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More Than Fire: A World of Tiers Novel Hardcover – September 1, 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
Hugo Award-winner Farmer ( Red Orc's Rage ) returns to his popular World of Tiers for a disappointing conclusion. Tiers (like Earth) is in a continuum of often very different "pocket" universes, created by the super-powerful Lords. These universes are connected through interdimensional gateways, like the one that 20th-century earthman Paul Janus Finnegan crossed to find the tiered world of Alofmethbin and become Kickaha the Trickster. Since then, Kickaha has lived an adventurous and heroic life trying to thwart Red Orc, who plans to recover the lost secrets of making and destroying universes in order to annihilate all other universes and create his own. For the most part, Kickaha and his lover, Anana, wander aimlessly from universe to universe until they're captured by Red Orc, who (in the manner of foolish villains everywhere) toys with them long enough for Kickaha to escape and force a final climactic confrontation. The World of Tiers novels were always mainly action and adventure--nothing deep--but here Farmer fails to deliver even that: the action is flat, the plot hopelessly contrived, the characters less engaging than in previous outings and the new worlds less vivid. And the prose is often worse than even pulp adventure should be: "Sometimes he glimpsed art forms that seemed to have been originated by an insane brain. But that was because of his own cultural mindset." Even die-hard fans of this series will likely be disappointed.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
Farmer's World of Tiers yarns--a mingling of classical and American Indian mythology, William Blake-ish romanticism, and Edgar Rice Burroughs-like high adventure--have been appearing variously since 1965; this book (according to the publishers) presents the ultimate showdown between the hero, Kickaha, and Lord Red Orc--one of the arrogant and decadent super-race that created the Tiers, a succession of pocket universes (the Tower of Babylon tier, the Atlantis tier, the Amerind tier, etc.). Though recent volumes have been presented for review in these pages, series fans will wish to investigate. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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"Groovy man" said Kikaha. The writing is woeful when it comes to filing in the backstory, with lines that would be more at home in a children's novel.
BUT...it occasionally ends back at the World of Tiers, which redeems it a little. Since starting this series I've kept going just to try and recapture the thrill of discovery and wonder in "Make of Universes". It happened in book 3, but all the other books have been claustraphobic, with the multiverse seeming to get less and less impressive as the pocket universes get more and more constrained, even as they multiply in number. Farmer is at his best as a world bulider (Riverworld, The World of Tiers) but when he fails (The Lavalite World, Dayworld) it all falls very flat.
It was OK I guess, but the series has struggled to recapture the magic established in the first book, and largely failed.
The basic plot is that Kikaha and Annana have been tryng to escape from some universe for 15 years, and when they finally do, they meet up with their arch enemy, Red Orc. Farmer does bring the series to an end, but I think it was very contrived.
He does answer some questions from the earlier books, but I was left with the overwhelming question: why did I bother to buy the book in the first place?
Saying that, it is worth reading to find out how the series comes to an end.