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on 17 May 2001
Although this book has recieved a fair amount of criticism, I dont think that there is anything wrong with it. In fact I think it is downright brilliant. Some readers have commented that it is a very depressing novel. I have to agree with them. yes, it is a very depressing novel, nothing nice happens and quite a lot of people end up dying in very horrible ways. But not all DW books have to be happy in nature. I think the early part of the novel is very creepy especially the part where the Kusks are hunting the doctor and one of the technicians through the base. The technician meets with a very grisly end when the Kusks catch up with him. In fact, most people in this novel meet with a very grisly end when the Kusks catch up with them. But it's that depressing and sad nature witch i think makes this book stand out from the rest. However, one problem is the ending. Mr Collier seems to think that copious amounts of technobabble at the climax is a suitable way to tie up all the strands of the plot. It isn't. But i still enjoyed this. Dont get this book if you're faint hearted as the violence in some places is quite extreme. But if you are a die hard DW fan like me, then get it now. On the whole, very enjoyable.
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on 1 April 2016
This was quite a strange one for me, in that as I was reading it, I felt as though, from start to finish, nothing good was going to happen( to the people in the novel that it). The writer done a good job in creating a convincing grim environment and made quite interesting characters, particularly the man vasid, who I felt was very believable.

Overall, this was a nice little novel, however the pace takes its time in that everything spread over a bit, however that may be a blessing in that you feel almost as uncomfortable as the characters do when reading it( particularly all that Sam ensures), quite an unexpected ending too
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on 26 March 2013
Longest Day is a very gloomy novel. Nothing nice happens to anyone, in fact most characters end up dead in horrible ways. This is very offputting if you are reading it for the first time, but on the second read through with that foreknowledge it is actually fairly enjoyable. I'd liken it to films like I Know What You Did Last Summer and with that in mind just enjoy the violence.

Story wise a planet called Hirath is split into zones of temporal energy, which a company is renting out to the highest bidder. The trouble is they can't actually control the temporal zones very well, the planet is falling apart and a race of bloodthirsty aliens have come along to reclaim it. The Doctor and Sam get split up and embroiled in separate storylines. The Doctor has to find the source of the planet's sudden demise and Sam gets involved with revolutionaries and has to fight to stay alive. It's all very Doctor Who, and the first half of the novel is well written and entertaining however towards the end of the book however things really do start falling apart. The story slows to a crawl, plot devices appear from nowhere, awful elements from previous books are included for no apparent reason and the solution to Hirath's troubles is one of immense techno-babble and just seems shoe-horned in to end things promptly. It all is a bit of a let down as the potential is there.

Character wise no one gets off lightly, most non-central characters end up dead in gruesome ways and even the Doctor and Sam get knocked about a fair bit. As such the characterisation is awful but it doesn't really matter. The Doctor and Sam are done well, Sam especially matures a lot and you do end up rooting for her, which is a nice change. The main enemy are called the Kusk and they are totally brilliant. Sure they like to kill people, but they shouldn't have been on there base/planet in the first place. Collier makes them believable as a race, and they are so good it's a shame we haven't seen any more of them.

In short, Longest Day isn't a brilliant novel by any stretch, but neither is it as bad as people make it out to be. Try re-reading it with the knowledge everyone dies and it actually is quite enjoyable.
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on 11 January 2008
How boring and depressing was this. The story moves very slowly and takes a long time to build up to absolutly nothing. A book where the companion runs away from the Doctor should lead to a dramatic climax but this just fails to achieve that. Avoid unless like me you are collecting the whole set.
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on 22 December 1999
This is a great DW book if you enjoy seeing your favorite characters put through a ringer and seeing how far you can stretch torture. I have to wonder at the point of this story. What is the message the author was trying to convey?
The Doctor and Sam land on a moonbase over a planet chopped up into different time zones. There's a horrible temporal leakage that's getting worse and of course the Doctor HAS to get involved. The bad part comes once Sam gets seperated from the Doctor and ends up on the dying planet in a Mad Max-type setting. It's horrible.
I don't believe your normal 17 year old schoolgirl could survive all that. Not only that, but the character of the Doctor was off. Made the book that much harder to believe in. There is not a happy ending either, and I think that is my problem here - I prefer a happy ending with all the loose ends being tied up.
The creatures were fasinating and one wishes they could have been explored further. Maybe in another book some day. This was the most violent DW book I have ever read. Yuck! Gentle reader, save your money unless, like me, you have to have the entire set!
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on 16 December 2002
This is quite different to the other early 8th Doctor books in that it really is quite unpleasant. This is probably the first book that kisses goodbye to the family Doctor and introduces a much darker mood to the series.
I found it extremely difficult to get into at first, probably due to the mass of very similar characters, who we hardly get to know as they are bumped off at a fairly regular pace. The Doctor himself takes on a true hero mantle and is the subject of much swooning from the simpering Anstaar and much longing from Sam who is growing up more as the books progress.
It is admittedly a difficult read but the saving grace has to be the Kursks, classic Who monsters with a bit of Hellraiser thrown in. They are repulsive and scary in equal measure and the first description of one of their victims is "American Psycho" material and certainly not for the faint hearted.
I do hope the Kursks return in a less convoluted story, and I hope the doctor fixes his VW Beetle, this is a great little detail reminiscent of John Pertwee's "Bessie".
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on 12 August 2000
Wow!, I thought, just my kind of thing; time quirks. The quirk in this case is little patches of time runing differently, and there are all manner of weird things going on, most of all some kind of leak which the Doctor has to stop or something... I personally found it all rather confusing, what with these strange (and atrange doesn't necessarily mean bad) aliens who I could never quite fully believe in, and then the standard separation between Doctor and companion.
It's a very depressing book, lots of horrible thngs happen and it all looks like it's going to turn out horribly, and indeed all is not well at the end of the book. However, that's to be understood as it is, after all, part one of four of this Sam-is-lost arc, the rest of which is absolutely brilliant [Legacy of the Daleks is next, then Dreamstone Moon, but Seeing I, next, is top!], and so whilst not being a brilliant novel, it serves a purpose.
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