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on 7 December 2000
Dave Stone's writing takes another turn for the worse in this pretty dire book. Some of his other stuff (ie Death and Diplomacy) has been funny and enjoyable, but this is just too crazy. There is no story at all to follow, and Bernice is practically unrecognisable. Avoid this one at all costs.
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Funnily enough I have found this to be far and away the best Dave Stone novel I've read! His previous efforts for the ongoing New Adventures series have been dire; Stone's in-your-face style of comedy is never going to appeal to everyone, however whereas Sky Pirates! (Doctor Who New Adventures) and Death and Diplomacy (New Doctor Who Adventures) were just silly, Ship of Fools does have a kind of Douglas Adams'esque whimsy and subtle tongue-in-cheek satire that lifts it above his previous efforts. Not the best Bernice Summerfield novel (that honour currently resides with Oh No it Isn't! (New Adventures)), but still a worthwhile read.
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on 1 February 2017
great
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VINE VOICEon 30 July 2004
The 4th Benny New Adventure finds Bernice cast into the role of detective, as she's trapped on a spaceship with umpteen other detectives and the passengers are dropping like flies. The novel is written as a broad comedy, with all the detectives being not so subtle variation on Miss Marple, Poirot, etc. Readable fluff, but ultimately neither clever or funny enough to really care about. Not one of Stones better books...
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