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The Squire's Crystal (Professor Bernice Summerfield) [Paperback]

Jacqueline Rayner , Carolyn Edwards
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (17 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903654130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903654132
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,812,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jacqueline Rayner is happy to write thousands upon thousands of words of fiction, but has just spent over an hour trying to think of something to say about herself for this biography. She has written books about Doctor Who, Merlin and other TV series, and even some books that aren't connected to TV series at all. She lives in Essex with her husband and twin sons, and spends a lot of time thinking of ways to raise money for http://letsdoitforme.blogspot.com/

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"I've been lucky enough to write two Quick Reads, Doctor Who: The Sontaran Games in 2009 and Doctor Who: Magic of the Angels in 2012. Quick Reads is a wonderful initiative providing short, easy-to-read books for people who struggle to find the time for longer works or find them daunting. They aim to open up the world of words for those who've forgotten or never knew how much fun reading can be.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is how it should be done!! 18 May 2001
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Bernice Summerfield finds herself invited by a man named Dominic, who she finds intoxicatingly handsome, to help him find the remains of a mythical being known as the Crystal Sorceress, who had the power to transfer her mind into the bodies of others using crystals with magical powers, and caused terror wherever she went. Her final defeat was a cause for celebration, but this Dominic believes that he now has located the resting place of the Crystal Sorceress on the Braxiatel Collection itself and Benny finds herself willing to help him. Unfortunately Dominic has ulterior motives for obtaining Bernice's help, and very soon Benny finds herself in a position where she literally needs a new body...
The first thing that struck me about 'The Squire's Crystal' was it's length. Finding the book to be only 186 pages long was very disappointing considering the fact that they are more expensive than their Virgin Bernice books and their contemporaries in the Doctor Who range, and both of those ranges regularly provide books of at least 240 pages. The extreme brevity of the novel aside, 'The Squire's Crystal' is by far the best novel that Big Finish have published in this range.
After two generally disappointing full length novels following the Dead Men Diaries short story collection, this is the first one to get the formula right. Despite the fact that Benny spends most of the novel as someone else, this is the best characterisation that Big Finish has given to her and cements Jac Rayner's position as a writer of very enjoyable, comedic fiction. The plot here is relatively straight forward, and so although 'The Squire's Crystal' isn't the most taxing book, it's redeeming quality is that it is such fun to read.
'The Squire's Crystal' is overall a fun book.
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