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Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By: 50th Anniversary Edition (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special Edition Books)

Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By: 50th Anniversary Edition (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special Edition Books) [Kindle Edition]

Dan Abnett
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An entertaining, easy-going read and Abnett gets the regulars dead on . 4/5, A taut and readable book that exploits its isolated outpost setting to good effect. The Silent Stars Go By is certainly as solid a slice of Who storytelling as you'll find this year., Exciting, very good and a great read are the exact words that best describe Dan Abnett's Doctor Who book The Silent Stars Go By, Like a hunting Martian ploughing remorselessly, effortlessly through freshly fallen snow of an ice world, the novel skilfully establishes its target and never fails to relinquish it; intrigue, scares, uncompromising adventure and all important character development... For a DOCTOR WHO novel, it's both equally accomplished and accessible.

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The Doctor battles his old enemies, the Ice Warriors - in a special holiday themed adventure

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849905177
  • Publisher: BBC Digital; Reprint edition (7 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BBA6FL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,506 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dan Abnett: Dan Abnett is a novelist and award-winning comic book writer. He has written twenty-five novels for the Black Library, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and, with Mike Lee, the Darkblade cycle. His Black Library novel Horus Rising and his Torchwood novel Border Princes (for the BBC) were both bestsellers. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. Dan's website can be found at

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now Thass What I'm Talkin' Bout 9 Oct 2011
There have been literally hundreds of DOCTOR WHO novels, but with the new millennium incarnation of the TV series, BBC Books (inevitably) renovated its line to match. The publishing "reboot" features three kinds of book: the main line of compact hardcovers sans dust jacket, technically marketed at YA readers, but written at a general audience level; a number of series *specifically* for younger readers, including annuals, Quick Reads and the 2in1 volumes of novellas; and what I guess might be called the "adult" line: mainstream hardcovers presumably written at a higher literary level.

The first book in that series, by science fantasy Master Michael Moorcock, THE COMING OF THE TERRAPHILES was, despite Moorcock's longtime and well documented affection for the show, a vastly disappointing affair, to put it mildly; rather than step into the DOCTOR WHO universe and continuity, he seemed to be appropriating the characters and some of the concepts to fit within his peculiar and legendary multi-verse. They bore little but surface resemblance to the authentic characters and more heartbreaking still, the book itself was a rambling, talky, discursive bit of twee high comedy, as if the setting were a drawing room in space.

But this second book by Dan Abnett, THE SILENT STARS GO BY, seems an aggressive attempt to reclaim the "adult" line's integrity. Abnett, though certainly a major player, does not represent the kind of high profile by-line Moorcock does, but clearly, this time, the editors were more concerned about getting it right than having a brand name on the package.

Abnett's book is really no more "adult" than the primary line of books, save for the fact that it's somewhat longer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Silent Stars Go By 9 Dec 2011
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A book that truly feels like it could be the novelisation of a TV episode. The key word for this book is danger, there are elements of it everywhere in the prose be it the threat of the human race dieing out or from the villains' in the chase sequences of the book. I wouldn't quite say its dark but its definitely not of the "jolly" nature of post comeback Who books.

Featuring The Doctor, Amy and Rory the regulars are captured near perfectly, I especially enjoy Rory's self depreciation. Looking for Christmas they land on a future colony planet where things aren't going to well for the human race. The planets weather pattern is mysteriously becoming more winter like and the Ice Warriors are afoot. I especially enjoyed the fact that the Ice Warriors were allowed to be monsters for a large part of the book. Eventually they get into chatty mode but its enjoyable to see a monster be a monster.

Fully recommended and I give it five stars, very much an all action book with my favourite parts being the aforementioned chases. Although don't be fooled as its also got a good little plot with the odd twist and surprise late in play.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its cold out there 16 Dec 2011
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The classic baddies are back, in the shape of the Ice Warriors. The story written by Dan Abnett and the audio CD is narrated by Michael Maloney. This is my first listening from the collaboration between these two people and they do not disappoint. The story is set on a frozen inhospitable world where the people try to survive against the odds, where the food harvest is critical to their survival. They hope that one day they can change the world to one that more resembles mother Earth.

