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Echoes of the Well of Souls by Jack L. Chalker
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Jun 05, 12

Read in June, 2012

Jack Chalker and his Well World series were childhood favorites of mine, rollicking, science-fiction adventures in an interesting setting. Echoes sets up a new Well World storyline with new characters as well as characters from previous books. Well World has some tropes: You get to Well World, you go through a gate, you end up as one of its 1560 different species, and you race to the Well of Souls to save yourself, civilization or the universe. To be honest, Echoes doesn't seem be much different, so far.

However, Echoes is the first book of a trilogy within the Well World series, and the book is mostly set up. If you're raring to get to the fun, science-fictional planet, it takes a bit to get there as more than half the book takes place on 20th C. Earth and involves the investigation of a newly impacted meteor.

Still, Chalker is an excellent writer. I read the book on a plane trip from Columbus to Atlanta, and didn't even notice when we took off.

Echoes is not self-contained. With Shadow of the Well of Souls and Gods of the Well of Souls it is part of a single narrative unit called The Watchers at the Well. Echoes continues into Shadows and Shadows into Gods. Also, The Watchers at the Well is in the middle of the Well of Souls series, and there are five books (or 3 narratives) before it in the series. Those books aren't necessary to enjoy Watchers, but they'll help.

With all that, I recommend Echoes as the first part of a trilogy, even for first-time readers of the series, and highly recommend it if you've already enjoyed earlier entries in the series.
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