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5.0 out of 5 stars Post eighth Doctor classic!, 22 Oct. 2005
This review is from: "Doctor Who", Fear Itself (Doctor Who (BBC Paperback)) (Paperback)
If there was ever an argument for introducing fresh blood into the Doctor Who fiction universe, Fear Itself would be at the top of my list of why it is vital. Nick Wallace is an incredible talent, the best we've seen since Lloyd Rose. His writing speaks for itself.
What really hammers home the effectiveness of Wallace's treatment of the regulars is the barrage of amazing twists at the conclusion. He manages to take what we know about each of these characters (in regards to this book) and turns it on its head.
A strong prose style eases you through the books pages, heavy on description but never shirking its emotional responsibilities to the characters. It is never short on incident (indeed the opening bomb attack and Anji's shocking sky dive into Jupiter's atmosphere sets the book off on exactly the right footing, not giving the reader a chance to adjust...) and the characters are always focussed, and reach a satisfying conclusion. The more I think about it, Fear Itself not only ticks all the right boxes but ticks them with confidence and style.
Score one for the new boy, Nick Wallace has crashed the party and proven this old hacks that they need to keep dishing up something original. Fear Itself is a superb book on any level, a novel that sucks you into its world, thrills you with its mysteries and gets you close to its characters. It is an experience.
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Initial post: 11 Dec 2012 17:36:50 GMT
Kodanshi says:
'Opening bomb attack'? Are you talking about the mad pilot trying to crash the Pegasus?
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