The Maker of Universes (World of Tiers #1)
For that other universe was a place of tiers, world upon world piled upon each other like the landings of a sky-piercing moun ...more
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Robert Wolff is a retired linguistics professor looking at homes to buy in Arizona. While inspecting a room alone, a gate to the world of tiers opens before him. He steps through and finds a world where mermaids and nymphs exist. After a few weeks of eating the food and drin ...more
The re-read was great. There are some holes in the story, but it still stands as a fun, quick read. It's still a fairly unique adventure story that is based on SF, but has some fantasy elements, sort of.
For years, I considered it a good, stand-alone, novel. I still thi ...more
I remember being blown away by this series when I first read it many years back, but revisiting it I can't believe how awful some of this is. The writing isn't terrible per se, and the plot is decent. Earthling is transported to another world, cruel overlord has taken over, must climb through the universe to find the creator and take him down. The twist at the end is not a huge surprise, and despite the fantastic creatures ...more
Ennesimo romanzo sugli universi paralleli, del genere che un tempo si sarebbe chiamato Avventura.
Insomma, è scritto bene, c'è azione, ci sono continue scazzottate, assomiglia al classico fantasy gruppo-che-ha-un'impresa-da-compiere, ma non ha nient'altro. Niente di niente. A metà delle circa 250 pagine sbadigliavo e non vedevo l'ora che finisse. Fortunatamente è finito.
Peccato, perché l'inizio che descrive il protagonist...more
Fun read kind of like the Amber series but different heh' 4-6 in series and everyone just pulls you along, and end's up in "our" world if I remember right. best be on the re-read shelf'
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4 stars. As I remember it, ages ago it was 5 stars. And I'm sure it could be either. This is Philip Jose Farmer after all. And this World of Tiers series is one of his best, and The Maker of Universes, is the novel that launched the series. The World of Tiers series was also inspirational for Roger Zelanzy's famous fantasy Amber series.
An author in Philip Jose Farmer's day was in high deman ...more
- autenreith? - I'll look it up!
Almost finished last night but bedtime came upon me. It's interesting to compare this with other, similar series of tales that are more or less in the same genre. Dan Simmons' Hyp ...more
I've wanted to read some PJF (can I call him "PJF"?) for ages. His name is one of those greats that always seems to eventually come up in any discussion I read that goes back any length of time. And now I've done so. Huzzah. 'Tis a year for many such huzzahs. Whatever.
So. This was OK. Kinda basic travelogue style fantasy with your typical (now, at least) gateway character that, in this ...more
I enjoy Fantasy and Sword and Sorcery books when they are able to create an original, believable and yet insane world as a backdrop for their characters. It also helps to have some unique monsters, monsters from before Orks became a ...more
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Having known about Farmer's list of credits; my only other exposure to Farmer was the early ...more
Reading through the plot on wikipedia, it seems like such a rich and cool world to explore, but this first book is more like a travelogue, with character development only occurring off screen. For example, the main character's woman is stolen, a ...more
Lo que nos cuenta. Robert Wolff es un hombre casado de sesenta y seis años frustrado e insatisfecho que no recuerda, como mínimo, sus primeras dos décadas de vida. Mientras revisa una de las casas cuya compra está considerando, ve imágenes de otro mundo en una pared, en las que un hombre de aspecto salvaje saca notas musicales de un cuerno plateado mientras está rodeado de unas criaturas inhumanas. El salvaj ...more
Amnesiac Bob Wolff has to find out what is going on and recover a beautiful girl, with the help of the trickster Kickaha and discover the secr ...more
When Robert Wolff found a strange horn in an empty house, he held the key to a different universe. To blow that horn would open up a door through space-time and permit entry to a cosmos whose dimensions and laws were not those our starry galxy knows.
For that other universe was a place of tiers, world upon world piled upon each other like the landings of a sky-piercing mountain. The one to blow that horn would ascend those steps, from creation to creation, until he would come face to face with th
Los elementos de ciencia ficción son escasos en la mayor parte del libro. La historia tiene un ritmo muy irregular, con no pocos agujeros, y está repleto de momento muy poco creíbles. Tampoco ha ayudado que la traducción que he leido es bastante discutible (o eso, o el libro en si tiene un lenguaje algo pobre). ...more
The only part I really found fault with is the ancient astronaut angle, but if you're looking for a well written adventure yarn, this is for you.
I would love to see some fan art, or even a movie (true to the weird design).
I'll definitely come back for more just to see what other craziness is in store. (My hopes? Wolff in other bizarre universes!)
Farmer is best known for his Riverworld series and the earlier World of Tiers series. He is noted for his use of sexual and religious themes in his work, his fascination for and reworking of th ...more