Sunday, September 30, 2007

Twilight Beach - Terry Dowling

While not as consistently brilliant or startlingly confrontational as the first two books, Rynosseros and Blue Tyson (who both get adjusted scores over 5, while this one is is merely 4.82), it is still one extremely good collection.

A lot of solo focused journeying for Tom, while travelling physically it gets rather introspective, as he tries to sort out what is going on in his head, and what he actually is, and why he has some Clever Man abilities. There is also one tangential story that is only ordinary, a first for this series.

Things heat up at the end of the book with an attack on a Coloured Captain, and on Rynosseros as Tom's enemies realise he may know more than they want him to.


Twilight Beach : Shatterwrack at Breaklight - Terry Dowling
Twilight Beach : The Babel Ships - Terry Dowling
Twilight Beach : Sailors Along the Soul - Terry Dowling
Twilight Beach : Roadsong - Terry Dowling
Twilight Beach : Larrikin Wind - Terry Dowling
Twilight Beach : Nights at Totem Rule - Terry Dowling
Twilight Beach : The Final Voyage of Captain Gelise - Terry Dowling
Twilight Beach : The Leopard - Terry Dowling
Twilight Beach : A Whisper from a Voice at the Vanishing Point - Terry Dowling
Twilight Beach : The Green Captain's Tale - Terry Dowling
Twilight Beach : Ship's Eye - Terry Dowling




A holoform of a woman entrances Tom into spending cash, until he works out what is really going on.

5 out of 5


Tom looks for simulation and psychological help to find out what the 'Ship' image is.

4.5 out of 5


Tom looks for simulation and psychological help to find out what the 'Ship' image is.

4.5 out of 5


Tom and crew take a woman out looking for a real ship at the heart of a ghostly mirage.

3.5 out of 5


Tom is unsuspectingly in the middle of a plot to get an Ab'O noblewoman to a meeting with pirates.

4 out of 5


Jon, an early crewman of Tom's is on leave for an opera festival, where he meets the diva.

3 out of 5


Tom goes to Totem Rule to try and find out more about his dreams.

3.5 out of 5


An outcast Captain takes Tom to meet the belltree Lone Star Stone.

4 out of 5


The story of Tom's early days out of the Madhouse, and his meeting with Scarbo, with more of Lone Star Stone.

4.5 out of 5


Tom travels to Inlansay and gets ambiguous words from a belltree.

3.5 out of 5



The Blue Captain picks up the Green Captain on the way to Pentecost, and the latter borrows Tom's jacket, which leads to a mistaken mental attack.

4 out of 5


A surprise communication from Rynosseros leaves Tom looking for help, worried about his ship. This leads him into danger and a secret meeting, but luckily he has allies with a serious plan for those who lie in wait.

5 out of 5





5 out of 5

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