This memoir should appeal to anyone like me who would jump to the author's note of Piers Anthony's latest before reading the book. What I find fascinating about Anthony is his struggle for integrity in daily life. It appears he makes it unduly hard on himself in considering ethical implications of decisions I might take for granted. Then when considering his perspective am forced to reevaluate my own standard. Right or wrong he stands his ground, and it is typically the high road.Tim
One of the number of people I'd not known was a Friend or raised in a Quaker family - and I found his assertion that "Writer's Block" is more an indication of not really wanting to write all that much . . . probably trueToby
I read Piers Anthony only to mock him. In this, the second volume of autobiographical bitching and moaning (the first, "Bio of an Ogre", was mostly arrogant preening), Anthony more or less describes his slow fade-out from the zeitgeist of fantasy literature. He seems keenly aware that what did him in was spending so much time writing unpalatable crap for kids (Xanth), but it's pretty entertaining when he complains about not being taken seriously when he tries his hand at reality-based historical fantasy or blames his slide from the bestseller lists on the publishers just not printing enough of his books to go around.I dig a look behind the scenes, and this is a wonderful whine made of sour grapes. That's my homage to Piers Anthony -- an incredibly trite and hackneyed phrase tossed off as wit. What a hoot.