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Quest for the Well of Souls (original 1978; edition 1980)

by Jack L. Chalker

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Title:Quest for the Well of Souls
Authors:Jack L. Chalker
Info:Del Rey (1980), Mass Market Paperback
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Sort of a combination of Riverworld and Ringworld, the inhabitants of the Well World are a random mess of alien creatures, all fighting for control, or to leave. There's a ton of opportunity for adventure and strange meetings, and Chalker is one of the best at making such things happen. ( )
  Karlstar | Oct 18, 2009 |
Well War 2.

Or, if you haven't read the second book in the Well World series, Exiles at the Well of Souls this book may not make anywhere near as much sense, as it follows on directly from that one to continue the conflict and problems that Mavra Chang and company find themsleves in because of the experiment in the earlier novel.

This one is still just as entertaining as the first part though.

http://notfreesf.blogspot.com/2007/11/quest-for-well-of-souls-jack-l-chalker.htm... ( )
  bluetyson | Nov 1, 2007 |
Great book ( )
  rzornow | Jan 16, 2007 |
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And for the dead as well...

John W. Campbell, Jr. who taught me to write stuff

August W. Derleth who was always interested

Clark Ashton Smith who dreamed strange, infectious dreams

Seabury Quinn who cared as much for his friends as they did for him

Edmond Hamilton a wonderful man who liked the Well

Ron Ellik who should have lived to see this

H. Beam Piper who was never too busy

and to those two incongruous, ghostly specters, H.P. Lovecraft and Stanley G. Weinbarum, who have haunted this field since before I was born.
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A drak road is dangerous anywhere; but here, on the Well World, in a nontech hex whose diurnal creatures literally became comatose after sundown, it was moreso.
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Mavra Chang was once a master criminal, notorious throughout the galaxy. But for eleven long years she has been trapped in a nonhuman body on the Well World-the master control planet for the universe, where untold numbers of strange races exist, separated by barriers erected by the mysterious, vanished race that built the Well World billions of years ago. Orbiting the planet is a planetoid concealing Obie, a supercomputer that could restore Mavra Chang to her original form-if she can reach it. Unfortunately, the only spaceship on the planet is hidden in the northern hemisphere, a place no living creature can survive. She soon learns that her enemies are plotting to eliminate her, steal the ship, and escape from the Well World. But many others have planned her demise before, and Mavra Chang is still alive and well-which is more than can be said of those who once wished her ill.… (more)

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