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A. S. Mason (Manchester, UK)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet, 22 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Transitions (Kindle Edition)
Despite being relatively short this story has considerable depth. I found the writing polished and comfortable, never unclear or obstructive, and the narrative easily drew me along. All of the named characters are well-rounded, with their own quirks and flaws, and each has an apparently genuine spark of life. If I have one complaint it's that the book is too short - the plot would certainly bear being expanded into something more substantial, and the time covered by these events almost demands a more epic treatment.


HTC Desire S Car Charger with Windscreen Suction Mount Car Holder
HTC Desire S Car Charger with Windscreen Suction Mount Car Holder
Offered by Terrapin Accessories
Price: £6.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading description and poor build quality, 11 Aug. 2011
I don't particularly mind receiving a generic (and somewhat aged-looking) windscreen mount, even though the product title heavily implies it's a specific build and the description mentions "your device". What I do mind is receiving a generic product that does not fit the specific model mentioned.

In portrait orientation the side clamps obscure the charge socket and risk pushing the volume controls, and while the socket is available when the phone is in landscape orientation - with the clamps stretched to their absolute limit - there is a tendency to switch the phone off.

Even so I was willing to give it a go, but the first time I used the mount it broke - the plastic connector fixing the cradle to the stem sheared clean through.

Sadly this isn't even worth the small amount of money they're charging for it.


Deadfall (New Adventures)
Deadfall (New Adventures)
by Gary Russell
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent ... if you like that sort of thing, 16 Mar. 2011
Like the author's later BBC novel, Beautiful Chaos, this book stumbles through a series of disconnected events and then ends abruptly.

Deadfall was written as Doctor Who fanfic, then translated into a Doctor-less audio drama before being rewritten again into this book. You can clearly see the influence classic Who had on Russell's work - the separate locations with distinct casts and subplots, barely connected to one another until they collide and waddle on together, is clearly informed by the multi-part serial nature of the TV show: the location shoot is a colour-shifted quarry; characters obviously hang around because they're contracted to appear in all four episodes; the scene structure is arranged to make an easy shooting schedule (by having people appear in scenes with the same people more often than not). The only concession to the budgetless terrain of the written word is the vast underground city, and even that inexplicably makes use of real-world locations and repeated backdrops. Additionally a lot of the writing is somewhat confused. Luckily the characters interminably recap what happened "last episode" so you can keep up, but these recaps disagree with the actual events so frequently that you can tell Russell strayed quite far from his original notes. Or maybe this is the effect of adaptation decay - one scene gets mutated to fit the new characters, but later dialogue referring back is left in. Basically it's a sprawling, amateurish disappointment of a novel.

Gosh, it really sounds like I didn't like the thing, but I must confess to a certain fondness for the book. This may be largely due to the presence of Chris Cwej, a long-time favourite character. I'm self-aware enough to note my predispositions.


Doctor Who: The Tardis Handbook
Doctor Who: The Tardis Handbook
by Steve Tribe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.43

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small but perfectly-formed, 4 Aug. 2010
It's not as big as I expected - previous reference works like the Almanac and the Torchwood Archive have been the size and shape of a small encyclopedia, while this is more like a short novel; my fault for not checking the dimensions I suppose - but the information is densely-packed, the pages are thin and the whole thing is, as promised, unashamedly geeky, taking a perverse glee in the full and complete documentation of every aspect of the ship revealed from 1963 onwards. Naturally there's a slight bias towards the most recent series (there's brief episode guides to season 5 smattered through the book) but this does not detract from, say, the list of every known use of a chameleon circuit, or the designs for the 1996 TV movie's console. Probably nothing you couldn't find on the internet, but still, glossy and collated and generally top-notch.


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