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Lords of the Middle Dark: The Rings of the Master - Book 1 (utgåvan 1986)

av Jack L. Chalker (Författare), Cover Art (Illustratör)

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Long ago, the machines had rebelled, wiping out most of humanity and exiling the survivors in widely scattered reservations. Master System ruled unchallenged, the key to breaking its power--five microchips disguised as gold rings, carefully hidden away. But then an Amerindian called Hawks stumbled across information about the five rings, and suddenly Master System developed an interest in seeing Hawks dead....… (mer)
Medlem:TaraWood
Titel:Lords of the Middle Dark: The Rings of the Master - Book 1
Författare:Jack L. Chalker (Författare)
Andra författare:Cover Art (Illustratör)
Info:Ballantine (1986), Edition: Volume 1-2-3
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
Taggar:Science Fiction, Fantasy

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2014 re-read. Jack Chalker is always an interesting author to re-visit and this one was still enjoyable after many years since the last time read. ( )
  ConalO | Apr 23, 2018 |
One of my all time favorite SF sets. Setting is an interesting diorama-ish future earth. A way out falls into the lap of an unlikely rebel and the chase begins. The constraints placed upon the system by the system make it a potentially winnable game, but only barely. ( )
  Whiskey3pa | Mar 30, 2018 |
I have to wonder if Chalker just wants to see lots and lots of lesbian sex or something.
Not there was any graphic anything, but it seems like he [Chalker] is always turning his characters into females who are already with a female.

That or he has boob envy".

Anyway. Think:
Skynet took over, but didn't wipe us out. It had to protect us, even from ourselves. But there is a master set of keys to turn off the Master System and release humanity back into its own control.

This book sets up the band of characters who will challenge Master Control [Tron reference for all you uninitiated].

Amerindian, Caribbean, Asian culture, with little to no European or African influence. Interesting." ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Published in 1986, one would think this story would feel dated. And yet, it doesn't, for the most part. Issues like free-will, gender, racism, control and power, morality, and slavery all get woven into a prose that explores these things without devolving into being preachy. And considering the time period, the portrayal of women and minorities is more progressive than I expected. There is a bit of stereotyping, but considering the main protagonists are a Male American Indian and a Female Chinese, it's not bad. The characters are fascinating, each unique, with depth and flaws and quirks. Chalker didn't shy away from having bad things happen to them, either. And the whole concept of someone being able to re-write your personality, to fit whatever they wanted, and you would never know? Terrifying. The book was a little slow to start and it took a while for me to catch the jargon of the world. But overall, it's a fine start to the series and I'm eager to see where the story goes. ( )
  empress8411 | Apr 14, 2015 |
It is sometime far in the future; at some point in the far past humanity handed over control to the Master System. This omnipresent computer system loosely rules all human planets, though it is itself being challenged somewhere along the edges of its empire by another machine civilization. Earth has been mostly depopulated and is frozen in time at a stone age technology level. Only a few chosen work for the Master System part of the year helping to study and run things, the rest of the year returning to their primitive existence. A man named Hawks stumbles on evidence of a way to overthrow the Master System and spends the rest of the book fleeing from agents who are trying to kill him while trying to find allies.
Its an interesting universe and at the time it was written it was original, but this book is spoiled somewhat by Chalker's poor treatment of women. I would give it more stars for being interesting and easy to read, but I'm concerned about the direction it is going in and I believe some readers would dislike some of his concepts. ( )
  Karlstar | Dec 23, 2014 |
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