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Doctor Who - Winner Takes All (New Series Adventure 3)
Doctor Who - Winner Takes All (New Series Adventure 3)
by Jacqueline Rayner
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feels Like an Episode, 26 Jun 2005
Winner Takes All is a fast, enjoyable read, that feels like an episode from the wonderful new series. Jacqueline Rayner has done a great job of capturing Rose and the Doctor, as well as Mickey and Jackie, which is amazing when you consider she must have written it months before a single episode aired.
The story is straight forward enough; a video game, Death to Mantodeans has become the rage of Rose's old neighborhood. Alas, this game isn't just harmless fun, but a horrfying life and death struggle with insectoid aliens, who have a taste for human flesh, and some very nasty, king-size porcupines. Not to worry though, the Doctor will soon sort it out.
I've read two of the novels based on the new series, The Clockwise Man and Winner Takes All, and even though I think The Clockwise Man is the better, more satisfying story, this one is still a lot of fun. These books are just the thing to hold me over until the Christmas Special. More please, and bring on the Captain Jack stories!

Stargate SG-1: City of the Gods
Stargate SG-1: City of the Gods
by Sonny Whitelaw
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.38

22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Confused Mess of a Story, 26 Jun 2005
First off, beware the spoilers in one of the other reviews. Naughty, naughty, I thought that was against the rules.
As for the book itelf, it's a convulted mess of a story. The narrative is difficult to follow because of the excessive use of flashbacks, and the tough aztec names, which make it hard to keep the cast of characters straight. Also, some of the historical 'facts' aren't quite factual.
This a very Sam-centric story, which came as an unpleasant surprise to me. While it's true that all four main characters are present and accounted for, not all of them have interesting stories. As a team fan, I didn't find this story satisfying because so much of it was focused on Sam. As a Daniel fan, I was miffed because "The Crystal Skull", the episode this is a follow up to, was about Daniel and his grandfather, and this barely touches on them. There's also quite a bit of Sam and Jack goopy romance, and that left a bad taste in my mouth.
All in all, I can't recommend this book. Reading it was not an enjoyable experience for me.

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