Stork Naked (Xanth, Book 30) by Piers Anthony

By Piers Anthony

Shock Golem has simply misplaced her brand-new child. The Stork assigned to bring her eagerly awaited package of pleasure has inexplicably refused to give up it, flying off as an alternative via a gap within the textile of fact.
 
Now, to trace down her offspring, shock needs to lead an ill-assorted assemblage of confederates on a determined quest via dozens of alternative Xanths. yet sinister, unseen forces are decided to prevent her. And in an effort to locate her baby, shock could have to lose her middle.

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By Piers Anthony

Shock Golem has simply misplaced her brand-new child. The Stork assigned to bring her eagerly awaited package of pleasure has inexplicably refused to give up it, flying off as an alternative via a gap within the textile of fact.
 
Now, to trace down her offspring, shock needs to lead an ill-assorted assemblage of confederates on a determined quest via dozens of alternative Xanths. yet sinister, unseen forces are decided to prevent her. And in an effort to locate her baby, shock could have to lose her middle.

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Babies needed adults to take care of them; children were too irresponsible. So there was good, sensible reason to prevent children from summoning storks. But of course children didn't see it that way. The confounded bird was succeeding in really annoying her, without breaking any rules. In seemingly good language it was insulting the entire adult species. "It crystallized with little Princess Ivy in the year 1071, thirty-five years ago," the peeve continued. "Adults had been preaching the gospel of secrecy, but it hadn't been very effective; most children saw through it soon, and used bad words, and could have signaled storks if they had really wanted to.

Sure enough, Che Centaur was appreciating the Gorgon's half-stoned cheese. He was a handsome winged stallion. "I did not realize that I was to have Companions on this dangerous quest," he was saying as they entered the room. "A nice young woman, three naughty children, and an irascible bird," the Gorgon agreed. "But that's ridiculous! " the peeve demanded. " "And soon wore out your welcome there," the Gorgon said fondly. The centaur turned and saw them, recognizing them all instantly. "Oh, my. " "The stork took away my baby," Surprise replied evenly.

Surprise was appalled. " But it was getting easier the more she considered it. "Of course this is far-fetched," Che said. "It would be an amazingly complicated way to get a baby, when I understand most couples don't really mind signaling the stork. " "Probably not," she agreed. But the chill was taking root in her bones. Magician Humfrey had urged her not to undertake this quest; his reasons might be starting to show. " "My understanding is that Demons are infinite too, so that there is a thin slice of each in each reality.

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