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Doctor Who: Prisoner Of The Daleks
Doctor Who: Prisoner Of The Daleks
by Trevor Baxendale
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 6.13

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for kids!, 22 April 2009
The BBC line of books can often be quite frustrating for older readers, with a few notable exceptions. And thankfully Prisoner of the Daleks is not only one of those exceptions, it stands head and shoulders above them.

Prisoner of the Daleks finds the Time Lord thrown back into the Daleks past at the height of their war with Humanity. Set sometime after series 4, the Doctor now travelling alone and his isolation without a companion is a key element in the plot. He is taken in by a small team of Dalek bounty hunters who resent his presence aboard their ship. Also on board is a captured Dalek, whom the embittered captain decides to torture.

Writer Trevor Baxendale doesn't flinch from his portrayal of the Daleks brutality, or indeed the brutality of Humans in war, and there is a surprisingly dark tone throughtout the novel.

The Doctor's voice and his essential Doctor-ness (for want of a better term) is captured excellently, with Baxendale displaying an understanding of the character that can sometimes be sorely missed in these tie-ins.

In a nutshell, if you only ever buy one Doctor Who book, make sure it's this one!

Torchwood: Almost Perfect
Torchwood: Almost Perfect
by James Goss
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Type of Fanfiction..., 11 Feb 2009
...and unlike fanfiction, this book is not free to read on the Net.

Set after the trauma of "Exit Wounds" and therefore operating with only the 3 surviving members of Torchwood, this book could have been so much more than the shallow work that it is.

The story is probably only of worth to Ianto fans since his character has the lion's share of the action but even then, not the ones who value the quality of what they read.

The gender-swap story is straight from the pages of the worst kind of fanfic and offers nothing new and interesting to the "genre". I found myself skip reading some passages to save my sanity. Indeed, I finished only so any review I might write of it would be for the completed book.

The characters are badly written and pretty much unrecognisable to those we see on screen. The narrative is servicable but never goes beyond the surface of the events being described.

The only good thing about reading this book is - I borrowed it from a friend.

I wouldn't pay money for this. And I recommend you don't either.
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David Tennant - A Life in Time and Space
David Tennant - A Life in Time and Space
by Nigel Goodall
Edition: Hardcover

67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Everything you wanted to know about David Tennant..., 29 Aug 2008 NOT in this book.

This is nothing more than a collection of basic facts about the actor that can be gathered from any of the fansites on the Web, padded out with personal details and patter about everyone from Kylie Minogue to Elvis Presley's manager! (No, really!) In many ways this is a book about everyone the actor had any connection to (no matter how loose) but not the actor himself. I skipped whole pages because of this.

It would hold no interest for a Dr Who fan either as the narrative only parrots the plots with no insight into the filming of these shows.

The book ends many pages before the end and includes a run-down of Dr Who episode titles to fill space.

There's even a "glossary of film terms" padding out another 20-odd pages should you wish to know the meanings of such unfathomable terms as "Blockbuster" and "Cast". There is also a listing for "padding" too, but sadly the blurb doesn't include the words "see this book."

There are a few pictures, none of which are of much interest.

In short, don't buy this book.

Nightwing Mobbed Up TP
Nightwing Mobbed Up TP
by Phil Hester
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Richard Grayson, Mobster, 18 Oct 2007
This review is from: Nightwing Mobbed Up TP (Paperback)
Mobbed Up collects up issues 107 to 111 of Nightwing, jumping over more than a years worth of back-story and while this graphic novel starts at a place that's easy to get on board with, it could leave a lot of readers confused at Dick's motivations. He's abandoned the vigilante life, joined the mob as "Crutches" and no, he's not undercover.

Its been a tough year for Nightwing and over those missing issues, he's been on an emotional rollercoaster that's seen him shot twice, kicked out of the police force, dumped by his girlfriend, sexually assaulted (I'm not kidding!) and become the focus of revenge by Blockbuster, who having learned Nightwing's secret identity, set about attacking and destroying Nightwing's home, burning the circus Dick was born into to the ground and murdering almost all of the supporting characters. Physically and emotionally exhausted, Nightwing stood by and let another vigilante kill Blockbuster. Horrified by his actions, which he saw as a betrayal of everything Batman had taught him, Dick suffered a nervous breakdown and unable to cope, dumped his Nightwing costume in the Batcave and leaves.

It's at this point that Mobbed Up begins. Dick has found himself a home with a mobster's family, who are a little too cosy to be real, and struggles to be comfortable with the life of crime he's chosen. Writer Devin Grayson, who had so much fun destroying Dick's life over the course of those missing issues, struggles to rebuild things, but at least it gets off to an interesting and promising start. The story concludes in the graphic novel Renegade.

The art is very good and nicely atmospheric. Those who have access to those missing issues will probably get the most out of this.

Year One (Nightwing)
Year One (Nightwing)
by Scott Beatty
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here..., 17 Oct 2007
This review is from: Year One (Nightwing) (Paperback)
Oh my! It's retcon time again. Long time comic fans approach these with caution. What beloved piece of cannon will be sliced out? What new ones will be spliced in? In Nightwing: Year One, the first Robin's transformation into Nightwing is retold. There isn't much new here in terms of what was previously established for the character.

While this is the Nth retelling of the dissolution of the Batman and Robin partnership, it still makes very little sense whatsoever (unless the point is for the reader to think "Batman is a jerk" in which case it succeeds very well.) Only kids cartoon, Batman: the Animated Series has so far got it right.

The graphic novel treads the familiar path of Batman firing Robin, but if you're expecting the Teen Titans (the group that Robin/Nightwing led that the time) to be in this, think again. They merely make cameo appearances. Making a much larger appearance is Jason Todd, the second Robin (famously offed in a phone vote) which reeks of exposition for the events that occur in Infinite Crisis. And while the loose bonding that occurs between these two new "brothers" is interesting, it distracts too much from the purpose of the story. Indeed, this isn't so much "Nightwing: Year One" as "Robin II: Year Zero."

Most interesting is the portrayal of Batman as a cold, calculating general callously recruiting boys into his war without regard for their emotional and physical wellbeing while a number of ham-fisted "in-jokes" to the campy 60's TV show lowers the whole tone.

On the whole, this isn't a bad graphic novel. The art is quite good and it makes for a pleasant read, but if you're already familiar with the story, you'll be disappointed.
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