Tuesday, January 6, 2009

"Mer-Cycle" by Piers Anthony

In "Mer-Cycle" by Piers Anthony we find ourselves on Earth, in a world strangely familiar, and yet utterly alien. We join five adventurers as they follow an other-world guided quest deep under the seas of Earth. I found the book to be a little slow at the beginning, but I was soon sucked in by the character development and relationships that were developing.

I enjoy reading Piers Anthony because of his character development. He does a good job of putting his characters in bizarre situations, and walking us through their thought processes as they wrestle through them. While he does a good job of that in this book, I don't think this is one of his best books over all.

One thing that I think can be a draw back to reading Piers Anthony's books is that he often feels the need to go in depth in his explinations of how things work. Granted, some readers may appreciate this, but for me it slows a story down and is often way more than I wanted to know! This particular book is chock full of those slow points.

Having said that, he does present many interesting concepts and, if your willing to brave the explinations (I skimmed them) it's worth reading. If you've never read anything by Anthony though I would start with his series "Incarnations of Immortality." Much easier reads (less slow points) and hysterical as well!

1 comment:

TiLT said...

Looking forward to more of your reviews...we have very similar tastes :)