Posted by: Nyxks | September 26, 2007

Rites of Pretending Tribe, The

Rites of Pretending Tribe, The
by John Dimes © 2007
Zumaya Otherworlds
ISBN 1-934135-29-7
228 Pages
Paperback
$14.99 (U.S.)
Reviewed by: Mike Gleason

The Pretending tribe is “the arcane brotherhood of misfit souls brought together for the sole purpose of bringing fun, magic and high adventure to a world that seems spiritually and physically too cold to live in.” Are these true goals or only the imaginings of children?

I found it a bit difficult to get into this story, and I’m not sure why that was. It may be that it seems more disjointed than most fantasies. This is a fantasy aimed at younger readers, but it seems as though it may be a little too random even for them.

Although it was an enjoyable book, I really didn’t feel a connection to it. It was too centered on thoughts, motivations and descriptions and did not, in my opinion, contain enough “action” to appeal to today’s average reader. In many ways it reminded me of novels written during the Victorian era. That is not necessarily a bad thing, in and of itself, but for a generation of readers who grew up n video games and books in the Harry Potter-style; this is liable to be less appealing.

I am sorry to say that, unlike most of the books I have read from this publisher, I really can’t give this book a hearty recommendation. It will appeal to a certain segment of the reading public, but I am afraid that it will not be a large segment.

Having said that, I will also say that it was well written from a technical standpoint. I simply feel that it lacks a general appeal


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