I have that duology of his where a woman is taken to a world on the other side of a mirror, which I used to really like and am now afraid to reread.
You reminded me of how I used to enjoy Piers Anthony. (I feel like I miss problem stuff quite a bit, so 20 years ago or so when I first realized that Anthony was Problematic, I was even more clueless. And yet recognized he had ISSUES). So, for the sake of argument, I asked Google. Rest assured, STILL A PROBLEM.
I think many of us had that moment with Piers Anthony.
Yeah. Sort of a series of moments of increasing badness.
Honestly, I Googled in the hopes that maybe someone gently pointed out to him that his books were coming across as kinda pedophilic and he maybe mended his ways. But no, doubling down was, apparently, his path. *shudder*
I remember thinking "I don't think I want to read this series anymore" and later "I don't want to read his stuff anymore" and later still "I don't want to remember his stuff anymore" and now I cringe a little seeing his name mentioned.
From my Googling, I apparently got out before things got REALLY troubling. But even the articles about the worst of them make me wish for brain bleach.
I don’t think I even want to know how troubling things got. I enjoyed one or two of his series but doubt I can reread them now. And even then remember the Xanth series as like “wait, what the…”
Yes, I did enjoy the wordplay in his books, and also that a woman could be king, not queen, but then PROBLEMS. Which are probably signaled by the self centered nature of Piers Anthony (if you say it real fast) forming the word Xanth.
I'm glad Consuela was here to give her opinion of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. I read those Donaldson books when I was working through the entire fantasy & science fiction section of my small town library. If anyone told me those were their favorite books, I would consider that a giant red flag and block them in real life. A world of no.