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The Bellinghman
Date: 2008-02-04 22:26
Subject: #230 Jack Chalker: Charon: A Dragon at the Gate (The Four Lords of the Diamond #3)
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Jack Chalker: Charon: A Dragon at the Gate (The Four Lords of the Diamond #3)

Mass Market Paperback: 289 pages
Publisher: Del Rey Books,U.S.; Reissue edition (Feb 1988)
ISBN-10: 0345293703
ISBN-13: 978-0345293701
Category(ies): SF

Following Cerberus: A Wolf in the Fold we now see our protagonist in yet another body, on yet another world. This time, the effect of the Warden organism is akin to magic - with enough willpower, someone can force another's body to change, and cause illusions that eventually become actuality.

Another of Chalker's repeated themes emerges here - that of involuntary transformation into mindless animals.

The third of four.
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born from jets!!!
User: catness
Date: 2008-02-05 05:35 (UTC)
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You know, I have the first of this series, and I just could not get into it because I'd read so much of his previous work that had these recurring themes. (And yes, I generally liked those books.)

Jack Chalker was probably the first author I ever read that made me feel like I knew too much about the ugly inner workings of his brain, just from reading his stories. Everyone has internal stuff that isn't so pretty, but I almost felt like what he thought he was putting into his fiction was not what was actually coming out in it, and that what he was inadvertently showing was best kept hidden.

Edited at 2008-02-05 05:35 am (UTC)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2008-02-05 12:47 (UTC)
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That's a good point. It's not just Chalker that allows stuff to leak through, but he really does keep coming back to the same themes, doesn't he? I think I prefer the Wellworld ones most, but that may be because I read them first (many years ago now).
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