Torchwood: Another Life Paperback – 25 Apr 2013
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If you have never watched Torchwood, it might be a good idea to read this book first in order to find out if this series is your cup of tea. It gives all the information you need, including what Torchwood is, the characters and what kind of stories to expect. The author knows Torchwood very well and the characterizations are very accurate. The book takes place early in the series which is reflected in numerous ways. I think also people who never watched Torchwood can read this book without any problems.
I see Torchwood as something between Star Trek`s Section 31 and "the department" of Starfleet Intelligence, led by Admiral Nechayev in the main Star Trek book universe, that is dealing with missions that push what is legal, what is moral, what is acceptable to its limits and sometimes beyond. When does the end justify the means when it is about protecting Earth from alien threats? And when, there is the next question, namely what is still justifiable under such circumstances? Torchwood is not an illegal organization and although what it is about is a secret, they are called to investigate suspicious murders or other events that are unusual. Their task is to find answers, stop threats and at the same time, keeping alien presences secret and collect alien technology they find. The Prime Minister knows all about Torchwood but how much further that knowledge goes, is unknown.
Torchwood is a spin-off of Doctor Who, a British SF series, and that this story takes place in Britain is also obvious when reading this book.Read more ›
For as long as I have been a reader of the series of Torchwood novels, I have never read them in order. I know this doesn't affect a thing as the books aren't linked but still ... As a result, I have finally got around to reading the very first book in the series. I have also read Peter Anghelides second book in the series, Pack Animals. I was a huge fan of Pack Animals. This combined with an amazing plot summary, meant that I had high hopes for Another Life. Were they fulfilled? Pretty much ...
The plot starts with a Cardiff serial murderer throwing himself off a multi-storey building and we see how the city's drainage system collapses with extremely heavy rainfall (a fact I love by the way, true to the UK's weather). We also get to see some proper Torchwood-meets-alien action here, with the mastermind Bruydac and the monster in the bath ... It can't be denied that there is a lot for a reader to get their teeth into here. This is combined with Anghelides' great characterisation of the Torchwood team and the supporting characters.
In conclusion, Peter Anghelides has written a fantastic book here, perhaps not up to the great standard that was evident in Pack Animals, but still brilliant. Once again, I would definitely recommend it to any Torchwood fan, as it's a great read! (8/10)
Strip away the investigative details and the plot of 'Another Life' is sadly a rather generic 'invading alien warrior' already seem a few hundred times in the main Doctor Who lines. Beyond the creatures mind-hopping abilities and delightfully gruesome diet there is also absolutely nothing interesting about the main alien threat, who seems to be entirely devoid of any interesting motivation beyond being 'alien'. Thankfully this rather generic warrior is accompanied by some non-talking starfish creatures which lead to some of the novels better moments...
Peter Anghelides does well to provide a good chunk of material for each of the Torchwood regulars, and while Owen probably gets the meatiest section of the novel with the tale of his own doomed attempt to recruit a new Torchwood member, everyone gets a good slab of the action - even tea-boy(or should that be 'coffee-boy'?) Ianto. The only slight downside to this is that the novel is almost entirely lacking any strong or well-developed original supporting characters, as Anghelides concentrates exclusively on the Torchwood regulars, with (a few short death scenes aside) practically every paragraph seen through the eyes of one of the TV series stars.
As with the TV series Captain Jack's immortality is something of a problem dramatically, as thanks to the aliens modus operandi it becomes very obvious early on how Jack will end up defeating the menace.Read more ›
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