventually forming a hive a mentally joined group of beings that shares thoughts and emotions. Feeling she must separate from the hive to conquer her fears, Colene faces in the highly disturbing last chapter her greatest fear sex and discovers what happened in her past that has scarred her so terribly. Unwary readers who get this far may feel as Colene does, "deeply buried in awfulness, with no way to escape," but Anthony's legions of adolescent fans should be immune to what others may consider bad taste and bad writing.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fleeing a real world that has become too harsh for her to accept, Colleen enters a fantastic realm of varying "modes," where she finds a group of companions to accompany her on a journey toward healing and self-knowledge. Ultimately, Colleen must face the monster responsible for her troubled past and find a way to save all the worlds that she has come to love. Concluding his Mode series (Virtual Mode, Fractal Mode, Chaos Mode), Anthony delivers a parable that uses high-tech trappings to conceptualize the struggle between good and evil. The author's large following should guarantee a demand for this cleverly told sf adventure.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; 1st edition (April 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812575423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812575422
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,359,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amanda M. Hayes VINE VOICE on May 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Given how much I truly love the first three books of the Mode series, I never would have pictured myself giving the fourth, _DoOon Mode_, a negative review. Yet that's what I find myself doing.

To be fair, this book suffers from several disadvantages: longtime fans of the series have been waiting for it for years--some as long as eight, since _Chaos Mode_ came out in hardback in 1993. My expectations were bound to be high after a wait like that, particularly when I learned that it was to conclude the series. I can also imagine that perhaps Piers Anthony lost the feel of these characters, this reality; though continuity errors were few, _DoOon Mode_ didn't really seem in synch with its predecessors.

Now for what requires all those excuses. For starters, I didn't get any sense of depth from any character, even Colene, which may have been partially due to the frequent perspective-shifting--and this time most of the perspectives were used a sum total of once. I couldn't really get into the heads of these protagonists, only seeing a slice of the action from their view. And while I'm on the subject of the action, it seemed awfully glossed over to me. Many things are skipped, shown entirely off-camera; I got little feel for the wonderful variety of the Virtual Mode and instead have a hunch that Anthony was trying to cut travel scenes as short as possible. Saving, mind you, for one Xanth cameo that seemed totally unnecessary. The characters' conflicts aren't explored to any significant degree; plot threads turned up and were swiftly cut off, not appearing to serve any purpose in the meanwhile.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By LunaMarina on July 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am not surprise that there is so much variety of opinion about DoOon Mode, the last book of the Mode series. A lot of people have criticized this series for his used of sexual explicit scenes of rape and child abuse involving a 14 years old girl. DoOon does offer this and more in this concluding book of the series.
I have to disagree with those that thought the book was a disappointment. It would have been a disappointment if he has never written an ending of what happen to Colene. I think it is nice that Piers decided to listen to his fans and finishing to publish this book.
Some don't like the use of the Nulls characters in the series and thought that they were too stupid in Virtual Mode. I don't agree. They weren't stupid just slaves. Piers used the same style that he used in Fractal Mode. To use the first chapter of the book to introduce fully the new anchors before Colene and her gang show up in the scene.
But let's talk about the merit of this book. I found the story enthralling and poignant. Throughout the book we learn a lot more of why Colene is a depressed and suicidal teenager. We got hints in Virtual Mode when she told Sequiro how unhappy she was when she visited Panama before the rape. The rape just exacerbates a downhill trend that was killing her slowly already. We learned even more about Maresy and why she is important to Colene. In a way, this is ultimately Colene story and we get all the answer of our questions that came up throughout the previous 3 books.
I did enjoying learning more about the Nulls society. I don't know if they are philosophers but they indeed are worthy people that unfortunately know that they are doom in DoOon to do as they are asked or died. They are aware of their condition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Clausen on July 1, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
We get a conclusion, but it is unsatisfactory. I feel that the last few pages was hurried and not planned as good as they could have been.
But I guess that any finish is better than none.
Since I have read all the other books by Piers Anthony I know that he can do better.
Read the book. But dont expect too much.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As an Anthony fan for 19 years I was deeply dissappointed in this book. It was not as well crafted as previous books in the series and the characters and plot lacked cohesion. I particularly disliked the inclusion of the rape and child abuse scenes - they added nothing to the plot and could have been handled better.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "amiling" on April 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I've read the whole series and I couldn't wait until this book came out. I'm glad it did, because it gave deep insight into the characters old and new. Piers wove wonderful detailed story and kept up the expectations of the book. You feel every sorrow, joy, triumph and defeat of the characters. It's amazing how the characters in the book are not just evil or good but so many shades of grey and complicated. It's a joy to figure out the story and what's going to happen next. I definately recommend this book to anyone.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By booksforabuck VINE VOICE on May 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I'm a longtime fan of Piers Anthony and felt that DOOON MODE was, in many ways, a homecoming. Anthony mixed a bit of Xanth (Colene and her group actually visit Xanth during their mode-crossing), the Apprentice Adept (in the game playing the nulls conduct at the beginning), and the psychological insights that played such a major part in the Tarot series.
Anthony does a fine job integrating character psychological development with the story action, allowing both to reflect one another. Colene needs to grow in order to become a good wife for Darius but, more importantly, to achieve her potential as a person. All of her friends try to help but, ultimately, may get in the way of her resolution.
Two warnings are appropriate. First, DOOON MODE is sexually charged with descriptions of child abuse and rape. Children and young teens may find it disturbing. Second, the dialogue is incredibly clunky. It is difficult to imagine a depressed teen, even one as intelligent and travelled as Colene, saying some of the things she says--and why does she have to say them so often? Anthony runs through the Colene can't have what she wants with Darious thing about thirty times--maybe twentyfive too many.
It isn't perfect (the way, say Anthony's ON A PALE HORSE is), but DOOON MODE is vintage Anthony and worth the read.
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