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Man from Mundania (Xanth, No. 12) Mass Market Paperback – December 15, 2000

Book 12 of 39 in the Xanth Series

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy; 1st edition (December 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812574974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812574975
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,193,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Princess Ivy of Xanth uses the Heaven Cent to aid her in a search for the Good Magician Humphrey and finds herself transported to the magicless world of "Mundania" where she encounters a young man who wins her heart and threatens the future of her world. This 12th Xanth novel contains all the charm and playfulness of the preceding titles in a series that shows no signs of coming to a conclusion. Recommended for fantasy and YA collections.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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The twists in this story are great!
Gwendolyn Cox
There is too much of a good thing.), but this one I keep coming back to when I want some fun, irreverent fun.
"improvise88"
All in all, this is a spectacular book and I recomend it to anyone who enjoys a funny, well written novel.
Kurt

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gwendolyn Cox on January 10, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Like any of Piers Anthony's Xanth books, this book is wonderful. If you haven't read a Xanth book before then you should start. This book was about Princess Ivy on a Quest. Her quest was to find the Good Magician Humfrey. She ends up in Mundania and meets Grey, an ordinary guy who needs her. He takes her back home and along the way they become engaged. Ivy's parents, the king and queen of Xanth, don't want their daughter to marry someone without a magic talent. This lends them to go off looking for a magic talent for Grey. There are so many scenes that are hilarious, like the scene where Grey and Ivy are captured by the goblins and they have to do some brave yet funny things(funny to me anyway). The twists in this story are great! (I think that the reading level of this book is around 5th or 6th grade level-I'm not good at judging this kind of thing) This is a great book and I think that anybody could read this book and love it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "foxechick" on October 26, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Man from Mundania" is number 12 in Piers Anthony's ever-growing Xanth series, which makes it the third volume of what I think of as the 'next generation' of Xanth novels (the first um, 'trilogy' ended with number 9, "Golem in the Gears"). In a way, it also marks one of the last of the old style Xanth books: although the series continues to be entertaining and amusing, I am less often enraptured by the characters of recent times. Perhaps I'm just getting old. Regardless, "Man from Mundania" remains one of my favourite Xanth novels that I have returned to many times to read and savour.
Our heroine for this episode is Princess Ivy, now eighteen and of marriageable age. Being a Sorceress, she must marry a man of similar calibre magic, which presents a slightly awkward situation, since no suitable candidates currently exist in Xanth. Ivy isn't too worried, though- she's in no hurry to get married. Instead, she decides to set off on a Quest: to find the missing Good Magician Humfrey, who has mysteriously disappeared (since volume 10, "Vale of the Vole"). Her quest sends her to that most terrible of blah and boring places, Mundania. Here she meets Grey Murphy, a seemingly ordinary mundane Mundane with hair-coloured hair, eye-coloured eyes and no apparent distinguishing features at all. Grey teaches Ivy about Mundania, while she attempts to convince him about the existence of Xanth, finally taking him back home with her. Along the way, of course (this being a Xanth novel, after all!) they fall in love. And this presents yet another problem, since Ivy must marry a Magician, and Grey is a Mundane who has no magic talent at all- or does he?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Hertsch III on April 15, 2003
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I have to hand one thing to Piers Anthony: He managed to take a single plot element, the disappearance of Good Magician Humphrey, and make it last for five novels, barely advancing the search for the Good Magician in each book.
After her brother Dolph looked for the Good Magician Humphrey in the previous book and came back with two fiancees, Princess Ivy decides its her turn to go look for the Answer-providing Magician. After stealing back a magical mirror from a magical Com-Pewter, she invokes the Heaven Cent and ....
Enter Grey Murphy, stage left. Residing in magicless Mundania, he has managed to obtain a computer program that procures girlfriends for him. And its latest procurement? No prize if you guess Ivy. Following the by-now standard Xanth formula, they undertake a journey (back to Xanth) and fall in love along the way.
But it's a good journey. Piers Anthony made two very, very good decisions with this novel. First, he abandoned the juvenile tone that infested earlier and later entries in the Xanth series. Second, after umpty-ump Xanth novels made tangle trees, ladies-slipper bushes, and other magical marvels seem mundane, Anthony chose to approach much of novel through an outsider -- Grey Murphy.
Even as he confronts wonder after wonder, Grey Murphy refuses to believe in magic. A sailing mountain? Special effects. Invisible giant spouting a river of blood? Food coloring. A half-human, half-equine centaur? A robot. A hate spring? Ordinary water, backed by a strong superstition that it will make people hate each other.
Despite his disbelief in magic, Grey Murphy is nonetheless the typical Anthony protagonist, with a code of ethics that uniformly matches every other protagonist we've seen out there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 1998
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This is what, the 11th or 12th Xanth book (out of, now, about 25 or so I guess)...the first 4 were great (Castle Roogna and Centaur Aisle were the best), 5-8 were so-so (Ogre Ogre, Night Mare, Dragon on a Pedestal, Crewel Lye, Golem in the Gears) and 9 and 10 were getting good again (Vale of the Vole, Heaven Cent)...I forget if Isle of View was 11, or if this was. Regardless.....!!
Those of you who got bored with books 5-8 (or 5-10, or 2-10) can come back. This was the first really good Xanth book in a long while. It got away, to some degree, from just the sheer silliness of the middle books, and got a little more into characterization than before, which was good.
I also happened to like the fact that Ivy is finally grown (growing) up and played a big part, and the new character, Grey, was good too.
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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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