on 11 November 2015
Lawrence Miles' first Doctor Who novel was one of the highlights from the final year of Virgin's New Adventures. Boasting an unusual mix of settings, memorable characters, snappy dialogue and imaginative ideas, "Christmas on a Rational Planet" is as strong a work as any of Miles' later efforts.
Miles manages always to make challenging prose highly digestible, skilfully carrying the reader along through the more abstract sections of plot and never failing to provide a satisfying payoff.
When's the next novel, Lawrence?
on 9 May 2007
I remember reading this when it first came out, leaning against the school gates with my mind light years away from grey old January. It was an exciting time for the NA's - now sufficiently distanced from their `source' programme and divorced enough from its shortcomings to explore all kinds of new worlds with a wonderfully Who-ish style. This is a typically Lawrence Miles novel in the best sense: punchy dialogue and unfamiliar settings, with huge ideas juggled playfully and seemingly effortlessly. It also has that Miles quality of operating critically within its host-universe. Gratuitous, overblown, veering towards pretentiousness - perhaps, but with all the zing of genius that those things often presage. A beauty.
on 4 June 2006
I am being completely impartial and objective but this is absolute tripe. It rates down there with the bottom three in the New Adventures series. The plot is incoherent, the narrative flaccid; it's yet another rehash and more proof (were it needed) that the series ran out of steam well before its fiftieth publication.