ABOUT THE BOOK
Quiti and the rest of the Hair Suits have just set up the Hair Suite, the embassy of the alien Hair Balls, when they learn they have competition. Alien cyborgs called Chip Monks want to win Earth for themselves. The two species must duel for control. These rivals discover a third alien species that threatens to destroy Earth, and have to join up quickly in order to protect the planet they are both seeking to win. Along the way, they get swept up in a world of intergalactic politics, wormholes, and role-playing. Will they be able to save Planet Earth in time? Piers Anthony, critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestselling Xanth series, shows off his signature originality and wit in this entertaining and inventive sequel to Hair Power.
MY REVIEW - Ally
4 out of 5 stars
Not having read the first book, Hair Power, I was delighted by the accessibility of the sequel. You don’t have to read the first to understand the second; everything necessary is outlined in the short and simple Introduction to the text.
Hair Suite is exactly what you might expect from Piers Anthony: fun, unexpected, and more than a little wacky! I liked this book better than others by Anthony; the plot is not only intriguing but also fairly clever. The characters also felt more dimensional and developed than his usual style; relationships between these characters felt refreshingly natural and established. Perhaps the first book allowed Anthony a longer time to get in the characters head, thereby aiding both of these aspects, which are not usually a strong point in his novels.
Furthermore, I was impressed with the high level world building in Anthony’s novel. Right from the opening scene, the world feels established and lived-in. This is particularly impressive in light of the inclusion of aliens and a world order including both these aliens alongside humans.
Overall, this is one of Anthony’s best works yet. Hair Suite is perfect as either a standalone or the sequel to Hair Power. It’s an ideal quick read that will take you on a wonky and unexpected adventure.
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Piers Anthony is the critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestselling Xanth series, and many other novels. He lives with his wife in Florida.