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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
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,774,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x99cfdc78) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a360b70) out of 5 stars Terrific Story Jan. 6 1999
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f71c240) out of 5 stars a nice surprise and a great read! Aug. 30 2010
By Jobel - Published on
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By R. Gauthier - Published on
Format: Paperback
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 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cff2e84) out of 5 stars Doesn't play to Wilson's strengths. June 28 2009
By Josh Mauthe - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
HASH(0x9a1c433c) out of 5 stars A Provocative Premise March 7 2013
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I cannot spoil the story by revealing that Wilson borrows the power of a central Christian image - the Crucifixion - for his tale of world-wide intolerance and bigotry. Wilson himself begins the story with the puzzlement of a Christian missionary faced with that image on an alien planet.

Because of that, this novel reminded me at first of James Blish's A Case of Conscience, which masterfully explored such questions as, "Do aliens have souls?" and "If they do, did the crucifixon at Golgotha save them too?"

But it is a different question about souls that Wilson poses - and answers - in The Tery. And while it doesn't really drive the narrative of the LaNague Federation, it does fit in with other Wilson novels that address similar concepts of human dignity, liberty and self-determination, and is enjoyable on those levels as well.