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TARTT, Donna                 

 B+      The Little Friend   2002     Crime/Novel

Impressively textured characters, yet steadfastly misanthropic

 

TAYLER, K. J.       

 C+            The Dark Griffin    2009     Fantasy

Slightest variation on a massively over-travelled route. Juvenile. 2D.

 

TEMPLE, Peter                 

 B+      In The Evil Day (aka ‘Identity Theory’)  2002     Crime

Stylish use of thriller conventions (except the daydream women)

 

 B+      The Broken Shore      2007     Crime

Feels pretty authentic Australian, if keeping to pretty dark territory

     

 B        Truth   2009     Crime

      Intelligent, biting, capable – but perhaps only if you need a dark counter to recent overindulgence in things sentimental and twee

 

TIFFANY, Carrie         

 B        Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living     2005     Novel

      Detached narrative, effective historical setting, didactic moral

           

TILLEY, Patrick          

 B        Cloud Warrior (The Amtrak Wars: Book 1)      1983     SF

      Boy’s own conflict between post apocalyptic pioneering/marine US, Amerindian and samurai Japan style cultures

           

 B        First Family (The Amtrak Wars: Book 2)    1985     SF

      Boy’s own conflict between post apocalyptic pioneering/marine US, Amerindian and samurai Japan style cultures

           

 B        Iron Master (The Amtrak Wars: Book 3)           1987     SF

      Boy’s own conflict between post apocalyptic pioneering/marine US, Amerindian and samurai Japan style cultures

 

TÓIBÍN, Colm        

 B        The Blackwater Lightship       1999     Novel

Well written, but depressing (and a bit preachy)

 

TOLKIEN, J.R.R.        

 A+      The Hobbit      1937     Fantasy/Juvenile

Enchanting story, rich world

           

 A++    The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings: Part 1)      1954     Fantasy

This one hardly needs an introduction…

     

 A++    The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings: Part 2)     1954     Fantasy

This one hardly needs an introduction…

     

 A++    The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings: Part 3) 1955     Fantasy

This one hardly needs an introduction…

           

  A       The Silmarillion    1977     Fantasy/Juvenile

Potent, magical, epic

 

 

TUROW, Scott      

 B        Ordinary Heroes          2006     Historical Fiction (WW2)

Unconvinced by the frame, but some powerful characters and battle accounts

 

TWAIN, Mark               

 B+      The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  1885     Novel

First half powerful, funny, striking, but then slides into farce

 

TYLER, Anne        

 C        Searching for Caleb    1975     Novel

Disappointingly bland and loose intergenerational family drama

     

 B        The Accidental Tourist     1985     Novel

      Good movie, can’t remember if the book was as enjoyable

           

 A-       Breathing Lessons      1988     Novel

Insightful, humorous, sad, believable