This review is from: Doctor Who: Alien Bodies (Mass Market Paperback)
Alien Bodies is an 8th Doctor adventure and the first to really push the series forward. Whereas previous books dealt with one off stories Alien Bodies starts an overlying arc featuring Faction Paradox and Dark Sam.
Alien Bodies basically details an auction of a relic, an object of great power which can be used to win wars. Various bidders have been invited and the Doctor gatecrashes the auction only to discover the true nature of the relic. The auction is set in the in the Doctors future and the Time Lords and their technology have changed dramatically allowing for some rather "out there" ideas from Lawrence Miles which make more and more sense as the novel goes on.
Lawrence Miles has put a lot of effort into this book. Everything has been fully thought out, characters are given plenty to do, and most are given their own chapters which serve as back stories to explain there interest in the relic. The book flows naturally, never loses pace and is an interesting right to the end.
Alien Bodies is about 30 pages longer than a standard Eighth Doctor novel with far smaller writing. The novel also features some pretty complicated themes and will challenge your views on current Time Lord technology. Therefore this book may not be suitable for the younger/casual fan as the technobabble can get pretty wild.
In short Alien Bodies is an absolutely fantastic novel. It has a good story, with good characters, and it advances the storyline. Recommended to any Doctor Who fan who likes to be challenged.