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Bio Of An Ogre Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1989
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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 Mode novels have been read and loved by millions of readers around the world, and he daily receives hundreds of letters from his devoted fans.
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The title of the book comes from when Piers was called an Ogre by some of his colleagues. In this book he manages to convey exactly why he received this title. Piers Anthony does not back down from a fight when he thinks he is in the right. No matter the cost. As he explains his side of each episode it is possible to get a better feeling for the kind of person that he is and the picture is not always pretty. He presents himself as he sees himself - warts and all.
Some of what he writes is by nature brags. He brags about the quality of his mind, he brags about his nature, he brags about his writing ability, he brags about his family. All of this is actually appropriate since he makes his living by being very self-confident.
I had the advanatges of reading this book in 2005 and being the parent of a child who has been diagnosed as having Asperger's Syndrome. From my perspective, this was a fascinating read as Piers Anthony would probably be diagnosed that way today if he was growing up in today's society. For me, it was heartening to see that he became as successful as he is despite his early struggles and his particular approach to life.
Should you read this book? Yes, if you are particularly attracted to learn more about his life and times; Yes, if you are interested in a success story of someone who is marginally autistic; But no, if you are looking to spend a few hours reading a light and fluffy novel like Piers Anthony typically writes.
Piers Anthony defines a whole knew level for self-pity. He takes minor instances in his childhood, like when his parents let his sister use his tricycle, and makes them out to be traumatic events in his life. He then goes on to talk about his adolescence. Look Piers, its too bad that you were slow to develop, and that you had a problem with bed wetting, but my man, many people have had it a lot worse.
Anyone who reads this novel will come to realize how egotistical Anthony is. They will learn how sensitive he is to minor criticism, how he thinks the world of himself for being a vegetarian.
Oh well, if you are actually considering buying this novel you have obviously been bitten by the Anthony bug and there is very little I can do for you. But, when you too are one day tired with the high-master of hack, don't say no one ever warned you.