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Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Econo-Clad Books (February 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613014731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613014731
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,862,844 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ampbreia on July 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
Here's the description from the back cover notably missing here:
"John Smith is just a typical teenager growing up in a typical American town in 1960... or is he? He has a dog - that can climb trees and understand very complex comands. He has parents - who watch him constantly, taking notes when they think he's not looking. He has a girlfriend - a girl he's never met, who he has been told he must marry.
John knows that something is wrong, but until he crosses the boundary fence late one night, he realize just how much. For wherever, whenever he lives, it is definitely NOT America, circa 1960."
It's a pretty trippy little story. I like that. You know, the whole walking along through normal reality and then unexpectedly dropping off a cliff into the Twilight Zone. That's exactly what this story does.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Sozaeva VINE VOICE on November 28, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although somewhat controversial topics are raised on the subject of racial differences (main character is one of only 2 "purebred Caucasians" left in the world and later finds there are only 2 purebred Chinese and 2 purebred Africans while the rest of the world is "Standard," apparently an amalgamation of all races and who apparently hunted down and killed all other races for the most part), the book is nonetheless a very interesting bit of pulp fiction from the early 1970s. I much prefer Anthony's earlier works, such as this one and "Shade of the Tree" to his later efforts, where he enters into long series and the books become repetitive and silly. But hey, track down this book if you can and find out for yourself what you think. It may take a bit of work, but I think you will agree that it is worth the effort.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1997
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One of his best, and often overlooked because it isn't in a series. Piers describes a world of the future where all human beings have "evolved" into one race, and the attempts to create divergent races. VERY thought provoking
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RE Krause on July 24, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For years I have meant to read novels by Piers Anthony. I just did and I'm wondering why I waited so long. While Race is written for youth it has messages for adults as well.

The story is told by young John Smith, a white American boy becoming a man who is living in a small town supposedly located in Nebraska. Several inconsistencies have begun to trouble him. There is the peeling color of the skin of many of the inhabitants of Newton. Why cannot John go beyond certain environmental limits outside of Newton? Who is the young woman to whom he is supposed to marry and is she real? As he questions his life in Newton he begins to explore and hopes to discover the answers for himself. The answers will surprise the reader as well as investigate environmental change and destruction which is interesting from the perspective of the time in which this novel was written - 1973.

What John discovers is unsettling to him. It seems that small villages are created to hold pure white Americans, Chinese, Arabs and Africans on a second world. Are all the purebreds trapped or imprisoned part of a zoo or an observation experiment? His adventures are just beginning and he finds himself banded with other young people who, like him, are searching for the truth. Read this novel and discover the answers that John and his friends found. I assure you that the ending will surprise you.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By schles@netvision.net.il on October 10, 1997
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When I read the other review I just had to comment. This WAS an interesting book, but it was a bit childish. It is as if Piers Anthony had several interesting ideas, but didn't really know how to write a novel about them - the results seems confused and unconvincing. I think it's a book to read when you REALLY have nothing else to read.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Oscar on December 15, 2005
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The fast paced yet frantically composed novel "Race Against Time" follows a Caucasian male within an enclave of humanoids similar in culture. After uncovering a profound racial difference pertaining to he and his parents, he begins questioning his origins. The ingenious narrative resembles an extended short story, little character and environmental development with instant and sometimes impractical answers to encountered problems by those obviously unskilled in such unusual technologies.

Ultimately the premise raises interesting issues concerning the direction and leaving questions whether as a society the human species are heading towards the "Standard" outcome. The tale may be exceedingly controversial and rather provocative as a debatable subject by anthropologists or those in the development of humankind.

Thank you.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2002
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If you are a Piers Anthony fan, you are probably not hooked on his writing. You are hooked on his creativity. This man has an imagination that cannot be duplicated anywhere. He can look at a droll, everyday item and turn it into a chapter/story. He not only creates imagery in words, but tends to turn the world upside down and around you. He is very thought provoking. If his technique has you down, back up and look for the real gem, imagination.
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