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Product Details

  • Series: Xanth (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (November 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345354923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345354921
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Piers Anthony [Xanth] -- Piers Anthony redefined the fantasy series when he launched his Xanth books--they're(quite simply) pun for the whole family!

--Veronica Chapman, Senior Editor

From the Inside Flap

Smash, himself, was part ogre. Although ogres were considered so stupid they coud hardly speak, and spent their time eating young girls, seven assorted females had suddenly turned to him for guidance and saftety? In Xanth, one visit to the Good Magician Humfrey worked wonders....

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.

Customer Reviews

This book is hilarious.
M. A. Ramos
The entire series is a treat to read, and one of the few book series I intend to own in it's entirety.
Ragansi
I have recently decided to read the Xanth series and came time for this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Rosevear on April 6, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First, I don't read SF as a rule, but someone left this book at my house, so I picked it up. What a great read - the puns and wordplays captured my interest, and now I've found myself reading and re-reading looking for things I missed the previous times through. I've gotten so hooked I've ordered other books from the Xanth series. I'd definitely recommend this one to SF fans and non-fans alike.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 1999
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Smash is lovable. It's these types of books that make me always doubt whether it's real or not...scary... Anyway, I always rate Anthony's books a 5 star. But in Xanth (my fave series) the style of writing is a lot better in the first trilogy of 9 or so then in the later parts of the series, while the later part of the series all have better plots. It's a balance. I still like the idea of magic being so close yet inacessible because I don't believe hard enough... Read the whole series (in order). If not the whole series, then start reading with A Spell for Chameleon and stop when you feel like it (not in the middle of a book, of course, the endings are always great.) Anthony Rocks!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Emily Hawkins on December 12, 2004
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Ogre, Ogre has a myriad of magical creatures residing in the land of Xanth: ogres, fairies, nymphs, centaurs, goblins, dragons, dryads, brassies and more. As in a typical Xanth novel, our two heroes, Smash the Half Ogre and Tandy the Nymph Girl, approach the Good Magician Humphrey for answers to their questions. When Smash arrives, Tandy has served the customary year for her answer. Smash, being a normally stupid ogre, couldn't even remember what question he wanted to ask the Magician. The quest for both of their answers pairs Smash and Tandy up on the way to the home of the Ancestral Ogres. Along the way, Smash also becomes the protector of 6 other females with quests of their own. Plot twists occur as Smash battles for his and Tandy's souls in the gourd world from the Night Stallion himself. There are violent battles with several kinds of monsters, and Smash must decide whether to draw upon his ogre strength or his human intellect. It is only after Smash and Tandy reach their destination that they both realize how the Magician answered their questions for the best.

I don't necessarily see how the conclusion of this story makes sense, even in Xanth, but it was still enjoyable to read. I like the orge rhyming speech.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 1998
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I have read all the Xanth books up to Vale of the Vole, and Ogre, Ogre is my absolute favorite! It's fabulous! This is a romantic and adventurous story about an ogre-human cross, Smash, who finds out that he's not quite as stupid and fierce as he (and everyone else) always thought he was. My favorite part is '"Ogre, ogre, burning bright-" "Ogres don't burn!" "They do when they're stepping across the firewall," Tandy said, "trying to fetch a boat so the rest of us can navigate past the Loan Sharks. That's what reminded Chem of the poem, she said. The flaming ogre. Anyway, the poem tells how they go through the jungle in the night, the fiery ogres, and are fearfully awful." "Yes," Smash said, becoming pleased with the image. "We had a good laugh. You aren't fearful at all, to us. You're a big, wonderful, blundering ball of fur, and we wouldn't trade you for anything." "No matter how brightly I burn," Smash agreed ruefully.'
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Ramos VINE VOICE on June 27, 2000
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This book is hilarious. Great puns. Smash is an ogre. They love to fight, the uglier the better and brains is something to be avoided. It has some great fights which shiows the strength of an ogre. Smash runs into an Eye Queue (IQ) vine and becomes smart. He regards it as a curse, as ogres are proud of their stupidity. Ogres are also soulless, emotionless creatures, and Smash is not; over the course of the adventure he becomes more and more of what we would call humanlike. Though Smash knows he is an Ogre. His adventure triggers new feelings, which at first he doesn't understand, and eventually becomes comfortable with the idea of being a soulful human being while maintaining the ability to bash someone's brain in at need. When you remeber Smash's speach panterens, you forget how horrible Ogres' are suppose to be. A must read.
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It's a very good Xanth Novel and has to be read to in order to follow the series.

Great series book and we come to find the Ogre an endearing character along with his band of fellow travelers he picks up. The first of the story, regarding Tandy, is quite relatable to any young lady facing the task of trying to thwart the advances of an unwanted older suitor.

If I had any criticisms it would be that it drags a little and is somewhat hard to follow Smash's adventures into the Gourd. To much time spent on explaining the technicalities of how the Ogre gets himself out of situation.
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By Matt on January 15, 2014
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I loved this series as a kid. I found the first book in the series and decided to reredad and collect the entire series. Was very fast delivery and in excellent shape.
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The author originally intended when he published the first "Xanth" comic fantasy novel, "A Spell for Chameleon" in 1977 that the series would be a trilogy. However, the series was a huge hit with fans and publishers - Piers Anthony is supposed to have said that the reason he is still writing Xanth books is to keep his publishers happy as the series is the only thing they ever pestered him for. "Ogre, Ogre" was the fifth book in the series and the first of many to be told from the perspective of a most unlikely hero or heroine - in this case Smash the Ogre. Of the subsequent books - the series is still going strong thirty-seven years, as many books, and millions of copies later - other have been told from the viewpoint of a night mare, goblin, golem, spider, harpy, wicked queen, demoness, and even the Demon Xanth himself.

"Ogre Ogre" and all the other books in the series are set in a magical land called Xanth, a peninsular which usually looks a bit like Florida but can sometimes appear like other peninsulars such as Italy. All the human residents of Xanth have a magic talent, which may vary from trivial to immensely powerful and from extremely useful to being a downright liability. The fauna, flora and geography of the land are based on a combination of legends and puns.

The story begins as the half nymph, half human gilr Tandy, daughter of Crombie the soldier who appeared in book 2 "The Source of Magic" is trying to repel the unwelcome attentions of a demon. She catches a night mare and rides the magic horse to a place where she can ask for help. She was not expecting to find herself in the care of an Ogre - and Smash the Ogre was not expecting to find himself protecting seven females as he escorts them through the land of Xanth.
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