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Il fabbricante di universi (World of Tiers #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,357 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
In una casa vuota alla periferia di Phoenix, Robert Wolff scopre che l'armadio a muro è in realtà una porta interdimensionale. Da un altro universo un simpatico mascalzone, l'indiano Kickaha alias Paul Janus Finnegan, gli lancia un corno misterioso, suonando il quale è possibile attraversare il varco. Wolff si trasferisce così in un mondo stratificato, un pianeta a forma d ...more
Paperback, Urania Collezione #047, 275 pages
Published December 2006 by Mondadori (first published 1965)
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Oscar
Robert Wolff, un anodino sexagenario, y su esposa están buscando nueva residencia. Durante una visita a una vivienda, Wolff vislumbra un mundo asombroso, donde un personaje le ofrece un extraño cuerno. Esto dura breves momento, pero Wolff oculta el cuerno para volver más tarde. Será entonces cuando, al tocar el cuerno, se interne en este nuevo mundo. Y aquí es donde empezarán las aventuras para Wolff, en un universo creado por seres, casi semidioses, poseedores de una avanzada tecnología. La may ...more
Mark
Oct 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci fi and fantasy fans of world building
Shelves: sciencefiction
As an exercise in world building, World of Tiers is very interesting. That's about it, though. I enjoyed it on a pulpy quick read level. However, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for a deep involving novel.

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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
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Jim
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm re-reading this now after finally completing the series. It's been almost 40 years since I first read it, so I'll see if it keeps its 4 star rating (I doubt it), but I HAVE to find out how the entire story winds up.

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.
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For years, I considered it a good, stand-alone, novel. I still thi
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William Clemens
I thought I liked Philip Jose Farmer, I really did, but maybe I am wrong.

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
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Francesco Galdieri
Philip José Farmer, Il fabbricante di universi (The maker of universe, 1965)

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

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Steven
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I loved how the book started with a whisper, in a very mundane setting. Also I really loved the orientation sequence to the fantasy world. There was some other good stuff throughout. I have still have a lot of trouble grasping and keeping track of weird fantasy names though, like in the Hobbit. At some point in this book, I found myself reading about centaurs, and I couldn’t remember them being introduced. A little later it was bird knights or something and I couldn’t remember when they had been ...more
Traci
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I have read so many books from this era with this similiar plot. I'm sure you know it well too. The Narnia/Wizard of Oz/Alice in Wonderland theme of a modern day character unsatisfied with life being transported to a magical world. I may have read it before but this is one of the better ones. Nice writing and world building. Doesn't really stand up to current fantasy or science fiction but an above average example of the golden age of pulp. Recommended to both fans of fantasy and science fiction ...more
Jack
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Been awhile but I remember searching all over to find (remember) this series, I could only remember kickaha or something like that to go on my search on finding these again... this was before the computer era of everything at your fingertip's.
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'
Millguy
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-prose
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Anthony Wong
Sep 26, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
i have not read this author before, in spite of me being a sci fi fan. but having read him now, i am not surprised i do not know this guy. his is in the tradition of rice burroughs, hero landing in a primitive world , and grappling with the villians and the nubile females. the book i got is a compilation of 3 of the novels in this series. i did not like it and could not finish the series. too boring.
Timothy Boyd
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great fantasy/SiFi series. Farmer is one of my top 5 favorite writers. Very recommended
Velvetink
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy, z-1960-s
Really liked it when I read it growing up. Have to read it again to comment though.
Greg Frederick
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this because after finishing The Great Book of Amber I learned that the World Of Tiers series had a great influence on Roger Zelazny. Since I already had this sitting on the shelf, I went for it.

This was definitely a product if its time, where men are macho and women are either nagging, becoming hysterical, or just being eye candy. Farmer strays a bit from this archetype, but not far. That said, it was not enough to put me off from thoroughly enjoying this grand adventure story.

