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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant novel!!,
This review is from: Torchwood: First Born (Paperback)This book is one of the best torchwood books i have ever read! It had me turning pages all the way threw and i never wanted to put it down. I especially loved the way the chapters were set out and it gave you everyones perspective! I definately reconmend, a very good read!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel,
This review is from: Torchwood: First Born (Paperback)I bought this book last week from a WH Smith store to take with me on holiday for a week, Thursday to Thursday (I'm still there) and after pacing myselg so it would last the whole week, I finished it this afternoon, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, it got the familiar characters of Gwen and Rhys spot on and I had vivid images of the other characters in my head and who would play them, and could only think of the now deceased Ianto Jones to fit the role of Sebastian, the kind and loving Scion in his sharp suit and habit of making great coffee. The book is written in small chapters, each named as one of the characters, thus letting you know from who's perspective that one is written from. This method of writing works wonders and I found it easy and quicker to read in small chunks.
The story and setting really fitted the series although one couldn't help relate elements to that from the series, (the isolated village - to the episode "countrycide", and the buisness with the children to the ideas in "Children of Earth"), although these where welcome as some of the best elements of the series come from this.
I will say that I would have them make extended specials for television, fitting in with storys like this one, which would make a great tv episode, as opposed to the ghastly longwinded story that is Miracle Day, which I would rather forget to be honest, what with all the americanisation and interference.
It shows however, that the real Torchwood, the proper Torchwood can live on through Gwen and Rhys who keep the flame burning in the absence of Jack, who gets a minimal role in the form of a mention from 30 years ago when the events of the village begun.
As I found myself isolated here in Gran Canaria with little english reading material, I found this book to be very interesting and was stuck to it constantly, it really is a very good novel and I intend to get the other one about Suzie Costello, but may pass on the americanised "Rex Mathisson" one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Torchwood - First Born,
This review is from: Torchwood: First Born (Paperback)I thought that this book captured the character's of Gwen and Rhys really well, and really brought them to life. The story takes a while to get going and for the first fifty or so pages I was wondering where the whole thing was going, then suddenly it all starts to happen and I was almost kicking myself for not putting two and two together and figuring it out before it was made clear.
I'll be honest and say that I really enjoyed the story up to a certain point, however, I did feel that the last fifty or so pages weren't quite up there with the rest of the story and I almost wanted something a bit more fun and exciting to happen (I'm not sure what, though!)
It's been a while since I've read any of the other Torchwood books so memory wise I can't say whether this is any better or worse than the previous stories. From what I do remember, though, I do feel that this book particular makes Gwen and Rhys jump off the page as in this book they're exactly how they are in the TV series, which I don't remember thinking with some of the others that I have read.
This is a very good and interesting story and if you're a Torchwood fan I'd highly recommend it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read,
This review is from: Torchwood: First Born (Kindle Edition)Another good Torchwood book. Explains a lot of what happened before miracle day. A must read for all fans of the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Torchwood: First Born,
This review is from: Torchwood: First Born (Paperback)I enjoy all the Torchwood Books and Episodes. I found the story line was the usual intrigue and suspense throughout
4.0 out of 5 stars What a Torchwood novel should be,
This review is from: Torchwood: First Born (Paperback)This was the best of the 3 most recent Torchwood novels, and one of the better of the whole series.
It contained all the ingredients of a good Torchwood tale, mystery, suspense and aliens. What more do you need. On top of that, it was a great tale that filled in the gaps for Gwen between Children of Earth and Miracle day. Rhys gets a bit more of a role than usual too. Worth a read
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best Torchwood novel yet,
This review is from: Torchwood: First Born (Paperback)This novel, the first of three set between series three and four of the Torchwood television programme, is probably the best Torchwood novel I've read. Following the events of 'Children of Earth', Gwen Cooper and husband Rhys Williams, and their baby daughter Anwen, are on the run from mysterious forces. They find themselves staying in a caravan park near a little village on the Welsh coast, but as always, there's something strange going on.
The story is written in the first person, alternating chapter by chapter between predominantly Gwen and Rhys, but also featuring the viewpoints of several new characters when appropriate. I'm not always a fan of this perspective, but found that it really suits the Torchwood style. The voices of both main characters are absolutely spot on, and this has to be the top selling point.
The story takes a little while to get going - there's quite a lot of set-up before we actually get into the adventure, but it doesn't feel wrong - it's just that there's quite a bit of stuff to get through first establishing the situation of the characters. It's a good tale, though it is very definitely the sort of story that I've come to expect in Torchwood novels - fairly simple, nothing too deep of sciencey and very little real explanation at the end.
The book is packed with humour, much of it around Rhys and Gwen coping with a small child, although also with some film references, and this really helps to make this an entertaining read, even to someone who has no experience of such things in real life. I had my doubts about another set of Torchwood books (and was a little disappointed by the absence of matching covers to the previous 15) but if they are all three like this one I will be very satisfied.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is brilliant,
This review is from: Torchwood: First Born (Paperback)So ? You like lots of action ? You want scary scences ? You like mysteries ? If you answered yes to any of these questions than Torchwood : first born is the book for you .It's brilliant for adults and children ( just the ones that watch Torchwood or Doctor who , or else you won't understand it ) . Buy the book without thinking twice . You could buy the book without thinking once too , and just take my word for it , it's brilliant !
A woman called Gwen Cooper is stranded in the middle of nowhere with her friend Rhys. But they meet some unusual children .
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good actually,
This review is from: Torchwood: First Born (Paperback)Ok this book is not up to "something in the water", "border princes" or a few others of the earlier books- but its a lot better than i was expecting. The only major issues i had were with the cover (nice ones replaced by slightly shoddy looking one- and make an effort with design please!)and with some of the subsidiary characters- who were all fairly yokel-by-numbers. The humour that has always been a feature of the Torchwood books is here though (lots of baby humour, loved the fat bag lady line), as are the references to the past that have been sorely missing from the TV series- a couple of flashbacks, a hint of Torchwood History, a few Jack moments.
The ending is slightly flat, its not exactly a big bang ending, but i liked the postscript bits like Toms letter
Pleasantly surprised- but do something bit more exciting with the jacket design BBC if i have to live with it on my shelves!
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Torchwood: First Born by James Goss (Paperback - 21 July 2011)