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Behind the Walls of Terra

(World of Tiers #4)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,113 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Paul Janus Finnegan was called Kickaha on the artificial universes created by that always fueding super-race known as the Lords. Though he was a mortal Earthman, he had managed to survive every intrigue, war, test and opponent they could devise.

But it was when he found his way back to his own world that Kickaha faced the greatest dangers of his adventure-filled career. For
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Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
A simple guy Paul Janus Finnegan found a way to another (artificially created) universe where he felt quite comfortable, was adopted by descendants of Native Americans who called him Kickaha, or Trickster.
Native Americans
In the previous book he defended his new world successfully and practically single-handed beating the crap of everybody. Unfortunately a tiny little problem requiring immediate attention remained and as a result Paul Janus Finnegan had to come back to Earth after a very long absence.
From the
Jan 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad read, but there were a few more issues with the story line, but again nothing major. Kickaha is the hero of the story, which is neat. I've wanted to see more of him since the first book & now I'm getting to see plenty of him. As part of the series, it's great, but one of the outstanding features is that it could stand alone without a problem. Usually the issue with such books is too much background info on the series, but that isn't a problem here. Just enough information is given ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-rev, reviewed
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2 stars

Still on the search for Jadawin-Wolff and the last of the Black Bellers, Kickaha and Anana find themselves on Earth. Kickaha learns surprising things about the world he grew up on, and both find themselves quickly at odds with Earth’s lord, Red Orc.

Farmer brings the action to Earth in this book. It’s unfortunate, because the lack of other-worldly settings exposes the weakness of the prose. Happily, Farmer manages a stronger grip on the characters in this
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Perhaps it's necessary to read the earlier books to enjoy this one? If so, we made a mistake in picking this up first, though I still can't really imagine getting that excited about it even if I understood the whole context. The writing, plot, action, dialogue --- it all felt bland and disjointed. I found it hard to take much of an interest in anything that was going on, and most of all, I hated the names of the main characters. They felt like something that I'd have come up with when I was a hi ...more
Sean Meriwether
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
I enjoyed the To Your Scattered Bodies Go and Riverworld series, and hoped to find an imaginative story for some enjoyable summer reading. I read this book without the context of the first novel, but not sure I would return to read it now. This novel reads a bit like a run-on sentence, moving swiftly from one situation to the next without direction, with the author's transparent distaste for the youth culture and gangsters of the 1960s (which feels to be a reaction to movie version of the '60s). ...more
Tom Britz
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is book four of Farmer's World of Tiers series, and easily the best one so far. The action in this one was nearly non-stop and the plot-line was at least comprehensible. The first three books of this series were, at least to me, disjointed and merely a hodge-podge of happenings, seemingly the further into the world of strange the better.
This novel takes place nearly always on Earth, the Earth we know. Though there is another Earth 2. Kickaha and Annana are out to stop the last Beller and re
Jim Wohlfarth
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
fun and quick read with very interesting ideas about the world.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Aimless. What a waste of an interesting concept.
Ralph Carlson
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great and entertaining read from the worlds of Philip Jose Farmer.
Norm Davis
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Classic Science Fiction Lovers
Recommended to Norm by: Mike Fales
Behind the Walls of Terra, Philip José Farmer 9/1/15 -1/9/16 (4 sessions over 130 days ≈147 pages)

I'm sorry Philip, you caught me during a “hover over the stars award period” for me, and that means, “I liked it” 3 stars. You know it is 5 star work so we won't worry what I think. Because you are Philip Jose Farmer and because you did write some Doc Savage novels and because you started this novel with enough backstory that it could be a stand alone novel, that's 5 stars in my book. But...

Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantascienza, fantasy
La saga migliora di libro in libro

Devo dire che sono rimasto piacevolmente sorpreso da questo libro. Ad esser sinceri, la saga dei Fabbricanti di Universi comincia abbastanza male, con il primo libro un po' troppo scontato e il secondo decisamente brutto (imho).Poi però già del terzo libro comincia a migliorare sensibilmente. Questo capitolo è molto intrigante, con un'ambientazione a metà tra il poliziesco e il thriller. Fuggiti dal mondo dei Livelli, i protagonisti Anana e Kickaha si ritrovano
Chris Gager
Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Started just a bit last night after finishing #3. Will get more into it tonight after work.

I stayed up a bit late last night getting into this. Pretty much picks up where the previous book left off only now we're back on Earth and things look more familiar. I like that! The author's reaction to the bikers and the hippies is amusingly curmudgeonistic. The words he puts in their mouths are ridiculously stilted but I guess that can be tolerated.

Finished last night after staying up too late - again
Sep 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Messy, yet fun. This book had one of the funniest typos I’ve ever seen. P. 97: “He purchased a package of gun and chewed all the sticks until he had a big ball of gun.” There were lots of other typos too. The book was also strange because it didn’t have any chapter breaks, nor any double spaces between certain paragraphs to indicate a new section. The book was written in 1970, but there were a lot of times that I thought it was a bad imitation of that time period. I had hoped that having the Wor ...more
Guy Ferguson
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love PJ. 2D characters, buxom girls, so why is it appealing? Seeing parallels between the science in this and Dan Simmons Hyperion series, with multiple worlds connected by gates. Why do (a lot of) the best sci-fi writers come from California?
Read it again. I really should get some new PJF. This time I'm reminded a little of Harry Harrison, his chiselled jawed super strong heroes who assess all the options and decide instantly. Woody Allen they ain't.
Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Not as good as the volumes that went before (but how many series do hold up that well over 4 or more volumes). Still action, and so on, but not so well written (I suppose). We discover that Earth is also part of a so called "pocket Universe" made another one of the Alien "Lords" (Red Orc). Not so good, some "re-dos" and so on...3 for the "fun value".
Clinton Sheppard
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wolff returns from his entrapment only to encounter the Bellers
and then flee to Earth persued by a Beller. Kikkaha follows
and attempts to locate them both.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Philip Jose Farmer is one of my top 5 favorite writers. This is an excellent blend of fantasy and SiFi. A superb series. Very recommended
David Blecher
Jan 27, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-sf

The Gates of Creation
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf
I presume he went senile or developed an addiction after World of Tiers #3. Read the first three, and then read no further. WTF.
David Blecher
Jan 27, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-sf

Bicycling Through Space and Time
Georgi Sokolov
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good enough
Paul Shaw
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
More fun
Jun 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
It's like a bad b movie where the hero is perfect and so is his girl and every villain is super bad but easily defested. yawn.
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: early-teen, shiraz
loved it years ago, corny but....
May 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
I found the Tiers trilogy fascinating when a teen but nowadays it's a bit ho hum
A series in which the idea is more fun than the execution.
B. Reese
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
I keep starting this, and then stopping it. I get to the part with the bus of hippies, and it just reads so differently from the previous book.

I need to finish the series!
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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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World of Tiers (7 books)
  • The Maker of Universes (World of Tiers, #1)
  • The Gates of Creation (World of Tiers, #2)
  • A Private Cosmos (World of Tiers #3)
  • The Lavalite World (World of Tiers #5)
  • Red Orc's Rage (World of Tiers #6)
  • More Than Fire (World of Tiers, #7)