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.
He dreams big in a small town in Texas with his red-haired wife.
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First Nail (An Omby-Amby Adventure)
by Tarl Telford
Young soldier Omby-Amby abandoned everything in his homeland to join the Wizard's cause of freedom. He has battled for freedom, but no amount of blade training can prepare him for his greatest challenge--facing those he left behind. Omby-Amby returns to his conquered homeland--now enemy territory--where the past pierces the present, and destiny rests on the strength of a single nail.
The Glinda Letters (The Hidden History of Oz, Book Four)
by Tarl Telford
The Glinda Letters is an epistolary novel composed of letters written by Glinda and sent to the Wizard, Oscar Diggs, while he is in a self-imposed exile in Emerald City. Through these letters, Glinda reveals her true soul to Oscar, bathed in tears, scorched in anger, and tempered with the fine fury of decades of wisdom. She grows from the angry child into the fearless sorceress sworn to protect Oz
Ghosts of Serpentariis and Other Somnificient Musings
by Tarl Telford
Ghosts of Serpentariis and Other Somnificient Musings draws the reader into an imaginative symphony of poetic dreaming vistas. The title poem follows a foolhardy dreamer daring the depths of deepest imagination. On this journey he unlocks secrets, both light and dark, and fights to redeem his mortal soul.
Additional poems explore the neverending battle between light and dark within the human mind.
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- Two Pockets
on June 24, 2010
Two Pockets is a story of Miriam, a Hasidic Jewish girl who learns to be a carpenter. In the process of learning the construction business, she meets some good people who do not share her faith. Most of the adherents to her faith mentioned in the story are meant serve as contrast to Miriam's free spirit.
The exploration of the Jewish characters in the story made Miriam's willful "decent" into the Gentile world look positively angelic. Though her father rants and raves about her choice of occupation and her associates, he ends up with more pressing worries.
Being of a strict faith myself, I enjoyed this story right up to the very end, where the main character willfully rebels even further, and, in this reviewer's opinion, betrays her faith.
The story is well written. The characters are easy to understand. The peppering of Yiddish throughout gives a distinct flavor to the piece. For many, the ending will probably be vindicated. For myself, I enjoyed the piece up to penultimate page. While my disappointment in the character is real, I also recognize that this is the mark of a good writer - I cared about what the character did. I would read this author again.
Three stars for reasons explained above.