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Swell Foop (Xanth, No. 25) Mass Market Paperback – October 13, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
"Do you think the puns will ever run out?" a character asks early in Anthony's 26th funny Xanth adventure. "If they do, Xanth will dissolve into chaos... It is mostly made of puns," another character sagely replies. And so it goes. This fantasy confection is full of puns, clever mathematical and grammatical lessons and some gratuitous sexual innuendo. Cynthia Centaur and her companions must find the Six Rings of Xanth (Fire, Earth, Idea, Water, Air and Void) in order to rescue the Demon Earth from the thrall of the Swell Foop. These rings are the only artifacts capable of locating the Foop. When they are stacked and aligned, a person who sights through them will be able to see the Foop if the stack is pointing the right way, and if that person is destined to use it. The rings also control the six known Regions of Xanth. The ring bearers, who include Jaylin, a Mundanian human girl, as well as five Xanth creatures, must use their creativity and sense of humor to find Demon Earth, or else the gravity needed in Xanth and Earth will disappear forever. Diehard Xanth fans will rejoice at this fast-paced romp, but even they might get a bit tired of the incessant panty humor. Some readers may have raging hormones, but the preteens, who would most enjoy this book, aren't quite there yet, and many older teens are ready to explore more mature issues. (Oct. 17)autobiography, How Precious Was That While (Forecasts, July 23).
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The twenty-fifth book of Xanth deals with a matter of some gravity. Specifically, the Demon Earth has disappeared, which means that eventually not only some but all gravity will disappear from Earth and Xanth. To solve the mystery and rescue the Demon Earth, the Swell Foop is required. That involves using the six magical rings of Xanth, which need to be found by means of a quest by five old friends of Xanth mavens--Cynthia and Che Centaur, Brianna and Justin Tree, and Sim, the immortal bird--as well as Jaylin, a girl from Mundane Hawaii. The search is fraught with Anthony's usual cargo of puns. A bit longer than some recent Xanths, this is also a bit better, and even those who find it more of the same are likely to enjoy themselves. But starting with Xanth in a late book such as this is less advisable for finding out what the fuss is all about than going back as far as your library's holdings allow. Roland Green
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Most of the book is taken up with the search for the six rings of Xanth and the Swell Foop. At that point, with only 100 pages left, the story turns to the rescue of Demon Earth. The involvement and experiences of the major Demons were a nice addition. It's too bad the mortal characters were left two-dimensional. They were simply there to deal with the plot and did not undergo any sort of growth. Cynthia enters the book feeling a bit insecure about whether or not she is a true centaur, having started out as human. She still bears vestiges of her early human conditioning. It might have been nice to see her explore these issues over the course of the story, but this potential subplot quickly vanishes. The most colorful personalities are the supporting ones: Metria, back more like her old self (hooray!) and Professor Grossclout in all his terrifying and delightful glory.
I'm agreeing that the author is going overboard with the puns. When even the characters groan and run away, it's time to rethink including every single reader suggestion. And these days, no Xanth novel would be complete without an attempted seduction. This time around, the author goes so far as to include girl-on-girl action and a three-way. `Naughtiness' used to be presented in an amusing fashion which fit the whole ambience of Xanth, but as this series has progressed, the situations have turned more menacing and manipulative, and the women's actions increasingly brazen. This isn't fun anymore. Does Xanth really need sexuality of this nature?
In spite of all this, I can't deny that I liked this book and would read it again. Guess I'll chalk it up as another guilty pleasure.
On an end note: how can you gain status by destroying the universe and everything in it if there is no one left to accord you that status?