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Torchwood: Trace Memory Hardcover – 6 Mar 2008


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (6 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184607438X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846074387
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 15.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Featuring Captain Jack Harkness as played by John Barrowman, with Gwen Cooper, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato and Ianto Jones as played by Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Naoki Mori and Gareth David-Lloyd, in the hit science fiction drama created by Russell T Davies for BBC Television.

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David Llewellyn was born in Pontypool in 1978. He is the author of three previous novels, 'Eleven', 'Torchwood: Trace Memory', and 'Everything Is Sinister'. He lives in Cardiff.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 2 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
Having read all of the original Torchwood novels published to complement the TV series, I have found them to get better and better. I often think that they would make good television stories and this novel in particular could be a cracker with today's special effects. Michael is an enigma - how does he know the Torchwood team, why does he think he's travelling in time and who are the sinister 'men in bowler hats' who seem to know exactly when and where he's going to be at any given time and who will stop at nothing to track him down..?
David Llewellyn has produced another fast-paced, imaginative and unputdownable read; let's hope there are many more to come.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nanny Ogg on 26 Mar. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Many novels accompanying TV series have a problem: sometimes they offer "background information" on the characters that doesn't fit the ongoing storylines of the show; or you strike on the idea that the author of the book has never seen a bit of the show, because he obviously writes about whole different characters.
Good thing to say: this book's not like that. Mr. Llewellyn manages to find just the right words, I found it great fun to read (not to mention that it's a pretty captivating story).

The story is set around Michael, a young man from 1953 Cardiff, who gets intangled in a series of events that (of course) bring Torchwood to the scene. The book mostly concentrates on Jack's connection with Michael. So if you're a fan of Gwen-, Owen- or Tosh-centred stories this might not be your favourite. They all have their moments (chapters), but overall they're minor characters in this one. Ianto/Jack-fans on the other hand will have a field-day, because this is a novel where his relationship with Jack doesn't get ignored by the author (no adult content of course, but some beautifully written scenes).

In the show's timeline I guess the story is situated somewhere shortly after the beginning of season 2 - Jack/Ianto is pretty obvious, but Owen's still alive, Gwen seems not to be married yet...

To outline it in brief: I would recommend this to Torchwood fans who appreciate an intriguing plot, like Jack-centred stories and don't care if the rest of the team is left out in the cold a bit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Haddrell on 18 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is a bit different than the other Torchwood novels I know because the actual main character is a time traveller called Michael. Michael is a very intriguing character who became a continuous time traveller by an accident that is linked to Torchwood. From the beginning I was wondering what will become of him and I was kept wondering until the end of the book. I like it that the answer is somewhat open to interpretation. Maybe Jack managed to break the cycle Michael is stuck in but maybe not. But even if he did, I don`t think Jack was able to finally free Michael. I very much cared for that tragic character and although I would have wished a happy end for him I think the author made the right choice.

What I like is that this book uses the opportunity when exploring the accident and its consequences to reveal more about Torchwood`s past and the history of the main characters. If the author wanted to, he could easily write a sequel. I would welcome it if the does but maybe it is better to leave the reader wondering and wanting more.
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Initially, I ended up just reading the blurb of this book and very nearly dismissing it, mainly because I didn’t find it the most interesting idea for a Torchwood story. It also vaguely reminded me of some of the TV stories such as “Ghost Machine” and “To The Last Man” (which I have to admit aren’t my favourite stories). However, I looked at the cover and for some reason, my mind became 50-50. If you hate this book, you can’t deny that the cover is probably one of the best in Torchwood book series. Therefore, I decided to give it a shot.

After reading it, I’m really placed in two minds about this book. There are some great points to make about it and some bad ones. Let’s save the best until last and look at the bad points first.

Let’s kick off with the fact of inconsistent pacing. For this story to make sense, David Llewellyn needs to write a series of flashbacks to explain current events. However, these flashbacks take place at different times during the book and last for different times. The effect this has can make the reader feel like they’re reading multiple books in one, and they can sometimes lose track on what’s happened so far in the book. Secondly, the ending feels a bit off. Trying not to spoil it, the ending actually takes place in a flashback. After the flashback, we get a few more pages of pointless events in the present.

Now onto the good points. I love the main villains of this book! The two men in bowler hats that you can see behind Jack on the front cover are the main villains and look great. They are exactly the kind of villains I would like to see appear on the TV series, because sadly they don’t that much here, and they have so much more potential.
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By Simon Savidge Reads TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you had asked me a couple of months or even weeks ago if I would ever read a Torchwood book I would have said `as if' I certainly didn't think I would have enjoyed it. However as part of work, as part of being a fan of the show and of being a fan of the author I decided that I would give a TV Book a go.

David Llewellyn has already written a novel, the great `Eleven' which is a tale of the reactions to 9/11 from some office workers points of view via email. He is something of a new talent I firmly believe and has a new novel `Everything is Sinister' out later this year. So onto `Trace Memory' I have not read any of the other books so cannot compare it to them and am writing as if you don't know the show.

Captain Jack Harkness is the head of Torchwood Cardiff and his team who deal with all things `unusual' from fairies to aliens, from the living dead to... you get the drift. The book starts in 1950 when a cargo ship arrives in Cardiff bay its contents for the Torchwood Institute; it explodes killing all but one Michael Bellini. Cut to the present day and Michael Bellini appears in the Torchwood Vaults only that's not all, every member of the Torchwood team has a memory involving Michael Bellini in their pasts from many different periods in time and he always looks almost the same.

If you are going to dip into science fiction then I would say this is a perfect way to start and if you are a fan of Doctor Who or Torchwood then you won't go wrong with this novel, in fact I am sure you will lap it all up. The same applies to those of you who know nothing about Torchwood as Llewellyn gives some really good insight and backgrounds on every member of the Torchwood team. A must read for fans, a good read for anyone else.
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