S still my second favorite character after Chang but I was surprised by how little he s in this book He has a larger role in the later books I think but this book He has a larger role in the later books I think but t ote me on that I am looking forward to the appearance of Gypsy Although I most identify with Nathan Brazil Gypsy is the character I always wanted to beOn to 3 The first book frankly shows a little promise esthetically than the later volumes but its denouement is saggy and Edificios mágicos ultimately dull Exiles andest on the other hand are actually enjoyable entertainments And after them I should have stopped reading these books I first read this maybe 30 35 years ago It was enjoyable then and is now It s very much a sci fi book with very liberal fantasy elements thrown inOne curiosity is that in today s age I can see something that I couldn t have seen back then Certain people talk of the niverse being a fabrication of some sort a matrix kind of like the movie where nothing is actually real The Well World is almost tailor made for that type of thinking and so gives me a very different perspective from the first time I read the book I love Jack Chalker He s my SF guilty pleasure and this is a series of his I hadn t started yet It was totally weird and a lot of fun to read Not my favorite of his but Jack never lets me down Although I discovered that this is not actually the first in the series it s the first of the duology about the epic war but it s not the first book Well luckily betterworldbookscom is having a bargain Sale With Used Books with sed books for 10 so the solution to this problem will be shipping to me shortly Also luckily F is too busy working on honeymoon pictures right now to read my book reviews and see that I ordered books The premise of the Well World saga is essentially a creation myth billions of years ago a highly advanced race called the Markovians created a planet sized computer that could alter reality and divided the surface into hundreds of eually sized regions each containing a completely different environment and dominant species These species run the gamut from arachnids to reptilians to mammals to things far bizarre From these experiments they seeded the Something Radiates universe with life The Well World remains operational even far into our future when these stories take placeIn this book the first of a two part story arc a human scientist has succeeded in duplicating the Markovians technology albeit on a smaller scale When he s forced to build and operate a larger version of his creation for a ruthless crime lord everyone in the area is transported to the Well World And when one of their space shuttles crashes on it nearly everyone wants a piece So begin the Wars of the WellWord for word Chalker isn t the best writer His prose can be clunky and repetitious and if you are averse to info dumps don t even bother These books are also not for those who demand hard science Even though technology is responsible for the many wonders within it may as well be magic What I like about this series is the creativity and just plain weirdness on display Decent old school science fantasy fun Take the intrigue of Game of Thrones add the insane shape changing elements of Ovid s Metamorphasis condense it into a single action packed volume and you ve got the next entry into the Well of Souls seriesThis book picksp some years after the last volume and introduces Viking Slave (The Beast Kings Slave, us to a new protagonist Mavra Chang deadly competent covert operative for hire as she travels the stars She s given a job free a scientist s daughter who is being held hostage by an evil politiciansyndicate crime lord to force her father to assist in creating a machine that can reshape realityAs readers of the first book can anticipate the players are soon drawn into the hidden Well World a secret planet created by a long vanished supreme race of aliens The Well World s guiding artificial intelligence is capable of shaping theniverse into whatever one desires and the entry of these new marooned space travelers promise the means of controlling itThe newcomers are processed given new bodies to match some of the thousands of sentient races that call the Well World home each race living in a hexagonal biome with radically different environments and sometimes radically different laws of physicsWar breaks out complete with shifting alliances and depths of treachery in a book that ends leaving Bonsai from the Wild us wanting Own the original printing and found it to be an excellent book well worth the rereading However if I was looking for a new author to readthe cover art of the version shown would not have intrigued me enough to give this book a chancenlike the original one. Onents were drawn across space to the mysterious planet they found themselves in new alien bodies and in the middle of a battle where strange races fought desperately with the control of all the Universe as the priz. .
The cover that Goodreads shows is really embarrassing It suggests SM or something worse It is a very tame novel in terms of sexual content and the violence is minimal so I think the cover is misleading This novel is really part one of a larger story and ends kind of abruptly just after hinting at the set Graveyard Shift up for the next novelI wonder if Mr Chalker wanted to sell this as one big novel and the editor stoodp to him and said no and made him break it into two The world needs editors like that today So many authors want to write door stoppers and editors just let them regardless of the fact of whether or not they have enough of a story to do of whether or not they have enough of a story to do Chalker s writing is actually good enough to carry a large novel just not everyone has the mental stamina to read oneThis is a return to the Well World from Midnight at the Well of Souls but with all new characters Marva Chang the lead hero like Julie Wu from Midnight is an small Asian woman Unlike Wu she is a take charge kind of gal right from the beginning sort of a pirate captain mercenary If you have a fascination with combining humans with animals as many of the ancient cultures did with their mythology this is really the novel for you The Well World is actually a giant computer It houses a large number of habitats for all different races most of which are animal human hybridsOne thing that bothers me is that Chalker ses the term bi sexual for describing hermaphrodites as some the characters and races are hermaphroditic Perhaps the terms were interchangeable in the 1970 s but I do
think they today The plot involves an evil ruler who has a super computer that links p with The Well of Souls and gives him the potential power to take over the The Diary of Jack the Ripper universe Maw haw haw hawpdate 2018 reread Some people have comfort foodI have comfort books Or series as the case may be This is a comfort series Everyone should have an Obie in their life2012 Still epic after all these years Exiles at the Well of Souls by Jack ChalkerIn this second book of the Well of Souls series Chalker introduces the main character for the remainder of the series SYNOPSISMavra Chang is a resourceful drivenno think they
Smuggler With A Complicated Pastwith a complicated past is hired by a political leader to rescue a scientist and his daughter from the clutches of Antor Trelig the head of the powerful syndicate dealing in the drug called sponge The scientist Dr Zinder and his daughter Nikki are captives on a planetoid near Trelig s homeworld where Zinder is building a weapon to end all weapons Mavra discovers that the weapon is a self aware computer named Obie with the technological capability to alter the Brendas Private Swing universe s energy field to essentially change reality If you read the first book in the series Midnight at the Well of Souls you ll recognize that this is the same technology that enabled the ancient Markovians to recreate theniverse as they wishedMavra s secret agent abilities are considerable and when Obie finds out she is there to rescue the Zinders his de facto father and sister he alters her body giving her super human strength stamina night vision and even retractable poison needles in her fingernails Heh And she almost makes it She rescues Nikki and with the aid of a renegade guard named Renard she piles them into a shuttle and blasts away from the planetoid Unfortunately at just that moment and before she can get far enough away Obie engages the reality field during a scheduled test and it instantly transports the planetoid and everything in its near vicinity halfway across the Real Service universe to an orbit around the Well WorldTrelig s guards on the planetoid all sponge addictsickly realize that without their sponge supply they will soon be dead and decide to murder Trelig and his associates Trelig Zinder and Zinder s assistant Ben Yulin make it to another shuttle and leave the planetoid hoping to make a landing on the Well WorldThe rest of the story involves the crash landing of both shuttles on the Well World and the subseuent war to retrieve the engine module of the shuttle that lands in the southern hemisphere the engine module is the one piece of technology that the Well World will not allow to be built so with it the denizens of the Well World could build a spacecraft to leave the planetMost of the characters go through the well gates and end Crown Mitre up as various creatures Trelig aptly wakesp as a giant frog Yulin becomes a minotaur Renard becomes a satyr like creature with the ability to deliver electrical shocks Mavra herself is stopped from going through the gate that old six armed snake man Serge Ortega is still around from the first book and keeps her in cust. Antor Trellig head of a ruthless interstellar syndicate had seized a super computer with godlike powers which could make him omnipotent The Council offered master criminal Mavra Chang any reward if she stopped Trell. .