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Thank you, Arnwyn. I honestly though about going full-blown rant-mode against the Tulita, because, quite frankly, their content almost universally pissed me off. This and the premises actually made me put the book away for a while and got ready to go scathing.
But when I returned, I still had to concede that at least SOME of the portrayals, though the minority, aren't as positive. Personally, I'll purge the noble-savage-stuff in favor of a no less unpleasant, but more varied take on colonial dialectics.
It *may* be my bias, but when I returned, I also managed to see all the good stuff herein. And when taken into relation to another, to me the good stuff (writing, locations, critters, NPCs etc.) made up for one issue that can be dealt with by reskinning.
Now the premises...I won't try to make any apologies for them. They suck. Hard. They almost suckered me into not liking this book. Only when they turned out to be essentially missing from the meat of the book, did I appreciate the actual content.
So: Tl;dr - Arnwyn, thank you for your praise. This review's been one of the hardest I've ever written. And I understand why the Tulita soured you on the book.