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The World of Tiers: Volume One [Paperback]

Philip Jose Farmer
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Oct. 15 1996 World of Tiers (Book 1)
The Tiers series chronicles the adventures of both Robert Wolff, a man from our world transported through space-time to a cosmos with dimensions and laws different from our own, and Kickaha the Trickster (a.k.a. Paul J. Finnegan, also from our contemporary world). Separately and together, the two heroes contend against the Lords who rule the separate universes, of which the marvelous many-leveled World of Tiers is the center. Mythological and legendary creatures and characters abound: centaurs and harpies, mermaids and Indians, aliens and beautiful women.

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"The greatest science fiction writer ever."--Leslie Fiedler

"Farmer offers his audience a wide-screen adventure that never fails to provoke, amuse, and educate...his imagintaion is certainly of the first rank."--Time

"Philip Jose Farmer owes a fair measure of his fame to the World of Tiers series, based on the notion of immortal Lords whose ancestors made a host of pocket universes (including ours) and then lost the technological skills to make more."--Analog

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Hugo award-winning author Philip José Farmer (1918-2009), author of the Riverworld books, was one of the great science fiction writers of the 20th Century. He lived in Peoria, Illinois.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you like Sci-Fi Fantasy books by Roger Zelazny or Piers Anthony, you have to read Farmer's World of Tiers. Both Zelazny and Anthony acknowledge Farmer as a big influence in their writings. The World of Tiers (WOT) is a non-stop action/adventure/mystery
that takes the reader on a wirlwind tour of pocket universes filled with fantasy creatures and eternal beings. This series is a real page turner and if you
do start reading it, make sure you have all six volumes,
because you will go crazy if you dont read the ending of this exciting story.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I gave up on it after 100 pages... Aug. 6 2002
This is one of the few books that I have outright abandoned. After about 100 pages, I was frustrated with the complete lack of character development and breakneck pace of the book. The concept upon which the book is based (multiple parallel worlds that are worlds stacked on top of each other) isn't that great to begin with, and the author does absolutely nothing to make it seem interesting.
I had purchased the first five books of this series in hardback from the Science Fiction bookclub, thus I was motivated to finish the books and not just donate the books unread to charity. However, after reading some of the other negative reviews on Amazon, I can tell that my initial impressions with the book were spot on and that it is only going to get worse. I will spare you the specifics, but please see the reviews from jackaroe or webtarkeena - they pretty much sum it up.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Farmer Nov. 15 2000
By Dominic Chappellet - Published on Amazon.com
This book was my introduction to Philip Jose Farmer. Within five pages I knew I'd found something worth reading and by the end I realized that my Sci-fi knowledge was truly lacking prior to having read Farmer. He is undoubtedly a master. Farmer's literary style may seem pulpish but the shear scope of his imagination combined with the unrelenting pace of his naratives leaves one saturated in worlds complex and thoroughly detailed. I've since read the Riverworld Series (a triumph of imaginative literature filled with thought provoking situations and mind expanding metaphisical conotations) and a number of his other works and now consider myself a fan bordering on cult status. Any fan of Sci-fi or fantasy should not be without a collection of Farmer's works.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worlds Apart Feb. 13 2006
By D Strick - Published on Amazon.com
The World of Tiers: Vol. One contains books 1, 2 and 3 of the series. What Philip Farmer writes best is strange worlds and strange creatures and action, action, action. All of it is found here in spades. The concept of multiple worlds controlled by highly advanced and immortal but petty and jealous "lords" gives him licence to write Doc Savage type pulp adventures on a grand scale. Not much time is spent on the past but in what happens to the characters in the here and now.

Book one intruduces us to Robert Wolff who stumbles upon a doorway to a new world. The word itself is the star of this book and the entire series is named for it as it is the World of Tiers. Not a round planet but a series of plateaus one on top of the other. Each plateau is basically a continent and instead of being separated by oceans are separated by 30,000 and 60,000 foot mountains which have to be climbed to reach the next continent. The Lord of this world lives atop it in a giant palace. Wolff gets to know this world with the help of the enigmatic Kickaha as he strives to save his new love. And Wolff is greeted by a surprize at the end of the journey.

