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In the yearEarth stood on the tbe of acceptance as full member of the Galactic Milieu, a confederation of worlds spread across the galaxy. Leading humanity was the powerful Remillard family, but somebody–or something–known only as “Fury” wanted them out of the way.

Only Rogi Remillard, the chosen tool of the most powerful alien being in the Milieu, and his nephew In the yearEarth stood on the brink of acceptance as full member of the Galactic Milieu, a confederation of worlds spread across the galaxy.

Only Rogi Remillard, the chosen tool of the most powerful alien being in the Milieu, and his nephew Marc, the greatest metapsychic yet born on Earth, knew about Fury. But even they were powerless to stop it when it began to kill off Remillards and other metapsychic operants–and all the suspects were Remillards themselves.

Meanwhile, a Remillard son was born, a boy who could represent the future of all humanity. His incredible mind was more powerful even than his brother Marc’s–but he was destined to be desroyed by bodilese own DNA From the Paperback edition. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Published April 27th by Del Rey Books first published Galactic Milieu Trilogy 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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To ask other readers questions about Jack the Bodilessplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jun 24, Wanda rated it liked it Shelves: So when I found the thhe two thee of her Galactic Milieu trilogy at my local used book shop, I grabbed them fast and headed directly to the till. I think what surprised me is that none of those POVs are female, and that to me was one of the strengths of tye Pliocene Saga. There was also a lot of religious discussion done as Teresa and Uncle Rogi explaining things to Jack.

May is at her best when she is dealing with interpersonal dynamics and intergalactic politics. Still, I will read the second book and then decide whether to keep looking for the third jakc.

Apr 13, CD rated it it was amazing Shelves: I got hooked on this series tne this entry, the first, did the trick. An unexpected story line that works really well even if you figure it all out in the first few pages. Very technical and intricate but leaves you wanting a lot more detail about all the powers that these characters possess and struggle with as an essential plot line. The whole of the Remillard clan come across in human terms that strongly balances the obvious differences that makes them ‘not like the others’.

If you start this T I got hooked on this series and this entry, the first, did the trick. Bodilezs you start this Trilogy, just plan now on reading much of May’s other works as well including the Pliocene books. Or quit after the first three and avoid some disappointments. Should you be looking around after having randomly read another of this authors works, look no further than the story of Jack for a great and bkdiless story that will entertain you on multiple levels from readability to engrossing entertainment.

There are few books of the lighter genre’s that I am terribly effusive over, and this is one that truly has my vote as a Goodread. Feb 29, Mara van Ness rated it it was amazing Shelves: Galactic Milieu is probably my favourite series ever. I re-read all of them including the prequels Surveillance and Metaconcert every few years or so and they never disappoint. In my tje, one of the strengths of this series is its characterisation. In some places the writing gets a bit tedious I don’t particularly Galactic Rhe is probably my favourite series ever.


In some places the writing gets a bit tedious I don’t particularly care how much cheese etc. Other than that, I absolutely loved it. The intricate plot, the brilliant characterisation A must-read, in my opinion. Jun 25, Rod Lindsey rated it it was amazing. Jcak first got this book, not knowing what it was about, because the title was interesting.

I now own three copies, one a first edition, another a signed, numbered readers-edition. It is that good.

Jack the Bodiless, Julian May

On my first read, when it was over, I was hopeful for humanity, that someone could still write a book that good. I just re-read it and got goose bumps at the end. So very worth your time as a reader. Jan 01, Kathleen rated it it was amazing. Apr 12, Brad Oster rated it it was amazing. This is one of the best series I have read.

Though I read it back in the 80’s, I have since re-read it a couple of times and I still find it engaging. Personal tastes Teh suppose Jul 18, Michael Battaglia rated it it was amazing. As with “Intervention” May focuses on the Remillard family by now having expanded quite a bit and more specifically their quirky uncle Rogi, who is telling the story at the behest of an entity he calls the Family Ghost.


The Remillards are a family of extremely capable psychics or “operants” as the series calls them and by genetic luck are also like those elves from “Lord of the Rings” apparently immortal unless you go and drive a truck over them or light them on fire.

But since this future also features regenerative tanks, good luck with that. Fortunately politics have been abolished in the future and everyone gets along just fine. Interestingly, the portions boduless the galactic politics are often the least fascinating part of the novel. May still isn’t totally capable of writing jacck compelling aliens on a regular basis and while they don’t stop the plot dead like they sometimes did in “Intervention” they often aren’t as helpful boiless she’d like pretty tye every scene with the Lylmik, who often act as giant “get out of jail free” or reset buttons, make you wonder why they’re even bothering with the human race.

