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# 23 - Xone Of Contention [XOC]

The newest volume in Anthony's most popular series (Zombie Lover, etc.) is for truly dedicated Xanthropologists onlyAfor it's filled not only with horrendous puns but with a maze of references to past books in the saga. When an environmental disaster threatens Xanth, Edsel and Pia, earthling game designers with a shaky marriage, exchange bodies with the presiding demon of Xanth, Nimby, and his consort, Chlorine. Nimby and Chlorine face culture shock and the risk of being trapped on Mundania (aka Earth), while Edsel and Pia grapple with the more complex task of averting a catastrophe. Leaping from wordplay to wordplay and rapidly straining readers' patience with their marital troubles, the young couple eventually travel both in Xanth and in time to fulfill their quest.

Occasionally a bright scene, such as Pia and Edsel's visit to the Isle of Talents, is handled cleverly, reminding us of Anthony's ability. But these moments are outnumbered by sophomoric jokes about the Adult Conspiracy to keep teenagers from having sex and the power of women's panties to disturb males. The novel won't alienate the faithful, but neither will it convert unbelievers.

Major Characters

Character Name Species Origin Talent Notes First Chapter Mentioned
Breanna Human Mundania See in blackness Wife of Justin; mother of Amber Dawn; Black Wave girl, age 15, lustrous black hair to waist, glowing green eyes, nice figure. 01
Chlorine Human Xanth Poisoning water Wife of Nimby; mother of Nimbus; greenish-yellow hair and complexion; once plain, stupid, and mean spirited with shrewish mother and brutish father. Changed by NIMBY to be beautiful, smart, healthy, and nice. 01
Justin Human/Tree Xanth Voice Projection Husband of Breanna; transformed by Evil Magician Trent into a tree and preferred being that way. His talent allows him to converse with untransformed folk. He takes over Zombie Castle with Breanna. 01
Nimby Dragon Ass Xanth makes himself and companion anything the other desires Not In My Back Yard Demon Xanth in disguise: donkey headed dragon 01
Edsel Human Mundania Initial: create solid illusionary creatures. Later: modify or deflect other`s talents Husband of Pia Putz; Dug`s friend who introduces him to the game of Xanth. 01
Dug Human Mundania Husband of Kim (DDD); father of Knut; skeptical but spunky young Mundane man who enters Xanth by way of his computer, to compete in the adventure game. Escorts Nimby and Chlorine in Mundania. 01
Pia Putz Human Mundania Original: to see one day into the future. Later: to know what`s inimical Wife of Edsel; diabetic, reserved, can be sharp tongued. Lustrous long dark brown hair, green eyes, heart-shaped lovely face, shapely figure. 01
Kim [DDD] Human Mundania Erasure Wife of Dug, mother of Knut; intrepid and likable Mundane girl competing with Dug in the Xanth adventure game; secured her place in the game by winning a talent contest. Escorts Nimby and Chlorine in Mundania. 01
Para Boat Xanth A duck-footed boat that can go on land or sea, to the Isles of WO 04
KEY - Xanth Titles; so far, by the numbers: (Click on any Title for more info on that book)
1 A Spell For Chameleon [ASFC]  2 The Source Of Magic [TSOM]  3 Castle Roogna [CaR]  4 Centaur Aisle [CA] 
5 Ogre, Ogre [OO]  6 Night Mare [NM]  7 Dragon on a Pedestal [DOAP]  8 Crewel Lye [CL] 
9 Golem In The Gears [GITG]  10 Vale Of The Vole [VOTV]  11 Heaven Cent [HC]  12 Man From Mundania [MFM] 
13 Isle Of View [IOV]  14 Question Quest [QQ]  15 The Color Of Her Panties [TCOHP]  16 Demons Don't Dream [DDD] 
17 Harpy Thyme [HT]  18 Geis of the Gargoyle [GOTG]  19 Roc And A Hard Place [RAAHP]  20 Yon Ill Wind [YIW] 
21 Faun & Games [FAG]  22 Zombie Lover [ZL]  23 Xone Of Contention [XOC]  24 The Dastard [TD] 
25 Swell Foop [SF]  26 Up In a Heaval [UIAH]  27 Cube Route [CuR]  28 Currant Events [CE] 
29 Pet Peeve [PP]  30 Stork Naked [SN]  31 Air Apparent [AA]  32 Two to the Fifth [TTTF] 
33 Jumper Cable [JC]  34 Knot Gneiss [KG]  35 Well-Tempered Clavicle [WTC]  36 Luck of the Draw [LOTD] 
37 Esrever Doom [ED]  38 Board Stiff [BS]  39 Five Portraits [FP]  40 Isis Orb [IO] 
41 Ghost Writer in the Sky [GWITS]  42 Fire Sail [FS]  43 Jest Right [JR]  44 Skeleton Key [SK] 
45 A Tryst of Fate [TOF]  46 Six Crystal Princesses [SCP]  47 Apoca Lips (The Xanth Novels) [AL]   
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Doug Harter maintains the Xanth Character Database, updating it as new books in the Xanth series are released. Thanks to Piers Anthony, for letting me see some of his Character Notes, to Peg Rombach-Riggs who did the work creating the original table, Seajay who supplied the numbers, Dawn M. Burge for suggesting and helping Origin to be accomplished, and FNProgramvare's BookCat, which I use to store the Xanth Character info.
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