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Splice the mainbrace and oil those servos you scurvy swabs!
on 18 May 2009
The Resurrection Casket is the ninth original novel, this time featuring The Doctor and travelling companion Rose Tyler.
The story begins with the TARDIS being drawn into a technological dead-spot in space, where something called a `Zek' is apparently draining the power of all electronic technology, leaving kind of spaceship graveyard. Added to this, the area is patrolled by the fearsome `Krarks', kind of giant space Barracuda that feed on the oxygen inside the ships and any living being they can get their fangs into. The few people who live on the planets of the area get by on steam power, even in their space-faring vessels. The result is a Treasure-Island inspired tale featuring pirates, evil robots, lost treasure, the usual power-crazed tyrant, and most bizarrely a big shaggy monster named Kevin, who apologizes politely to his victims before dispatching them.
Justin Richards knits all these disparate elements together nicely to create a richly bonkers but ultimately exuberant read. Although the novel takes a while to kick-in, when it does so the results are great fun. There are some nice flashes of dark humour, lashings of piratical shenanigans, and a fair bit of seemingly inescapable peril. Forget the science and remember that this is a fantasy novel aimed primarily at kids; just curl up in a chair and get lost in the imaginative and gripping adventure.