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A towering testament of ambition and desire, hope and despair, Piers Anthony's epic Geodyssey saga is nothing less than the story of humanity itself. As seen through the eyes of a handful of courageous, passionate men and women reborn again and again in some of the most turbulent ages of history. Muse of Art is the newest chapter in this astonishing chronicle, probing the A towering testament of ambition and desire, hope and despair, Piers Anthony's epic Geodyssey saga is nothing less than the story of humanity itself. As seen through the eyes of a handful of courageous, passionate men and women reborn again and again in some of the most turbulent ages of history. Muse of Art is the newest chapter in this astonishing chronicle, probing the heart of our deepest fears and highest aspirations, illuminating the spark that makes us what we are. It is the arts that truly define humanity and set us apart from all other species on earth. In a rousing, passionate story that ranges from the mists of prehistory to a terrifyingly plausible near future, Muse of Art explores the special talents that have inspired and motivated us since the earliest days of our existence: curiosity and creativity, seduction and survival, destruction and healing.


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A towering testament of ambition and desire, hope and despair, Piers Anthony's epic Geodyssey saga is nothing less than the story of humanity itself. As seen through the eyes of a handful of courageous, passionate men and women reborn again and again in some of the most turbulent ages of history. Muse of Art is the newest chapter in this astonishing chronicle, probing the A towering testament of ambition and desire, hope and despair, Piers Anthony's epic Geodyssey saga is nothing less than the story of humanity itself. As seen through the eyes of a handful of courageous, passionate men and women reborn again and again in some of the most turbulent ages of history. Muse of Art is the newest chapter in this astonishing chronicle, probing the heart of our deepest fears and highest aspirations, illuminating the spark that makes us what we are. It is the arts that truly define humanity and set us apart from all other species on earth. In a rousing, passionate story that ranges from the mists of prehistory to a terrifyingly plausible near future, Muse of Art explores the special talents that have inspired and motivated us since the earliest days of our existence: curiosity and creativity, seduction and survival, destruction and healing.

30 review for Muse of Art

  1. 5 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    God damn. This is another series that started out great, then puttered out as it went on, which just leaves me heartbroken as someone who can really get sucked up into a series and fall in love with the narrative and characters (i.e. Clan of the Cave Bear, Hunger Games, Divergent, Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, etc etc...) Tis book is supposed to focus on art, and I found the premise intriguing, and like with the rest of the Geodyssey books, I learned about various historical settings, which is m God damn. This is another series that started out great, then puttered out as it went on, which just leaves me heartbroken as someone who can really get sucked up into a series and fall in love with the narrative and characters (i.e. Clan of the Cave Bear, Hunger Games, Divergent, Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, etc etc...) Tis book is supposed to focus on art, and I found the premise intriguing, and like with the rest of the Geodyssey books, I learned about various historical settings, which is my favorite part of the Geodyssey books. But... this book was less about art, and more about sex. On average, doing the math, the book averaged more than a couple of sex scenes per chapter. I'm not a prude and I don't mind an occasional sex scene here and there, but there was more focus on sex than art and creativity, and don't even get me started on watersports. (and this chapter had like... 4 or 5 sex scenes? Maybe more, it became a blur to me at this point) Yes, peeing. If the author wanted to do an erotica book about watersports, he should have done so in a separate book, aimed at watersports fans. In this book, the watersports (of which there was a lot in one chapter) just left a really vile taste in my mouth. It did NOTHING for the story, it contributed nothing to the artistic value or historical narration of the book, and it was one of the things that made Melee so distasteful to me. And man, I hated Melee. she was a bitch. I know the author was trying to make Melee out to be a strong, willful woman, but Melee was just too willful, like she was being defiant just for defiance's sake, for her amusement, to fuck around with men, etc. In the chapter with aforesaid waterports, Melee takes delight in making Dillon uncomfortable and constantly stomping on his boundaries and just fucking around with him and being a bitch, including peeing on him. Ew. The third book in this series, Hope of Earth, was a bit weak, but was still an overall enjoyable book, with much less sex, and the characters were more enjoyable. I had hoped that Muse of Art would be a step up, but instead, this was a step down, a big one. I was tempted to give it one star, but the various historical settings and stuff that did not include sex were good to read, so I give this book 2 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeremiah Johnson

