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5.0 out of 5 stars The Violent Century, 19 Jan. 2014
This review is from: The Violent Century (Hardcover)
I had to think about this book for a while before writing the review, just to mull it all over. This is an absolutely fantastic book, I had no doubt about that; but how to review and explain it to a new reader?

What do Fogg and Oblivion have in common? Not fog and oblivion; but Fogg and Oblivion. They are both `changed'; members of the Bureau, those shadowy observers who have been affected by the change generated by Vomacht's machine, enrolled in the team led by the Old Man. Found and trained in the lead up to the Second World War, a large part of this story takes place during that war; the horrors on the Eastern Front, in the depths of Germany, in Paris, across Europe and beyond. But the end of the War is just the beginning. Because for the changed, the War never ends.

The author has written comics and screenplays as well as novels, and that's what this novel `sounds' like, if I can put it like that. Actually it's a bit like watching a movie; scenes change, we see people and actions and they scroll before us. Indeed the novel shifts between scenes; 164 of them in all. At first, the method of narrative is short, blocky with no speech marks around speech. It took me a few pages of this to get it straightened out in my head, but then it just seemed to flow, like it was visual, unfolding into the scenes without the need for such things. Let me give you an example:

Oblivion nods. As though he understood more than the words. Your smokescreen? he says, softly.
- It's just habit, Fogg says.
Oblivion nods. I remember.
- Old tradecraft, Fogg says. Sounds sheepish.

I absolutely loved this book; it was clever, ambitious, stunningly original; a brilliantly clever weave of fact and `maybe' fact/fiction - who knows for sure? But it's breathtakingly well constructed, and totally enthralling. I was drawn into it and held enthralled in the story till the last page, sorry when it ended. This would have to be one of the top 10 best novels I've read in the last twelve months.
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Initial post: 19 Jan 2014 22:19:31 GMT
This sounds a good read I'm tempted to buy it.

Not sols on new big finish adventure Antidote To Oblivion, I may need hear it again before i review it, Its Sixth Doctor, Flip & Sil but incoherent & i feel asleep last 15 minutes so didn't grab my attention.

King of Sontar however Fourth Doctor series 3 is excellent, Tom & Louise on great form & a great story by John Dorney with a tense ending.

The Emirence story is Destroy The Infinite & is the 5th story of series 3.

Soon as Amazon allows i review them.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2014 22:32:32 GMT
Keen Reader says:
Hi Timelord007, it was an extremely good read. It takes just a little while to get used to the writing style, and then it just flows. I think you would enjoy it, and especially the aspects of the Changed, which was really woven well into the historical story.

I'm not sure about Antidote to Oblivion, I really don't like Sil, so I'm just not sure that I would enjoy the story.

I have King of Sontar on order so am looking forward to that. I've ordered Luna Romana as well, and that sounds good.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2014 00:18:45 GMT
Just heard Luna Romana, Excellent, Juliet Landu Romana is it'd guess Romana 4 or 5, She's a colder Timelady so i wonder if Big Finish explore why her emotions are now more detached.

I think you'll enjoy this & King Of Sontar, Had E-mail from John Dorney thanking me for praising his story on BF forums.

I ordered this book my wallet loves you my dear lol.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2014 00:21:54 GMT
Keen Reader says:
Oh well, it's good to air the moths in your wallet occasionally :-)
Great, looking forward to those cds!
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