|Message from Wicked Tribe
..some mornings it's just not worth chewing through the leather restraints.
- Unknown -
"..Otherland is a very knowing book, full of intentionally easy-to-spot borrowings. Alice in Wonderland, chess, Grail myth. Early on, there's a brilliant pastiche of sub-Tolkienesque fantasy, all frightened innkeepers, evil woods and brave swordsmen. And just as you begin to worry that Tad Williams might really have lost it, you realise it's middle earth as seen through the eyes of a young teenager. Later on, as Renie dives into a virtual lake, you get a scene that could be straight out of Tomb Raider. But the big problem with borrowing on such a scale is it gives the reader the feeling of having been there before.
In fact, it seems to me the only really original character in Otherland is isn't really a single character at all, it's Wicked Tribe, a jabbering whirlwind of tiny hyperactive hacker monkeys, given to speaking in rapid-fire patois. Sort of what would happen if you took the standard template for a cyberpunk hero and then applied it to a bunch of obscenely-rich unsocialised five-year olds."
- Excerpt from a review at Infinity Plushttp://www.infinityplus.co.uk/nonfiction/other.htm
"... To the Mountain, January 16, 2003
Reviewer: Jack M. Walter from Baltimore, MD
This is the slowest of the series so far, but the last section of the novel is worth getting to, and the ending is far from what I expected. I am more intrigued than ever and long to finish the fourth and final volume so that I can discover the answers to all of the mysteries that the author has created. I especially love the Wicked Tribe and the introductions to each chapter which shed light on what is happening in the future Earth culture in which the story is set. Look for a reference to the essay "A Modest Proposal" in a book full of such references. Otherland continues to hypnotize me."
- A review found on Amazon.com