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by Piers Anthony

  • ISBN: 038040964X
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
  • Author: Piers Anthony
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Avon Books (November 1, 1971)
  • ePub book: 1546 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1929 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 127

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Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob (born August 6, 1934) is a. .Anthony writes novels in the science fiction and fantasy genres. Of Man and Manta series.

Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob (born August 6, 1934) is a British born author who writes under the name Piers Anthony. He moved to the United States with his family when he was four-years old and became an American citizen in 1958 while he was serving in the . He is best known for his series of books set in the imaginary realm of Xanth. Apprentice Adept series.

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But no man sees that. No man is interested in my mind or personality, just my whatevers. So here is my wish: I'm board stiff. I want Adventure, Excitement, and Romance. So begins Piers Anthony's 38th Xanth novel, in which Irrelevant Candy, looks at her reflection in the water of the shallow well and sees luxuriant midnight black hair to her breathtakingly slender waist, matching dark eyes in a lovely face. A torso coming yea-close to absolute perfection. She was man's desire. That was part of the problem.

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Orn is the second book in the Of Man and Manta trilogy by Piers Anthony. Overall, I enjoyed this book. Anthony gives great descriptions of Paleo Earth complete with flora and fauna. The characters encounter an isolated enclave where a population of dinosaurs have survived through the Cretaceous. Some of the dinosaurs are described in depth, which I found quite interesting. lt; Orn is the second book in the Of Man and Manta trilogy by Piers Anthony.

1971) (The second book in the Of Man and Manta series) A novel by Piers Anthony. October 1971 : USA Mass Market Paperback. Genre: Science Fiction.

Piers Anthony is one of the world's most prolific and popular authors. His fantasy Xanth novels have been read and loved by millions of readers around the world, and have been on the New York Times Best Seller list many times. Although Piers is mostly known for fantasy and science fiction, he has written several novels in other genres as well, including historical fiction, martial arts, and horror. Piers lives with his lovely wife in a secluded woods hidden deep in Central Florida.

Of Man and Manta Series Piers Anthony.

Of Man and Manta is a trilogy of science fiction novels written by Piers Anthony

Of Man and Manta is a trilogy of science fiction novels written by Piers Anthony. It consists of the three books: Omnivore (1968), Orn (1970), and 0X (1975). Omnivore has as its frame the investigation of the deaths of eighteen travelers from Earth to the distant planet Nacre. Orn involves travel by the scientists and mantas into a parallel dimension they dub Paleo, resembling the distant past of Earth, where they encounter dinosaur species and an intelligent flightless bird called Orn. Orn has the ability of genetic memory, able to remember anything that happened to an ancestor prior to the time of their reproduction.

A great example of Anthony's skill as a novelist

Comments

Bloodfire Bloodfire
By now I’m sure most Kindle users know how to report content errors, so it’s entirely possible that Amazon will issue updates to make this edition more readable. But it’s still hugely distracting and disappointing to finally have these stories on my Kindle... in such a poor state.

And while the story of the humans and mantas is still enjoyable after all this time, many things haven’t aged well. Aquilon is characterized exactly as male sci-fi writers from the ‘60s always characterize women. Cal delivers lectures that would be informative (though outdated) to a modern fifth-grader in a way that seems calculated to introduce audiences of the ‘60s to new concepts like continental drift. Much of the science has been superceded since publication. Gender dynamics are simplified and overplayed. Those little artifacts aren’t story-killers of course. But combined with the bad kindle adaptation, they make for a sometimes clunky read.

The fact remains though, that Orn is a wonderful and interesting character concept. The mantas are some of the best and most original aliens in sci-fi. I’m looking forward to re-reading this whole series again when the content errors are corrected!
Envias Envias
I've owned the paperback version of this book since 1972, and decided to buy a replacement on Kindle, but reading this version is painful, given the incredible number of spelling and grammar mistakes in this that weren't in the paperback. It almost looks like someone scanned and OCR'd a paper copy but never checked it for correctness. One typo replaced "agent" with "age;", the next page replaced "been" with "be...". Previous pages had missing words as well. I don't know who to contact about it, but I'd be happy to provide proofreading for them.
When I first read the story I wasn't aware that it was part of a series. I saw references to the characters' previous adventure on Nacre but had no idea there was a previous novel nor what its name was. I've since corrected that, and have enjoyed the characters and how their stories have affected them. I highly recommend this whole trilogy, and even this middle book, as long as you can ignore the typos and grammar mistakes!
fetish fetish
Orn - Paperback, Mundania press edition

Three human scientific explorers accompanied by four alien sentient entities known as Mantas are sent
to survey a newly found planet. They soon discover the world seems to uncannily match Earth's Paleocene
epoch of 65 Million years ago in virtually every detail. Orn, a large flightless bird possessing
a unique form of memory/intelligence, is an inhabitant of the planet.

