Totemic Haven - A gay Children's Book-

Alex loves going to Camp Haven each summer deep in the Appalachian Mountains, but this year his ex boyfriend Mike vanishes in the middle of a storm. With the help of an ancient god and his friends
he sets out to find Mike, only to discover that Mike is being held captive in another world. They set forth to a wild land that mirrors North America before colonization. More
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About K.R. Columbus

Born August 4, 1982 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, K.R.Columbus [Kemuel Ríos Colón] is a prolific Puerto Rican Science Fiction and Fantasy author, with more than twenty novels, and young adult books sold all around the world. With novels that have reached the top 50 charts in England and Australia. Before becoming a writer, he trained to be a sumo wrestler for four years. Currently lives in Puerto Rico reading good books, drinking coffee, enjoying rare music, and obscure Cinema.

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Patrick Dowden reviewed on Jan. 31, 2012
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It's hard to write a review for a book you truly wanted to like but cannot. The author also seems to get the idea that an ebook shouldn't cost as much as a paperback or hardback, which is a lesson so many could do to learn.

The book itself is rough. It needs a good polish with a smart editor. The main problem as I see it is in the dialogue. The children don't seem to know how to use contractions. This leaves the dialogue feeling very formal. The pace stutters, at times you blink and wonder what happened, others seems to plod. This is the first of a series, but there is some back-story about two character's relationship that isn't even mentioned until a crisis happens because of it. I found myself backtracking to see if I had missed something.

There is a great deal of heart in this novel, but as I said a good polish with a smart editor would wipe away most of the problems and leave a rather enjoyable read.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

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