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Language: English
Published: Tor, 1999
Edition: First edition.
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To avert a climatic disaster that threatens to engulf Xanth in a deadly flood, Nimby and his consort, Chlorine, exchange places with a young couple from the mundane world, with the help of a magical computer network, and must engage the deadly Demon Earth without the benefit of magical powers.

Review by Booklist Review

This newcomer to a long series could be called Xanth Meets the Neta heavily satiric version of the Net, of course, complete with "Macrohard" software, etc. To save Xanth from ecological disaster, Nimby, the Demon of Xanth, and his consort, Chlorine, must exchange bodies with Edsel and Pia, two designers of the Xanth Web site whose marriage is troubled. Reaching Xanth, Edsel and Pia end up in the company of Breanna of the Black Wave and her betrothed, Justin Tree. Aboard the duck-footed boat Para, the visitors proceed on their quest, while back in Mundania (i.e., our world), Nimby and Chlorine are suffering culture shock and the menace of Earth's tutelary demon, which is trying to keep Nimby in Mundania forever. The magical puzzles here are ingenious, the puns numerous (and frightful), the sex and gender relations as adolescent as usual, and a great deal of Xanth's history and characters turn up in Edsel and Pia's quest. Lurking amid all the fluff are some real wit and serious ethical questions. --Roland Green

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

The newest volume in Anthony's most popular series (Zombie Lover, etc.) is for truly dedicated Xanthropologists onlyÄfor it's filled not only with horrendous puns but with a maze of references to past books in the saga. When an environmental disaster threatens Xanth, Edsel and Pia, earthling game designers with a shaky marriage, exchange bodies with the presiding demon of Xanth, Nimby, and his consort, Chlorine. Nimby and Chlorine face culture shock and the risk of being trapped on Mundania (aka Earth), while Edsel and Pia grapple with the more complex task of averting a catastrophe. Leaping from wordplay to wordplay and rapidly straining readers' patience with their marital troubles, the young couple eventually travel both in Xanth and in time to fulfill their quest. Occasionally a bright scene, such as Pia and Edsel's visit to the Isle of Talents, is handled cleverly, reminding us of Anthony's ability. But these moments are outnumbered by sophomoric jokes about the Adult Conspiracy to keep teenagers from having sex and the power of women's panties to disturb males. The novel won't alienate the faithful, but neither will it convert unbelievers. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by Library Journal Review

To avert the disasters that threaten both the magical world of Xanth and the real world of Mundania, Mundane computer designer Edsel and his wife, Pia, exchange bodies with Xanthian natives Nimby, the demon, and his mate, Chlorine, in the hopes that each couple can save their host world from destruction. The latest addition to Anthony's popular Xanth series takes on computers, chat rooms, and the web with the usual plethora of puns and slapstick humor. Purchase according to demand. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob was born in August, 1934, in Oxford, England. He graduated from Goddard College in Vermont in 1956. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen while serving in the United States Army in 1958. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1959. In 1977, he received a British Fantasy Award for A Spell for a Chameleon. Anthony's family emigrated to the United States from Britain when he was six.

Highly popular because of his science fiction and fantasy works, Anthony is also known for the Jason Striker series and martial arts novels co-written with Roberto Fuentes. A highly prolific author, Anthony's other works include Bio of a Space Tyrant, Cluster, and the Omnivore series.

Anthony makes his home in Tampa, Florida. He also writes under the pseudonym Robert Piers.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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