Book Review: Writer’s Retweet by Piers Anthony


AUTHOR: Piers Anthony

PUBLISHER: Dreaming Big Publications

GENRE: Fantasy



EBOOK: $3.99, but available free for Kindle Unlimited users



Horrifying illusions. Classified government operations. Heavily guarded secrets.

 Cryptic rumors. Dangerous prisoners.

 Irresistible passion.

 Demonic magic.

  Piers Anthony weaves this and more into Writer’s Retweet, a collection of five short stories abounding in the adventure, magic, and naughtiness that fans have come to know and love from this author.

 In “Experiment,” “Discovery,” and “Mission,” painfully average Bigelow Bilge and Paula Plaintiff are thrust unwillingly into a world fraught with terrifying, victim-specific illusions. Who—or what—is the source of these horrifying encounters? Why have Bigelow and Paula been targeted?

  A newspaper reporter in “Dull Street Incident” gets wind of a delicious scandal rumored to have punctuated a stale suburban street. Menacing prisoners, conniving teenage girls, and one well-kept secret leads this reporter to the story of a lifetime. But who will believe it?

  In “Forbidden Fruit,” dowdy, middle-aged Edith happens upon a mysterious fruit that completely alters her life—and the life of Kent, an attractive, young neighbor. Seduced by her newfound magical abilities and rediscovered sex appeal, Edith plunges into a world filled with demons, pleasure, and unthinkable risk.




My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Titles don’t usually do a lot for me but this one grabbed my attention and it’s perfect. Plus, I sold a lot of Piers Anthony books in my bookstore so I’d been planning on checking out his books at some point, this was my perfect chance.

Piers Anthony first introduced these stories as tweets which must have taken a lot of thought. Telling a story 140 words at a time has to be a challenge! I didn’t read these stories as tweets (I have a twitter account but don’t read tweets very often), but I imagine it worked. I know I would have kept coming back for more, especially to read “Experiment.” I mean, I would have had to find out why an ordinary man suddenly had so many attempts on his life.

These short stories work well in book form as well. I definitely recommend Writer’s Retweet if you enjoy stories that are a little different.




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Book Review: Service Goat by Piers Anthony

Orphaned and blind seven-year-old Callie has a service animal – a goat with extraordinary powers.

Ben Hemoth is a down-on-his luck news reporter facing prison. Needing to save his job and his reputation, he teams up with Venus, a young seductress caught up with a teenage drug gang.

When a mysterious letter arrives detailing a top-secret investigative operation, Ben and Venus think they’ve found their chance for redemption. The mission? Investigate a goat.

In exchange for an extravagant paycheck, Ben and Venus must piece together the wild rumors swirling around Callie, her supernatural goat, and a possible UFO visit.

Piers Anthony’s Service Goat is an extraordinary tale rich with adventure, extraterrestrial visitors, secrecy, dangerous governmental operations, and the classic hints of mischief that readers have come to expect and love from the New York Times bestselling author of the Xanth series.

Available from Amazon.


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I’ve been wanting to read something for Piers Anthony for a while now so I jumped at the chance to get a free copy to review.

I like the four main characters. Ben is down on his luck because of Venus but she is trying to redeem herself. Callie was in a car accident in which her parents were killed and she would have died too if the goat, Nanny, hadn’t come along. Nanny is an alien who is able to take away the pain and desperation that Callie feels. 

The people in this book are manipulated by Nanny enough so that they will keep her secret. They are generally good people, though. The only “bad guys” are the government. That’s a big obstacle though. Will they be able to keep their secret as more people learn about Nanny?

I definitely recommend Service Goat. There aren’t any explicit sex scenes but sex is mentioned many times so I suggest parental guidance. 


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