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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        An Iron Rose        1998    Crime

      Early iteration of classic Temple Australian mythical hero. Enjoyable ingredients perhaps less subtly presented

          

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

Stylish use of thriller conventions (except the daydream women)

 

 B        White Dog (Jack Irish #4)       2003    Crime

Capable, gritty quasi-mythical Australian characters with crime staples (e.g. beaten down sleuth comfortable in high or low culture, knight rescuing swooning damsels). Interesting cultural marker: saw it as a movie before reading it, villain had been changed from standard industrialist to Hillsong preacher – society’s new whipping boy

 

 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

 

TURTELTAUB, H.N.       

 C-      The Gryphon’s Skull (Hellenic Traders #2)    1975    Historical Fiction

Typical B-grade fantasy style characters: supposedly rough, capable, worldly commercial sailors in a dangerous trade talk like high schoolers

 

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