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Since Xanth began, the gargoyles of that magical place have been under a magical compulsion to protect the purity of the Swan Knee River which flows into Xanth from dreary Mundania. But recently the pollution from the outside world has grown ever greater, and young Gary Gar, latest in a long line of gargoyle guardians, is finding it ever more difficult to fulfill his respoSince Xanth began, the gargoyles of that magical place have been under a magical compulsion to protect the purity of the Swan Knee River which flows into Xanth from dreary Mundania. But recently the pollution from the outside world has grown ever greater, and young Gary Gar, latest in a long line of gargoyle guardians, is finding it ever more difficult to fulfill his responsibilities.So Gary does what any sensible Xanth resident with a dire dilemma would do. He goes to see the Good Magician Humfrey, who sends him on a peculiar quest--to transform himself into human shape, tutor a precocious child with more than her share of wild magical talents, and find a philter which can restore the river to its previous pristine state....

Title : Geis of the Gargoyle
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ISBN : 9780812534856
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Number of Pages : 342 Pages
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Geis of the Gargoyle Reviews

  • Sarah J
    2019-04-14 09:17

    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.

  • Elisa Kay
    2019-04-08 06:09

    When reading the first chapter of this book, I did not think that I would be able to continue reading the book if it was full of some many puns, just for the sake of using puns. However, by the end of the novel I can safely say that this is my favourite Xanth book so far!

  • Rick
    2019-04-15 12:10

    I enjoyed this book. It had many different story threads and it was interesting to see how each turned out. Of course, it has its share of wonderful puns!

  • Don LaFountaine
    2019-04-16 13:29

    If it was possible, I would have rated this book 3 1/2 stars. However, since it is part of the a series that I love, I am somewhat biased and rated it 4 stars.Book 18 is about Gary Gar, a gargoyle who is filtering the water that comes into Xanth from Mundania. He is finding that it is becoming more and more polluted, to the point that it is difficult to keep the contamination out. So he does what every other Xanth citizen does when they have a question that they can't answer - they seek out the Good Magician. Gary gets his answer, to find the philter. Along the way, he had to transformed into a man, work with Queen Iris, (who took some youth elixir and lost 70 years), and had to tutor Grundy and Rapunzel's daughter Surprise.They find that they need to utilize the services of Hiatas, the Zombie Master and Millie the Ghost's son. He is now 40 years old, still a bachelor, still living at home, and has no ambition to do anything else. Come to find out, he had been bewitched by Desiree the Dryad when he was a youth. For a chance to see Desiree again, he joins this group.They all end up in the Region of Madness. While in there, they discover the ruins of a city called Stone Hinge. With Gary reading the stones they found, and Iris generating the illusion of the long lost city, Stone Hinge comes to life. Yet shortly thereafter, illusions start appearing before the group that Iris did not create. They need to figure out the source of these illusions, find the philter, and get out of the Region of Madness before it's too late.This is a pretty good Xanth installment, and certainly won't disappoint fans of the series. We get to know more about Queen Iris, who has really been a fringe character, albeit a major one, whose background was never shown in detail until now. As with the other books in the series, a reader can pick it up and enjoy it without having read the other books first. While the characters feel more fleshed out if you have read the prior 17 books, a reader is not lost if they haven't. It was a fun book to read; funny, quick to read, and simply put, brain candy.

  • Swankivy
    2019-04-08 05:11

    This is the one where we get to meet Surprise. Surprise was one of my favorite things ever. Even though she was in an extremely silly book.You could definitely tell that Anthony was going ape on his whole environmental message thing. I actually tend to like books with an environmentally friendly message, so I'm not as annoyed about that as some other readers might be, but it does get annoying when he smacks you about the head with it and tries to be clever about it. In this book, a gargoyle named Gar decides that his job of keeping the Swan Knee river clean is getting too hard, and he wants to get to the bottom of it. So he asks Humfrey, because that's the way we roll in Xanth.Everybody's got their quest here, and since most quests have something to do with "find my boyfriend," "find my family," or "get married," it was nice to see one quest that involved Gar taking human form and having to babysit Surprise--a girl with a ridiculous talent. Everyone in Xanth has a magical talent, but they're generally restricted to ONE, so it's surprising--Surprise!--that little Surprise seems to basically be able to do absolutely anything magical that she wants to do. (Turns out her ability is basically to be able to do anything once.) I really liked both the idea of this kid and the execution of her goofiness. Everything else in the book I could take or leave. Except the puns. I'd say leave the puns. The ever-growing lists of author credits at the end, acknowledging the readers who'd given him the pun plants to build his story garden around, were getting ridiculous. It was at this point that I'd get new Xanth books and leave them lying around for a long time before I started reading them. I was more interested in my school reading sometimes, because I was so tired of hearing the author slap his knee in between every line.

  • Julie Decker
    2019-03-23 05:04

    Gar the Gargoyle is tired of cleaning up the river and thinks there has to be a reason it's getting so polluted, so he visits Humfrey to find out what he should do. He never imagined he'd be babysitting a magical child named Surprise who appears to have the magical talent to do anything. In this environmentally friendly quest, Gar will find what he's looking for. If the puns don't eat him alive first.It was refreshing to see in a Xanth book that once in a while we get a quest that isn't about a man getting a woman. As a bonus, Surprise as a character was really fun--especially the bits where they were trying to figure out how it's possible for a Xanth resident to have more than one magical talent. (She doesn't. It just seems like it.) The anti-pollution Earth-friendly messages were only slightly less blatant than the puns this time. The puns are just tiring at this point. I don't even know how Anthony writes a story without tripping over them.