Book two continues the adventures of Wolff as we see him fight for his life though world after world of his deranged father, again trying to save his love. This time he must team up with a cadre of back stabbing relatives, other Lords who would just a soon kill each other but must try to work together to kill their father. Farmer again gives pulp style action as all the characters are placed in near constant jeopardy through the book.

Book three occurs during the events of book two but back on the World of Tiers. This time Kickaha takes the stage as our main character, a place he keeps for the next 3 books as well. Strange things are afoot and the ever tricky Kickaha must fight and think his way though them. Hunted by the Half-horse who want his scalp and the evil Bellers who want him dead so they may take over all of humanity and all of the worlds of the Lords, he has his work cut out for him. With a little help from an unlikely ally he may win.

If you want rich character development you may want to pass. But if you like adventure and pulp action this is for you. And if you love alien words and creatures look no further. It really doesn't get much more out there than Philip Farmer, that's why people love to read him.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Breakneck Speed Leads to Fatal Crash Nov. 6 2001
By Annette C. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Meet Robert Wolff: 66, fat, balding, married to a shrew, and ready for retirement - but perhaps not on on earth. Everything starts out promisingly enough when our likeable hero with the unfortunate gap in his past is drawn by a magic horn to a paradise in another universe. Sadly, things go down hill from here as Wolff sort of accidentally gets drawn into a journey and quest of heroic proportions to rescue said horn, win the girl of his dreams, and topple the Lord of the universe.
The main problem here is that Farmer bit off more than he could chew, shoving a plot that Robert Jordan would have spun out into a dozen massive volumes (at least 6 of which would have been worth reading) into a bare 270 pages. I kept finding myself looking for the name of the abridiger on the cover! As a result, there is no time or space for niceties such as character development, suspense, or an examination of motivations, let alone some inkling that the book might *mean* something. The plot rushes on and on, with frequent references such as "3 months later" or "after a long hard journey." Foreshadowing, flashbacks, and other key revelations are handled clumsily at best - as if Farmer had forgotten to tell you something earlier (say, about Wolff's near super-human strength) and is slipping it in now in hopes you won't notice the omission. When he stops to deal with motivation or character development at all, his characters are likely to spill in one succinct paragraph their longstanding battle with alcoholism and apathy to a perfect stranger. When he does stop for breath, it is only to describe in gory detail a battle of some sort in which characters are killed off like so many Starfleet Redshirts (except for the important ones, of course, who escape with nary a scratch.) When we reach the inevitable confrontation between Wolff and the Lord, it is as if Farmer suddenly realized he needed to finish up in just 20 more pages, and shoves in the last dozen revelations in anywhere he can cram them, tying up everything in a neat little package as he reaveals that.... no, I won't ruin the plot for you. I'll just say that if you didn't see it coming, it's probably just because like me you were reading too fast so you could finish and pick up something with a little more meat.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Farmer is the Master of Fantasy July 24 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This trilogy-in-one-volume is one fantastic ride! Farmer transports us to a universe of wonder and adventure. The heroes are noble and brave; the villans are rotten to the core. The worlds constructed by his descriptions are extravagant and lush. His basic premise (of world builders who rule their domains like gods and have petty conflicts among themselves) yields insight to our own condition and lust for power. This book is highly recommended for anyone who likes the work of Tolkien or Piers Anthony. It is great escapist literature
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This series is smoothly done, its the best i've read Sept. 20 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I don't need to say much. The story is beautifuly told. The scenes are described with the clarity of Michaelangelo's paintings and are so imaginative and varied that they could inspire awe in even the most imaginative of people. The themes that run through the series combine philosophy and survivalisim to create an intensely vigorous and stimulating plot. Yes it's very good indeed!
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