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Happy Endings (New Doctor Who Adventures) Paperback – 16 May 1996

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; Television tie-in edition edition (16 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426204700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426204701
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 923,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everybody, from Ice Warriors to UNIT veteran s, is attending the wedding of Jason Kane and Bernice S. Sum merfield. But there may not be a wedding at all since someon e is trying to sabotage it '


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By A Customer on 1 Feb. 2005
Format: Paperback
Well , well , well what a wonderfull book ! am a huge fan of paul cornells dr who novels and this one doesnt fail . this is bernice's wedding to jason and with all weddings ...all hell breaks lose. its a loverly book with a good plot and very funny
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This book was needed for my collection, but up to now it had been far too expensive, until I found this one, very pleased.
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Far from being 'loverly' I found this a dull and somewhat schmaltzy read. Written as a celebration of the New Adventures range reaching fifty it centres on the marriage of The Doctor's on-and-off archaeologist companion, Benny and her roguish lover Jason. Some familiar faces pop up and Cornell does his utmost to provide a witty and memorable novel but sadly the ingredients don't quite gel, leaving a rather silly and forgettable concoction in their wake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite Seventh Doctor novel 11 Nov. 2016
By Sam Archer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my favorite Seventh Doctor novel, it has everything, the Master, a wedding, a bunch of guests from most of the New adventures, and it is also the second apperance of the Tipple Master seen in the Movie. It is a book full of laughs and brings a smile to my face every time I read it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheerful, not for the newcomer 8 Dec. 2006
By Michael Battaglia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I didn't start watching Doctor Who until the show was dead and gone and the reruns were playing on American television. That said, I was there when the New Adventures line started coming out back in, oh God, like 1991 or so. At the time this was a novel thing, a series of books continuing the characters that had been left behind by the demise of the TV show, forging into new and original territory and not shackled by the constraints of the broadcast medium. In the US the books trickled over here terribly slow, I used to haunt the local bookstores in the mall in the hopes that I might find a new one and anytime I went somewhere different, the first section I would check in the store was the SF section, in case I found something I missed. Because while the novels were standalone, there was a definite sense of progression between each one, especially if you had been reading since the beginning. So missing or two was a big deal, like skipping the chapter of a really long story. That said, I can be a bit anal about reading things in the proper order and thus the fact that I could never find this book kept me from reading a whole chunk of the ones that came after it for years. For some reason this one was never in any bookstores and it was only this year through the magic of the Internet that I was able to find it. And after sitting through a whole host of Missing Adventures, to go back to the New Adventures was very welcome, reminding me of what I had missed, even if the plot here is kind of thin. Cornell was one of the most highly regarded of the writers, mostly because each of his scant novels somehow broke open the mythos and showed other writers what could be done with the concept. This one isn't much of a writing stretch, for the fifieth novel (in itself a huge milestone) they decided to marry companion Bernice Summerfield and send her off in grand fashion. And that's pretty much it. The plot consists of preparations for the wedding, with the Doctor bopping all around time and space to collect guests, basically everyone the archeologist ever encountered and didn't kill. But it breezes along nicely, this book isn't exactly deep but Cornell knows what he's doing and its full of humorous asides and situations, with the occasional turn toward the serious. What will stop most people is that this book is an absolute continuity fest, they are not kidding when they say they want to wrap up all the loose ends from the previous forty-nine books. More or less anyone who ever made an appearance in the past novels is referenced here, as well as plots and situations. To get it all you either need to have a Who encyclopedia in your head or just be able to go with it and accept that you are not going to understand everything. I didn't think it was too bad and the last time I read these books was over ten years ago. What this book has most is a sense of fun to it, most of the Who novels were not very joyous affairs and you get a sense that Cornell is really having a good time writing this and it's nice to just immerse yourself in the rich world that the writers had created. Some of it runs a bit too long, especially the wedding sequence (apparently one of the chapters everyone took a hand in and wrote a paragraph or two . . . it does go on for a bit) and when what passes for a plot attempts to show up, its almost like an afterthought, to the point where you want the book to go back to focusing on everyone sitting around drinking. But it's a wonderfully fun book, especially for Who fans, showing how strange and fascinating the line could be, with all the offbeat concepts. The Doctor here remains as interesting as always, never as dark in Cornell's hands, he's both sad and manic, enigmatic and open, feeling everything too acutely, acting utterly alien and strangely human. The development of the character was the best thing the authors ever accomplished and you can see it here, in a way that the Missing Adventures never could show. For a fan, this is essential, if only for the walk down memory lane. For everyone else, read the other forty-nine first. Go ahead, we'll wait for you here.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "You once said that you liked Happy Endings." -- Pulp 18 Dec. 2003
By Andrew McCaffrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I first read HAPPY ENDINGS, I was amused. Reading it again in 2003, I was downright tickled. This book is hilarious; I couldn't stop laughing. (And, no, I wasn't laughing at the book, I was laughing with it.) Paul Cornell combines many things together in a way that I wouldn't have thought possible. HAPPY ENDINGS celebrates the publication of the fiftieth New Adventure, manages to tie up loose ends from the previous forty-nine novels, and still arrives with a story that is much more entertaining than it has any right being.
