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Someone-or some thing-has kidnapped the dreaded Demon Earth. If he isn't found, the very fabric of our world will unravel, removing the Earth's gravitational field, and, incidentally, that of the magical land of Xanth as well! To combat this dastardly deed, six bold adventurers must locate the mysterious object known as the Swell Foop, and wield it in a deadly cosmic conteSomeone-or some thing-has kidnapped the dreaded Demon Earth. If he isn't found, the very fabric of our world will unravel, removing the Earth's gravitational field, and, incidentally, that of the magical land of Xanth as well! To combat this dastardly deed, six bold adventurers must locate the mysterious object known as the Swell Foop, and wield it in a deadly cosmic contest against an awesome enemy.The twenty-fifth exhilarating episode in Piers Anthony's fabulous saga of Xanth, Swell Foop blends laughter and romance, wonder and danger, in one of the most intricate and intriguing tales in the history of the series.Swell Foop, the twenty-fifth volume in Piers Anthony's bestselling Xanth fantasy adventures, is one of the most intricate and intriguing tales in the history of the series....

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ISBN : 9780812574746
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Swell Foop Reviews

  • Jacqui
    2019-04-05 10:18

    I can't believe I read through 25 of these.

  • Velvetea
    2019-03-27 13:16

    I love Piers, I really do, but I this was around the time when I became a bit too distracted by the overt sexuality of nearly all of his female characters. It's not so much a problem to have attractive creatures in the story at all, it's more that they all have lusty factors repeatedly brought into play, and it just got a little vexing. Sorry, Piers~ I still love you!

  • Paul Darcy
    2019-03-29 14:17

    by Piers Anthony, published in 2001.Xanth, the one fictitious world in which all else are real . . .. . . Er, or something.This is indeed another (number 26) Xanth novel by Piers Anthony, full of puns, low necklines and magical mayhem. So after twenty six novels in the same magical world, has the magic departed or is it still about in force?I would say that this particular story is not outstanding in the series of Xanth novels, but that does not mean it is not enjoyable for it surely is. It would appear that the Demon Earth has been abducted by another of his/her/its kind and only the unlikely inhabitants of Xanth can save him/her/it - oh, and add in one Mundane as well, romance and an almost omnipotent Roc and well, you are in Xanth.You see, with the Demon Earth missing, gravity which is his/her/its prime power is going to wane until it is no more. Xanth, and every other realm, won’t survive if this happens. So, when Cynthia Centaur goes to as Magician Humphrey if she will breed true with Che, ask a service task she must gather the six rings of Xanth and assemble the Swell Foop to rescue Earth . . .Sounds confusing, but the plot is rather straight forward and riddled with puns as you would expect. In fact, I found the plot very plotted - if that makes any sense. It went like, ring one - check, ring two - check, and so on. Not the greatest, but then the reason most of us return to Xanth is not for the amazing convoluted plots, but to bask in the silliness (with pointed though subtle overtones of morality) which is Piers Anthony’s creation.I say well done again for that, and now I have to go and read “The Dastard” (Xanth number 25), which I somehow skipped (in all the years I have not done that). It was on my bookshelf next to Doone Mode, and the covers were both very dark (which is not usually a Xanth thing) and so I grabbed Swell Foop when I should have grabbed The Dastard.If you have never read any Xanth, you should really pick up “A Spell for Chameleon” and see if it is for you.Another thing I enjoy about the Xanth novels (at least the last dozen or more) is the author’s notes in the back. He relates the tale of writing that particular novel and you get an insight into the mind of the creator. He also lists the puns he uses from contributors too. He can be found online at hipiers(dot)com I believe.I would list all the Xanth novels to date - but there just isn’t room . . .

  • Brianne
    2019-04-22 13:29

    I can believe I've read 25 of these books. But there not bad. This one being an example of one of the better Xanth's. It was a new concept. Well written. Easy to read through. Through have over a hundred lovely puns it wasn't and overload. Just re-read this review. Obviously my mind was a bit scrambled after reading the book. But I believe the gist of the sentence was that I liked it even though there were a ton of puns.

  • Sarah J
    2019-04-24 16:38

    Xanth is a fantasy novel that is based almost entirely on wordplay, specifically puns. The series occupies a strange space between silly and weird. Anthony has some odd opinions on themes, such as sex, racism, prejudice, growing up, and the use of magic in everyday life. The writing vacillates between heavy-handed condescending to extended analysis of magic, science, and the application of the rules of Xanth. Some love it, some hate it; I personally thought it was a strange read but harmless, although I doubt I'll read each book twice. One thing about Anthony, he has a very complicated history and genealogy of Xanth and its characters and you have to appreciate how he always finds ways to connect them from book to book.

