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5.0 out of 5 stars The Eye Of The (Intelligent) Tiger...
On the island world of Hichemus, the Doctor, Anji and Fitz have been relaxing and enjoying the colony where music is one of the most important things to the colonists. The Doctor has joined an orchestra who are practising their composer's latest work, and Fitz is enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. Anji is enjoying herself too, until she has an unpleasant encounter with one...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful.
I have been reading through the 8th Doctor novels for about a year and a half now and have found it to be a mostly enjoyable range. However here is the first book I havent been able to finish.

The book itself isn't writen badly and Kate Orman has been the writer of some decent 8th Doctor novels. The problem with "Year Of The Intelligent Tigers" is that it is so...
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Eye Of The (Intelligent) Tiger..., 9 Jun 2001
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Year of the Intelligent Tigers (Mass Market Paperback)
On the island world of Hichemus, the Doctor, Anji and Fitz have been relaxing and enjoying the colony where music is one of the most important things to the colonists. The Doctor has joined an orchestra who are practising their composer's latest work, and Fitz is enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. Anji is enjoying herself too, until she has an unpleasant encounter with one of the world's tiger population. Soon the warm weather of the world turns decidedly nasty, and the tiger population reveals attributes that none of the human colonists had previously realised they had. Conflict between the tigers and the humans soon escalates and the Doctor finds himself having to choose between the intelligent tigers or the humans as to which side he's on...
One of the most appealing aspects of Orman's work is the fact that she is able to convincingly create alien worlds that are believable and incredibly convincing. The world of Hichemus continues this trend, with the world brought to life through Orman's wonderfully evocative writing. The early chapters of The Year Of Intelligent Tigers where the setting is being established are exceptionally well written, and the city of Port Any is brought vividly to life through it's music and atmosphere that Orman creates for it.
The Year Of Intelligent Tigers is a very good book indeed, but it is not without it's problems. The first one hundred pages or so are absolutely mesmerising as Orman sets the story up so well, creating this seemingly idyllic world so vividly that it becomes very easy to visualise the world of Hichemus, and the moment when the tigers make their move to impose themselves over the colonists is very well written. Surprisingly the book seems to loose focus during the middle part, and there was a very real possibility of loosing interest in the novel, but although this lasts for around 50 pages or so, Orman shifts back into gear for the last hundred pages which are equally as good as the first hundred.
Her characterisation of the regulars is good. The Doctor is excellent, particularly in his musical scenes, and Orman has really successfully conveyed that there is a very real sense of unpredictability to the Doctor now which makes for interesting reading. Fitz gets more to do that in last month's Eater of Wasps but it's Anji who gets the better treatment out of the companions again with some very interesting scenes where she makes some fascinating descisions in reaction to what the Doctor has done.
The human characters, with the exception of composer Karl and Xenobiologist Besma Grieve who are both very interesting characters, are rather forgettable. The tigers themselves are very believable and well characterised, with the leader Big and the impetuous Longbody being the most memorable.
Overall, The Year Of Intelligent Tigers is highly recommened. It doesn't manage to keep up the quality of the first hundred mesmerising pages for the entirity of the novel, but what it does do is offer an excellent novel with interesting ideas which is, of course, very well written, with good use of the main characters. It's not a perfect novel, but it's probably the best EDA since Father Time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Largely Good, 24 Jan 2013
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There's a lot to YOIT that's impressive - the tiger civilisation as its history is really well thought out and interesting and the structural gimmick, mimicking that of the song, is impressive and works better than you'd expect.
Unfortunately, it's let down by a few elements. The resolution is fairly unconvincing. The character Karl is incredibly drippy and if you're not wild on elaborate orchestral music metaphors you're going to be rather lost at sea here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The year of intelligent writing, 11 Jun 2001
This review is from: Doctor Who: Year of the Intelligent Tigers (Mass Market Paperback)
The TARDIS crew are happily ensconced on Hitchemus - a world with a single island land mass. The human colony is largely based around the production of music, and the dominant native life-form, which closely resembles the terran tiger, seems harmless and friendly. With perfect weather all year round, it seems like the perfect refuge. But then...
When you run through the list of Doctor Who authors, there are a few whose work receives almost universal praise. Kate Orman (with or without her husband, Jon Blum) is one of them.
Yet again Kate has written a book based around a believable alien world, and while it has a strong story-line, the reader is most likely to take away memories of the excellent portrayal of the characters. Kate's take on the current Doctor, still with amnesia for events preceding the novel 'The Burning', is a very strong one, full of an enormous passion for life and a towering humanity. Her interpretation of both Fitz and Anji are great, and each is explored and moved forward in this book. And then there are all the many characters who may very well appear in this book only, who are nevertheless given very effective life.
Beyond that, with this story set on a world where music is held in high regard, it is great to read musical ideas being constantly brought up within the context of the book. A devotion to music is a strong part of the characters, and so it is natural that it should be reflected in the way that many of the characters respond to the events of this book.
And then there are the tigers... About whom I'll say nothing more than their characterisation was also brilliant. Read the book to see what I mean!
I was also pleased to see Kate take one of the oft-used situations from the TV series, where the Doctor is forced to choose between the humans and the non-humans, and firstly give it a serious spin and then bounce it out the door. Things become clichés through overuse, but can be redeemed by turning them on their heads. Kate more than does this.
I could rave on and on for hours about this book, but that's not really the point. All I'll say is this: you'll be doing yourself a favour by reading it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful., 28 Jun 2009
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Year of the Intelligent Tigers (Mass Market Paperback)
I have been reading through the 8th Doctor novels for about a year and a half now and have found it to be a mostly enjoyable range. However here is the first book I havent been able to finish.

The book itself isn't writen badly and Kate Orman has been the writer of some decent 8th Doctor novels. The problem with "Year Of The Intelligent Tigers" is that it is so boring. I honestly cant understand why every body else seems to rate this book so highly. Right from page one "Year Of The Intelligent Tigers" failed to engage me whatsoever and by page fifty I was allready struggling to get through it.

Fortunetly this book does not form part of a story arc and contains very little continuity, which is good news for me as it meant I could skip it and move onto the next one.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Dr Who novel, 10 July 2001
This review is from: Doctor Who: Year of the Intelligent Tigers (Mass Market Paperback)
Kate Orman remains one of the range's best writers.
I agree with another reviewer here, Kate creates living, breathing alien races and planets. The overall effect is spellbinding, and her characterisation of the Doctor is as ever stylish.
This is an essential read for anyone wondering which recent 8th Dr novel to try. Recommended.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor is a fascist? His might is right???, 12 Oct 2001
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Yes, the book is well written, and I endorse everything everyone else has said about the authors ability to write a mesmerising story in a believable alien culture.
However, Kate took the warring parties way over the abyss, and the rushed ending is too twee for words...
But what shocked me the most was [the] Doctor getting hold of an ultimate weapon and then using that weapon to enforce his views...
There has been some underlying plot threads pointing to a more violent Doctor in the recent novels - I can only hope that this is another of them.
And the interludes are as twee as too.
Above and beyond that - the sheer beauty and langour of the prose is a nice and challenging change from the break neck speed of the latest novels.
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