    Really didn't like this book. There is even less continuity in this than the previous volume. This makes it very hard for me to care about any of the characters. Some of the "history" in this is made up, making it far less compelling than the other books in the series. The only reason I didn't give it 1 star was because the chapter on Stalingrad was mostly interesting. I don't think that Anthony knows what the word "art" means. According to this book, the following are arts: seduction, arrogance, Really didn't like this book. There is even less continuity in this than the previous volume. This makes it very hard for me to care about any of the characters. Some of the "history" in this is made up, making it far less compelling than the other books in the series. The only reason I didn't give it 1 star was because the chapter on Stalingrad was mostly interesting. I don't think that Anthony knows what the word "art" means. According to this book, the following are arts: seduction, arrogance, ploy, justice, politics, survival, irony, and destruction. There were more chapters devoted to true arts in the first 3 books than this entire book combined.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    "a review of history, form the point of view of a small clan.. how they interact, love marry and finally survive. a very explicitied and erotic art of suduction chapter that boys should be warned can be extreme. a beautiful love story with ups and downs and questions of what do you really want or wish for..." "a review of history, form the point of view of a small clan.. how they interact, love marry and finally survive. a very explicitied and erotic art of suduction chapter that boys should be warned can be extreme. a beautiful love story with ups and downs and questions of what do you really want or wish for..."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Merredith

    this was the next book in the geoodessy series. i loved the others but this one was only ok. it was too war-like, for one, lots of fighting, military stuff... also, instead of a family, it had a bunch of different people, who eventually become friends and sort of families, but its not the same. i was pretty dissapointed.this was the next book in the geoodessy series. i loved the others but this one was only ok. it was too war-like, for one, lots of fighting, military stuff... also, instead of a this was the next book in the geoodessy series. i loved the others but this one was only ok. it was too war-like, for one, lots of fighting, military stuff... also, instead of a family, it had a bunch of different people, who eventually become friends and sort of families, but its not the same. i was pretty dissapointed.this was the next book in the geoodessy series. i loved the others but this one was only ok. it was too war-like, for one, lots of fighting, military stuff... also, instead of a family, it had a bunch of different people, who eventually become friends and sort of families, but its not the same. i was pretty dissapointed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristen (belles_bookshelves)

    "Hell hath no fury like that of a culture unmasked." Art (noun): the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination Seen hear is human creativity expressing politics, seduction, war, and more. Not always visual art is portrayed here, but all a manner of art just the same. I love these stories for what they show: the connection across time and cultures, across rank and class, age and gender, that join us together and make us who we are. That make us human. "Hell hath no fury like that of a culture unmasked." Art (noun): the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination Seen hear is human creativity expressing politics, seduction, war, and more. Not always visual art is portrayed here, but all a manner of art just the same. I love these stories for what they show: the connection across time and cultures, across rank and class, age and gender, that join us together and make us who we are. That make us human.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ora Alberton

    Have been reading the fantasy literature by Piers Anthony. The Geodyssey series is a result of a great deal of research and his amazing skills as a writer. He wove historical facts in unique tales that allow the reader to see a common thread in different cultural, social, political, and geographical developments.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Trudy Roy

    Seemed more focused on sex but still touched on lots of history I was unfamiliar with.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    I can't actually finish this book. I've renewed it twice from the library, but it's too long. I'm not super interested in the story, so I doubt I will ever finish it. It's too bad, because I remember the other three books in this series being very interesting, and the premise is very interesting to me. Oh well. I can't actually finish this book. I've renewed it twice from the library, but it's too long. I'm not super interested in the story, so I doubt I will ever finish it. It's too bad, because I remember the other three books in this series being very interesting, and the premise is very interesting to me. Oh well.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rory Pratt

    This book was really interesting. It is impressive how Anthony puts the same characters and same storyline in different historical settings. There was too much sex for me. The womens attitudes are more like mens, or prostitutes or porn stars. Other than that I really enjoyed reading it. Anthony is on my short list of favorite authors.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura Floyd

    VERY disappointing after the first three. By book 4, the premise is no longer enough to carry the book. The characters in this one are annoying, and Anthony's preoccupation with sex and young girls is disturbingly prevalent. VERY disappointing after the first three. By book 4, the premise is no longer enough to carry the book. The characters in this one are annoying, and Anthony's preoccupation with sex and young girls is disturbingly prevalent.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Weird...I wonder sometimes who writes these books under the Piers Anthony name as they are so often so different. All in all, I liked it, though.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Johann

    One of my favorites of Anthony's works. I've enjoyed reading him since I was but a pre-teen. When I read this book at the age of 21 it reconfirmed for me his power as an author. One of my favorites of Anthony's works. I've enjoyed reading him since I was but a pre-teen. When I read this book at the age of 21 it reconfirmed for me his power as an author.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shawn

    Young adult 10-15

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Well researched and an interesting concept. Unfortunately, it's not a good read because Piers Anthony is a horrible writer. I have to stop reading books by him. Well researched and an interesting concept. Unfortunately, it's not a good read because Piers Anthony is a horrible writer. I have to stop reading books by him.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lulu Marie

    This is the book that turned me on to piers Anthony. I love love love it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kim Watkins

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tom

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  19. 4 out of 5

    Neil

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brad

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paul Keelan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Z Wilder Aubertin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Karina Mari

  26. 4 out of 5

    Warren Watts

  27. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

  28. 5 out of 5

    Paula Essary

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sam

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

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