The book is about survival as much as exploration since the party brings minimal technology with them.
The story offers an interesting look at what day to day life was probably like during Earth's Paleocene and
Cretaceous periods.

Written over 40 years ago there is not much that really dates this book.

This is the second book in the trilogy, but it is not absolutely necessary to read the first one first.
There are only about 5 or 6 pages, mostly in the second chapter, that won't be entirely clear
without the first book. However, definitely read the first two before _OX_, the third book, or you will
be completely lost.
Damdyagab Damdyagab
I read this back in l966, when I was in college, and for the next 20 years, I read only science fiction. It was that good.
Nidora Nidora
I enjoyed this whole series. In this particular book I liked the characters and the plot was credible for the genre.
Lost Python Lost Python
A great book (worth 5 stars easily) is totally ruined by the formatting mistakes (or rather, lack of formatting) and the amazing number of misspelled words in it (thus the one star rating). Apparently, it was done by someone who doesn't know how to read or how to format sentences or paragraphs. Extremely disappointing. I hope Piers lays into whoever did this.
Tygolar Tygolar
This is the middle book of the Viscous Circle of Man and Manta set. The first book in the set, Omnivore, introduces both the three main human characters, Cal, Veg, and Aquilon, and a set of rather unique beings, the mantas, who are intelligent, single footed, one-eyed, and members of the fungoid family. Reading the first book of this set prior to this one is not totally required, though it would help with the beginning of this book, which is a direct continuation from the end of Omnivore.

Cal, Veg, Aquilon, and four of the mantas are sent on a mission to a newly discovered world (via a transfer mechanism whose operation is not yet completely understood) to determine the world's suitability for human habitation. Cal quickly determines that this world is not 'new', but is rather our Earth of some sixty-five million years ago, the Paleocene age, just after the age of dinosaurs and the beginning of the age of mammals. But within this world there is also something that doesn't quite fit that age: a large, intelligent, flightless bird, Orn.

Orn is definitely the best part of this book, as he doesn't think like we do, but rather navigates his world via 'racial memory' - built into his genes are those experiences of all his ancestors that have happened frequently enough to be so imprinted. This is an idea that most biologists think is very unlikely, but it certainly makes for a very different life form whose actions and 'thoughts' are nevertheless very understandable.

There is an inevitable meeting between Orn and the humans, occurring in a physically isolated enclave where some of the dinosaurs of the late Cretaceous have managed to survive. The interactions between all of these beings is properly driven by each being's character, from Veg as a confirmed vegetarian to Cal's emphasis on logic and survival of the fittest, and only near the end of the book does it take on larger aspects as the Earth authorities try to exert control over the group.

Thematically, this book is a further investigation, which was started in Omnivore, into the morality of killing others to ensure your own survival, here looked at both from the point of view of evolutionary demands and on the individual level, from herbivore to omnivore. At times this book gets a little too bogged down in scientific details (such as the differences between various classes of mollusks), and the portrayed mind-set of the Earth authorities seems a little too harsh to be totally believable, but in general this is a good action-adventure set in environment where dinosaurs are not only believable but are properly portrayed in both their strengths and weaknesses.

Anthony closes the book with an appendix that defines his own thoughts on how and why the dinosaurs died out. Written before the confirmation of the iridium layer and the Yucatan crater, his ideas still make a good addendum to the catastrophic theory of their demise, even though he specifically denies 'catastrophe' as the primary cause.

This is probably the best of the three books of the triptych, greatly enlivened by the unique viewpoint that Orn brings to it, and is a far more serious effort than his Xanth books. Written very early in his career, it shows the kind of inventiveness and good understanding of human motivation that makes for enlightening reading.

--- Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd (hyperpat)