Reading Virtual Mode was like meeting an old friend I hadn't seen in a long time. Back in the 70's I read everything Anthony put out. The hard stuff like the Omnivore trilogy and the fantasy like the Xanth series. I still have lots of old yellowed paperbacks from then.
Virtual Mode reminds me of the Xanth books. Magic and fantasy predominate, but then you find a reality with FTL flight and you're back into science fiction. The fantasy predominated though. It's an enjoyable read. Telepathic horses and people who remember the future but forget the past are exactly what I'd expect from Anthony. Highly recommended.