- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (10 September 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0586213465
- ISBN-13: 978-0586213469
- Package Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.2 x 2.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 249 g
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Piers Anthony is the creator of a number of bestselling series, including ‘The Magic of Xanth’, ‘The Apprentice Adept’, ‘The Bio of a Space Tyrant’, and ‘The Incarnations of Immortality’. He is also the author of the bestselling novelisation of the film ‘Total Recall’. Anthony lives in Florida.
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This one arrived with a plastic sleeve over the jacket which was nice, but there is some staining on the pages on one corner, and wear along the edge of the jacket.
The plot and the story itself might be a little childish for most adult readers, but if you enjoy adventures to new worlds (in this case, universes, or "modes") and have a vivid imagination, you'll probably like it.
Note: The seller contacted me about the condition of the book and offered a refund. I'm satisfied that this resolves the issue of the book's condition, so I'm changing it from my original 4-star rating to 5 star based on good customer service.
However! Proceed with caution and the knowledge that you are starting at the top of a good story idea and will be slowly making your way down into the dredges of sexual exploitation and disbelief.
I read Virtual Mode and was intrigued enough to read Fractal Mode, it is hard to resist a cliffhanger. Virtual Mode was a wishy washy first date....not bad enough to say no to a second but not good enough to walk around floating on air. Fractal Mode steadily became an eyeball-roller. Chaos Mode is an exercise in futility. I am not sure I will continue further...it is ruining my opinion of the author. Back to Xanth, back to the place where Piers shines.
Many people claim that this book is sexist and doesn't delve into character development (check out other reviews), but I believe that this book has a high intelligence factor. I understood what he was talking about when describing the Virtual Mode and Fractals because I was learning about it in tenth grade.
I didn't necessarily relate to the main character personally, but I have many friends and family members who did, so I was able to connect to her in that respect. For the people who claim that depressed girls don't act like that, I'd like to see their psychology degree.
This book will be a favorite of mine until the day I die. I would not recommend this book to children due to adult interactions, but it's definitely not as revealing as a romance novel. If you like science fiction mixed with fantasy, give it a try. Who knows? You may like it as much as I do!