Peter D. Tillman

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (28 of 28)
Location: Cambria, CA USA
In My Own Words:
Pete Tillman reviews books for many print and online publications. He's a mineral exploration geologist based in Arizona and New Mexico.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 354,863 - Total Helpful Votes: 28 of 28
Who Killed Palomino Molero? by Mario Vargas Llosa
Who Killed Palomino Molero? by Mario Vargas Llosa
Picked this one up on a whim, based on cover blurbs & laudatory comments here. Has moments, and the descriptions of Peru in the 50's are interesting -- but the characters are thin, and the dialogue is just awful -- one bad cliche' after another. I can't say if the cliche's are the author's or the translators, but this one wasn't for me. I gave up about halfway through. Caveat lector....
Cheers -- Pete Tillman
Sky Coyote by Kage Baker
Sky Coyote by Kage Baker
I thought the Chumash characters were particularly well done, very
*California* -- one of the the Humashup tycoons even has a
personal shaman. I don't know enough about the Chumash --
indeed, almost nothing -- to judge Baker's fidelity-to-history, but I
expect she's a trustworthy guide -- (but I do recall picking up
some very odd notions about science and history from voraciously
naive childhood reading, so comments from the Chumash-history
literate are welcome.) I'm pretty sure coastal California culture has
featured wealth, ostentation, flash & showmanship for at least a
thousand years.... and,… Read more
Cat Fear No Evil: A Joe Grey Mystery by Shirley R Murphy
EVIL , the ninth Joe Grey, is readable, but weak and implausible. As in many long-running series, my willing suspension of disbelief suffered from the shear quantity of mayhem that happens to Our Heroes and their pals. Plus this one has a confused mishmash of plotlines. Has moments, but Murphy needs a fresh start, I guess.
Note that the first 4 or 5 Joe Greys are delightful. Just don't start here.
Happy reading!
Pete Tillman