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Product Details

  • Series: Orbit Books
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708881106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708881101
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,450,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Alan Dean Foster's work to date includes excursions into hard science-fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has also written numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as "Star Wars", the first three "Alien" films, "Alien Nation", and "The Chronicles of Riddick". Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first "Star Trek" movie. His novel "Shadowkeep" was the first ever book adapation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel "Cyber Way" won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first work of science-fiction ever to do so.

Foster's sometimes humorous, occasionally poignant, but always entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major SF magazines as well as in original anthologies and several "Best of the Year" compendiums. His published oeuvre includes more than 100 books.


Customer Reviews

All of his books are fun reads!
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It was brought up several times in the beginning and a little at the end, but not to the point that it was overwhelming.
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Not sure about this but the characters are great fun and the premise interesting.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 9, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I remember buying all of these books when they came out years ago. It is a really good series but I can't believe they want full price for a series as old as this one. As noted in an earlier review, you can find these books fairly easily in used bookstores for $1-$3. That being said, if you like talking animals, weird characters, amazing magic and great storytelling then you will enjoy the series!
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Jim Raby on March 2, 2011
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these books are great reads, i loved them back in the day and i love them now but no way in hell am i paying top dollar for a fondly remembered re-read and i doubt mr. foster is getting much out of this deal. find them in a used book store for a buck a pop.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By collects.junk on December 20, 2011
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Perhaps it's my bad for not reading all the reviews, but I thought each book in the Spellsinger Adventure would tell a pretty complete tale--one with a beginning, a middle, and a climactic end (like each Harry Potter book). However, this first book is just a beginning. I was dismayed to learn how abruptly the book ended, and although the characters are pleasant enough, there just wasn't enough going on to make me want to continue to the next book, given that there are 8 total! I'm sad I wasted my money on an introduction, especially since the story in Book One doesn't contain much that isn't already in the Product Description.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Peter Dykhuis VINE VOICE on July 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have to disagree with a previous reviewer in one regard. I do think that the animals in the book are cute and funny. Granted, the animals act in realistic, sometimes noble, but more often crass ways. Part of the fun in this book is the sheer absurdness of the animals and the world at all.
I think you have to treat the book slightly humorously. I think humor was a great par of Mr. Foster's intent. The original cover has a bespectacled turtle on a boat with two humans and an otter. The turtle has drawers in his shell which open. I laughed quite hard the first time I looked at the cover. The hero gets to the fantasy world after smoking marijuana. The hero wins his battles and creates magic by playing and singing rock and roll.....BADLY.
A very fun book but also treat it as fun and not high fantasy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Cooper on June 3, 2005
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I don't know WHAT the Amazon official review is about, because it's not this book.

At first it sounds like a bad joke. A college student getting stoned in his dorm room gets yanked through a dimensional portal by a senile wizard, and doesn't notice. He ends up on a world populated by talking animals and sword-and-sorcery stereotypes, and gets sent unwillingly on a quest.

What Foster does, however, is concentrate on giving us a street-level view of epic fantasy. The talking animals are not cute -- they're brutal and savage, as befits a medieval world. Magic is dangerous and unpredictable, and wizards are seen as lunatics. The threat from Ultimate Evil elicits more laughter from the populace than sympathy for the heroes' cause.

It's the very nastiness of the world that makes the book work. While I'd still call it comedic fantasy, the humor, even the fish-out-of-water bits, has a dangerous edge to it.

There are two problem areas I should note, however. The first is that the title, "Spellsinger," is very misleading; while musical magic is a theme in the book, it's rarely used. We won't learn much about actual spellsinging until the third book in the series.

The second is that the series begins to degrade quickly after the second book. Once the first major story arc is wrapped up, the remaining novels become increasingly light and frivolous in tone and the world-building becomes careless.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jill K on May 11, 2014
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I read this series over 20 years ago and really enjoyed it then. They were out of print for a long time. I was excited to find them available once again. A very fun read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judy on May 22, 2013
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Was so pleased to find this book set for my kindle. I have been looking for theses books for years. When I read the first book several years ago I was laughing so hard I was crying and had to quit reading because I could't see the pages. Simply entertaining, author Allen Dean Foster has a great imaganation.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Maria Campbell on May 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Spellsinger is the best of the series. It has all the things that make a great fantasy novel: the battle of good against evil, an unwilling hero who reaches within himself for his inner strength to overcome great adversity, lots of twists and turn before the conflict is finally resolved. What makes the Spellsinger different is Foster's use of common things (music, talking animals) to achieve these goals. I got the sense that the author has put a lot of himself into the main character of Jon Tom. The animals, as humans in animal form, have great personalities. There's none of the Disney cuteness about these creatures and that gives this book the spice it needs to keep it from becoming too contrived or too precious. I read this book when it first came out years ago and I re-read it periodically and recommend it to my friends. While The Spellsinger and all it's sequels will never be accused of being great "literachoor", you will enjoy reading it.
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