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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Telos Publishing Ltd; Standard hardback first edition. edition (28 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903889200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903889206
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,074,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Bentley VINE VOICE on 20 Mar 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Arguably the best thing that happened to Doctor Who after the original television series ended in the Eighties was Virgin's range of New Adventures, a set of novels that presented Doctor Who stories that were too large to ever appear on the telly. And in this excellent range, a number of excellent authors came to light. And arguably the best of these was the only female author, Kate Orman. Orman wrote Doctor Who that not only featured cool science fantasy ideas that transcended one time and place but she also took the opportunity to deconstruct the characters she was working with, especially the Doctor. And her prose was the kind that wouldn't let you put the book down.
When the licence for Who novels was reclaimed by the BBC, Kate and her husband Jon Blum became co-writers and produced a cracking trio of novels. This novella is their latest, but let's hope not their last, offering.
It's a pseudo-historical story of the kind Who revels in, marrying science-fantasy concepts of time sensitives and extra-dimensional entities with classical Greek mythology and elements of Greek history and traditional horror. The whole is a pleasingly edible feast of plot and character, with the beautiful, fragile relationship between the Doctor and Alcestis as teacher and pupil at its heart.
And as an easter egg for the long-time Who reader, here is the best resolution we'll probably get to something that happened to the Doctor in the BBC novel The Ancestor Cell.
If you've never read a novel by Orman and Blum, start here and then seek out their other stuff. It's a cut above almost all TV sci fi spinoffery.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shane Welch on 29 Oct 2004
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I must admit to being very disappointed with most of the Telos novellas released so far. I've come to the conclusion that a large part of this dissatisfaction is due to the fact that I'm a very `traditional' fan, and the majority of stories so far fall way outside the scope of a `traditional' Who story. The only book I've felt worth keeping from the range so far, is Foreign Devils - probably the most traditional of the lot.
After reading the latest novella Fallen Gods, I felt obliged to put fingers to keyboard and express my opinion. Lets get this out of the way first - I'm not a Kate Orman fan. In my opinion, her books have generally been readable, but not much more, and Left Handed Hummingbird is easily one of the worst DW novels ever written - a DW book in name only with the 7th Dr being totally unrecognisable. So, my opinion of Fallen Gods?
Kate Orman has perpetrated the worst sin an author can commit - she's bored her readers! When I received the book in the mail, I was pleased to note that it was the longest novella so far released. By the time I was about 10 pages in, I started wishing it had been the shortest. I was bored with this novel almost from the first page! The pace was morbidly slow, the plot virtually non-existant, the main characters uninteresting and the 8th Doctor unrecognisable (maybe I've missed something in all my years of watching and reading DW, but how often did the Doctor go around killing his `companions' because they didn't do what he wanted them to?)
As a (very) short story, this may have been redeemable, but as a 140 page novella, don't bother.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Adrift in the skies of the Bronze Age 28 April 2004
By Greg McElhatton - Published on Amazon.com
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The novella is a tricky form in which to write--it's too long to be a short story, too short to be a novel. With that in mind, I was relieved to see that FALLEN GODS not only succeeds as a novella, but as a reading experience on the whole.
The world of the Bronze Age comes to life through Blum and Orman's writings; this isn't a story set in our world but with fancy outfits, but one deep in the culture and beliefs of the Aegean Sea. The story itself moves at just the right pace, opening with our protagonist literally dropping into this time period, as well as introducing the first manifestation of our "villains". As we as readers learn more about the truth of the fire bulls and the royal palace, alliances form and are broken, and nothing you knew is truly correct.
Most importantly, as a novella FALLEN GODS is able to boil a plot down to its basics, but still has enough room for Blum and Orman to leave in the little details that are hallmarks of their writing. Could this have worked as a full novel? Possibly, but it would need additional subplots and stories tacked on board to make up the rest of the space. As a novella, though, it's near perfect. One of the high points of the Doctor Who Novellas line from Telos Publishing; well done.
Confused 7 Sep 2011
By SpeedoBoyNY - Published on Amazon.com
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This book left me confused. I found the story-line interesting insomuch as the time period it takes place in was interesting, the characters were engaging in personality, and the weaving of the gods of the time works well. The main plot worked for a while but about half way through I started to get lost in what was going on, who was a positive character and who was negative. It also lost it's way somewhere toward the end.

I would recommend the book to anyone who is an avid Doctor Who fan and is interested in reading all the novels. However, if you're a casual reader and only interested in more characteristic stories, I would avoid this book.
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Doctor Who? No-one I recognised! 21 Oct 2003
By Shane Welch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I must admit to being very disappointed with most of the Telos novellas released so far. I've come to the conclusion that a large part of this dissatisfaction is due to the fact that I'm a very `traditional' fan, and the majority of stories so far fall way outside the scope of a `traditional' Who story. The only book I've felt worth keeping from the range so far, is Foreign Devils - probably the most traditional of the lot.
After reading the latest novella Fallen Gods, I felt obliged to put fingers to keyboard and express my opinion. Lets get this out of the way first - I'm not a Kate Orman fan. In my opinion, her books have generally been readable, but not much more, and Left Handed Hummingbird is easily one of the worst DW novels ever written - a DW book in name only with the 7th Dr being totally unrecognisable. So, my opinion of Fallen Gods?
Kate Orman has perpetrated the worst sin an author can commit - she's bored her readers! When I received the book in the mail, I was pleased to note that it was the longest novella so far released. By the time I was about 10 pages in, I started wishing it had been the shortest. I was bored with this novel almost from the first page! The pace was morbidly slow, the plot virtually non-existant, the main characters uninteresting and the 8th Doctor unrecognisable (maybe I've missed something in all my years of watching and reading DW, but how often did the Doctor go around killing his `companions' because they didn't do what he wanted them to?)
As a (very) short story, this may have been redeemable, but as a 140 page novella, don't bother.
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