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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK (16 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846075734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846075735
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 523,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The ninth novel in the bestselling Torchwood range from BBC Books

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James Goss spent seven years working on the BBC's official Doctor Who website and co-wrote the website for Torchwood Series One. In 2007, he won the Best Adaptation category in the annual LA Weekly Theatre Awards for his version of Douglas Adams' novel Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 26 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
A strange one this - James Goss' story is uneven and often uneventful, and focuses on Ianto's overnight transformation into a woman, possibly caused by an unidentified alien presence that's making people beautiful and curing cancer miraculously but also destroying lives and reducing hapless people to ashes.

With the majority of chapters being very brief, and a lot of focus on the relationship between Gwen and Rhys, the book seems to lack cohesion, and I found it to be difficult to be drawn into events. The inherent humour in Ianto's new form is played pretty well, and Jack is his usual innuendo-driven self, while several references to Tosh and Owen remind us that this new slimmed down Torchwood is still recovering from the sudden deaths of two of its members.

Overall it's one of the weaker in the series but is still pretty fun and true to the spirit of the TV show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lasha on 12 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you love Torchwood and Ianto Jones, then this Torchwood tie-in book is for you. If you don't like the Jack/Ianto relationship, then I'd skip "Almost Perfect" as it features heavily in this one.

The reason I bought this book was to see if one of the authors in the Torchwood tie-in series could finally capture the Jack/Ianto dynamic that has come across on screen: playful, loving and oh, the amusing banter. Mr. Goss gets a B+ for effort, but by allowing Ianto to be stuck in the body of a woman for the entire book, he goes wimps out on the potential romantic homoerotic leanings that could have happened.

While I enjoyed the Captain Jack and Ianto banter I would have preferred Ianto to have regained his male form much sooner. And the subplot of the aliens (The Perfection) I found to be worse than any D plotline on Dr. Who, it nearly had me laughing becuase it was so lame.

So, good points: Jack/Ianto banter and chemistry. Rhys is in the book and he's just lovely. Just enough Gwen, not too much to annoy you, but she's not too underused to feel like she's being slighted.

Bad points: Alien subplot and the fact that Ianto is stuck too long in the female body (that could have been played for more humorous laughs, it wasn't, which is a shame).

Overall, its a enjoyable read if you like Torchwood and I liked this book more than the other Torchwood tie-ins I've read so far.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a fast-paced novel of pure Torchwood. Off the leash from Doctor Who, it revels in the naughtier side of sci-fi- in this case, sex and relationships. It's very 'pop culture' and 'now'- for a whole chapter is written in the format of a Facebook status update, and the chapter headings are a 'name that song' game. This doesn't jar though like you might think it would.

With fewer characters left in the show (it's now the Torchwood 3), each character gets more opportunity to shine. Jack takes a back seat for much of the book, giving Ianto the chance to appear more than one-dimensional for once- an opportunity he takes (mostly), in some interesting directions.

Like the TV show it does have moments where it goes over-the-top- in particular about Cardiff's gay community. There are cliches and stereotypes about women and gay men flying left right and centre here, which you'll either laugh off or find a bit offensive. Hopefully you'll just laugh it off, as it's a funny story with a lot of good comic dialogue.

It's well written and a really easy read- I'd finished it in a couple of hours. In fact at under 250 pages it's too short.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. M. Shand on 12 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Many people will probably roll their eyes upon first reading the synopsis for this book but I would advise them to give this story a go, as the subject matter is handled better than you initailly think.

The main focus of this story is on Ianto Jones but it also focuses on a woman called Emma, who after coming across an unknown alien tech on the dead body of a woman, finds a sinister voice in her head telling her that she can mysteriously make both herself and the men that she meets almost perfect, through the use of physical manipulation.

Gwen arrives at work one morning to find a beautiful and unknown woman appearing to be doing Ianto's job but it isn't until several minutes later that she finds out exactly who the 'woman' is. On the same day, the team also find a fully clothed skeleton sitting at a resturant table.

Rhys also gets to play a role in the story.

Whilst there are obviously humourous moments to be found in Ianto's situation and a few moments that make you roll your eyes when it comes to female cliches, there are also poniant moments too, with Ianto thinking about his relationship with Jack from time to time.

Both the Jack/Ianto and Gwen/Rhys relationships are given more warmth and dignity here than in much of series 2 - there isn't a hint of Jack/Gwen anywhere beyond friendship and even Gwen and Ianto get to share some nice moments together as Ianto faces up to his situation - and whilst it's fairly clear that Jack isn't in love with Ianto, you come away with the feeling that it could be a possibility in the next series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hiswa on 9 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book was really exciting, and because Ianto is almost the main character in this, I will gladly recommend this to anyone who liked his character in the TV series.
There's also a very cute portrait of Gwen and Rhys as a couple, and Rhys gets his share of adventure too. Really entertaining book. I'm glad I bought it. And as the team solves the mystery, it gets very entertaining and in the end the reader is just hooked. After I started reading this, I couldn't put it down because it was so exciting!
Jack get's his fair share of attention too in this book, as usual.
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