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The Tery Mass Market Paperback – 1990

Book 3 of 5 in the LaNague Federation Series

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (1990)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000NIMQII
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

More About the Author

I was born toward the end of the Jurassic Period and raised in New Jersey where I misspent my youth playing with matches, poring over Uncle Scrooge and E.C. comics, reading Lovecraft, Matheson, Bradbury, and Heinlein, listening to Chuck Berry and Alan Freed, and watching Soupy Sales and horror movies. I sold my first story in the Cretaceous Period and have been writing ever since. (Even that dinosaur-killer asteroid couldn't stop me.)

I've written in just about every genre - science fiction, fantasy, horror, a children's Christmas book (with a monster, of course), medical thrillers, political thrillers, even a religious thriller (long before that DaVinci thing). So far I've got about 33 books and 100 or so short stories under my name in 24 languages.

THE KEEP, THE TOMB, HARBINGERS, and BY THE SWORD all appeared on the New York Times Bestsellers List. WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS won the first Prometheus Award in 1979; THE TOMB received the Porgie Award from The West Coast Review of Books. My novelette "Aftershock" received the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for short fiction. DYDEETOWN WORLD was on the young adult recommended reading lists of the American Library Association and the New York Public Library, among others (God knows why). I received the prestigious Inkpot Award from San Diego ComiCon and the Pioneer Award from the RT Booklovers Convention. I'm listed in the 50th anniversary edition of Who's Who in America. (That plus $3 will buy you a girly coffee at Starbuck's.)

My novel THE KEEP was made into a visually striking but otherwise incomprehensible movie (screenplay and direction by Michael Mann) from Paramount in 1983. My original teleplay "Glim-Glim" first aired on Monsters. An adaptation of my short story "Menage a Trois" was part of the pilot for The Hunger series that debuted on Showtime in July 1997.

And then there's the epic saga of the Repairman Jack film. After 14 years in development hell with half a dozen writers and at least a dozen scripts, THE TOMB is finally moving toward production as "Repairman Jack" from Beacon Films and Touchstone. The plan is to make Jack a franchise character. (Gotta tell you: all the years of this has worn me out.)

I've done a few collaborations too. One with Steve Spruill on NIGHTKILL, and a bunch with Matthew J. Costello. Matt and I did world design, characters, and story arcs for Sci-Fi Channel's FTL NewsFeed, a daily newscast set 150 years in the future. An FTL NewsFeed was the first program broadcast by the new channel when it launched in September 1992. We took over scripting the Newsfeeds (the equivalent of a 4-1/2 hour movie per year) in 1994 and continued until its cancellation in December 1996.

We did script and design for MATHQUEST WITH ALADDIN (Disney Interactive - 1997) with voices by Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters, and the same for The Interactive DARK HALF for Orion Pictures, based on the Stephen King novel, but this project was orphaned when MGM bought Orion. (It's officially vaporware now.) We even wrote a stageplay, "Syzygy," which opened in St. Augustine, Florida, in March, 2000.

I'm tired of talking about myself, so I'll close by saying that I live and work at the Jersey Shore where I'm usually pounding away on a new Repairman Jack novel and haunting eBay for strange clocks and Daddy Warbucks memorabilia. (No, we don't have a cat.)

Customer Reviews

Well written, with good characters and plot.
Jobel
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.
R. Gauthier
The author was so good right from the start that, if you haven't read this one, now's the time.
Steven Harriman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jobel on August 30, 2010
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Gauthier on August 8, 2008
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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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Josh Mauthe on June 28, 2009
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.
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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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By GH on April 8, 2013
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I discovered F Paul Wilson when I began reading the Repairman Jack series. When I completed the series, I was looking for something else of his to read. This was pretty good, but not of the calibre of the RJ series. Still, it is worth a read. It is more of a novella than an actual full length, indepth work. On a more supportive note, the FPW style is definitely there and you can see how much he has developed his craft in future efforts.
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