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Pretender

3.18  ·  Rating Details ·  264 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Science fiction adventure from the creator of the New York Times bestselling Xanth series. An alien occupies the body of a boy during the time of the Babylonian Empire and guides him to a strange and fantastic destiny. But both the boy and the alien must beware, for other aliens have arrived on Earth - and may have plans of their own...
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 1985 by Tor Books (first published 1979)
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Christopher D'amico
Enkidu, a young boy, lived outside of Babylon. Destined for a life of hard work, his fortunes would forever change when he met a strange creature. But that creature, in fact a galactic entity that lives in a local host, needs his new form to help him find his way home….
Written from the perspective of an alien being, Pretender is a very odd fish-out-of-water story that incorporates our own history with which the still-futuristic science fiction Piers Anthony and Frances Hall are so adept. Charact
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Data
Nov 13, 2016 Data rated it it was ok
It's a kinda cool idea, and this book explains why I think Donald Trump is an alien. Even so, somehow I can't get up enough enthusiasm to rate this book 3 stars; 2.5 is the max I'd go. I need a little more character development to get excited; both the humans and the aliens are rather flat. Nice bit of historical background, though.
Dave Peticolas
May 10, 2014 Dave Peticolas rated it liked it

The book's title actually has some accent marks over the "T" and the last "R". Really. No memory of this at all.

John
Feb 01, 2011 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade C-. GoodReads book record lists co-author Frances Hall, but doesn't list in shelf author column, nor does this book turn up for him in personal shelf search.
Chad
Apr 10, 2013 Chad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
first time I heard of cunei form writing
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Though he spent the first four years of his life in England, Piers never returned to live in his country of birth after moving to Spain and immigrated to America at age six. After graduating with a B.A. from Goddard College, he married one of his fellow students and and spent fifteen years in an assortment of professions before he began writing fiction full-time.

Piers is a self-proclaimed environm
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