  • Don LaFountaine
    2019-03-28 17:33

    This is the 25th installment in the Xanth series. It was a fun book that had a little bit of everything for a fan of the series.It seems that Demon Earth has been kidnapped. Obviously it could only be done by a Demon, but which one? The effect could be devastating to the mortals in Mundania, as well as the inhabitants in the land of Xanth. For without Demon Earth's gravity, everyone could float away.In going to the Good Magician to find out whether she will breed true, Cynthia Centaur becomes the creature who has to save Demon Earth. Not knowing how, she tells her plight to Che and Sim, who go to Sim's mother to find out how to proceed. What they find out is that they have to go to Castle Zombie in search of the Rings of Xanth. The whereabouts of these rings can only be ascertained with the help of a zombie; one zombie per ring. Each ring is powerful enough to control a realm of Xanth - Air, Fire, Void, etc. When these six rings are put together, they can find the Swell Foop. The Foop is powerful enough to control Demons, and the hope is that the adventurers can use it to find and rescue Demon Earth. In their rush, the group forgot that they needed 6 ring bearers. With the help of the Night Stallion, they located their 6th member; a girl from Mundania, specifically located in Hawaii. With the help of the Baldwin family, Breanna is able to travel there and recruit Jaylin to help. Little did they know that once the Foop was located and used to find Demon Earth, they would be sent on a journey in a galaxy far away from their own to do battle in a game against the Demon that captured Demon Earth.This was a very good installment in the series. There are many of the characters that readers of the series are familiar with, but as with most Xanth books, a new reader will not be lost if they happen to pick up this book instead of an earlier story. I felt that the character of Breanna was a little more obnoxious than she was previously in the series, but seemed to return to her normal character traits by the end of the book. Otherwise, the story was captivating and enjoyable. Bottom line, readers of the Xanth series will enjoy this installment a lot, and if a non-reader of the series picks up this book and starts to read it, it stands by itself well enough. It is such a fun story that they may want to start reading other books in the series.

  • Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
    2019-04-19 16:31

    The 25th Piers Anthony Xanth novel is always a swell delight, and as always is full of puns, fun, games, intrigue, fantasy, adventure, mythical beasties, romance, magic, and danger galore. And more PUNS! There will never be an equal to a fantasy filled Xanth novel, ever. In this terrific tale, somebody has kidnapped the dreaded Demon Earth, and in doing so it will remove the Earth's gravitational field, and that of Xanth, too! To save the magical land and Earth as well from this current plight, Cynthia and Che Centaur along with other brave Xanth denizens and some Mundanes must locate the object known as the Swell Foop, and wield it in a deadly cosmic contest against an awesome enemy. As always its just games and demon machinations where they are involved...!

  • Kristen Coffin
    2019-04-06 09:29

    "Nothing can exist without some dimension of space and time."I like this Xanth installment a lot. It's your typical Xanth adventure (a hodgepodge group of characters with a crazy quest) but on a universal scale.The Demon Earth has been kidnapped (demonnapped? planetnapped?) and it's up to several old and new characters to find the 6 rings needed to control demons and, hopefully, control whichever demon kidnapped. A pun-tastic adventure that is literally out of this world, Xanth lovers and Piers Anthony enthusiasts are sure to love it.

  • Ellie
    2019-03-29 13:38

    This was a generally quite good Xanth novel: certainly a lot better than most of the recent offerings. There was a semi-convincing plot, reasonable characterisation and a nice outing into the world of the Demons. Although Ptero was featured, it wasn't overused as has been the tendency since it was first featured, and I liked the fact that Ida finally got to visit it. The puns didn't quite get too annoying either.

  • Jeremiah Johnson
    2019-04-01 09:40

    This was much better writing than previous entries. The things that I've come to hate about the series (Ptero, Adult Conspiracy, Metria) were present but not a lot. Without those, it might have been a 4 star book.The overall story isn't fantastic, but it isn't bad either. Seeing some of the older characters was nice.The Demons' involvement was a fun twist, so I'll be interested to see what happens with that in the future.

  • Andrea Elkins
    2019-04-21 10:33

    Boy I loved the Xanth novels as a teenager. But they don't pull me in like they used to. It's harder to find a good SciFi/fantasy series that keeps my interest and doesn't seem stale. I think the DiscWorld series is better entertainment in a similar style -- more wryness, fewer puns.

  • Kirsti
    2019-04-22 15:15

    Somehow I missed reading this again when I read the entire series last year or the year before, and I'm sure I own it. I will be rectifying that as soon as possible, but until then this review will suffice!

  • Sara
    2019-04-16 11:26

    This was a pretty good book, but not quite as good as some of the others. I liked the elements of the story as they progressed and how so many seemed to fit together so well. I also liked the fact that most of the characters were not only one dimensional.

  • Jasmine
    2019-04-11 13:30

    * - failed to finish it** -finished it, but it was a struggle*** -perfectly readable**** -enjoyable read***** -very enjoyable, would (or have) read multiple times

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  • Theresa
    2019-04-05 11:42

    Swell Foop (Xanth #25)Anthony, Piersa story of universal problems

  • William Middleton
    2019-04-06 16:41

    This is WAY to punny

  • Joanna Hyde
    2019-03-25 12:31

    Another surprising novel with an interesting ending.

  • Duncan
    2019-04-07 12:24

    A very good book.

  • Shawn
    2019-04-23 11:33

    Young adult 10-15

  • Dana
    2019-04-22 14:17

    another good book

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-21 11:30

    I love puns and word play. This book is very punny.

  • Kyra Dunst
    2019-04-02 13:22

    The Xanth series is one of my favorites. When the big Demons make bets, the land of Xanth might suffer.

  • Kaylynn Johnsen
    2019-03-28 09:39

    You better pay attention, this one will keep you on your toes.

  • Debra Meyer
    2019-04-12 11:27

    Life got in the way of being able to finish this one but it kept calling my name so I finally grabbed a bit of time while doing some knitting and finished it. IT was different but enjoyable

  • Andrew Eberle
    2019-04-21 17:22

    Generally solid Xanth outing outside of the fact that Breanna is one of the most annoying characters ever.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-01 15:40

    A fun, pun-filled Xanth read, as always!

  • Natalie
    2019-03-27 11:25

    Interesting read, but I miss seeing Xanth proper, although not the puns, it's quite a relief to have a pun light edition!

  • Aaron
    2019-04-08 09:41

    Demons demons Demons.This one was fun, and has a grand variety of one.