(Exiles at the Well of Souls Saga of the Well World #2) PDF ñ Jack L. Chalker

E slightest It s hard to think of a character who has toughness and guts than Chang Her backstory which think of a character who has toughness and guts than Chang Her backstory which relates in two paragraphs is brutal and would fill two books on its own An orphan beggar thief and prostitute who becomes a starship pilot and captain eventually turning herself into the most dangerous woman in the human part of the galaxy is ust the warm up for what the Well World has in store for her That s how epic her story is Even the part where her former Riding Hard john becomes her husband and partner in crime who engages in a PygmalionMy Fair Lady transformation of the coarse and streetwise Mavra is something sheust casually mentionsObie the computer is 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 don t uote 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 ultimately dull Exiles and uest 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 universe being a fabrication of some sort a

kind of like the movie 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 but it s not the first book Well luckily betterworldbookscom is a bargain bin sale with used books 3 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 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 ust 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 picks up some years after the last volume and introduces us to a new 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 chance unlike the original on. 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. Ates and end up as various creatures Trelig aptly wakes up 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 custody as the only one who can pilot the space craft once it is repaired The remaining shuttle occupants Dr Zinder and Nikki disappear after going through the gate and their fate is a mysteryuntil the next book that isThe plot of the story continues through shaky alliances and battles as two armies converge on the crash site of the engine module high in snow covered mountains Chalker s imagination is in full swing with ax swinging minotaurs goat headed men flying winged horses gargantuan fanged cyclopses floating smears of intelligent paint tiny stingered pixies giant deaths head butterflies suicidal bumblebees screaming pterodactyls giant toads talking sphinxes magic wielding panthers philosophical abominable snowmen and my favorite small shape changing wads of doughThis would be a great book except for one appalling mistake For some reason Chalker has Mavra morphed by those magic wielding panthers into a pitiful half mule creature with no hands And she stays that way Not sure why he had to do that but he took a story with great momentum and a likable character and dropped it on the literary floor The story falls apart for me at that point and doesn t pick up again until well into the next bookChalker s gender confusion issues pepper the story The guards on Obie s planetoid thanks to sponge addiction are either androgynous effetes or testosterone laden gorillas Even Trelig prior to his conversion to a giant frog is a hermaphroditeYou also have to look past the guilt ridden liberal sensibilities instilled into the book this was written in 1978 The tired old litany of what bad people humans are repeats the native humans on the well world apparently were such resource wasting warlike scaliwags that they started a war with some peaceful giant beavers and got their ust desserts they were gassed into a state of primitive intelligence and are now well cared for by the benevolent beavers The absence of heroes and villains continues into this book from the first All characters are mere pawns swept this way or that by forces beyond their control There is of course no romance which would be tricky in Chalker s sexually perplexed universe and character motivations are weak and uninspired It s not a book to read for the story but rather to experience the fun of the amazing variety of creaturesAt least the giant cockroaches didn t show up in this book Moving on to 2 in the Well World saga where everything gets epic er It s been 1100 years since anyone tried to wage war on the Well World and that was a failure ultimately because it was a war of conuest You can t have supply lines that cross areas where technology doesn t work and the air in some places is poisonous to 90% of your multispecies army half of whom think the other half is deliciousBut now two spaceships have crashed on the planet and a war to retrieve those craft is inevitableBack in the day I don t think I reread this one nearly as much as I did MatWoS as I didn t recall uite as much detail but the overall plot was still all as I did MatWoS as I didn t recall uite as much detail but the overall plot was still all A couple bits I thought came in the third book so now I m doubting my memory as to the overall timeline Once again the sheer scale of the story is impressive and I still really want to see this thing brought to lifeIt s interesting to me how I never gave a second thought to the fact that the protagonist is a Chinese woman and one of the antagonists is a lapsed Muslim Nowadays there would be cries of both racism and political correctness but back in 1978 it wasn t a big deal at allLooking back we really had a lot diversity in our entertainment in the 70s All of us watched shows about black families like Good Times What s Happening and The Jeffersons the latter of which had an interracial couple I m sure the racists hated that stuff back then but we didn t hear about it all the time And those shows were hits watched by millions of peopleSo having an antihero like Mavra Chang kick ass and take names wasn t unusual in th. Ig and horrible lingering death if she failed But neither Trellig nor Mavra had taken the Well World into consideration Built by the ancient Markovians the Well World controlled the design of the cosmos When the opp. .
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 minimal so I think the is misleading This novel is really part one of a larger story and ends kind of abruptly ust after hinting at the set up for the next novelI wonder if Mr Chalker wanted to sell this as one big novel and the editor stood up 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 ust let them regardless of the fact of whether or not they have enough of a story to do so Chalker s writing is actually of a story to do so Chalker s writing is actually enough to carry a large novel ust 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 uses 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 no think they are today The plot involves an evil ruler who has a super computer that links up with The Well of Souls and gives him the potential power to take over the universe Maw haw haw haw update 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 driven smuggler with a complicated past who 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 drug called sponge The scientist Dr Zinder and his daughter Nikki are captives on a planetoid 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 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 the universe 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 ust 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 universe to an orbit around the Well WorldTrelig s guards on the planetoid all sponge addicts uickly 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 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. .
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