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Perhaps I wasn't in the right mood for Jonathan Morris's Tomorrow Windows. Or maybe it's a question of scale; extreme silliness is easier to accept when it's localised, rather than spanning a multi-galactic civilization surrounding present-day Earth. In any case, my disbelief was insufficiently suspended for large chunks of the book, which really didn't feel like it could be taking place in the same universe as previous DW stories. A pity, since I did enjoy his previous books, Festival of Death and Anachrophobia.

Despite the disclaimer at the back, it does read like a bad Douglas Adams pastiche, complete with designer planets and hyperspace bypasses. This jars rather badly with the start of the book, which is thoroughly grounded in the real world with multiple named celebrities present and the actual Mayor of London in an extended cameo. This would be disconcerting even in a serious DW novel, since the series generally seems to take place in a parallel universe where real people only show up if they've been dead for at least a few decades.

The book is chock full of references to all sorts of things, not just Douglas Adams. There's Brian Blessed and Flash Gordon, a Genesis-era Skaro analogue with dalek-cybermen hybrids, and an extended auction somewhat reminiscent of Alien Bodies (at least to the extent of "X's Story" interludes for all the bidders).

The prologue is an effectively done warning that we're all heading in the same direction as Easter Island, but the subsequent planetary apocalypses in the actual story are waaaaay too over the top and too casually laughed off to make any kind of object lesson. I found it impossible to look past the blatant impossibility of the absurd scenarios presented. The idea had potential, but I would have preferred a somewhat more serious take on it.

It's not necessarily a bad book, but you really need to check your skepticism at the door to appreciate it.
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