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Terence M. Green

Author of Shadow of Ashland

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Works by Terence M. Green

Shadow of Ashland (1996) 114 copies
Blue Limbo (1997) 85 copies
Barking Dogs (1988) 41 copies
A Witness To Life (1999) 31 copies
St. Patrick's Bed (Ashland) (2001) 24 copies
Sailing Time's Ocean (2006) 13 copies
Children of the rainbow (1992) 10 copies

Associated Works

Sunburst (1656) — Foreword, some editions — 133 copies
Northern Stars: The Anthology of Canadian Science Fiction (1994) — Contributor — 82 copies
Tesseracts 1 (1985) — Contributor — 50 copies
Tesseracts 2 (1987) — Contributor — 19 copies
Ark of Ice (1992) — Contributor — 15 copies
Northern Frights (1992) — Contributor — 12 copies


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Illustrates what a difficult life police have. Takes place in Toronto Canada in the near future. The hero, Mitch Helwig, sets aside the rules to deal with the evil all powerful hidden forces of corruption. This is a good fast read showing some interesting personal weapon and tool applications of technologies with special interest yet to invented but seem totally plausable...
scottshjefte1 | Sep 6, 2019 |
*** Ashland, Kentucky
A mother's dying wish: to see her long-lost brother again, just once before she dies. Her son attempts to track him down, but 'Uncle Jack' hasn't been seen or heard from in decades. Then, something weird happens...
A quietly eerie story, slightly Bradbury-esque, about how the past's loose ends can haunt us.

*** Barking Dogs
In the near future (ok, it's 1996, and Phil Donahue is still on the air, but I can hang with that) a lie detector has been perfected, and made available for consumer use. The latest buyer of the new and popular item is a city cop. (Of course, there's no money in the budget for such things to be made part of the police department's official equipage.) How he uses the device, and the repercussions are a thoughtful exploration of truth, honesty - and how much we really want to know.
Even though some of the details are dated, the core of the story is very timely.
I see online that this story was later expanded into a rather poorly-reviewed novel. I haven't read it, but I'm not sure this would work as a novel, although I think it's a very good short story. It's more of an idea-piece than a character-oriented story.

*** Legacy
A man goes to visit his father in an institution. Is it a prison? A hospital? Or something else altogether? He must ask him a certain question...
The near-future setting is the jumping-off point to highlight the peculiarity of the ties of blood and loyalty, forged of both love and hatred.

** The Woman Who Is the Midnight Wind
Widowed on a colony world, a woman comes to make a decision which those around her find baffling and incomprehensible. There's some nice stuff here about isolation and what it means to be human... but I have to deduct a star, because the attempt at a 'woman's' point of view is awkward to the point of absurdity - and the 'female' theme is a major part of the piece.

*** Room 1786
Probably more timely now than it was when it was written. A teacher's lament regarding how technology is changing the school experience.

** Japanese Tea
This one, I found a bit reminiscent of Philip K. Dick. A teacher in a high-security future school is pursuing an affair with a willing student. A new drug gets brought into the mix, and things get weird.

** Susie Q2
A lonely man is contemplating suicide. But first, he has to say farewell to the personalities he's programmed into his A.I.

*** Till Death Do Us Part
An ex-wife makes sure that her first husband gets his come-uppance - from beyond the grave, thanks to new technology.

** Point Zero
Joe Nicholson travels a lot for work, and doesn't really have a lot going on in his life. His main pleasure is visiting strip clubs in whatever town he happens to be in, where he regards the entertainers with an odd mix of bemusement and awe. But then, a strange truth is revealed, and Joe is offered a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity. But will he decide to go for it?
I felt this story was rather weak; it depends on an 'othering' of strippers that I found very bizarre and out-of-touch.

**** Of Children in the Foliage
Inspired by a T.S. Eliot quote - which I suppose makes it unsurprising that this was my favorite story in the collection. A couple moves to an inhabited world, where humans and the native aliens coexist peacefully, and strive to overcome cultural and inherent differences to understand each other. A quiet, but lovely story.

I picked this book up because of the blurb which described Green as "one of Canada's finest writers." I've had good experiences with quite a few Canadian authors, so thought I'd check out an author I wasn't familiar with. Many thanks to Open Road Media and NetGalley for the opportunity to familiarize myself with his work. As always, my opinions are solely my own.
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AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
We expect multi-generational novels to cover hundreds of pages, yet Terence M. Green's "St. Patrick's Bed," published in 2001, is just a skimpy 220 pages, and even then a number of those pages are completely blank. Yet the Canadian author's story, a sequel to "Shadow of Ashland," involves three generations of the Nolan family, with references to some earlier ones. If the novel seems slight, it proves itself not insubstantial.

Narrated by Leo Nolan, who like his father before him works in the circulation department of a major Toronto newspaper, the plot primarily deals with what happens when Adam, Leo's 22-year-old adopted son, announces that he wants to meet his actual father, a man named Bobby Swiss, who lives in Dayton, Ohio. Bobby was the teenage boyfriend of Jeanne, Leo's wife, but she and Bobby never married, and they drew apart when Adam was born. Now Adam wants to find out what he is like.

Before Adam makes the trip to Ohio to meet Bobby Swiss, Leo decides to go himself to satisfy his own curiosity about his son's real father and about the man who gave Jeanne a child when he himself has been unable to do so.

That, in a nutshell, is the story, which probably wouldn't even take 220 pages except that Leo's thoughts frequently turn to his father, Tommy Nolan, who has recently died, and to his and his wife's courtship and marriage. These memories, relived with grace and style, fill many of those pages. Green also describes many of the details of Leo's drive to Dayton and back, which includes a stop in my own city of Ashland, Ohio. Clearly Green has taken this drive himself. And that drive is not the only part of the novel that feels like the real thing.
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hardlyhardy | Dec 30, 2013 |
Leo, a middle-aged Toronto man, is asked by his dying mother to find out what happened to her brother Jack, from whom she hasn't heard in 50 years. Following the few clues his mother has, and 50-year old letters which begin to arrive regularly, Leo eventually stumbles upon Jack's trail in Ashland, Kentucky, where several people seem to have known him and to recognize Leo himself. Staying in the old hotel room in which Jack lived in 1934, Leo starts to piece together what happened and, in events which bring to mind Field of Dreams, to actually experience some of the tale. Not a thriller, as it might seem, but a graceful story of family and the mystery of time.… (more)
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auntmarge64 | 1 other review | Jun 28, 2010 |


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