The #RBRT Reviewer Profiles – Terry Tyler @TerryTyler4 #wwwblogs

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Reviewers on the #RBRT are very busy hard working people who give their time freely, so I thought it was about time readers had the chance to meet them and find out a bit more about them.

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Terry Tyler lives in the north east of England.

She posts book reviews here;

http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

You can also find Terry on Twitter;

https://twitter.com/TerryTyler4

Terry enjoys the following genres;

Historical fiction: particularly Tudor & Plantagenet eras, WW1 & 2, anything to do with prisoners of war, or the Black Death, global/national disasters/wars generally, and 17th century. Mostly English but will read others, I love 1920s/30s America. The only histfic I am not keen on is historical romance of the bodice ripper variety.

Edgy contemporary fiction/family drama but nothing too ‘girly’.

Crime thrillers to do with gangs/gangsters/drug dealing underworld, and murders.

Travel memoirs but not the wacky domestic type about children and dogs in campervans.

Post apocalyptic thrillers/sci-fi/dystopian – I am okay with zombies but not vampires, werewolves or other monsters. I have a particular fondness for pandemics that cause the collapse of civilisation (I will be seeking therapy about this…).

Book Formats Terry prefers for the review team;

Mobi is best, but Amazon gift okay too. No PDFs or paperbacks.

Hobbies, interests, and any pets?

I’m not a pets person, I’m afraid, and I don’t have much time for hobbies because I’m writing most of the time, and catching up on blogging/reading/reviewing when I’m not – I suppose that’s my hobby/interest! For relaxation I binge-watch series on Netflix etc (crime, conspiracy thrllers, gangsters and history are my favourites – think Breaking Bad, The Following, Narcos, Boardwalk Empire, The Wire, Vikings), and I can get obsessed with the occasional video game! I also like to go walking anywhere peaceful with lots of trees, and visiting places of historical interest.

Reading Soft edge

I asked, “What new genres have you tried from the review team list?”

Chick lit/light romance, enough to realise that it isn’t for me. I’ve read some more serious domestic type dramas that I’ve liked a lot, though, which I might not have chosen if it wasn’t for the review team. I thought I hated crime and sci-fi, too, but have discovered I quite like both; it depends so much on the book itself, of course.

“What genres make you step out of your comfort zone?”

Financial thrillers; I read an excellent one earlier this year (Concealment by Rose Edmunds). I know zero about financial stuff and care even less, but this one included a good conspiracy and psychological weirdness.

“What do you look for in a book?”

A genuine talent for the written word, first and foremost. I’m a great believer in ‘you can either write good sentences or you can’t’ (quote Zadie Smith).

Realistic dialogue.

Characters are all important to me – if the characters aren’t ‘alive’ I don’t care about them, which makes me not care about the plot, either. I love books told from multiple points of view, but only when each character is clearly identifiable.

I’m a fan of well placed backstory/flashbacks, and the building up of a story by alternating chapters between past and present. Suspense is all!

I like to learn something new from fiction, though only when it’s woven into the story, not as chunks of information.

Very, very important to me is a satisfying ending; it can change my star rating! I don’t mind a slow start; I always give a book until at least 10% before abandoning it.

That 5* feeling; I love it when I get a little rush of excitement about how good a book is, I can hardly wait to finish it so I can review and tell everyone to get it!

Expertise and confidence in the writer’s own field; I like to think that even if a book isn’t my sort of thing, I can tell if it’s a good example of its type.

Authenticity, by which I mean writing ‘from the heart’, not sticking in self-consciously zany bits because it’s a light romance, or trying to write according to rules laid down elsewhere, or emulate a current popular style.

“Book Styles you don’t enjoy?”

I started by listing a couple, but really there aren’t any; it all depends on the book.

“Do you read & review Non-Fiction?”

Yes – travel memoirs, as mentioned earlier. Biographies, if about someone who interests me.   Historical fact; love it!

 

 

 

25 thoughts on “The #RBRT Reviewer Profiles – Terry Tyler @TerryTyler4 #wwwblogs

  1. What a great profile, Terry. Your passion for reading and reviewing is contagious. I love the 5* feeling comment, I can relate to that so much. When I finish a great book I look around my empty room desperate to tell someone all about it. I guess that’s why I started talking to myself haha 😉

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    • That’s how I feel! I tell husband, and Julia gets a phone call, etc etc…! Then the author gets bombarded with tweets of my review… what I love is when you think a book is going to be just okay, or quite good, and it’s brilliant.

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    • Because it’s 10 times as long as everyone else’s!!!!! I felt I’d come over as a bit self-indulgent.. ;). Trouble is, when people ask me something I tend to tell them… and tell them. No, really??!! 😀

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  2. *waves* I think I agree with mod of your criteria…I have problems with ‘modern’ lit of the ‘young couple versus life’ type…but I guess tut’s my age. Reading the amount of Victorian novels, as I do for research, one is struck by the delicate phrasing and sentence construction….often lacking in the ‘MA in Creative Writing’ School of writers. Them oldies knew how to turn a pretty phrase and no mistake.

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    • Absolutely, CJ. Oh yes, I so appreciate a deft phrase and well constructed sentence; it’s why I love your books. One you would like is An Unlamented Death by William Savage; his characterisation is as artful as yours. In fact, I must go and buy his next one, I saw it on Amazon the other day. The most important one on the list is genuine writing talent, though, as I am sure you will agree. Without it, the rest can’t happen. I also very much appreciate someone who understands the building of suspense in a story, in whatever genre. That’s partly instinctive, too, I think.

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  4. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this, Terry. I thought I was the only one on social media who wasn’t a “pets person”. 🙂

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    • Oh, glad to meet another one. No, I am not into them at all. I used to have cats and do still like the odd sweet kitten picture, but I don’t like animals in the house anymore. Never liked dogs; I mean, I can tell when one is a nice animal and I appreciate why others like them, but that’s as far as it goes.

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    • It’s at least 10 times as long as others’, Olga!!!! I treated it as I would an author interview, then looked at everyone else’s one line answers and thought, oh dear… 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Linda – actually, I must get it updated, it hasn’t got the newest two books on – thanks for reminding me!! I am sure I followed you back, I remember thinking, oh, that’s the lady I see on Rosie’s blog 😀

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