Author: Piers Anthony
Published By: Dreaming Big Publications, 2016
Reviewed By: Jessica
Piers Anthony creates yet another intriguing concept about an alien life force that comes to Earth and latches onto a human for mutual benefit. Main character, Quiteria, or Quiti, has cancer, or at least she did before she met Hair Brain. The alien form gives her physical strength, intelligence, allows her to change her physical appearance, makes her ravenous with hunger, and comes with a whole host of magical powers that grow as the hair does.
To be honest, the story is a bit bizarre and is not something I would necessarily choose to read. The plot seems underdeveloped in areas as the story moves along very quickly. Some scenes seem repetitive, especially when Quiti explains her predicament and her hair to others. There are also a decent amount of sexual scenes within the novel that aren’t necessary and don’t seem to fit with the story. The dialogue and word choice are simple and give a younger vibe, yet these scenes seem too mature for it. I am not saying that I am against writing like this, however, I didn’t think it was necessary for the plot to advance.
Piers Anthony definitely is a unique author and although his books wouldn’t be my first choice, I am still drawn to read his stories since they are so different than anything I have encountered before.
About the Book:
Terminal cancer patient, Quiti, walks into an abandoned building planning on taking her life. Instead, she encounters a telepathic ball of hair that insists it is an alien seeking to facilitate diplomatic communication on Earth.
Quiti assumes it is all a hallucination conjured up by her brain tumor. Because of this assumption, when she saves the alien’s life and it insists on doing Quiti a favor in return, she only asks for her hair back. She soon discovers, however, that the creature’s gift extends much further than her new locks that can change color with a thought. As her powers grow and her deadly illness goes into remission, Quiti quickly realizes that there are those that would want to use her for her abilities and is forced to leave behind everything that she knew.
Will this blessing curse her to a life on the run, or does the mysterious hairball have more in store for her?
Piers Anthony, critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestselling Xanth series, brings together humor and adventure in this original story of loyalty, friendship, extraordinary powers, and hair.
About the Author:
Piers Anthony is one of the world's most popular fantasy authors, and a New York Times bestseller twenty-one times over. His Xanth novels have been read and loved by millions of readers around the world, and he daily receives hundreds of letters from his devoted fans. In addition to the Xanth series, Anthony is the author of many other best-selling works. Piers Anthony lives in Inverness, Florida.
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I was not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.