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Doctor Who: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street (Doctor Who S.) Mass Market Paperback – 5 Nov 2001

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (5 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563538422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563538424
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 693,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb. 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the world of Doctor Who novels a new work by Lawrence Miles is an event. His previous works, Alien Bodies and Interference, and his New Adventure Dead Romance, have a scale and a depth that is lacking from most of the long running series predecessors. Miles has ambition for the series, and sadly, many traditional Doctor Who fans, do not realise that it is on the printed page that the future of the series now lies - and it is through playing with form and style that Doctor Who will continue to justify its existence.
With Lawrence Miles new novel, The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, Doctor Who fiction has been delivered the Miles book long promised through the midwife of series editor, Justin Richards. This is a new start for the series, and coming after an impressive series of novels including Loyd Rose's City of the Dead, Kate Orman's The Year of Intelligent Tigers, and Simon Bucher-Jones and Kelly Hale's Grimm Reality, suggests a bright future for the series.
It is difficult to write too much about this novel without giving away key plot elements. However, to attempt. The Doctor is sick, stranded in eighteenth century London in a brothel run by Scarlette, the eponymous heroine. Without his TARDIS, and initially without his companions, the Doctor is sick. Strange demon apes (babewyns) roam London's streets. They kill and devour those in their way. And a bulky character, Sabbath, appears in a metal ship crewed by trained babewyns, pledged to defend time. This novel deals with the loose ends left hanging by the big bang from The Ancestor Cell, and throws up enough plot strands to suggest a bright future for the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By edzshed on 26 July 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Here's the thing, if you are intent on reading the series in order, as I am, then you simply must read this book, there are changes that will surely have repercussions later in the series.

That said I can't say I enjoyed reading the book, I found it really long winded. I've read and enjoyed the author's previous EDA novels, but I couldn't get to grips with the frankly odd way it is written, it has a peculiar perspective that just didn't sit well with me.

Others I know love it; I think it's just that kind of book you'll love it or hate it, either ways it needs to be read for novels to follow.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "vinnie1234" on 27 Feb. 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Thank goodness for writers like Lawrence Miles, who are determined to laugh in the face of tradition and provide something truly refreshing.
Henrietta Street is a worryingly complex book, and Miles' absorption in historical narrative is apparent not only in the detail, but the length of this book (the text size is miniscule, indicating his anxiousness to have the unedited story published.
The book totally defies conventional criticism, since it is by no means a conventional work. Lawrence Miles has created a tortuous world, which blends the hard-edged realism of the 18th Century prostitution scene with surreal and expressionistic intervals in the world of the Apes.
It would be easy to dismiss this book as being a cynical exploitation of current film phenomena: specifically Moulin Rouge and Planet of the Apes. Clearly if you subscribe to this point of view, you have failed to appreciate the depth of Miles' prose. His historical-narrative style is punctuated with revitalizing anecdotal asides that leaven the palpably ominous tone of the book. The barbarity of the Apes, along with the cloak-and-dagger mysticism of the multiple factions in the novel, makes for often harrowing reading.
Although the book is undoubtedly an experience, it could never be mistaken for an enjoyable one. Henrietta Street is simply so unconventional and so blatantly radical that it will never be recognized as a Doctor Who story as such. In the short months since its release, it has the kind of die-hard following that is associated only with books that are loathed by the majority of their readership. The Adventuress of Henrietta Street is nothing if not esoteric.
In fact, it is rather a pity it was a Doctor Who story at all, since it suffers from comparison to more traditional outings.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By avl06 VINE VOICE on 8 Nov. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a terrific book, which sets new standards for the Doctor Who line. It's written as an historical narrative, a secret history of physical and metaphysical battles of truly epic proportions. Some may find the prose style difficult to get into, but persevere, it adds a dimension of unreliablitity appropriate to the plot. Radical change is afoot in the Doctor Who universe, old certainties no longer hold, and the very identity and mission of the Doctor are challenged and made new. Aware of continuity, Miles transforms familar tropes daringly and satisfyingly. This book lives up to his reputation as the line's most radical author. One can only hope that the implications for the future this book sets up are explored with as much panache in subsequent books.
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