HAPPY ENDINGS is primary the story of companion Bernice Summerfield's marriage to that horribly one-dimensional character from the previous novel. While the plot does make very few journeys outside that premise, it rarely wanders away from the wedding story for very long. After bringing the Relatively Happy Couple to the proverbial sleepy English village of Cheldon in the year 2010, the Doctor spends most of the story scurrying around, importing aliens from all over time and space. The characters amuse themselves in various subplots relating to the wedding. Most of the scenes and sequences are surprisingly short, but this just helps the novel maintain its pleasantly quick pace.
It should be mentioned, of course, that not all of the tie-ins to previous novels are successful. In fact, the book opens with a shockingly poor coda to THE HIGHEST SCIENCE, which only served to remind this reader of just how annoying that story was. Thankfully, the vast majority of the successive references are much more fun, and, indeed, much less awkward. Once the book really gets going, the past slips smoothly into the present, and while it's still obviously a continuity fest, it somehow manages to integrate these pieces well.
As for the plot, well, it's practically nonexistent. Which is a relief to be honest. The story is purely a romp and the narrative follows the romp in whatever direction it decides to lurch rather than sticking purely to plot lines. The result is hugely enjoyable and utterly unpredictable. It shouldn't come as a surprise that some of the book's least good moments are those when the plot rears its angry little head and demands attention. (The other least good moments are, of course, the now hopelessly out of date rec.arts.drwho in-jokes.)
I almost always enjoy the actual process of reading Cornell's prose, even in the books that I didn't like. And I think the writing here ranks with his best. The sentences and words have a wonderful free-flowing quality to them. They just pour gently off the page with me scarcely aware of the fact that I'm reading them. In other, weightier stories, Cornell would successfully use this to throw some stunning and shocking things at the audience. In this book, he manages to sneak some hilarious jokes under the reader's radar until the punch line leaps right off of the page for maximum impact.
It shouldn't (indeed, it can't) be forgotten that this is primary a book for the fans of the New Adventures, and it's almost impossible to appreciate it in any other way. Most of the great scenes are built around those whimsical set pieces that would most appeal to those warriors who have braved the prose that had come before. Some of the book's more successful passages include Sherlock Holmes and Roz Forrester solving a case together, the UNIT family getting one last story together, and Dr. Watson jealously regarding Benny's fiancé. Other moments, such as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart finally coming face to face, are unabashed attempts to stroke the average fan's funny-bone, yet they work.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this reading of HAPPY ENDINGS. Of course, the last time I read the book, I didn't have nearly as many New Adventures under my belt as I do now, so probably caught many more of the jokes this time around. But even the sections that weren't specifically funny were, at the very least, entertaining. And as a romp celebrating the past and present, it's hard to ask for more than that.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Sale: Used 1996 "Doctor Who" Yearbook 2 Dec. 2002
By Jason A. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm not sure how often a series of TV tie-in books gets celebrates its 50th volume. On the other hand, I'm quite sure that when it does happen, very rarely is the occasion as voluble as "Happy Endings".
50 volumes of original "Doctor Who" novels was, make no mistake, a big deal. Where most tie-in novels supplement an ongoing TV series (the gold standard being "Star Trek"), the New Adventures of Doctor Who had a different aim: to replace a series that ended two years before the first book came out.
"Happy Endings" was penned by Paul Cornell, the first star of the NAs: in 1991, he became the first previously-unpublished author to get his first book deal through the "Doctor Who" book line. Cornell in this book writes the wedding of a character he created: Professor Bernice Summerfield, the first "Doctor Who" cast regular who never appeared on TV. And he places the book in the year 2010, in a setting he created: the pastoral British village of Cheldon Bonniface. Beyond that, Cornell also includes characters from nearly all of the 49 previous NAs, and is allowed to tie up several dangling plot threads from those earlier books.
Apart from all the celebrating and indulgent literary tricks, "Happy Endings" is not a book to be read on its own. There's not much plot, apart from the wedding and just a couple of minor alien nuisances. This is a flat-out camp comedy, and extremely British in style. Many characters burst into song (not an easy thing to do on the printed page). Peppered throughout are numerous asides on how Cornell presumably would like society to look in the year 2010: the English monarchy is dissolved, the whole country's gone vegetarian, and a Wiccan handfasting ceremony is the book's emotional touchstone.
In the end, when the humor and social commentary subside, "Happy Endings" remainss a charming novel. If you followed the earlier books in the series, you'll enjoy the return of all the prior characters. Certainly when a series reaches a certain point, it's allowed to rely heavily on its past (think how the 7th season premiere of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" concluded with a lengthy parade of every major villain from the show's past).
However, the line of original DW adventures that "Happy Endings" celebrated, ended less than a year later. Original DW novels are still published, but through a different publishing company, and with entirely different regular characters. Reading this novel so many years after publication is a lot like watching an old rerun of a TV reunion special. Hopefully, you'll be able to say that you remember all the great old moments, and this book will make you smile nostalgically, and just a little bit wistfully.
But another of Cornell's themes is that "Doctor Who" has become far more than just another TV series. On that note, that central message of "Happy Endings" remains true to this day.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only for the most dedicated fans of the series. 22 Sept. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Fans who have read the entire series of Doctor Who
New Adventures may find this book more rewarding,
but for those who haven't followed the entire run
will find this book too convoluted with appearances of characters from the previous 49
novels of the series. Adding to the plethora of
characters is a plot which lacks any real drive
and reading like a Saturday morning cartoon version of the classic science-fiction television
series.
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