Top positive review
ANOTHER COMPELLING READ!!!!!
on 16 August 2015
This tome is a relatively dark and unsettling member of the world’s greatest science fiction franchise. The book opens with Amy, Rory and The Doctor enjoying each other’s company in the TARDIS when they lose control of it and it crashes. It soon becomes apparent that Amy was hurt the most but the trio find themselves in a hospital of sorts, in 18th century Italy. You would think that would be good news, but certain residents of the establishment soon convince the Doctor that the establishment is somewhat less than it appears to be.
The Doctor’s first friend in the story is a delightful young girl by the name of Maria, who writes moving letters to her Mother, begging to be allowed home. She immediately catches onto the Doctor’s friendly nature and spirit and the pair agree by page 22 that ’... This is no place for a child ...’ Other characters populate the book (naturally) and some of them are less than completely wholesome.
The writing style deserves a mention. I was concerned when i read the excellent introduction that it would not match my own reading style but that concern can be written off immediately. Its ’... Mostly composes of letters and diary entries ...’ But i can say right here and how, that it works. In fact, it more than works, it zings.
The book is classic Who, its fabbity-fab, its compelling, its spooky, its profoundly moving and mysterious.
Not bad for a sci-fi novel, is it? And of course, I won’t even mention the ending.
Full marks from an unabashed fan of this (hopefully) everlasting phenomena.