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The Tery [Paperback]

F. Paul Wilson

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Book Description

December 1989
Heroes don't always look the part. He was a tery, a lean, bearish creature with no name. The human soldiers left dead. Just another dumb animal on their extermination list. But he didn't die. Animals weren't the only beings on the list. Certain humans were marked for extinction as well. A fugitive band found him and brought him back from the brink. He became their pet, their mascot. And still he had no name. He was simply the tery. He soon learned that these were no ordinary humans, and learned too that he was no ordinary tery. The humans had no idea that the creature they fed table scraps and patted on the head would soon turn their world upside down and change it forever. By then he had a name. THE TERY. A beauty-and-the-beast fable that only F. Paul Wilson could tell, full of wonder and horror, brimming with strange landscapes and hideous mutations from science run amok. An unforgettable tale of the extremes of the human spirit of bravery and depravity, of innocence and evil. New Foreword by F. Paul Wilson.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books (December 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671698559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671698553
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,142,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Story Jan. 6 1999
By A Customer - Published on
In this book we meet, for the first time, Dalt, who becomes the main character in The Healer and part of The LaNague Chronicals. If you've read either of those two, then get this book too. You won't be dissapointed.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tery Aug. 8 2008
By R. Gauthier - Published on
I am such a fan of F. Paul Wilson that I began to read all his work, including his early attempts, one of which was The Tery. The Tery was good, though too short. It left you wanting more Tery.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a nice surprise and a great read! Aug. 30 2010
By Jobel - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
excellent book... back in the early 90s I picked this book up in a grocery store just for something to read during vacation... I've reread it over the years a bunch of times, every time its great. Well written, with good characters and plot.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't play to Wilson's strengths. June 28 2009
By Josh Mauthe - Published on
In which the estimable Dr. Wilson takes on fantasy with less than stellar results. I like Wilson a lot, but while he can create some great plots and interesting characters, he tends to work best in slightly more grounded worlds. It's clear from work like Sims that Wilson likes his fantasy/sci-fi driven by moral quandaries more than imaginative worlds. Hey, there's nothing wrong with that, but it definitely keeps The Tery from succeeding, as Wilson creates a world that doesn't feel natural so much as constructed for plot's sake. The politics and power dynamics of the world feel forced into making the point, and the species - particularly the titular Teries - feel like plot contrivances. The plot is missing Wilson's usual tightness, bouncing everywhere randomly until coming to a ridiculously forced climax. And none of this mentions the cringe-inducing romantic tension between a woman and her "pet," culminating in a scene where the pet mutant bear masturbates happily over its owner. Look, I like Wilson a lot, and I even like the ideas he's attempting to play with here, even if he's done them better elsewhere (Sims). And, sure, there is a really neat twist about 3/4 of the way through the book; even though it's doesn't really change things, it's a great reveal. It's just that Wilson works better grounded in something closer to reality; his characters and situations deserve better than his ability (or lack thereof) to construct a plausible and believable fantasy world.
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly clever tale March 18 2014
By Steven Harriman - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This qualifies as early F. Paul Wilson. The author was so good right from the start that, if you haven't read this one, now's the time. The Tery is a sympathetic character, deeper than he at first seems. Wilson's work is always informed by a thoughtful core philosophy which elevates it above mere entertainment. When you can get that and all the entertainment you could hope for, what could be better?

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