The Well Of Stars
Copyright 2004 by
I first read this on the 7th January 2005.
In which Washen, Panir and other characters, old and new, continue in
their epic voyaging across the Universe aboard their great ship.
I raved about "Marrow" and Robert Reed's other books. I don't (currently)
feel so strongly about this book. Unlike "Marrow", this sequel hasn't left
the same astounding images bouncing around my head. After all when your
original plot includes a space ship the size of Jupiter with an entire planet
hidden deep within its depths, you know you're going to struggle to come up
with something bigger.
However, it still gets you in many places. Look at Washen returning to the house
where she lived thousands of years previously. Darn near inspired me to
take a trip back to the ancestral home in Callow Street, from which Max
himself sprung so many years ago, to remember myself kneeling on the
pavement outside playing marbles; hiding in dustbins, or being dressed up
as Guy Fawkes and pushed around in a pram by Bigger Max, providing the
seed capital for the international business empire Bigger Max was
eventually to build. Ah, but the glamour of those days is lost in the
Although I'd admit that I did make the trip, and took photos - sadly of the
house next door (an understandable mistake, given the complexities of the
digital camera, and anyway correct photos were taken by La Junkoette whose
feminine wiles quickly mastered the camera).
It is a good book however, and essential reading if you have already devoured
Loaded on the 1st May 2006.