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Robot Adept (Apprentice Adept, Book 5) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1989

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From Publishers Weekly

Anthony's Apprentice Adept series takes place on a world inhabited simultaneously by two separate spheres of being: the science fictional Proton's technological Earth colonists and the fantasy Phaze's magical natives including dragons, demons and goblins. An imbalance that has developed between the aspects now threatens both and wreaks particular havoc with the lives of robotic Mach of Proton and human Bane of Phaze, who are the only contact between realms. For that reason, the zealous Adverse Adepts seek to control the pair by kidnapping their lovers, the alien Agape and the unicorn Fleta. This tepid reworking of A Midsummer Night's Dream from the usually boisterous Anthony becomes a series of contests, from a lovers' bakeoffcomplete with brownie recipeto an Olympics whose events include storytelling and word games.
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From Library Journal

In this sequel to Anthony's Out of Phaze , two pairs of star-crossed lovers hold the fates of magic-based Phaze and its sister-world Proton in their hands as Adverse Adepts and Contrary Citizens plot to gain control of an all-knowing computer and its magical analog. Fans of games, logic problems, and mental conundrums will appreciate the plot permutations that highlight the adventures of four feisty heroes in this sf/fantasy blend. JC
Copyright 1988 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: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (March 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044173118X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441731183
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,908 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.

Customer Reviews

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book. But a lot of times I noticed that there would be a chapter focusing on one character for awhile while he/she interacts with another character. Then there would be a chapter focusing on that other character going over some of the same things that were covered in the previous chapter. It wasn't something that really detracted from the quality of the book, but, like I mentioned, it got redundant.
I liked how Mach started to show some ability at magic, and then later in the book he becomes the Robot Adept. It was also pretty interesting how Mach and Bane had their competition at the end and they competed against each other while one was in Proton and the other was in Phaze. Especially when they had physical matches and the technology wouldn't work in Phaze and magic wouldn't work in Proton.
I would recommend the book.
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By E. S. Charpentier on February 9, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mach, a self-aware humanoid robot of Proton and Bane, son of the Blue Adept of Phaze, have managed to cross the barrier between the scientific world of Proton and the magical world of Phaze. They are doing this by inhabiting each other’s bodies. They are the only two able to do so, and because of this two different factions vie to control them and use their power. They have also fallen in love with females, Fleta the Unicorn of Phaze (with Mach) and Agape, the amoeba from the planet Moeba (with Bane) and are both also in danger of being used to force the two to cooperate.
Much of this book concerns the same events told from the perspectives of all four of the players. The constant back-and-forth, in addition to the confusion of trying to remember which consciousness inhabits which body in which world, makes for a somewhat confusing, but also very repetitive read. It seemed to me, also, there were several plot holes; ways in which the central conflict could have been resolved without further ado. However, ado is what makes a book, and so it goes on. I felt that there was altogether much more sexual activity than was necessary, as well. (Vague Spoiler Alert!) I was also quite disappointed with the ending, and am apprehensive about what will ensue in the next book. I’m sure everything will turn out to be fine, but the ending is not terribly optimistic.
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While a semi-enjoyable read, I count this as my "least favorite" Phaze/Proton book. The duality idea is great, but the way it is expressed causes it to drag on a bit. There are several times where the characters's actions simply do not move the plot forward. The author seems to "get it" eventually as the pace does pick up in the last third or so. As part of a trilogy (the second in this setting), you really can't skip it. P.A. writes what I call "light" fantasy, which tends toward simpler themes and more reader-friendly prose. Nothing wrong with that- and the guy excelled at making fun to read stories with likable characters, interesting ideas, and strong plots. Verdict: read it because it's part of the series and enjoy the next book (Unicorn Point) when you get to it.
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By J. Smith on June 7, 2010
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The first couple of books in this series were the best. I am only reading the rest of the series because I wanted to see how it ends. However, most of the remaining books seem to be basically telling the same story as the first book over and over.
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By Mary A. Lewis on July 8, 2012
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I love the whole series that this book comes from. If you like sciFi/fantasy, it is a must read...start with the first book so you know what is going on. I am reading the series for the 10th time...GREAT!!!!!
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