  • Travis
    2019-04-17 10:07

    Nice bit of fantasy fluff that could have used a trim of about fifty pages. Likable characters and some fun ideas, but man, does the middle drag.Also, shocking news: women have boobs and if a man sees them, he becomes an idiot.Not disputing the truth of that idea, just annoyed that Piers beats that joke into the ground.We got it the first twenty three times, Piers.If a guy is tired of references to boobs, then you know you are doing it wrong.The Xanth books are always a nice read, especially needed after something epic or overly serious. They are the equivilent of a cozy mystery. Nothing earth shattering, just a fun way to pass an hour or two.Some actually funny bits and likable characters save this one, but it isn't his best.

  • Kristen Coffin
    2019-04-04 12:26

    "This is the future. All things are known."Sometimes Xanth novels are just light hearted romps and sometimes (like in this one) they're light hearted romps with a valuable message: be kind to the environment.While, not one of my favorite plotlines in general (Gary Gargoyle just didn't do anything for me as a lead character) I love the underlying message about pollution and keeping the environment clean - it's a great message (especially since I live in Florida, so that's a message near and dear to my heart!)Also, - Surprise! I love her character, she's fantastic, I can't wait to see more of her!

  • Kristy
    2019-03-22 07:09

    I found these Xanth novels very entertaining in high school - they are cheesy beyond all belief, you have to appreciate puns if you're going to tolerate them at all - but I appreciate them for what they are: pure junk-food reading! I still re-read them on occasion when I'm in between other books, but I think they may be like the movie 'Labyrinth' -- if you loved it when you were a kid, then you can still watch it now with fond memories and enjoy it. But if you never watched it as a kid and then tried to watch it first as an adult, you might be hard pressed to make it through the whole thing?

  • Michael Bennett
    2019-03-29 11:27

    These are my goto books when I want something easy, funny and interesting. I really enjoyed this one because it gave me more history of Xanth. I know how they are going to end, but it's always interesting the pathways these book take to come to an end. Nothing beats a very phunny book and it's set in my home state. I'm actually from the Swan-knee river area and have swam in it a more than a few times. I was surprise that the Con-Pewter didn't play a bigger part in this book. Now I live, work and play on the Gold Coast. Well done Piers Anthony.

  • Kirsti
    2019-04-16 13:25

    Another fine example of the rich history of Xanth, and the sheer amount of thought that has gone into this series. In a world of literally endless types of creatures, somehow Piers makes every story fresh and new for the reader. Here we find out more about gargoyles, a creature not often mentioned previously. This is one of the books in this series that I have only read once previously, so I was glad to dip back into this book. Another great Xanth book, five stars!

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-28 13:24

    Not really a bad book, but this one kinda did it for me as far as reading any more of the Xanth series. It's basically a collection of cute ideas, cute dialogue, and cute puns, wrapped up in an eco-friendly story with a happy ending. Of course you could say that about a LOT of the Xanth books up to this point, so I don't know why this one would be the straw that broke the camel's back. But it was, and I'm done.

  • Dymphie
    2019-03-31 09:23

    Elk Xanth verhaal heeft een hoofdpersoon die een Quest te vervullen heeft. In dit geval een Waterspuwer die zijn werk beter wil doen. En die - met zijn onwaarschijnlijk gezelschap van een verjongde koningin, een lastig kind, een vrouwelijke demon en een saaie kerel - onderweg van alles en nog wat beleefd. Heerlijke escape, stikvol 'puns' en flauwe woordgrapjes ;-)

  • Andrew
    2019-04-15 09:22

    A bit of a interesting story line that provides some insight into the history of Xanth. I enjoyed the story but would say that this one - like many of the others within the later parts of the Xanth series the story wasn't as well thought out as some of the first few books in the series. Even still it was an amusing read.

  • Izlinda
    2019-04-01 12:25

    Another comfort book, another I borrowed/took from my boyfriend. (They didn't sell at the garage sale. :P) I found the logic in this book a little confusing to understand, particularly in the region of madness and how they were in the past, yet not... What? I did like finding out more about Surprise, and the different ways the gargoyles view Xanth and their powers.

  • Debra Meyer
    2019-04-13 13:34

    the last few chapters were better then the rest of it, around chapter 11 I almost gave up but am determined to finish this series of books I have so kept going and glad I did but it was nip and tuck there for a bit.

  • Pam Bales
    2019-04-21 10:33

    The Land of Xanth has to be read to be believed. It is fantasy of the finest kind. Be sure you enjoy puns because the series is full of them. I believe this is the 18th in the series.

  • Theresa
    2019-04-04 13:18

    the story of overcoming our faultsthe story of the goodness within people

  • Sheena
    2019-04-15 08:16

    A book that cleverly melds fantasy with plays-on-words.

  • Crystal
    2019-03-31 09:28

    Gargoyles loooove their water. Ayup. :P

  • Kaylynn Johnsen
    2019-04-18 10:24

    Oh great, (sigh) let's get all environmental. But, I put up with it because it's Xanth.

  • Kate
    2019-04-14 13:17

    Not the best Xanth novel, but still okay and enough to keep me invested in the series.

  • Nicole
    2019-04-06 07:06

    My very first Xanth book. Got me addicted to the series, with the fantastic wordplay and likeable characters.

  • Jasmine
    2019-04-17 07:09

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

  • Dee.lovechild
    2019-04-15 05:05

    One of my favourite books I've re-read it too many times.

  • Laura
    2019-04-22 08:25

    My favorite of all the Xanth novels!!!

  • Janene
    2019-03-27 08:04

    What a delight the Xanth series is!

  • Pete
    2019-03-24 06:04

    So many puns

  • Dale Rosso
    2019-04-12 05:09

    Another enjoyable story that takes place in Anthony's world of Xanth.

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-16 06:05

    I love the Xanth Series. I find his play on words so fun and refreshing.