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A Dismal Effort,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Winner Takes All (New Series Adventure 3) (Hardcover)
Winner Takes all is the 3rd - and by far the least - of the new 9th Doctor and Rose novels. Not only is the storyline concerning aliens using a fake computer game to recruit human warriors derivative, but the plot is shot so full of gaping holes that it's unbelievable. The aliens are generic, with no distinguishing characterisation between different members of the same species, and the background for their planetary war is non-existent. Rayner's prose is mostly readable, but it can't hope to make up for this shoddy book so otherwise devoid of decent plot or character. The quality of Winner Takes All is so poor that I can only recommend it for the under-12's, but the fact that the author throws in a few questionable elements such as references to bondage and a decapitation scene mean that it probably isn't even suited for the young children it's aimed at. Appalling.