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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning...
'The magician had a problem. There was a fish-hook in his heart.' The opening words from the latest Eighth Doctor Adventure, The City Of The Dead by debuting author Lloyd Rose, set the tone of the novel immediately and there is a real sense that something great is happening with this novel. After grave disappointment with last months entry into the series Rose's novel is...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good points and bad points
First the good points. I loved the setting for this book. New Orleans is so much more interesting than Planet Gravel Pit or Planet BritColony. And Lloyd Rose has a fine writing style, no doubt about it.
My gripes are kind of minor, firstly, once again the supposedly amnesiac Doctor is the Galaxy's Greatest Authority on Everything and Anji would rather read the Wall...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning..., 28 Aug 2001
This review is from: Doctor Who: City of the Dead (Mass Market Paperback)
'The magician had a problem. There was a fish-hook in his heart.' The opening words from the latest Eighth Doctor Adventure, The City Of The Dead by debuting author Lloyd Rose, set the tone of the novel immediately and there is a real sense that something great is happening with this novel. After grave disappointment with last months entry into the series Rose's novel is without doubt an unqualified success.
Arriving in New Orleans, the Doctor, with his companions Fitz and Anji, is immediately thrust into a murder investigation of a dealer in morbid artefacts, where a unique charm carved from human bone has been stolen too. To say anymore about the plot, would spoil what is a superb novel.
The quality of Lloyd Rose's writing shines through immediately as she brings a different tone and style to the EDA's which works perfectly. There is a freshness about her writing which brings the text to life in a very vivid way. Her depiction of New Orleans is very striking too, and by bringing her setting alive in this way, she conveys the city's vivaciousness wonderfully well, mixing the fascination with the occult and the sense of the decay in equal proportions.
Lloyd Rose characterises the Doctor well here, with the character haunted by memories of things that he can't remember, and it is this haunting which makes the novel so memorable in part. Ever since The Ancestor Cell the Doctor has suffered from memory loss due to the certain acts he committed within that novel, and this has continued through the books published during the last year. And although it looks like he won't recover them anytime soon, Rose really manages to convey well the Doctor's fear of who he is and who he was. One of the most memorable scenes amongst many is the conclusion to chapter eight, which must rank as one of the best chapter endings in any Doctor Who book.
Rose handles the Doctor's companions well here, with both of them being important to the plot as a whole. Particularly impressive is her handling of Anji who comes across very well throughout this novel, with the strong characterisation she's been given in the majority of her previous appearances being built on here, especially in relation to the subplot involving her and a local police detective which shows she might just be starting to put Dave's death behind her. Fitz is once more undeniably Fitz, and he continues to prove himself one of the most interesting male companions that have featured in Doctor Who.
Lloyd Rose's own characters are a strange set of individuals but they are well written and their presence makes them and the book as a whole more interesting. Whether it's Detective Jonas Rust, Teddy Acree, Jack Dupre or Laura Ridgepath they are all characterised well and come across as three dimensional characters in their own right.
In a novel steeped in the unusual and supernatural, there are always going to be dark scenes and Rose handles these well ensuring that the trauma suffered isn't gratuitous, but believable and convincingly done. To balance the more horrific aspects of the novel, Rose demonstrates a nice line in dry humour which remains in the background through much of the novel. But make no mistake this is a dark novel, which builds throughout to it's shattering conclusion.
If I have any complaints about The City Of The Dead, it would be that because it has a fairly small cast of characters, there aren't many candidates who could be the books main villain, but despite this predictability Rose still has a few surprises left with the plot afterwards.
The City Of The Dead is a stunning novel. Powerfully written, sharply characterised it has a huge amount going for it and comes across as a highly entertaining novel. On the basis of this novel, Lloyd Rose is a very talented writer, and it seems that this opinion is also held by those within the upper echelons of the BBC's Doctor Who section, as she's already been commissioned to write another EDA for next year 'Camera Obscura' and I for one, can't wait to read the next book from this stunning new author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Magic., 15 Oct 2009
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"City Of The Dead" By Lloyd Rose is quite simply one of the best books in the Eighth Doctor range. The first word that comes to mind when thinking about this novel is "Gothic". This is set in a New Orleans of history, magic, gothic architecture, and the darker side of human nature. A lot of the characters are people who dabble in black magic or the dark arts which now seem to be a genuine phenomenon in the Doctor Who universe (presumably due to the destruction of Gallifrey in "The Ancestor Cell").

Lloyd Rose packs her novel with intrigue. Indeed, when the villain was revealed I think I had suspected it of being every single character in the novel so Rose certainly keeps you guessing. As has been said in a previous review by setting the novel in New Orleans Rose has made it seem far more real than setting it in some far flung corner of the universe.

In conclusion this is easily one of the best novels in the range so far. While not quite as good as say "The Banquo Legacy" it is still an epic read and is a vast improvement on the dreadful "Year Of The Intelligent Tigers".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 16 Nov 2014
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good points and bad points, 3 May 2002
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First the good points. I loved the setting for this book. New Orleans is so much more interesting than Planet Gravel Pit or Planet BritColony. And Lloyd Rose has a fine writing style, no doubt about it.
My gripes are kind of minor, firstly, once again the supposedly amnesiac Doctor is the Galaxy's Greatest Authority on Everything and Anji would rather read the Wall Street Journal than do anything human. Secondly, I didn't understand the plot, but that's probably just me.
But my main gripe is that in this book magic not only works, but is taken for granted. Since when did magic really work in Doctor Who (without some pseudo-scientific explanation, that is)? To me, the Doctor is supposed to be a scientist, so this really annoyed me. Leave magic in Buffy where it belongs!
Still, some of my DW books end up at Help the Aged and some of them stay on my shelf to be re-read later. This one stayed on the shelf (just).
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