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Could have been great...but isn't,
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Placebo Effect (Mass Market Paperback)
This could have been a really great story; it has several original and exciting concepts at its' heart to make it so-the 3999 intergalactic olympics, a plethora of alien races, and an old enemy lurking mencingly in the background. Unfortunately, for me at least, the book is a very unsatisfying read.There are just too many elements working against it. Too much time is wasted concentating on the Foamasi and their lodges, a strange religious order is included that neither interest nor contribute to the plot, and the Wirrrn in the background are just, well... too much in the background always, so that their effect is pretty much negated. The story simply treads water too often for its' own good, with the main plot becoming so obscured by tedious and irrelevant subplot that by the dull ending you hardly care any more. Not quite as bad an effort as, say, Beltempest, but not really much better either.