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The Dead Men Diaries: A Short Story Collection (Professor Bernice Summerfield) [Paperback]

Matt Jones , Mark Michalowski , Steven Moffat , Daniel O'Mahony , Kate Orman , Eddie Robson , Cavan Scott , Dave Stone , Kathryn Sullivan , Caroline Symcox , Mark Wright , Paul Cornell
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (17 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903654009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903654002
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,145,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cavan Scott is an author, editor, producer and pastry lover who lives near Bristol in the UK.

He has written novels, audio dramas, short stories and comic strips for such popular series as Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Warhammer 40,000, Adventure Time, Blake's 7, Judge Dredd, Highlander and Power Rangers.

He has also written children's novels, activity books, annuals and game guides for Skylanders and Angry Birds and non-fiction books for Doctor Who, Planet Dinosaur and Countryfile. His next non-fiction book, Who-ology, the Official Doctor Who Miscellany, was co-written by Mark Wright and will be published by BBC Books on 2 May.

When he's not writing, he produces audio dramas for Big Finish and has edited magazines for Future Publishing, BBC Magazines and the National Trust. In 2007, he launched Countryfile Magazine and has previously edited a large number of children's mags including Disney Big Time, Jetix and yes, even Disney Girl. He still writes for many titles including SFX and Doctor Who Magazine, but has yet to find a mag that will allow him to review biscuits.

Cavan lives with his wife, two daughters and an inflatable Dalek called Desmond. His hobbies include anything to do with James Bond, getting muddy in the great outdoors and writing about himself in the third person. He supports Bristol City football club and knows the secret identity of club mascot, Scrumpy.

He can be found on twitter @cavanscott. Come and say hello!

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3.0 out of 5 stars Dead men tell no tales 26 May 2009
Format:Paperback
A middling collection of short stories, featuring Doctor Who spin-off companion; archaeologist Bernice 'Benny' Summerfield. Now featuring in a new series of audio CDs from Big Finish; Benny is a spunky and likeable character, but the stories here don't always do her justice. And, am I the only Doctor Who fan who doesn't get on with Kate Orman's writing style?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Return... 20 Sep 2000
Format:Paperback
This book sees the return of Paul Cornells creation, Professor Bernice Suprise Summerfield, or as she prefers to be called Benny. Created as a companion for the Doctor in Virgin's "New Adventures" series in the early nineties, she appeared to have seen her last outing in the final book in that series "Twilight Of The Gods." But now she's back, and she's in pretty good form.
Benny is now working as "Archeologist in Residence" at the Braxtiel Collection - a collection of just about everything worth collecting - located on an asteroid. This novel is really to re-introduce the character of Benny through a series of short stories featuring her exploits.
The problem with an anthology of short stories written by different authors is that inevitably some will be much better than the others, and that each of them will be short. The best of ten stories on offer here is Kate Orman's "Steal From The World" which sees Benny returing to a planet that she searched for an ancient race on before and a planet on which she suffered a horific accident. Orman is a wonderful writer who has the ability to capture Benny perfectly as she has done on several occasions in the New Adventures. Her story, which mixes Benny's past visit with the current one, weaves towards a rewarding and unexpected conclusion. It's a pity that this was chosen as the second story in the series, as none of the subsequent stories match it's brilliance.
That is not to say that they are not good though. Eddie Robson's "The Light That Never Dies" is very good with something mysterious cropping up in the Collection's film library.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "She's Back! And It's About Time!" 7 Feb 2001
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Format:Paperback
Bernice Summerfield, twenty-sixth century archaeologist (and one-time companion to that mysterious Time Lord known as the Doctor) returns in a new series of novels and audio adventures after being unceremoniously put out to pasture by Virgin publishing.
I can't quite find it in me to say that this anthology is anything special, but I found myself entertained nonetheless. The majority of the ten short stories in this book are worth reading - the only story I wasn't particularly impressed with was Dave Stone's 'The Door into Bedlam', which is odd as he's normally one of my favourite 'Doctor Who'/'Bernice' authors.
If you're someone who's never read a Bernice Summerfield novel before and you've got a few quid to spend and a few hours to spare, I'd say this was a decent enough introduction to the lady and her adventures. Go for it.
Oh, and welcome back Bernice - have I ever told you how much I disliked calling you Benny?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short stories return, hopefully for a long stay 30 Sep 2000
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Format:Paperback
A very fond 'Welcome back!' to Professor Bernice Summerfield!
Back when Virgin Publishing had the license to produce new Doctor Who fiction, they introduced a new travelling companion, a professor of archaeology named Bernice Summerfield. Eventually she got married and stopped travelling with the Doctor, and then the BBC decided they would start producing their own Doctor Who books, not renewing Virgin's Licence. Virgin started their own series of Bernice adventures, which ran for 23 books.
During that run, a company called Big Finish produced 5 audio versions of Bernice's adventures. These, too, stopped - because Big Finish started to produce audio adventures of Doctor Who. But they said they'd bring Benny back...
"The Dead Men Diaries" is the re-launch of Professor Summerfield. Big Finish will be publishing her adventures, some as books others as audio plays. As a jumping on point for those unaware of the good Professor's previous adventures, it is excellent.
As you'd expect from a collection of short stories from diverse hands, the quality is not consistent, but happily is generally quite high - in my view, no dud stories were included in this collection.
I particularly enjoyed Kate Orman's "Steal from the World" (Kate usually produces very good stories and novels, with or without her husband Jonathon Blum, and I don't say that just because she is also an Australian!); Eddie Robson's "The Light That Never Dies"; and Kathryn Sullivan's "The Monster and the Archaeologists". The collection contains both light and serious pieces.
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