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3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing..., 18 Dec 2007
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This review is from: Faction Paradox: The Book of the War (Paperback)
The Book of the War is a sourcebook. Like a sourcebook it features entries for characters and situations to do with the War in Heaven. For those who came in late, the War in Heaven was an idea Lawrence Miles first created for the Doctor Who book line. It formed the backdrop to his novel Alien Bodies and was quickly seized upon by other Who writers, along with Miles' Faction Paradox, who featured elements in their books. Set in the relative future of the Doctor, it chronicled a war between the Time Lords and their mysterious enemy (note: not the Time War with the Daleks) which altered reality with each action. But for some reason the editors of the line decided to resolve the story, rather than leaving it as something to be picked up on from time to time. The result was a mess that did not convey Miles' original ideas. So he took it back, along with the Faction Paradox and did it his way, in this book and the Faction Paradox books that followed.

But the lack of a narrative makes it hard for me to see how people who did not know the above background are really going to appreciate this book. There are plenty of interesting science fiction ideas in it, with several that are used further in the series, but is that enough of a hook? I couldn't decide if I liked the book. I liked the creativity of it all, but I can't say I took anything away from it.
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Faction Paradox: The Book of the War by Simon Bucher-Jones (Paperback - Sep 2002)
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