By Piers Anthony
Published by Dreaming Big Publications
Reviewed by Laura M.
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.
4 out of 5 stars
This is my first time reading anything by Piers Anthony so I honestly was not sure what to expect with this novella. And although sci-fi isn’t my cup of tea, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Anthony’s idea of a hairball alien is a bit ridiculous but a creative and refreshing addition to the genre. Quiti’s hair and watching its abilities develop over the course of the story was by far one of my favorite parts. There were times where the writing seemed a bit choppy and parts where it didn’t flow well. Quiti is a likeable enough character but the only issue I had with her was that her manner of speaking was very stiff and didn’t seem appropriate for a 20 year old. Overall I thought this novella was a comical and entertaining read and I look forward to reading other books by Piers Anthony.
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.
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.