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The Color of Her Panties (Xanth #15) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1992

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Book 15 of 35 in the Xanth Series

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New York Times-bestselling author Piers Anthony has written over one hundred books. His first fantasy, A Spell for Chameleon, won the August Derleth Fantasy Award for best novel in 1977, and commenced his acclaimed Xanth series.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380759497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380759491
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of my favorite in the Xanth series. Why? So many people are critical of this one because its the first that obviously shows that Piers Anthony is a dirty old man in fantasy land. For anyone who has read his non-Xanth books you know how tame this really is. I honestly don't think these were ever really meant to be children's books and this shows as the series progresses. Good thing is you have to be part of the adult conspiracy to get it, mostly.
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I really like how puns are used by the Author, "Piers Anthony". I love this series so much, I have purchased all the books of this series, as I have of, "Incarnations of Immortality". The Incarnations of Immortality" is the first book of that series, as of "Bearing an hourglass", "With a tangled skein", "Wielding a red sword", "Being a green mother. If you are into fantasy, and reading of literal puns, you should love this book.
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It's really kind of remarkable what Piers Anthony has done with Xanth. He's created a fantasy series in which there's action and brain-teasers, but the silly puns and lighthearted nature of the book belies the seriousness of some of the scenes. For example, when I first sat down to write this I was going to say that there's no real horror to the battle scenes, nothing grim or epic in Xanth the way there is in Middle Earth, say, or even Narnia, to take a lighter-hearted example.

But that's not true, entirely: In one of the books there's a siege of Castle Roogna, and there are deaths galore, as well as a pitched battle involving vampires, goblins, harpies, zombies, soldiers, and a giant spider.

(Giant spiders seem to be a staple in fantasy books: Harry Potter, The Lord of The Rings, and Xanth have all had one. I can't remember one in Narnia but that doesn't mean there wasn't one.)

The lighthearted feel of Xanth is, though, in stark contrast to most of fantasy writing that's out there. I think that (plus Anthony's admittedly somewhat simple writing style) causes many people to downgrade or disregard the series -- or to honestly dislike it the way Andrew Leon does -- because while there are epic quests and horrible deaths and demons and the like, it's all portrayed in a sort of Saturday morning cartoonish feel.

The Color Of Her Panties continues that combination of quests-and-kids-stuff feeling, as a former side character, Mela the Merwoman, decides to go find a husband, and ends up joining forces with a dissatisfied ogress, a mystery human woman, and some teenage folk who have to help a friend take over as a chieftain of the goblins. What got me started on thinking about where Anthony might fit in the pantheon of fantasy writers was a couple of things.
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I'm looking forward to reading this story again. I first found out about the Xanth series in high school back in the late 90s. Some 20 years later, I'm going back through and having a marvelous time reading all of his stories again. I love Jenny's story and have forgotten some of the bits and pieces along the way, and I know this one is full of it. For anyone who has never read any of Piers Anthony's Xanth series before, of course he uses puns. That's part of the charm, along with the Adult Conspiracy. While any of his books could be read alone, I highly recommend starting with the first 3, then you can pick up a new story with a group in each individual trilogy, ie 1-3, 4-6, 13-15, etc. He has the perfect blend of fantasy, magic, adventure, romance, and humor, amongst other things in any story along the way.
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Honestly this book is exciting, adventurous, sexy at times(adult conspiracy) . Is a good read for the type that likes fantasty books. well worth the money. You will want to read the whole series to truly understand what is happening.
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I am a huge fan of the puns, but also of the creativity in the story lines. Look forward to catching up to the present day novels.
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Book has some fun characters. Don't like it as much as some of the earlier books though. I love Piers Anthony for all the puns.
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I have been enthusiatic about the Xanth series for about five years now. I really enjoyed all the earlier books, but this one is just not good. The puns are front loaded into the book and not nearly as funny as usual and I don't care for the preteen girl characters much either. In one part he has them trying on panties forever. It's somewhere between boring, bizarre, and perverted.
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