May. 1st, 2009

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The name of this comm is going to throw me off for a bit; I can't help but think of Beakman's World. (The Doctor probably prefers Beakman's to Bill Nye.)

I recently finished my first Doctor Who novel: Paul Cornell's "Human Nature". Sort of breaking my resolve not to read any of the books until I was out of actual TV to watch, but I needed something to read on the bus. I read the free PDF version on my iPod. All the free books posted by the BBC are available. I recommend Stanza, it's a great ebook reader.

Is this book still spoilers? I suppose. )

The Eyeless

May. 1st, 2009 06:25 pm
factioncat: (Miho)
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I'd resisted buying any of the New Series Adventures up till now. I'm not the biggest fan of the RTD vision for Doctor Who, reports on the quality of the early books in the series weren't encouraging, and I haven't even finished reading the EDAs yet! But the prospect of a new Lance Parkin book was a bit too tempting.

The cover is quite pretty, but glaringly the wrong colour. "The first thing the Doctor noticed as he stepped out was that the sky here was as green as Earth's sky was blue." I think I like the small hardback format, though.

I found the book to be a very easy read, in both good and bad senses. It flowed along very nicely, and I was reluctant to put it down, but the prose and the plot seemed a little simple at times. It definitely felt like a kid's book, albeit a good one. It's better than some of the EDAs, but doesn't hold a candle to Parkin's best work, like "The Infinity Doctors" or "Warlords of Utopia". Worth reading, certainly, but does nothing to change my opinion that the return of the TV series was a bad thing for the books. I think it would have benefited from being written to EDA length, with room for more detail on the lives of the city's occupants.

Spoilers for The Eyeless )

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