Tears of the Oracle (New Adventures) Mass Market Paperback – 17 Jun 1999
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On a barren asteroid, Jason Kane has happened on the fabled Oracle of the Lost - a timeless mechanism for seeing into the future. But there is something alive inside that draws strength from sentient beings. As tensions rise, the first deaths occur and the menace grows.
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Justin Richards has written a wonderful book in Tears of the Oracle. The Oracle is almost tragic, in a sense. The characters are all well-defined and play off each other nicely. The prose is typical Richards: very good, but not great, but it definitely suits the book. As typical of Richards, there are plenty of twists and turns and interesting situations. Benny is back to her old self after a few books, and it's wonderful to see. I'd have to say that this is the best of the Benny books, or at least it's my favourite.
There's one bad thing, and it's a piece of fanwank that just goes a bit too far. The book has a passing mention (without naming names, of course) of a certain Time Lord who Benny traveled around with for awhile. There's one section in the book that ties down that Time Lord's relationship with another character just a bit too tightly in my book. I enjoyed some of the in-jokes along these lines in previous books, but this one nailed it down too much in my book. I like my in-jokes vague.
Still, that's a small bit, and I can ignore the fact that it ever happened if I want. It didn't detract from my enjoyment of the novel at all. It's too bad that there weren't more Benny books of this quality before the line died out. This one is a worthwhile addition to it.