Finished the The Templar Legacy
the other night and picked up a guilty pleasure I had been wanting to check out for a long time by one of my favorite authors Piers Anthony
The Templar Legacy (Steve Berry)
- A really enjoyable read that moved along quite nicely, without any noticeable "verbal swelling
" it was easy to consume 100+ pages in a quick wind down session before dozing off to sleep for the night. The story follows Cotton Malone as he seeks to aid a friend/ex-boss resolve family issues and the mysteries surrounding her husband's untimely demise and his legacy, uncovering the mysterious secret society, the Templars, along the way.
The action wasn't over-the-top, the facts were quite well corroborated (and detailed in the appendix to separate fact from fiction), and the characters weren't over-developed. I have the next volume in the series, The Alexandria Link, but I'm waiting to pick it up until I've finished a few others. So many books, so little time, plus I like to switch genres between reads. I would defintely read this author again without a hitch, though I'd say my all-time favorite in this theme, secret society, etc., is Foucalt's Pendulum, by Umberto Eco (actually tops my list of favorite books of all time).
Pornucopia (Piers Anthony) - Let me start by saying this book is definitely not for everyone, especially youngsters (if you can't buy Playboy, don't even think about it), so read a review before you pick up the book and if you're easily offended steer clear. Now that's out of the way... I've been reading Piers Anthony since I was originally turned on to his Xanth fantasy novels (25+ in the series) 20+ years ago and really enjoyed his Incarnations of Immortality series as well, he has others too. He is a great author that enjoys his work and does an incredible job at it too! I had heard rumors of his "other" work, but it is nigh impossible to find this book in print, needless to say, I found a copy. The story is actually quite funny, but downright obscene, yet it's moving along quite rapidly (started the other day and I'm almost half-way through it already!). Let's just say, it doesn't leave much to the imagination.
The story is about a man that has a run-in with a succubus (a female demon skilled in seduction) and the story procedes from there. Check out the reviews on Amazon if you want more details, but I don't want to give anything away and want this to remain PG-13. Suffice it to say, it's not for everyone but if you want a funny, yet dirty/raunchy, read and you've read Piers Anthony before and are curious about his lesser-known work, give it a try. You've been warned!
Be advised, if you've never read Piers Anthony's before, don't judge his other titles by the subject matter of this book, they are nothing alike and he's very careful to keep his other novels teen-friendly. He has sold millions of books and they are a blast to read (his Xanth
novels are full of silly, and many times dumb, puns, to you always get a good chuckle).