However, the crops begin to fail and the corresponding live stock are dying what was a harsh existence is even worse.

The action begins with some pace and there are moments of humour seeded here and there in the narrative. What is great about this audio CD, for those us who remember the Ice Warriors of old, on TV, is the way your imagination is engaged, and the fear you felt as child while not to the same degree now, but none the less does give slight goose bumps. The story is littered with character and framed well in what we know and would expect from a good Dr Who story. My only slight critic is that at 6 hours long the pacing and narration seem to dull a bit, as another reviewer has mentioned and I quote `part three seems padded out'. That said, the there is depth and detail to this tale, and unlike our all too short TV format Dr Who episodes the time taken to expand explain and back drop set up are what make some of these audio CDs. To best sum up the quality of this Who adventure. A quote from Homer, Homer Simpson that is, Ice Warriors Mmmmm, as he salivates.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'New' Doctor Who comes of Age... 20 Nov 2011
I must admit that what attracted me to this book was The Ice Warriors on the cover. I just love the tardis in the snow flanked by Ice Warriors with broadswords! That said I found this book to be an engaging read, well written with a healthy respect for the show, but (more importantly) NOT dogged with super-continuity/history.
As a long time enthusiast I loved the 'old' series of BBC Dr. Who books from the 1990s which featured the 8th Doctor as well as all the past doctors which were aimed at a more adult readership which were unceremoniously dropped when the new show came out - it was like a slap in the face to all the people who had helped keep the show alive in the hiatus. Well if this book is anything to go by then that may have begun to be redressed.
Although Amy & Rory have their parts to play in this book the doctor comes to the fore and has a nice exchange with the Ice Warriors, where some of their history is explored and the Doctor's faux-pas in getting his time eras wrong certainly brought a smile to my face.
Although I find the characters of Amy & Rory on TV quite irritating they are (thankfully) underplayed in this book and therefore for me, more believable. I think therefore this book should appeal to new and long-time enthusiasts alike as a wonderful consolidation of old & new.
I like also that the cover has a timeless quality about it by not having images of the current doctor & companions which also reflects the latter policy of the books in the '90s, to allow the book to retain it's appeal once the actors decide to move on... indeed it appears that in the TV Xmas special Matt Smith will be going solo - Hurrah! It's been sometime coming but it appears Matt Smith has become a 'proper' Doctor! More excellent books like this one can only serve to underline this. Now, can we have an occasional past Doctor book please?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
First I wasn't sure about this book. I read the first bit of the book but got confused so I put it down. By I loved it very much on the second time and would highly recommend it.
Published 14 days ago by R.kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
Having only read one other Doctor Who novel previously (DW and the Loch Ness Monster) I was keen to try a more modern storyline. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Norman Cheeseworthy
3.0 out of 5 stars A good story
But not the best written book. There are unnecessary moment when the author decides to repeatedly remind you who is speaking. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. S. J. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Yes very good characterisation - enjoyed a run romp - nice to have a longer story with all the shorter time trips ones which have come out recently.
Published 5 months ago by Dawn Harvey
3.0 out of 5 stars The reader got an average DW story
I have not read many DW novels in recent years and while this one looked promesing it did deliver an nice tale of the Doctor, Rory and Amy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by AJ Nijveen
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing Episode
Of the various Doctor Who novels I've read, this is probably the most straightforward. Abnett absolutely nails Eleven, Rory, and Amy from the first page, and throws them into an... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Richard Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A fantastic read and great story! Going to try and find a picture of the ice warriors as they do sound scary
Published 7 months ago by Ally
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting 11th Doctor Novel
Dan Abnett wrote The Harvest for Big Finish which is one of my favourite 7th Doctor audio adventures & here writes one of my favourite Doctor Who novels featuring The Ice... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Timelord007
5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday present
Bought for my son, he really enjoyed it and so has prompted me to buy more in the series for future presents.
Published 10 months ago by Ms. A. J. Longley
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who: the Silent Stars Go By: 50th Anniversary Edition
Book arrived on time and this book is a story about the 11th Doctor. All the Doctor Who author's are very talented in writing stories for the best TV series on TV.
Published 13 months ago by Lois Ache
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