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Doctor Who: Silhouette (12th Doctor novel) Kindle Edition
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The book starts out strong and immediately I was engrossed in the vivid descriptions which really bring Victorian London and it's inhabitants to life. I really loved the storyline, set around the Carnival of Curiosities at the Frost Fair on the frozen river Thames, and a seemingly impossible murder nearby. The story encapsulates all that you would expect from a Doctor Who classic storyline; intrigue, suspense, eccentric characters, extraordinary events, and seeing the gang in some tight-spots!
I would highly recommend Silhouette to anyone who likes a good read, whether you are a Doctor Who fan or not.
The only downside I found, and the reason why I only gave it 4 stars, was because of the many mistakes that are in the book - there are normally 1 or 2 mistakes in a book but double-figures is a bit much! This is obviously not the fault of the writer, who has produced a great story, but is the fault of the publishers who haven't proofread the piece very well. Some people may call me picky, but when I'm engrossed in a book I don't like things interrupting the flow of my reading and therefore effecting my enjoyment of the story - like with many spelling/grammar issues and wrong words etc.
It was such a shame for anything to detract from what I thought was an excellent book. I will definitely be recommending Silhouette to my friends and family, although I will warn them about the numerous mistakes beforehand!
....or maybe I'm just a bitter person with a degree who can't get a decent job and gets really frustrated when books can't be proofread properly and published perfectly - if I'm paying full price for a book I at least expect it to be produced to a good quality with people doing their jobs properly - if they can't spot the mistakes then maybe I could have their jobs?! haha if only! :D
I LOVE the Paternoster Gang and their Victorian crime-fighting escapades, and they are on fine form here, with some excellent moments for Strax in particular. (The idea of him drinking, in pubs, with mates, is a delight.) Jenny Flint also gets plenty to do, though less is made here than in the TV series of her relationship with Vastra. And there's a surprising moment for Vastra...
I'm liking Clara a lot better recently - I wasn't overly taken with her character last series, but am finding her more likeable and believable now, and that continues in this novel, where we get to see her interacting with lots of characters other than the Doctor. There's a real flavour of her personality coming through now which I, personally, feel was a bit lacking in the previous series.
The Doctor doesn't actually seem to have that much to do for much of the story, but his characterisation seems to be in line with what we have seen so far in this series and he has some good moments. (I'm particularly enjoying the change in his relationship with Clara.) I loved the bit where he repeatedly bumps into - well, you'll see - while remaining apparently oblivious. Blatant fan-pleasing stuff, but hey, I'm a fan, and I like to be pleased.
As ever, Justin Richards is a safe pair of hands where the writing of Doctor Who books is concerned, and on this occasion he has delivered superbly, with a gripping plot, recognisable characters and a satisfyingly villainous baddie. I loved this story!
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