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The Cybernetic Walrus: The Wonderland Gambit, Book 1 | [Jack L. Chalker]

The Cybernetic Walrus: The Wonderland Gambit, Book 1

EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW IS WRONG. That was the strange message left on Cory Maddox's e-mail.... That was the strange message left on Cory Maddox's e-mail - just at the moment when years of work on a revolutionary subspace computer system was about to pay off. Nothing would be the same for Cory again. Suddenly his life was thrown into chaos when the company that controlled his patent was sold out from under him, and instead of imminent wealth, Cory was facing immediate poverty. Then along came Alan Stark, who wanted to recruit Cory for a special research project on virtual reality.
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EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW IS WRONG....

That was the strange message left on Cory Maddox's e-mail - just at the moment when years of work on a revolutionary subspace computer system was about to pay off. Nothing would be the same for Cory again. Suddenly his life was thrown into chaos when the company that controlled his patent was sold out from under him, and instead of imminent wealth, Cory was facing immediate poverty. Then along came Alan Stark, who wanted to recruit Cory for a special research project on virtual reality.

Stark was reviving the secret NSA work of the legendary Matthew Brand, who had disappeared under mysterious circumstances years before. Cory had always idolized Brand, so he was initially thrilled to be involved. But he quickly discovered that there was nothing virtual about the realities he was working on. Instead, he found that Stark was on the verge of controlling the very fabric of reality itself.

Cory was unsure of Stark's ultimate goal, until he began to recall pieces of another life and found himself in the middle of a battle between two groups of people who could use "rabbit holes" in space and time to jump between different realities, personalities, and lives. Whoever had control of the power to shape reality would have the power to become a god--or a devil. But before Cory could combat Stark and his minions, he first had to remember which side he was on....

©1995 Jack L. Chalker (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 01-10-14
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2012

    I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.

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    "There is Something About Jack Chalker.."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I cannot for the life of me figure out why Jack Chalker is not considered one of the best Sci Fi writers of all time. He is clever, imaginative, smart and funny. I read books (more often that not) to be entertained by a good story. Chalker delivers, and this is one of his best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although some of the tech is dated, it still rings true because it is so well conceived and plotted. Terrific.


    Which character – as performed by Andy Caploe – was your favorite?

    It's hard to say but I would say Starks the CIA operative. He fashions him as a wry, G Gordon Liddy type and its pretty funny.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Here is the thing. They did! The movie The Matix is based on this book and you know what? The book is better. The movie was convoluted and had several plots that just did not seem to make sense. This is the same premise but it makes perfect sense (in a Sci Fi way). Better characters and a major twist on the story that will really make you think.


    Any additional comments?

    At first I thought Andy Caploe was a bit stilted for the reading of all 3 books. He is no. He does several characters very well and his droll delivery is a major part of what makes this so entertaining. If he bothers you initially, I think he will grow on you. I think he was great adn I plan to listen to all 3 books.

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    Paul 04-01-13
    Paul 04-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    The narration is SLOW - I found that by speeding it up 1.5x it was tolerable.

    The story is well worth putting up with the narration issues. This story wowed me when it came out more than a decade ago and holds up well even with all the advances in technology since.

    Despite their claims to the contrary, you can see exactly where the Wachowskis got most of the concepts and imagery for the Matrix movies. Please note those movies came out several years AFTER these books were published.

    It's a pity they didn't adopt more of the themes of the story for those films because questioning reality is fun.

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    Peter Tinley Park, IL USA 03-20-13
    Peter Tinley Park, IL USA 03-20-13 Member Since 2003
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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?


    What other book might you compare The Cybernetic Walrus to and why?

    People today will see thematic similarities to movies like Inception and The Thirteenth Floor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Everything you think you know is wrong….


    Any additional comments?

    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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