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The Crooked World,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Crooked World (Paperback)
A great idea for a Doctor Who book or any book for that matter. A world that is populated by cartoon characters, not unlike the cartoon universes of Hanna-Barbera and Warner Brothers in their heyday....and what happens to that world when aliens arrive and introduce very human concepts and ideas to the population.
What works here, and works well, is how the characters who live in Zanytown begin to question their own reality and choose to break out of the 'storylines' that make up their day to day lives. For instance, what would happen if Sylvester tired of chasing Tweety? Or if characters started to feel very human emotions as a consequence of their destructive actions? Author Steve Lyons does an excellent job of making this concept interesting and exciting. He excels at making the residents of The Crooked World evolve into more than the stock cartoon characters we have seen in hundreds of cartoons. He makes the reader care.
I do have a couple of problems with this book though. The Eighth Doctor comes across as a very bland character here, and is very much in the background. This was quite a disappointment as I was looking forward to how the McGann Doctor would interact with the inhabitants of this world. This is a Doctor who is usually enthusiastic and inquisitive, but not in this book.
Anji is still evolving as a character, and is handled well here. However, Fitz is beginning to grate on me. Here he is again, chasing skirt and being flippant. The problem is that this is all Fitz ever seems to do, and it's becoming stale. I'd like an author to shake up Fitz's cosy world and make him grow up...if only a bit. Anything would be better than the 'laddish' stereotype we keep getting over and over again.
Buy this book if you want to read an imaginative tale well told. It's the kind of book that you'll find difficult to put down until you've finished it.