I am a big
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Kiri
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing, largely because I remember enjoying this book so much in middle school. Reading it now, I can't get past the poor characterization and the growing sense that this whole series is just fantasy fulfillment for a middle-aged white guy. (How did this not annoy me as a teen girl?) The world-building is the best part; the World of Tiers is fascinating. I remember reading eagerly for the adventure, the challenging puzzles, and the wit and cleverness of Kickaha - but so far, I'm 100 pages ...more
Shining
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea what this author is trying to do. Great ideas, nonsensical plot and nonexistent ending.
Sergey Grinev
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
not as exciting as it were during my teen age :)
Щерян Николаев
Impressive book, read it long time ago, re-read June 2017.
Has a good story, really well described characters and just was amazing.
When you start to read it you can't stop :)
Ralph Carlson
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read. Have always loved Farmer, whom I haven't read in years, and decided it was time to correct that.
Jerry
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: appendix-n
The writing is a fairly standard old-school sword and planet, with all the greatness and problems of the genre. But Farmer puts it on top of very cool worlds, the “world of tiers”. There is also a neat twist at the end. If it had been written in 1955 instead of 1965, it would have been more awesome.

The world is basically a D&D dungeon, without the dungeon: that is, levels of danger set above-ground instead of below. Unfortunately, even though that’s the draw of the book, we really don’t see
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Norm Davis
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: It's a classic. Read it.
Recommended to Norm by: It's Philip Jose Farmer, that's enough.
The Maker of Universes, Philip Jose Farmer

Spoiler Alert. Following any hyperlinks could lead to spoilers.

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
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Tom Britz
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Maker of Universes is an adventure science fantasy novel. Published in 1965, it doesn't really feel dated, though there are quite a few things I thought wrong with it. The beginning seemed a bit hokey, with the character, Bob Wolfe, who is in his mid to late 60's and married to a shrew of a woman, while looking at a house to buy in Arizona as a retirement home, hears a trumpet call, thought muted as if from far away. Thinking he was losing his mind, he nonetheless opens the door of a closet ...more
Chris Gager
My niece and her husband recommend PJF to me, particularly the Riverworld series. This is from a different series but free and found from the local transfer station. So far seems reminiscent of "The Time Machine". Well written and engaging. I'm not sure the cover illustration is accurate.

- 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
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Onefinemess
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Although the word "universes" here is a bit... misused. But, dudes made some crazy ass worlds, so there is that.

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
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Sean
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: appendix-n
Many who have reviewed this book dismiss it as young adult fiction, but I fear that label functions as a means for them to justify the immersive and original fantasy world that Farmer develops at the expense of more "adult" content such as complex characters or plot.

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
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Иван Величков
Филип Хосе Фармър е един от основните виновници да се запаля по фентъзито, фантастиката и литературата като цяло. Поредицата му "Светът на нивата", от която това е първата книга е вдъхновила Зелазни да напише любимите на всички "Хроники на Амбър". Лекия приключенски стил и хибридната смеска между фентъзи и фантастика са новаторски за 60-те години, когато е писана, а вкараните еротични елементи са отворили очите на много автори, като Хайнлайн и Резник за новата вълна във фантастиката.
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TJ
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Maker of Universes, published in 1965, is the first in a series of six books by Philip Jose Farmer called "The World Tiers." The story involves a magic horn that opens up a portal to another world that is layered in tiers. There is then an adventurous journey through the tiers or levels of this world interspersed with fight scenes as the main character encounters obstacles as he tries to reclaim the horn, rescue a kidnapped person and confront the creator or maker of the universe who lives a ...more
Jeffrey J
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp
Upon receiving the recommendation from my brother John, I pulled the 5 book series from the cramped and overstuffed used bookstore shelf a couple of years ago. It's taken that long to whittle down the Read Pile but after finally completing the John Carter Series and EE Smith's Skylark Trilogy, both pre WWII era literature, it looked like a great time to emerse myself in Philip Jose Farmer's World of Tiers.

Having known about Farmer's list of credits; my only other exposure to Farmer was the early
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Adam Duclos
This was an interesting book, but only because it turns out that it inspired another, better book... the first Amber book "Nine Princes in Amber". Otherwise, it was a very boring, old timey sci-fi, with a lot of cringe-worthy racism and blatant misogyny.

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
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Ethan
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brayden Ledbetter
Recommended to Ethan by: My dad
Since this book falls under my favorite genre: Fantasy/Science-fiction, it is biased for me to say I love this book but it is true. This book is part of a six book series and this one, obviously being the first, is a great beginner book to introduce the series. Now I don't want to spoil anything so if you think I might spoil you can stop reading and leave now. The basics you might need to know depending on if you want to go in fresh or not is the main character is Robert Wolff, a retired man wit ...more
Olethros
-Aventuras en las formas, futuros rumbos del autor en el fondo.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

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
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Philip José Farmer was an American author, principally known for his science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, but spent much of his life in Peoria, Illinois.

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
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