Mavra Chang was once a master criminal, notorious throughout the galaxy. But for 11 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.
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I am Mavra Chang, Bride of the Stars
The best part is the zany world that Chalker has created. It's sci-fi, fantasy and a mind boggling display of creates and world building. Amazing.
I can only compare this to other Chalker books. He is a very unique author. I can only remotely compare him to John Varley in terms of his imagination and scope of the worlds he creates. Some readers might not like him though. He sometimes provides alot of detail on items that never come into play. That doesn't both me. To immerse yourself in Chalker is to take a leap into the unknown. Its escapist entertainment at its best.
He really grew on me. In the first Well World book I thought he was so droll I would fall asleep. Then I realized he was playing many characters and that droll delivery was the narrator, so it was at some level comforting. I think he did a fantastic job and would not trade his performance with anyone.
Interesting. This book was one where i did. I drove a long distance and listened to to at once. It was fun.
There is something about Chalker that harkens back to a time in Sci Fi that was not dependent on snappy plots or fighting/action. He builds complex worlds that are intent on opening your imagination up to new ideas...some of which are philosophical and some are decidedly not. I wish Audible would make the entire Well World Series available, if you read this review let them know! I have....
Book 3 of Jack L. Chalker signature series.