Friday, August 12, 2016
About the Author:
(Taken from Amazon)
Piers Anthony is one of the world's most popular fantasy authors, and a New York Times bestseller twenty-one times over. His Xanth novels have been read and loved by millions of readers around the world, and he daily receives hundreds of letters from his devoted fans. In addition to the Xanth series, Anthony is the author of many other best-selling works. Piers Anthony lives in Inverness, Florida.
Terminal cancer patient, Quiti, walks into an abandoned building planning on taking her life. Instead, she encounters a telepathic ball of hair that insists it is an alien seeking to facilitate diplomatic communication on Earth. Quiti assumes it is all a hallucination conjured up by her brain tumor. Because of this assumption, when she saves the alien’s life and it insists on doing Quiti a favor in return, she only asks for her hair back. She soon discovers, however, that the creature’s gift extends much further than her new locks that can change color with a thought. As her powers grow and her deadly illness goes into remission, Quiti quickly realizes that there are those that would want to use her for her abilities and is forced to leave behind everything that she knew. Will this blessing curse her to a life on the run, or does the mysterious hairball have more in store for her? Piers Anthony, critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestselling Xanth series, brings together humor and adventure in this original story of loyalty, friendship, extraordinary powers, and hair.
1. I have received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
2. To be perfectly honest and open, I love Piers Anthony! His imagination has always allowed mine to soar.
I really, really want to speak on the Xanth series because they were an intricate part of my life growing up, and, therefore, they are an intricate part of who I am today. But, I will refrain from doing so and only focus on Hair Power.
From the first line, nostalgic memories surged and I felt like that kid tucked into a corner and reading as though that's what sustained me. I enjoyed the play on words, the humor infused into the plot, and the characters who seemed to enjoy the story as much as I did.
While I enjoyed the quick read and loved the memories such quirky characters brought about, there were a few things that affected the read for me.
The first thing is the dialogue. It's fun at times, but at others it's very formal, and even if I took into consideration the powers of the hair, all characters spoke in a similar manner, including a prostitute. My feeling about this would be different were there a bit more variety in word choice and sentence construction based on character.
The other thing is odder than usual plot points. One major plot point that bothered me to no end had to do with Quiti, the main character, being invited to a dance by 16-year old Speedo. During the dance, Quiti discovers new things about her powers, but multiple men hit on her and one man spiked her drink while he had vodka... how in the world is this a dance for 16-year olds?
These issues were minor, at best, when compared with the overall story. I'm very interested in finding out more about the hairballs and seeing how the world adapts to their presence.
To find out more about this novel, please visit Amazon.