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The Sea Is Full of Stars (Well World) by [Chalker, Jack L.]
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This exciting, action-packed novel marks Jack Chalker's triumphant return to his celebrated multivolume saga: The Well World. The Sea Is Full of Stars explores an unknown interstellar civilization, stars an all-new cast of characters, and reveals fresh secrets. But of course, The Well remains . . .
After three passengers--Ming, Ari, and Angel--embark on an elite starship journey into the Realm, they unwittingly become ensnared in one man's bloodthirsty vendetta that will alter their very beings. That man is Jeremiah Wong Kincaid. He vows to destroy Josich Conqueror Hadun, the evil genius who has wreaked unspeakable havoc throughout the universe. It is an obsession that will take him to lands of demons and strange races--and into a deadly new cyberworld where humans are mere pawns of the godlike computers they have created.
But it is only after Kincaid and his unwitting fellow travelers enter Well World and discover the water hexes that he confronts the mad tyrant--and learns their universe is threatened by something far, far worse . . .

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This exciting, action-packed novel marks Jack Chalker's triumphant return to his celebrated multivolume saga: The Well World. THE SEA IS FULL OF STARS explores an unknown interstellar civilization, features an all-new cast of characters, and reveals fresh secrets. But of course, the Well remains...

After three passengers -- Ming, Ari, and Angel -- embark on an elite starship journey into the Realm, they unwittingly become ensnared in one man's bloodthirsty vendetta that will alter their very beings. That man is Jeremiah Wong Kincaid. He vows to destroy Josich Conqueror Hadun, the evil genius who has wreaked unspeakable havoc throughout the universe. It is an obsession that will take him to lands of demons and strange races -- and into a deadly new cyberworld where humans are mere pawns of the godlike computers they have created.

But it is only after Kincaid and his unwitting fellow travelers enter Well World and discover the water hexes that he confronts the mad tyrant -- and learns their universe is threatened by something far, far worse...


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 919 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (18 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XU8D5Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Where is the sense of wonder the imaginative scope and the exciting action of the earlier Wellworld novels? It seems from the preface he wrote these two books (which are really one book padded out with filler and split into two seperate volumes) solely for the money and it shows. TSISOS has a lovely title and it starts out rather well, but quickly takes a wrong turning. I was pretty annoyed when Chalker takes two strong, potentially interesting female characters and turns them some sort of Geisha robots, I don't know what that added to the plot amd I would have preferred they had stayed the way they are. There are maybe a couple of good ideas here, but they are quickly squandered in the second volume which is exposition heavy, confusing and action light. Chalker seemingly forgot the adage 'show dont' tell!'. The idea of setting much of the action in the underwater hexes didn't really come off for me, as an earlier reviewer said (on the amazon.com site) they just seem like dry land creatures living underwater. Also he seems to have forgotten about including the Northern hexes, however that may have been a blessing, as he might have ended up destroying the mystique. After what feels like a lifetime plodding through various dull, watery hexes the book just comes to an abrupt conclusion that didn't even make a lot of sense. A total misfire and a ripoff at £10 for both books (and you need to read both the first volume is by no means complete in itself). I think I'd rather remember him by his earlier books, which I devoured in the 80s and will probably read again on my Kindle.
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By A Customer on 18 Aug. 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this! This is back to the old style Chalker (Midnight at the well of souls) and I think one of the best things he's written for ages. Its fun, it's gripping and make sure you have the second one (Ghost st the well of souls) to hand when you start! I was even waking up early to finish it. Fab.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 17 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Chalker was back on form in 1996 9 Dec. 1999
By Nathaniel Karas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was going to say that chalker is back on form, but the book was actually written three years ago. Hopefully, the spate of "new" chalker books coming soon will be just as good as this one. In The Sea is Full of Stars the author has blended the familiar elements of all Well World books with novel ones to create just the right tone, keeping you comfortable but interested. While the last Well saga was well written, it was mostly the same sort of story as the first set. Here we have the usual disparate group of seekers from the larger galaxy, but Chalker has definitely thought through some new concepts and problems for the planet/computer/ecological system that is the Well World. Ond day Del Rey may miss him; then again if media novels make bucks and that's all they care about, maybe they won't.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Well-World Novel, But... 5 Mar. 2000
By D. J. M. Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is classic Chalker at his best. If you enjoyed the original Well World series then you have to read this.
My only disappointments are that it takes the whole book to get to know the characters and to get to the Well World, and the final couple of chapters are all that's left to wind up the novel -- a bit of an anti-climax. In fact, you will have to buy the next one to find out how the story really ends as this is just an episode in a bigger plot. So, it is not really a stand alone novel at all.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Best In Years! 28 May 2000
By Daniel J Holden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been Chalker fan since the publication of the first Well World novels, and have read every book he has ever written. That being said, I have found the recent attempts to revive the Well World to be sorely lacking. Until The Sea Is Full Of Stars, that is. I have found this to be the most enjoyable book that Chalker has written in years (I found Watchers At The Well to be less than satisfying). This book, however, seems to capture the spirit and adventure of the original novels. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that the second book does not live up to its potential
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, here we go again... 6 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The instant that I saw that Jack had a new Well World novel out, I snached it off the shelf. The rest of the series had been so wierd and wonderful--would this new one match up? It certainly is a "must buy" for any Well World fan, although be warned that this is the first part of a two-parter and don't expect much resolution in this volume -- things just get to a fever pitch (in best serial-book fashion). This Well World novel has a whole new feel to it compared to the others -- a bit darker, but also with a bit more depth. The starting scenes in the space-going freighter and the new characters of Angel and Kincaid (and later Ari and Ming) are interesting and well-drawn. The villians in the piece are kept far in the background, and we only see them through the sometimes distant effects they have on the main cast. A quick plot synopsis: A missionary traveling between the stars meets her fellow passengers. One is a man on a quest to kill a genocidial dictator. Others are mobsters, collectors of rare gems, with a few "management consultants" thrown in. The captain of the ship is killed by a bizzare, water breathing creature, and some sort of heist is underway. As with any Well World novel, you can be sure that no-one will be in the same body (and sometimes even the same mind) by the end of the book. Of course this group all ends up on the Well World, home to the Well of Souls, Mr. Chalker's strange, hexagonal environment where the creators of our universe, the Markovians, experimented with over 1900 minature ecosystems, each with its own dominant, sentient race. We get to go to the other side of the Well World in this book, and meet some of the water-breathing, and flying inhabitants of the Well World. There are truly some new plot twists here, and even though I have read all of the Well World novels to date, this one still has me guessing. Congratulations, Jack, on another "Well-done", entertaining adventure.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WELL WORLD! 20 Mar. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If for no other reason, Jack Chalker deserves his place in science fiction for having invented the Well World. [Side note: I'd never write a Star Wars or Star Trek novel, but if Chalker ever asked me to write a Well World novel, he wouldn't have to ask twice.] Every Well novel has been brilliant; the last three were superior, but read much like variations on the original theme. Now he has integrated new scientific & technological knowledge into the Well mythos AND done something completely new with the concept. Besides that, virtually no one besides Chalker of whom I know has done so well in making aliens both understandable to us and at the same time so clearly not like us at all. I am awaiting the sequel.
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