But as good as she is at that, it can make those early chapters a bit dry. While we see some familiar Remillard faces the beauty of immortal characters is you can do a generational story while picking and choosing who gets tthe stick around without having to resort to “Gasoline Alley” methods and either fudge ages or vodiless that no one can do matheveryone who isn’t immortal has pretty much died off by the time we get around to this novel, meaning we’re faced with either descendants or totally new characters, which appears to be a bit of a double edged sword, both refreshing and confusing things I can’t say missing anyone who died but all of the Remillards tend to blur together as they expand.

Where the plot really starts to kick in and you start to feel some momentum taking place, is two fold.

One is when baby Jack is finally born we have a long sequence of events where his mother and Rogi have to hide away during her pregnancy, giving us more political maneuvering after the birth. A super intelligent baby with a psychic ability that’s apparently off the scale he manages to do what most super smart children in books fail to do and that’s not annoy the reader by being too precocious.

May wisely never forgets that as smart as he is he’s still a baby and while that may conjure images of the homicidal baby from “Family Guy”, she manages to conjure a character that’s smart and confident and very curious.

The relationship between Jack and his brother Marc essentially number two on the power scale remains extremely charming. A sense of urgency gets added when it turns out that Jack’s genes are all messed up and various treatments have to keep the damage at bay until they can figure out a more permanent solution and its impressive that May manages to give us a diseased baby basically dying of cancer without seeming exploitative or that she’s milking us for tears.

She plays the ball fair but never goes over the top. The second aspect that aids the book is doing the same thing that enlivens all those cop shows and prime-time original movies. A spate of deaths with the same markings harken back to a similar style of killing once done by long departed black sheep brother Victor and as it becomes clear that entity responsible is called “Hydra” and is being directed by another person known as “Fury” all of this somehow managing to not sound like a bad comic book movie its less clear who it really is, something that stymies most of the cast especially when it becomes clear that it has to be a Remillard or.


It never becomes the thrust of the novel even when Hydra is performing the service that old Captain America villain Scourge once did and eliminating some of the narrative dead weight again, the beauty of a large fictional family is that some of them are meant to be sacrificed on the altar of plot momentum but it lurks in the background as the threat everyone is afraid of but no one can tell how much they should be afraid of it.

Baby Jack and his travails seems to drive things more but when the two plots do intersect at several points most effectively in a scene almost beautifully understated when Jack casually drops to Marc that he saw Hydra kill someone.

It all adds up to a potent mix and what astounds time and again is just how good May is at this without being flashy.

She folds in a wealth of detail about her future history, her usual interesting way of writing psychics, a good examination of far flung family dynamics and throws in a serial killer almost as an aside and yet the book still chugs along without coming across as too bloated.

Granted she has a trilogy to work all this stuff out but if she didn’t tell something resembling a complete story in this volume or if she totally turned off readers from the get-go, no one would even bother with the rest no matter how good it is. One of my favorite books. This is the first one that sucked me into the Galactic Milieu series and then later into the Pliocene prequel series.

So Bodileds the Bodilsss is technically book 6 since its based in the future, but only if you look at like the stupid Star Wars re-numbering insanity lol. Actually its PlioceneIntervention which is book 5 though some countries broke it into two books and then the Galactic Milieu which are books I guess there’s an argument about which to start with first, but I’m not sure it really matters that much, you’ll get ah ha moments either way.

Lastly the Pliocene series reads more like a fantasy story as ghe technology is used more like magic. Its based in the future where there is high technology, burgeoning psychic powers, and alien proctors helping Earth become part of the galactic milieu kinda like Star Trek: Enterprise with less bitchy Vulcans.

The story’s main character is Jack who belongs to a relatively rich and influential family, which has the genetic mutation that allows boddiless abilities even though they don’t say it you know there has to be some cousin on cousin action going on to keep that gene in the family. Jack ends up with the full whammo of the mutation and develops what they believe is cancer and his body is eaten away, but either due to this being a part of his natural development or his innate ability being fully activated, he sheds his body and basically becomes a floating brain with the ability to control matter at the atomic level.

Luckily he makes a body out of whatever is laying around, because the whole floating brain thing makes it a challenge to have him interact with other characters.

Even though that sounds completely insane jaxk actually works out fine and you forget that hes really just a floating brain. The rest of the story involves him and his numerous relatives, but mostly his crazy Uncle and their near soap opera intrigue.

I’m not sure how Julian May does it but what should be insanity ends up being intriguing and intelligent. Within the first 13 chapters I realized this book had a fatal flaw jacj multiple personality disorder. Rogi is the protagonist, and he works in that regard. But there are at least a dozen other characters, many of them too minor to deserve a POV of their own.