This has long been one of my favorite authors, and one of my favorite books from him. It's great to finally have his books on audio.
People should be aware that it's not a trilogy - it's a three volume novel, and while each part is great, they really don't stand alone in any way.
This first volume is a pretty good ride, but it's really just a setup for the rollercoaster of the following two volumes. You get a good taste of what's to come, a good solid plot, some great adventure, and the conceptual groundwork - but buckle your seat belts before you start the second and third volumes.
One thing I love about Chalker is his recurring theme about what makes people who they are - what if your body changed? Your personal history? Your world? Your memories? How much of who you are would you still be? What makes someone even human?
Are you sure the world around you works the way you think it does?
People today will see thematic similarities to movies like Inception and The Thirteenth Floor.
Having a computer programmer and a graphic artist who thought they'd been kidnapped by the government meet the hookah-smoking Caterpillar from Alice In Wonderland was pretty impressive.
Cynthia's transformation was pretty cool, too.
Everything you think you know is wrong….
The narrator really isn't very good at voices. In this case, though, it really doesn't detract much from the book, because the story is told in first person, and he does that character's voice well.
If you are the sort of science fiction reader who doesn't care for technical details and "hard science" - especially not when the book is old enough that we're talking "hard science" like telephone modems and FORTRAN programming - don't worry. There's a bit of it at the start, but pretty soon, it all drops off and even the characters admit they don't know how anything works. Not even reality….
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