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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (25 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849907099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849907095
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 730,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Torchwood – the hit science fiction drama series from the team behind Doctor Who.

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Torchwood is the new high profile drama series from the team behind Doctor Who. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
I sometimes worry when I start to read a novel based on a series that I love, but in this case I needn't have. I fell in love with this novel from the very first few pages just as I had with the first episode of the show. Each character is well written. The jokes are there, the mickey taking and the action. The great story telling and the descriptions from the gory scenes to the storm riddled scenes makes you feel like you are there with the characters. I'm so glad the the character of Ianto was written for as I think he is underused in the series, but he gets a bit to do in Another Life and I hope he is written more for in future novels as I know that he is a character that many fans of the show like. If you like the show you'll love this novel. I couldn't put it down. From start to finish it was great a real little gem.
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This is a real treat for fans of Torchwood even if, like me, you've been disappointed by TV tie-ins in the past. First of all, Anghelides seems to have actually WATCHED the series and captures the characters perfectly. We get Jack's flirtiness, Gwen's overbearing "I'M THE ONLY ONE WITH A HEART!", Owen's slightly-scary letchiness, Tosh's glorious techno-geekiness and, of course, Ianto's gorgeousness. The other books in the series don't make enough of Jack's interest in Ianto (indeed, Ianto doesn't feature much in the others) but this one does... You also get a real feel for Jack's damaged psyche and his willingness to sacrifice anything for the greater good. Pure gold.
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Format: Hardcover
This is the first book of three hardcovers with stand alone stories. They are beautiful - the artwork is impressive and when you place the books together, the spine is showing a group photo of the characters.

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.
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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)
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I miss it so much and this helped a bit. Can everyone who loves Torchwood and John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Kai Owen please write to the BBC and demand they make another (and several more after that) series - go on you know you want to and if you dont know what i am talking about what series 1, 2 and 3 - season 4 was when it all changed and it went to America.
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Format: Hardcover
This first of the Torchwood spin-off novels (at least going by the picture on the spine) features the team going up against a killer mind-hopping alien whose spaceship also happens to be slowly drowning Cardiff as it emerges from the Rift...

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.
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