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Lord of the Trees (Secrets of the Nine #2 - Wold Newton Parallel Universe) (Wold Newton Novels) Paperback – November 13, 2012

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Book 2 of 3 in the Secrets of the Nine Series

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"[A] jolting conception, brought off with tremendous skill." (The Times)"

About the Author

Philip José Farmer was a multiple award-winning science fiction writer of 75 novels. He is best known for his Wold Newton and Riverworld series. In 2001 he was awarded the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Prize and a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. He passed away in 2009.

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Product Details

  • Series: Wold Newton Novels
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; Reprint edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178116293X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781162934
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,375,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Philip José Farmer (1918-2009) is a three-time Hugo Award winner, and Nebula Grand Master. He has long been recognized as one of the foremost writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy. He is best known for being the author who introduced sex into science fiction in 1952 with his groundbreaking novella "The Lovers"; his biographies of Tarzan and Doc Savage; his love of pulp characters; his Riverworld, World of Tiers, and Dayworld series; and his Wold Newton Family concept.

Visit www.pjfarmer.com to keep up on all the latest news about Philip José Farmer.

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For ten years now, the late great Philip Jose Farmer has been my favorite author. His work was always ambitious, flouting literary conventions and addressing topics such as sex and religion (among others) in thoughtful and unique ways. Recently, Titan Books has been doing a great service to Farmer's legions of fans by reprinting many of his most famous works, most of which are long out of print. One of those works, Farmer's A FEAST UNKNOWN, is perhaps the most controversial of his more sexually charged novels, featuring the jungle man John Cloamby, Lord Grandrith, and his half-brother, the bronze hero of Technopolis, James "Doc" Caliban (analogues of Tarzan and Doc Savage, two of Farmer's favorite characters) forced into mortal combat through the machinations of the ancient society known as the Nine. It is undoubtedly one of Farmer's most explicit novels in terms of sexual and/or violent content, but in this fan's opinion is also one of his very finest works. Farmer wrote two sequels to FEAST, the book under discussion today and THE MAD GOBLIN, the latter of which is due to be reprinted as well by Titan in June 2013. Those two books are narrated by Grandrith (who also narrated the first novel) and Caliban respectively, and depict their simultaneous battles against the Nine, having formed an alliance against their former masters and manipulators at the end of FEAST. Although LORD OF THE TREES is not even remotely as explicit as FEAST, it is just as enjoyable an adventure story, and just as well-written, and Grandrith is a fascinating pastiche of Burroughs' ape man.Read more ›
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Farmer's "Lord of the Trees" (billed by Titan as #2 in the "Secrets of the Nine" series), is one of several works that PJF did on some of his favorite characters like Tarzan, Doc Savage, Sherlock Holmes and others. He would later write "biographies" of Tarzan and Doc, and with those creating a whole "universe" known as the "Wold Newton Universe". As this book (and the others in the series) came before his creation of the Wold Newton Family and Wold Newton Universe, they are considered by some to be set in a parallel universe.

But what is this "Secret of the Nine" series? The series is made up of 4 works:

1. A Feast Unknown (reprinted recently by Titan)
2. Lord of the Trees
3. The Mad Goblin (soon to be reprinted by Titan)
4. The Monster on Hold (unfinished, fragments published, may never be finished...)

I recommend that if you haven't read "A Feast Unknown", you do so before you read this book, even tho the main points are covered in this book. They are direct sequels. "The Mad Goblin" is actually a parallel sequel to "Lord", the two books come together at the end, and actually "The Mad Goblin" goes a little further after the end, so its better to read it after "Lord".

These books deal with the REAL versions of Tarzan and Doc Savage. In this work, Tarzan is known as Lord Grandrith. Doc Savage is Doc Caliban, with his cousin Trish Wilde. In the prior work we learn that they are actually half-brothers. They have been recruited by a secret society of nine immortals, some of who may actually be their ancestors!

"A Feast Unknown" is billed as volume IX of Lord Grandrith's secret journals, a deals with a conflict created by the Nine between Grandrith and Doc, which results in the 2 men turning against the Nine.
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There are few things I enjoy reading more than Philip Jose Farmer writing a Tarzan-like character. Especially when written from the Jungle Lord's perspective and inside his head. "Lord of the Trees" features Lord Grandrith, the feral ape-man from Farmer's cult hit A Feast Unknown (Secrets of the Nine #1 - Wold Newton Parallel Universe) (Memoirs of Lord Grandrith). He is cured from the ailments brought about by the immortality elixir and is steadfast on bringing revenge on the Nine.

Farmer writes a feral ape-man for the modern age. If you are interested in a more realistic portrayal of an intelligent, yet feral man then this book is for you. While some people are put off by A Feast Unknown (Secrets of the Nine #1 - Wold Newton Parallel Universe) (Memoirs of Lord Grandrith) and its sexually explicit content, fear not. Neither of its sequels "Lord of the Trees" or The Mad Goblin (Secrets of the Nine #3 - Wold Newton Parallel Universe) contain that material. It would not be difficult to read them on their own as good Doc Savage or Tarzan pastiche's. Readers who enjoyed Farmer's Lord Tyger (Grandmaster Series) (Grand Master Novels (Titan Books)) should also give this a read.

"Lord of the Trees" is not short on action, as Grandrith uses all of his skills while attempting to exterminate the surviving members of the Nine. The scenes where he combines his jungle awareness with a machine gun are especially fun.

This is a fast pace tale of adventure that fans of any ape-man will enjoy.
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