Midnight at the Well of Souls (Well World Saga: Volume 1)

Midnight at the Well of Souls (Well World Saga: Volume 1)

by Jack L. Chalker

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BN ID: 2940148345381
Publisher: Phoenix Pick
Publication date: 02/24/2014
Series: Well World Saga , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 261,200
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jack L. Chalker (1944-2005) was an American science fiction author. He is best known for his Well World series. He was very involved in the Science Fiction and Fantasy writing community. In 1963 he helped found the Baltimore Science Fiction Society and was a three-term treasurer of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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Midnight at the Well of Souls (Saga of the Well World Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
NogDog on LibraryThing 19 days ago
This one is a bit difficult for me to rate, so I settled for a middling-good 3-star ranking. I liked the author's imagination and the way I was able to quickly and clearly envision the varied settings and characters.SPOILER ALERT: no details, but some general stuff you may not want to read before reading the book.On the downside, it shares a sort of deus ex machina issue with other sci-fi stories that take place in some situation where things can be essentially "magic" -- namely stories where you find everything takes place inside a computer simulation, or in this case where the universe is, in effect, a simulation. That's not to say that it is an invalid plot device: there are some respected physicists who say that such a view is, at the very least, worth considering as one way to explain some of the peculiarities of quantum physics. My only problem with it is in its effect on story-telling, as it essentially allows anything to happen, removing any requirement for cause and effect. And, since the protagonist is, at least for all practical purposes, a god; ultimately, what was his challenge, and how am I supposed to relate to him?Ultimately, it was worth a read, but I'm not sure I'll continue with the series.
dpitt75 on LibraryThing 19 days ago
Some strong sci-fi but weak on alien characters.
Karlstar on LibraryThing 23 days ago
While this is original, at first glance, I was never really thrilled with this series. The Well World reminds me too much of Farmer's Riverworld, with lots of people stuck there with no idea how they got there, and morphed into different forms than in their previous life. The writing is good and the characters are interesting, especially if the strangeness is something you like.
Grumpus on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book caused me to read the rest of the series and another series by this author in the middle of a school year. I was amazed at the amount of creativity that went into this series. This book will get you hooked on the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My second time through. Almost 30 years since the first read. I'm glad I picked it up again.
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scarlett77 More than 1 year ago
I read this series many years ago (over 30?) and it has always been a favorite of mine. It went out of print for many years or I would have read it again earlier. It was just as good the second time around. I am not a big fantasy reader but appreciate more science fiction type work. This series has a bit of both and is exceptionally well written. Be sure to get the whole set before it goes out of print again. It is an EXCELLENT READ!!! This is book one of the set. I suggest you read them in order....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. I've read and reread it so many times, my copy is worn out! A book for people who seriously enjoy reading science fiction
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Ah the well world series, I remember stumbling upon 'shadow of the well of souls' in a used book store so many years ago and after that I needed MORE! I now proudly own the whole well saga series and his trilogy. Its a total of 10 books however most are very hard to find anywhere and its best to buy online. Anyway this book was great it kept me on my toes and it never slowed down like some books tend to half way through. The whole series is great and I highly recomend you start at book one and read it in order however this series is also good to read starting anywhere by the way he writes. Simply put one of my best reads thus far I just hope he decides to one day come back to the well saga series though it may be slim heres to hoping *lifts his glass*
Guest More than 1 year ago
I missed the Well World novels as I was growing up, but I was always aware of their presence and importance in the world of sci-fi literature. Then when I saw that Baen Books was reprinting the series I bought Midnight at the Well of Souls. Midnight has everything you could ask for in great escape and once you've finish it, I'd be surprised if you didn't run out and buy Exiles at the Well of Souls.