Crazy Love lThe 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 aarger story and ends kind of abruptly just 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 that today So authors want to write door stoppers and editors just et them regardless of the fact of whether or not they have enough of a story to do so Chalker s writing is actually good enough to carry a arge 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 ead of Souls but with all new characters Marva Chang the ead ike 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 arge number of habitats for all different races most of which are animal human hybridsOne thing that bothers me is large number of habitats for all different races most of which are animal human hybridsOne thing that bothers me is 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 Black Heart, Red Ruby 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 theirife2012 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 eader 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 universe s energy field to essentially change reality If you read the first book in the series Midnight at the Well of Souls you l 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 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 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 New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood leave the planetoid hoping to make aanding on the Well WorldThe rest of the story involves the crash Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey landing of both shuttles on the Well World and the subseuent war to retrieve the engine module of the shuttle thatands in the so. 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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Uthern 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 eave the planetMost of the characters go through the well gates and end up as various creatures Trelig aptly wakes up as a giant frog Yulin becomes a minotaur Renard becomes a satyr ЯED 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 aikable character and dropped it on the iterary 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 aden gorillas Even Trelig prior to his conversion to a giant frog is a hermaphroditeYou also prior to his conversion to a giant frog is a hermaphroditeYou also to The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs look past the guilt riddeniberal sensibilities instilled into the book this was written in 1978 The tired old itany 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 just 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 experienceIt s not a book to read for the story but rather to experience fun of the amazing variety of creaturesAt east 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 Monsieur Pain 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 there 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 The first book frankly shows aittle promise esthetically than the A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author 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. Ig and horribleingering 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. .