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The Secret of Spring Mass Market Paperback – July 15, 2001


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From Publishers Weekly

Best known for his pun-filled, long-running Xanth light fantasy series, Anthony pairs here with a fan and first-time author for a stand-alone novel of improbable plot and lackluster characters. Vegan Herb Moss, a member of a race of genetically engineered plant-humans on a distant planet, is bored by his nice but dull girlfriend, Lily. When he answers a personal ad in Play Plant magazine, however, Herb gets more than he bargained for: beautiful Spring, daughter of a dead sorcerer who magically sealed the secret to extended life inside his child, to be revealed when she mates with her one true love. Spring is hunted by her father's enemy, the evil mage Zygote, and Herb and his friends are her only hope for evading the villain who seeks her maidenhead. The authors' mix of science and fantasy is awkward at best, and the characters never rise above stereotype, from the reluctant hero Herb with his antiquated philosophy about moody, troublemaking women to spunky-yet-understanding Spring, to Lily with her belief that "the love of a good woman" can bring out the good in any man, even the evil Zygote. While Anthony's author's note proclaims he found "cute cleverness" in Taeusche's original manuscript, it's doubtful that even die-hard Xanth fans will discover much here to hold their attention. (Mar.)
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Anthony's latest collaboration (after Dream a Little Dream, 1999, with Julie Brady, etc.) with one of his more persistent admirers features the standard combination of cute witches, evil wizards, lovable quasi-humans, and jocularly lascivious romancing (puns and lovers) in a reasonably inventive, Anthony-fantasy setting where hero Herb, heroine Spring, and villain Zygote have lots of neat stuff to do. -- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy; 1st edition (July 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812564871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812564877
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,313,601 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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Condit on April 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Secret of Spring is very cleaverly written with puns peppered throughout the story. The characters are funny and imaginative. The unusual ending is quite a surprise. A fun book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nichole on April 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I had fun reading this book. It had some clever ideas and you could tell that the authors had a good time with it. I thought the physiology of the plant people was particularly thought out; I like it when a fantasy world is that detailed. I didn't really get into any of the characters but the book kept me guessing until the end about what the villain's come-uppance was going to be. A complete surprise! All in all, this was an enjoyable book and I hope to see more collaborations between Anthony and Taeusch in the future.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amanda N. Murray on June 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
When I found this book in my local library, I didn't go for it at first because, frankly, the spine looked bad. Awfully shallow of me, I know, but I finally did pick it up and read the inside cover, and I slipped it into my pile of books, including louisa may allcott and tamora pierce. I was honest with myself, and I was pretty sure I wouldn't read it, but I ended up doing so, and I was just as cute and funny as I hoped it would be. I recommend this book, but not as a profound and heart-stirring read, but more as a late-night grooving in the bathtub thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 5, 2010
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To me, this reads as less of a serious novel (Incarnations of Immortality, for example) and more of a light, enjoyable read. It seems that Mr. Anthony and Ms. Treusch got together and decided to have fun. I get the feeling that they just wanted to relax and play around a bit, and it does seem like they had fun. There's a lot of plant puns here. Magazines become 'magazinnias', prostitutes are 'passionflowers' and the like. I smiled at some of the puns. If the author's objectives was to have fun and make a amusing story, they definitely accomplished that.

However, the ending felt weird to me. The 'secret' of Spring... well, it's not much of a secret. I was happy for what happened with Zygote at the end, but at the same time, it felt cliched to me. This book had a lot of potential, especially for the ending. I'm not saying that this is a bad book at all, but if you do decide to read it, just don't expect a great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nichole on April 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I had fun reading this book. It had some clever ideas and you could tell that the authors had a good time with it. I thought the physiology of the plant people was particularly thought out; I like it when a fantasy world is that detailed. I didn't really get into any of the characters but the book kept me guessing until the end about what the villain's come-uppance was going to be. A complete surprise! All in all, this was an enjoyable book and I hope to see more collaborations between Anthony and Taeusch in the future.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By candyg on March 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
don't read this book if you're looking to get very involved with the characters! the book is humorous, but it just gets so cutesy you get a little tired of it after a while. a good read if you're on a plane or laying on a beach, but not to get involved with!
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Format: Hardcover
Piers Anthony is most known for his comical Xanth books, but in this book he and his collaborator, Jo Anne Taeusch, turns their sites on science-fiction. This is the story of Spring, a girl on the run, and her unlikely hero, Herb Moss - a half-man/half-plant.

This is a nice, though light-weight book. The characters are underdeveloped, with the book relying on the zaniness of the happening to carry the story along...which it does only moderately. The mix of sci-fi and fantasy is not too serious, but then again neither is any of the rest of the story.

It's not a bad book, good for a read at the beach, or when you have time to kill.

(Review of The Secret of Spring by Piers Anthony and Jo Anne Taeusch)
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