The story of "Above the Timberline" is very clichéd, unsurprisingly for pulp but unfortunate for such a cool world. Pulp can have clichés but still surprise you with its journey (e.g. the Indiana Jones films).

Much of the text consists of terse journal entries which are hard to parse.

Also, the author falls into racial/cultural stereotypes. Natives are taciturn but one with nature; city-folk are greedy backstabbers; monasteries filled with suspicious Asians and a Magical Mystical Black Man.

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