• Title: Roc and a Hard Place
  • Author: Piers Anthony
  • ISBN: 9780812534863
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Paperback
  • Roc and a Hard Place Seeking a solution to a perplexing personal problem the delectable Demoness Metria asks for help from the wise Magician Humfrey But before he will help her she must perform a perilous mission Rove t
    Seeking a solution to a perplexing personal problem, the delectable Demoness Metria asks for help from the wise Magician Humfrey But before he will help her, she must perform a perilous mission Rove the length and breadth of Xanth in search of a suitable jury for the trial of Roxanne Roc a notably noble and virtuous bird charged with a most improbable offense.Exciting,Seeking a solution to a perplexing personal problem, the delectable Demoness Metria asks for help from the wise Magician Humfrey But before he will help her, she must perform a perilous mission Rove the length and breadth of Xanth in search of a suitable jury for the trial of Roxanne Roc a notably noble and virtuous bird charged with a most improbable offense.Exciting, exhilarating, and brimming with hilarious hijinks, Roc and a Hard Place is Xanth at its most enchanting.

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    1. My wife Barb and I have read a number of books in the author's Xanth series; I've only reviewed a few of them here, but the general observations from those reviews would apply to this installment as well (and probably to all or most of the Xanth novels --it would be fair to say that in many ways, if you've read one of them, you've read them all!). We've been away from the series for about six years, but picked this installment to read as a lighter change of pace, and it didn't disappoint in that [...]

    2. 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, al [...]

    3. #19 of the series. This was quite complete, meaning you could read it without a lot of background. Light reading, great puns. A nice break after some more serious books.

    4. Brilliant! This the 19th novel in the Xanth series brought in characters from the past and gave clarity to some past events.

    5. O.kaaaay, so this is my first Xaneth book that I randomly picked up and read, and I'm trying to figure out if this was a bad place to start the series, or if this series is just plain weird. Lol.I had absolutely NO IDEA what was going on. XD I can handle weird stories, but this was just a little TOO weird. d random. Nothing really made much sense to me, hahaha(Disclaimer: I had no idea this book was the 19th book in the series until I searched for it on this site. -_-; I'm going to assume that t [...]

    6. Book 19 of the Xanth series is one of the most fun in the series so far! The reader finds that Demoness Metria has been making her husband deliriously happy since they became married and she got half a soul. Yet though they have summoned the stork over 700 times, they have not yet had a little one delivered to them. So, Metria does what any other person in Xanth does when they have a question they need answerede went to the Good Magician Humphrey. Once she made it into his castle to ask her ques [...]

    7. Another of my favorite Xanth books, this one sees Metria/Mentia trying to find out why the stork is ignoring her signals, as she longs for a child since getting half a soul. The visit to the Good Magician leads to her organizing a trial for Roxanne Roc, the bird guarding the Simurgh's egg for the past few centuries. We see tests of Metria's morals, new friendships and of course the puns and usual Xanthian oddities. I really liked the adventure aspect of this one, and the group dynamics are some [...]

    8. It is not really necessary to have read all of the other books in the Xanth series before reading Roc in a Hard Place, but most of the characters that appear in this book have appeared in other books. Like most of the latter books in the series, this one seems oriented to the younger audience. If you are looking for a serious fantasy novel, don’t pick this one up. I would almost recommend this for kids, except that Metria has to keep going back to her castle throughout the book to “please” [...]

    9. I never liked Demoness Metria. She was kind of obnoxious every time she showed up. This book being about her annoyed me, of course. And her quest just seemed totally contrived. I'm even saying this on the context of knowing Xanth is silly on purpose. A Roc is on trial for something or other and Metria's given the duty of . . . gathering a jury. So she can wander around and dig up puns, I guess. I liked seeing some of the old characters pop up, and I like the question of grappling with morality w [...]

    10. I'm a great fan of Demoness Metria (the main reason I bought most of Anthony's books after he wrapped up his original "trilogy"; I even wrote a small homage to her in one of my books) but I was sorely disappointed after reading "Roc and a Hard Place". I was expecting something very unusual after my favorite Demoness got split up into two different identities (D.Metria and Dntia) in "Gargoyle Geis", but all I got was a tale (which devolves in to a courtroom drama) that merely reduced her to a cou [...]

    11. The Demoness Metria is tasked with gathering a jury for the trial of a lifetime: A Roc is going to be judged.Metria was generally a non-compelling character for me, and again the quest she's sent on appears to be an excuse for her to wander around falling into the triggers for puns. Revisiting a couple of characters from the older books was kinda fun, but they played bit parts for the most part and I wished there had been more to love about Metria. Since I realized at this point that the books w [...]

    12. Read in 1995 when it was new. This is where I gave up on Xanth, because I knew if I kept trying I would lose even the nostalgic affection I had for remembering enjoying it as a tween. This coincided with a couple other disappointments and the creeped-out feeling Anthony gave me generally as a dirty old man, so that this was pretty much the point at which I gave up on his books entirely (I did buy and read the final book in the Mode series because I'd been waiting so long, but aside from that 199 [...]

    13. "Courage is as one defines it."Metria is one of those characters that I love to hate: he's flamboyant, annoying, crazy - but I love her anyway!After coming off the dull-adventure but strong moral fiber of Geis of the Gargoyle, Roc and a Hard Place is typical Xanth.Beautiful lead + crazy question + unrelated answer Metria + "How come I don't have a kid after summoning the stork 700 times?" + "Deliver these court summons to a ton of characters from past books for a trial." = Xanth adventure!

    14. He's back LOL. Quite a number of the past books in this series, I had serious doubts that they were actually written by Peirs Anthony and if so he was tired or something. They just lacked something but this book was back to normal and thank heavens. I ran through it as fast as I could considering all the stuff that kept me away and laughed and groaned right to the end. Hopefully the rest continue.

    15. I have to say once you have read a certain amount of Xanth books it almost feels like you might as well not bother reading any more. I found this one a bit boring although the story line was interesting and it does explore a lot of Xanth and many of the characters from previous books. I Suppose I just feel that the series is not really going anywhere. I wouldn't really recommend reading it, which is kinda sad.

    16. When I first started reading this book I dreaded the thought that Metria was the main character. Thankfully, she wasn't as annoying as she could have been. The idea that she can't remember simple words is just plain stupid in my opinion.This wasn't nearly as fun as the last two books of the series were. It was interesting to see so many returning characters, but it was honestly somewhat hard to remember all of them from the previous books.

    17. When you're sick, but have insomnia, a very fluffy Xanth book by Piers Anthony is the way to go. As usual, his riddles are quite clever. I also liked the maturation of plot regarding some characters and their destiny.

    18. My Rating System:* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

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

    20. I love Metria, she's one of my favorite characters, so naturally, this pun-filled book was awesome.

    21. I pretty much like these Xanth books; but they're getting harder and harder to get through. Just too much minutia.

    22. The Xanth series is one of my favorites. D. Metria is one of the more complex, and enjoyable, characters in Xanth.

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