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Quick shouldn't mean insubstantial...
on 28 February 2012
A Quick Read can easily just slip by in a single sitting. At the end, you might feel the urge to go out and read more of an author, or you might be inspired to read another and another. A Quick Read done well provides a somewhat self contained tale that has a distinct beginning, middle and an end - and presents them with style, energy, enthusiasm, engagement... one or another, several or all.
Somewhere in the mix, 'Magic of the Angels' tells a self-contained tale with all the necessary elements, but perhaps fails to satisfy with depth.
Having read other books in the Quick Read series for 2012, you can achieve some interesting things in a very limited page count. The author doesn't quite pull it off here. The Doctor, Amy and Rory seem right enough, with just enough character to match expectation. However, perhaps a little too much fan service and familiar tropes of the series makes for a distraction rather than an essential dollop of colour.
I enjoyed the basic plot, but feel that the villain of the piece might have been given more background. The familiar characters worked well together and we got the expected division of companions from the Time Lord for hi-jinx and a threat of sudden and premature demise. Though I can't pick holes in the essentials of the story, or indeed have any wish to try, I left the book feeling mildly unsatisfied.
I went in for the whole luxurious Belgian chocolate experience and came away with a thinly coated wafer snack. Quick Read, by all means - but, that shouldn't mean skimping on the story.