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Conundrum (New Doctor Who Adventures) Paperback – 20 Jan 1994

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; Paperback First edition (20 Jan. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426204085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426204084
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 829,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A killer is stalking the streets of the village of Arandale. The victims are found one each day, drained of blood. And if that seems strange, it's nothing compared to the town's inhabitants. The Doctor, Ace and Bernice think they're investigating a murder mystery.

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i have always loved the mind robber from the classic who series, and reading that this book was pretty much a sequel to this made me pick it up thinking it would be great. But its just pretty bland actually. There are a few good moments, such as when the time travellers escape from the land of fiction, and when the doctor meets the new master, but apart from that, most of the rest of the story is pretty dull. i dont even know why the adventure kids are in this story for, they dont even do anything much apart from scream and run around. and most of the other characters are not much better. and ace and benny spend most of the time fighting over how bad the doctor has supposedly become, but i feel theyre just as bad. and most of the story the doc gets nothing to do either. not quite as bad as winner takes all, but still pretty poor.

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Steve Lyons makes a valiant attempt to tap into what made the original Doctor Who series so special and almost succeeds. An old enemy of the Doctor’s – The Master of the Land of Fiction – is once again attempting to ensnare him in the land of fiction, but this time as the new master.
Ace and Benny find themselves hunting a murderer amongst a host of strangely one-dimensional characters and nearly get themselves killed in the process. This novel actually reads better as an old-fashioned whodunit of the Miss Marple / Midsomer Murders variety and despite Lyons' best efforts it fails to take the reader anywhere new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best sequel to a classic to date! 12 Jan. 1998
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Format: Paperback
Best Sequel The problem with writing a sequel to a classic, any classic, is that your work will be judged by the merits of the original. This story holds up well to "The Mind Robber" and in some ways surpasses it. At first it seems like a simple murder mystery in a small village called Arandale, but as events unfold it's clear there is alot more than meets the eye. The story has several different subplots, one for Ace, one for Benny and one where the Master(No not that one!) talks to the fellow who set up this big charade. That allows it to work like a TV story and helps give a clue as to what is really going on. When the Doctor finally reveals what is going on it virtually takes you by surprise. From there on it continues to change as fiction is replaced by reality. Highlights: The second look at the control center. The Dredlox(Once guess who they are supposed to be) The return of the two companions from the Doctor WHo Comic Strips The only low point I can think of is that Jamie and Zoe weren't represented, only mentioned. The potential for them to turn up and try to confuse the Sventh Doctor was there all along but never realized. All in all the best book in the Altered-Past Cycle
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4.0 out of 5 stars Con-fun-drum 31 Oct. 2002
By Andrew McCaffrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While reading CONUNDRUM, I honestly couldn't tell who had the most fun -- the reader or the writer. Most of the jokes that Steve Lyons comes up with are of the type that instantly provides us with an image of the author racing through pulp and dime novels gleefully looking for conventions to subvert. One imagines that he also rewatched and reread several earlier Doctor Who adventures, as there are one or two knowing winks to standard formulas.
What starts off as a relatively typical murder/mystery/vampire story (they're more common than you think), thankfully, becomes a much more bizarre tale. "Thankfully", because a) the original story isn't all the great to begin with and b) the tale that follows makes the beginning portions of the book much more interesting and (more importantly) funny in retrospect. The humor is very clever and is never anything less than charming. It makes the entire story engaging and engrossing. In many places the plot is secondary to the fun, but since it is undoubtedly effective, there's no problem with that.
There's something about Steve Lyon's prose that I find really appealing. It's not especially poetic, but there is a certain flair to the writing. It has the quality that makes it appear to have been effortless to write; whether this is true, I don't have any way of knowing, but it's certainly effortless to read. The characters are all deliberately a bit vague and stereotypical, but this is obviously done on purpose and Lyons plays a lot with the audience expectations.
One of the more enjoyable NAs in the series, CONUNDRUM has held up very well since its publication. A handful of later books would attempt a similar breaking down of the fourth wall, but none of them would be as entertaining. A great book, and one that kept me guessing all the way through.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what to make of this one 11 May 2005
By Bill Huebsch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This story was an odd one. It was contrived, but it was supposed to be. The plot jumped around a bit, but it turns out that was to be expected. There were some unexplained turns and plot holes, but (I assume) they were intentional.

I liked the first three quarters or so of the book, but once the Doctor left the town to confront the Writer, I felt that things started to go downhill. The huge chip that continues to grow on Ace's shoulder has become quite annoying as well. That said, I liked the way the plot was set up, I just felt it finished weakly.
4.0 out of 5 stars woohoo 26 April 2015
By Jamie Childress - Published on Amazon.com
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