The Demons at Rainbow Bridge and The Run to Chaos Keep, by Jack Chalker

It’s been a long time since I wrote about a book, hasn’t it? So I thought I’d kick off my triumphant return by writing about a really bad book. Let’s not mince words: Jack Chalker is a pretty mediocre author, and The Quintara Marathon is not one of his best works. He strays from his best schtick (body-swapping) and leaves us with kinda bland sci-fi peppered with Chalkerisms. We have aliens with magical powers, surprisingly omnipresent humans, some of whom are Irish Catholic, and an adventure on a world bewildering to all of them (and, for no particular reason, patterned vaguely on Dante’s Inferno). It’s schlock at its worst. The Well World books and Downtiming the Night Side were at least fun reads; this series exhibits Jack Chalker’s weaknessas a wordsmith without a compensatorily fun world-craft.


About Jake
I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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