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Question Quest (Xanth Novels) School & Library Binding – October, 1991


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Product Details

  • Series: Xanth Novels
  • School & Library Binding: 359 pages
  • Publisher: San Val (October 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0833581988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0833581983
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,658,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

New York Times-bestselling author Piers Anthony has written over one hundred books. His first fantasy, A Spell for Chameleon, won the August Derleth Fantasy Award for best novel in 1977, and commenced his acclaimed Xanth series. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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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Piers Anthony is a fantastic author.
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Question Quest still gets five stars but if you are reading the Xanth books back-to-back this one is a bit repetitive.
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I love the Xanth Series, though to begin with I read several of them out of order.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book showed the the history of Xanth in a very cool way, through the eyes of Magician Humphry. I loved how it slowly got into a predicament and how it was cleverly solved in the end. It showed what happened to Castle Roogna over the years and how Humphry was taught by demons and how he wrote the book of answers. It is, in my view, one of the best Xanth books ever written, and it gives you a lot of information on the history of Xanth and how Humphry lived it. Although it is a great book, if you are just starting to read the series, you should begin with the first book, A Spell for Chamelion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Conn on September 26, 2002
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I love the Xanth Series, though to begin with I read several of them out of order. While each one is a fine stand alone novel, the more you know the better, and this book helped until I got all caught up. Again, lots of puns and fun stuff, but the best part of this book for regular Xanth readers is the Answer of who the Good Magician is and where he came from. Appearing in every book (i think) he is the director of quests, the all-knowing Oz to whom everyone turns for Answers, and this book give you the when, who and how of his life. Why does he charge a years' service, what's with the challenges, where did the Big Book come from - these are all answered in this fun book, as Humfrey recounts where he's been in order to get where he is going. A great Xanth novel!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anna Hamilton on June 24, 2000
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This is the first Xanth book I ever read (I was eight) and seven years later, is still my favorite. I love the history, I love the characters, I love the ridiculous Xanthly humor that got a little out of hand in later books. I hate to sound like a cover blurb, but the truth is that it's one of the finest books I've ever read. So what if it's not Great Literature. It's a helluva lotta fun and I'll defend its innocent beauty to anybody.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "foxechick" on October 28, 2001
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At last, "Question Quest" is the long-untold life story of Good Magician Humfrey- and his five-and-a-half wives. "What?" say Xanth fans. "I thought he only had one wife." You'll have to read the book to find out...
Intriguing as this might sound, "Question Quest" is not among my top-rated Xanth novels. The Good Magician's story is of some interest, and (since he is ancient in the extreme) provides an alternate perspective on several aspects of Xanth history. The Xanth timeline included in the book will also be an invaluable resource for die-hard Xanth scholars. However, the story meanders along from one point to another with a disappointing lack of drive. One gets the feeling that this was a story that merely needed to be written for the sake of biographical detail (as so many biographies are).
Piers Anthony's writing makes for easy reading as usual, but this book didn't inspire me to the same level as others in the series. One for the Xanth enthusiasts only.
5.5 stars out of 10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "millsw2" on August 11, 2003
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Never read a Xanth book before? This might be a good place to start. This book give a good history for all the major characters leading up to this book. Although it does give away the ends of previous books, it doesn't reveal the plots (and puns) in the other books. And, let's be honest, the puns themselves are the great reason for reading about Xanth.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Ramos VINE VOICE on June 29, 2000
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The book is good. Of course I love reading history as well. And that is what is covered here. A detailed history of the never-before revealed story of Magician Humphrey. His recounting of his life will remind you about all the books before this one. A timeline of the history of Xanth is also provided. A good read.
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Question Quest is a book that has very little original content, but instead focuses on putting the previous volumes of the Xanth series in perspective while filling in background details on the life of Magician Humfrey. This book was annoying to read because it was clear that Piers Anthony has not lost any of his facilities with puns and making fun of figures of speech. As an example, something must be done before the statue of limitation runs out - is literally a statue that tries to run out of an enclosed space, however he runs real slow so it gives the heroine of the moment time to accomplish her task, etc.

The storyline starts like a typical Xanth novel. This time the heroine is Lacona - one of the Zombie Master's twins. Her problem is that she is in her mid-30's and her life is completely dull. So, she goes to Grey Murphy for an Answer and is sent to find Humfrey. All of this takes place in the first two chapters and after that the bulk of the rest of the book is a retread of the previous 13 books as Humfrey tells Lacuna his history and story and puts all the other adventures in a timeline. This part of the book also fills in some other details like family relationships that were not previously obvious (did you realize that Crombie was Humfrey's son?) and how of the people got to be the way they did (e.g. Crombie as a woman hater and how Humfrey got to be the Magician of Information).

My problem with this book was that I read all the previous books. So it was fustrating to read about the same adventures and storylines in summary form with a few extra nuggets of infomation. The few extra nuggets were simply not enough for me. This is why I downgraded the rating of this book to three stars.
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