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Tarl N. Telford (1976- ) was born on a high shelf, swaddled with books and nursed with knowledge. He is a novelist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, technical writer, sometime artist, and all-around creative guy. The eldest of nine children, Tarl quickly found a quiet place next to the encyclopedias. Inspired by such authors as C.S. Lewis, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Louis L’Amour, at a young age he felt the call to adventure and began writing stories.
Tarl annotated The Wonderful Wizard of Oz novel as part of an interactive app project. His research inspired the creation of The Hidden History of Oz, a prequel series set in Oz in the decades before Dorothy.
Tarl is the author of multiple screenplays, a handful of novels, several stage plays, a few short stories, and one really, really long poem that’s probably way too deep for an unadventurous reader. The Glinda Letters is his fifth published novel.
on June 24, 2013 :
Tarl is very talented at painting pictures with words and in bringing various emotions to the forefront as the reader experiences each scene. The understanding of what happened in the Land of Oz before Dorothy comes in, is all beginning to be portrayed here. The
characterizations of the witches, the wars and why and how they happen, and the desires of the different groups and people, is all coming together in this magical story leaving one definitely wanting to know more.
Glinda, the Good Witch, is beginning to know herself and her powers and her importance as the events in the story continue to unfold. I can visualize the scenes and characters very well and easily feel their emotions. I particularly liked the feelings invoked when I read the conversations between Glinda and the winged monkey, King Klick, as they talked about the freedom of his people. This was a defining moment for Glinda and left me with some pondering and strong emotions as King Klick went through some death defying moments and as Oscar explained his feelings to Glinda on those soul searching events and questioned her motivations.
I enjoyed the descriptions of the contraptions mentioned throughout the story, such as the hamstrambulator.
The visual in my mind of the Ruby Palace coming down left me stunned and wondering what will happen next. I was asking myself, what's so important about the golden cap and the silver slippers? The answers start to come as the story moves on.
The ending was a surprise and sparked my desire for another book to find out how Glinda grew up as she moved through her rebellious teenage years, and what happened to the relationship between her and Oscar.
Tarl gets five stars from me for his intriguing book, which I found hard to put down til I'd finished it. I am looking forward to more stories from him in the near future. I feel somewhat compelled to read some of L. Frank Baum's books to see how everything fits together, as I've only seen the movie "The Wizard of Oz".
(reviewed long after purchase)