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Behind the Walls of Terra Hardcover – May 1, 1997

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Lightyear Pr (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899684009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899684000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,553,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Behind the Wall of Terra - [525 - 2014-05-04 - SF novel]

This novel is book four of seven in a series titled "World of Tiers". Farmer wrote these seven books over the period 1965 to 1993. None of the books are in print but are available as used books on the Internet. There have been several collections of the "Tiers" novels published which make it easier for the dedicated fan to obtain all the stories. The question I pose is should you read the books in sequence or what? My answer is read them in sequence if you're truly interested in Phil Farmer's fiction and can track them down. If you have one of the books and need a dose of exciting SF from on the masters read it!

My comments refer to only the novel "Behind the Walls of Terra".

I found this story to be an enjoyable romp through time and space made somewhat logical and reasonably believable by the craftsmanship of Phil Jose Farmer (1918-09). If you have read many of Farmer's book you get the impression that he writes two types of fiction: serious and the stuff just to pay the bills. This is a serious book but you have to "buy in" to his cosmos. The reader is presented with an intriguing, but not original, concept; the universe as we perceive it is an illusion. The Sun and planets are contained within a huge bubble with make believe stars and celestial objects "faked" upon the inside wall of this immense sphere. The Lords [no additional definition is provided] "created" these systems such as the Earth's for their own amusement. The "Lords" in turn come from a universe created by who knows - other higher Lords? We are left with the concept of a shell within a shell etc.
An Earthman, Paul Finnegan, gets involved with the Lords, the red Orc, the Black Beller and other associated Farmer creations. This reader found the book a very enjoyable tale with a strong foundation of wonder.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donald L. Ribelin on February 7, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The second best book in the Worlds of Tiers series. Will almost stand alone. Good adventure but much more fun if you have read the preceeding volumes.
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