History Literature / Xanth

26th Aug '16 12:19:10 AM surgoshan
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The Xanth series takes place in a small Florida-shaped realm of a dimension other than Earth. In Xanth, magic is real, with its own physical laws, often based on reader-submitted (and credited) puns. Billions, and billions of puns. For example -- Pineapples? They're essentially hand grenades. Cherries (Cherry bombs) are smaller, but still dangerous. Tulips (two lips) will kiss you if you get too close. Boot Rear is a fizzy soda that, when drunk, causes you to feel a swift kick to your bottom. And beware the Catastrophe -- a plaque with the back half of a cat stuck into it (a [[IncrediblyLamePun Cat-ass-trophy]]).

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The Xanth series takes place in a small Florida-shaped realm of a dimension other than Earth. In Xanth, magic is real, with its own physical laws, often based on reader-submitted (and credited) puns. Billions, and billions of puns. For example -- Pineapples? They're essentially hand grenades.Pineapples are explosive (aka [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mk_2_grenade pineapple fragmentation grenade]]). Cherries (Cherry bombs) are smaller, but still dangerous. Tulips (two lips) will kiss you if you get too close. Boot Rear is a fizzy soda that, when drunk, causes you to feel a swift kick to your bottom. And beware the Catastrophe -- a plaque with the back half of a cat stuck into it (a [[IncrediblyLamePun Cat-ass-trophy]]).
21st Jul '16 9:09:34 PM PaulA
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* HurricaneOfPuns: Considering their frequency, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Red_Spot Great Red Spot]] of Puns might be more accurate...
** In one of the books they also use the Great Red Spot

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* HurricaneOfPuns: Considering their frequency, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Red_Spot Great Red Spot]] of Puns might be more accurate...
** In one of
accurate. As the books they also use the Great Red Spotseries progresses, an increasing number are reader submitted (and credited in an afterword).



* NationalGeographicNudity: Mermaids are nudists, as are pretty much any {{Half Human Hybrid}}s as a rule. In one novel the heroine -- a Mermaid who turns human -- spends a significant amount of time in the book naked before she gets any clothing. The most intelligent race, Centaurs, go topless except for utility and mate in the open, on the grounds that natural functions are, well, natural.



* ParentalBonus: You're likely not going to realize the extent of the puns when you're on the early end of the target audience range. The odd bit of FetishFuel may also be a case of this.

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* ParentalBonus: You're Quite a bit, actually. Lots of the puns in Xanth are likely not going to go over the primary audiences' head. Some of the somewhat adult situations (characters losing clothing etc.) are shrugged off by the characters, since they're too young to realize the extent connotations. Having said that, there's a huge amount of the puns when you're on the early end [[InvertedTrope Childhood Bonus]] -- lots of the these books are much more of a GuiltyPleasure than they appear at first glance. Mr. Anthony definitely knows his target audience range. The odd bit of FetishFuel may also be a case of this.audience.
3rd Jul '16 2:43:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheObiWan: Humfrey.
19th May '16 11:39:18 AM EfficaciousBunny
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* LongRunningBookSeries: 39 books in 37 years, and at least three more have been announced. And he has no intention of stopping.

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* LongRunningBookSeries: 39 41 books in 37 39 years, and at least three one more have been announced. And he has no intention of stopping.
19th May '16 1:32:54 AM foxley
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* KangarooCourt: In ''Dragon on a Pedestal,'' a goblin chief intends to put a harpy man through one of these to justify his execution for [[StarCrossedLovers romancing his daughter]]. The trial doesn't even have a prosecution or defense to begin with, consisting only of judge and jury, and it's only when the protagonists kick up a fuss that he grudgingly allows for lawyers.
16th Mar '16 8:28:09 AM ObsidianFire
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* GenreSavvy: One character is aware she was meant to be a protagonist (she was bumped to make room for Jenny Elf) and spends most of her own novel trying to become a Main Character and gain PlotImmunity.


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* MediumAwareness: One character is aware she was meant to be a protagonist (she was bumped to make room for Jenny Elf) and spends most of her own novel trying to become a Main Character and gain PlotImmunity.
5th Mar '16 12:55:05 PM morenohijazo
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* WeirdWeather: It experiences Madness Storms near the source of the realm's magic. These usually result in the temporary enhancement or derangement of existing magic and perceptions, but stronger storms can cause temporary WorldOfChaos conditions in the area as the line between hallucination, illusion, and reality blurs.
1st Mar '16 7:24:03 AM LordOfTheSword
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One important rule for Xanth is that every single native-born Xanth human [[EveryoneIsASuper has a unique "talent"]] -- a magical quirk that only they can do. This can be anything from [[KaleidoscopeHair changing their hair color]], to being able to talk to certain animals, to being able to rewind time or warp reality in their nearby vicinity. Talents are unique to the person who has them -- no two talents are the same, but some are so similar that they are more or less identical; "turn stuff blue" versus "turn stuff azure", for example.

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One important rule for Xanth is that every single native-born Xanth human [[EveryoneIsASuper has a unique "talent"]] -- a magical quirk that only they can do. This can be anything from [[KaleidoscopeHair changing their hair color]], to being able to talk to certain animals, to being able to "enhance" whatever is in front of you temporarily (whether that is to "enhance" someone's muscles, "enhance" a car's engine, etc.), to being able to rewind time or warp reality in their nearby vicinity. Talents are unique to the person who has them -- no two talents are the same, but some are so similar that they are more or less identical; "turn stuff blue" versus "turn stuff azure", for example.
4th Jan '16 8:28:18 PM butterflygrrl
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** Cheiron, at least, points out that oaths sworn under duress are not binding, which differs from some other Piers Anthony works.
4th Jan '16 8:25:51 PM butterflygrrl
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* CuteMonsterGirl: Almost every non-human female is considered vastly more attractive than her male counterpart. Except for Harpies. Harpies are '''ugly'''. They prefer it that way; they work at being ugly the way human women work at being beautiful. (The few male harpies that exist are handsome, however.)
** Female ogres are another aversion, and also take pride in their ugliness; an average ogress can "curdle milk with half a glance."

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* CuteMonsterGirl: Almost every non-human female is considered vastly more attractive than her male counterpart. Except for Harpies. Harpies Ogres. Ogre women are '''ugly'''. They prefer it that way; they work at being ugly the way human women work at being beautiful. (The few male harpies that exist are handsome, however.)
** Female ogres are another aversion, and also take pride in their ugliness; an
An average ogress can "curdle milk with half a glance."" They're just as hideous and almost as strong as the male ogres.
** Harpies are a partial aversion, and also take pride in their ugliness and go out of their way to make themselves disgusting; young harpies, however, are capable of being beautiful and seductive (especially if they're trying to get a human man to mate with them. The only male harpies we see are handsome.



*** And the curse was lifted during the "time of no magic", so there are a few male harpies, good looking harpy women, and handsome goblin men now.

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*** And the curse was lifted during the "time of no magic", so there are a few male harpies, good looking harpy women, harpies and handsome goblin men now.
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