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on 23 February 2006
Whilst I agree with some of the previous reviewer's comments I actually enjoyed this offering from Andy Lane. Although the plot is banal it is a faithful re-creation of the type of adventure the 1st Doctor would have been caught up in. It also actually develops the rather anodyne TV depictions of Steven and Vicky and gives them - particularly Steven - some more character and action. I thought that Kit Marlowe's attempts to seduce Steven were a rather odd element of the story; Steven himself appears to be questioning his feelings by the end; very strange.
All-in-all an easy and enjoyable read; certainly not the worst of the Missing Adventures by a long chalk.
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VINE VOICEon 18 January 2005
The Empire of Glass has all the ingredients to be a success: The 1st Doctor, Vicki, Steven, 17th Century Venice, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Galileo, Braxiatel and umpteen alien races, but it falls flat due to it's terminally boring plot. The entire first half of the novel is padding, with the Doctor getting involved in a case of mistaken identity - when the plot is finally revealed it turns out to be a very bland tale of an alien arms limitation conference set up by rogue Time Lord Braxiatel. The characters and settings are vivid, but the storyline is so dull and lacking in dramatic tension you'll find it very difficult to care about. One for the completists only.
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