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The Demons at Rainbow Bridge (Quintara Marathon #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  576 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Three empires and their spheres of influence existed in uneasy proximity in the known galaxy. The Exchange, among whose hundreds of member worlds was Earth, was led by its cybernetic leaders. The Mizlaplan were long-lived, with high intelligence, and a mission to spread the word of the Cosmic All. The Mycohlians were parasitic beings who invaded other life forms like a vir ...more
Paperback, 373 pages
Published August 1998 by Baen Books (first published September 1st 1989)
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Stephen
Ahhhh...my first Jack L. Chalker novel. For some time, I’ve had a handful of Chalker's books sitting around patiently waiting for me to pick one up and give it a try. The problem was that the CHEESY covers and the even CHEESIER titles had me thinking that they would be ...sort of...well...
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At best, they seemed like mediocre to decent “light” read that would not overly tax my brain matter. Well after finishing American Psycho and starting Atlas Shrugged my brain cells were fried and in need of so
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David
This series was most interesting for its three rival galactic empires: you had the hyper-capitalist society which casually discards the poor and disenfranchised; the religious theocracy where believers live happy, carefree lives but dissidents are turned into mind-controlled slaves; and the military empire run as a brutal meritocracy.

There were protagonists from each one, and through them we saw that all of their societies were equally repugnant to one another. The characters themselves all had
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Lijadora Del Prado
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jay! Guilty pleasure SF. Interesting concepts - well told (evidence the reading speed).

Diving into the second part of the story with anticipation now...
Ian
Jun 11, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of a trilogy, the Quintara Marathon. Chalker used to bang out trilogies and series as if science fiction were on the brink of extinction. And it showed. In this one, the writing barely reaches competent, the setting is cobbled together from used furniture, and the text is riddled with continuity errors. In this series, the galaxy is split into three mutually antagonistic power blocs, the Exchange, the religious nutters of the Mizlaplanian Empire, and the evil dog-eat-dog e ...more
Ross
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I really enjoyed this book - A great mystery adventure. I haven't read all Jack's stuff, but really loved the Rings of the Masters (read that twice), and the Change Winds series. Certainly not hard science, it's
"anything goes" type science fiction, but great characters, and an interesting premise. Reminds me alot of Peirs Anthony's Cluster series. Many different characters, and different intelligent species, but also they are collected in three different cultures - indifferent Capitalists, thei
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John Sorensen
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I was amazed at the complexity, richness and depth and fun of the series. This was the first book. The trilogy is incredibly ambitious. 3 different inter-galactic cultures, with 3 different core organizational paradigms for each culture create teams, one team per culture of 5-7 people each. This book covers how the teams are formed. The sheer number of characters, different paradigms and personalities was just amazing. The plot is further enriched by different members of each team being able to ...more
Thomas
Jun 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
First book in a science fiction trilogy concerning three teams from three different competing galactic civilizations that are investigating a discovery at a boundary of the known universe, called Rainbow Bridge. Three different casts of characters from three differing societies make THE DEMONS OF RAINBOW BRIDGE a sometimes complicated read, but Chalker's story is solid and, along with detailed descriptions of his characters, interesting. Because it is the first book in a trilogy, the book ends r ...more
John Steiner
Oct 01, 2011 rated it liked it
This isn't your usual science fiction, particularly given the H.P. Lovecraftian premise of stumbling upon demons in space. However, I did enjoy Chalker's wide range of alien characters and how easily he delved into the perspectives of the opposing sides sent out on missions to unravel the mystery of these demons suspended animation and, ultimately, how the universe itself manifested.
Chris
Sep 11, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Another series that a bit too convoluted and slow moving. The exploration on the three galactic empires, and the species and individuals from those societies, are great. But the main plot element, a race of "demons" and the race to discover and ward off a possible incursion by them, is handled rather boringly.
Mike Habiby
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of all of Chalker's works. Revisiting this trilogy on my complete re-read of his works. The first novel is a good set up for the other two. As usual Chalker does a great job of character creation and creating plot tension. Chalker has written some great series and this one is in the middle to high range in quality of all his works.
Rob Trevino
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this a hundred times when I was young and I still think it's a fun space opera with some nice world building (coupled with some old school sci-fi writer iffy dialogue and character choices, sigh). The sequels, though. Oh, the sequels.
Kate
Jul 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Another brilliant beginning to a series with the seeds of all of Chalker's usual themes. Presented of course in a completely different light. He had such a great imagination and I am very much looking forward to the rest of The Quintara Marathon.
Jerry Hart
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
I gave up near the end. The writing is dreadful and confusing. This book is clearly the start of a series and is all setup.
Mark Palmer
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting concept, and it pulled me in.
Howard
Sep 26, 2012 added it
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Stacey
May 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: solid-reads
This whole series, of three, is quality sci-fi. Good stuff.
Jesse
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Three different viewpoints, three completely different (and very opposed) cultures. Three understood groups of characters.

Not as good as his Well World works, but worth a read.
Benjamin Plume
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Every time I pick up one of Chalker's volumes, I wind up pleasantly surprised. His titles and synopses often sound a little hokey, but the stories and characters turn out to benothing of the sort.
Jay
May 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Best in the series so far, still have to read the third.
Aaron Anderson
May 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: disliked, 5-fantasy
I don't remember if this deserves a 2 or 1, but I'm going to give it a 1, since this series effectively made me stop reading any new Chalker.
Grant
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Always a fun re-read of this series. He writes some good characters with unusual motivations, set in a futuristic/spiritualistic background.
Karissa Lamb
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
A little complicated at first due to how it was written. Other then that a great read. Keeps you guessing and on edge about what's going on.
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Besides being a science fiction author, Jack Laurence Chalker was a Baltimore City Schools history teacher in Maryland for a time, a member of the Washington Science Fiction Association, and was involved in the founding of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Some of his books said that he was born in Norfolk, Virginia although he later claimed that was a mistake.

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Quintara Marathon (3 books)
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