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VINE VOICETOP 500 REVIEWERon 11 March 2018
An original novel based on the tv show Torchwood. Teling an all new story for the characters that never appeared before this in any other medium.

As with all Torchwood, it's strictly adults only. This has more adult moments than even usual.

It runs for two hundred and fifty pages. It's divided into many short unnumbered chapters. They all just have titles that describe the action in the chapter instead.

It's set somewhen after season two of the tv show, as you can see from the cover and how many of the cast it shows.

In addition to the usual characters, this also focuses on a lady called Emma. Who is thirty. Single. And still looking for mister right. When she comes across a strange device that talks to her and says it can do whatever she wants to make things perfect, she finally seems to have a chance.

Meanwhile strange things have happened to a ferry and it's passengers.

And even stranger things have happened to Ianto. Who has no memory of what happened to him on a certain night. And why he now has the body of a woman.

He has a lot to learn about the opposite gender...

A very quirky read in it's style, and it's appealing from the off for how it tries to do something different. And it does go to great depths to describe many personal things for the characters. But since they're acting like that rather than investigating things, it's entertainingly different. Some of the humour of Ianto's problem is genuinely funny, but sometimes it doesn't quite come off.

For the first hundred pages whilst this is a fun read because of all the above, it's also not the fastest. But after that it really turns into a clever book indeed. Because although many disparate things were going on to begin with, everything does come together. And it's quite superb and very clever at how it does that.

It does have great moral points to make about our quests to be perfect and to find the perfect partner, and these can set you thinking on those subjects.

And the ending wraps it all up very nicely for all concerned.

Just short of a five star read because of some of the humour that doesn't come off, and it may be that the style and subject matter of this is an acquired taste. But I liked it a lot. So well worth four stars.
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on 3 October 2017
Just finished all most perfect. The best book yet it takes a long time to read if you want to understand it . But I will definitely read again
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on 18 August 2017
Loved it. Compliments the tv series perfectly.
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on 23 May 2014
I sadly lost my original copy of this story and decided to buy a new copy! It's a favourite of the first 15 Torchwood novels!!
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on 14 October 2016
Loved it brilliant
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on 11 November 2008
Although it sounds like something from the maddest reaches of fanfiction, you shouldn't let the overall premise of Ianto waking up as a beautiful woman put you off reading this story. This is a fast-paced mystery thriller in which all the pieces slot together until you eventually find out how this bizarre situation happened. No prizes for guessing that alien tech is involved and that it's all Jack's fault, even if he doesn't realise it at first.

The short chapters switching from one set of protagonists to another really move the story along, and keep you turning the pages, although you do have to concentrate to keep the time-line straight as the narrative jumps around.

All the main characters are well written, especially Jack who leaps quipping, smirking and larger than life out of the pages, until he is once again put in the position of having to make the really tough decisions to undo the damage.

There are moments of great humour including the Time Agency's use of flowcharts and Rhys & Gwen undercover at a speed-dating session; real horror and also poignancy - particularly when Ianto is given the opportunity to have his heart's desire granted.
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on 9 November 2008
A great plot with plenty of funny moments. Keeps you in suspense until the end. And you don't need to be a Torchwood fan to enjoy it. A great read.
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on 7 August 2015
Good and fast sale
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on 5 January 2018
First book after the demise of Tosh & Owen, so limited characters to deal with.

The first two thirds is excellent, with very funny chapter headings and lots of humor, the remaining section which tries to tie the plot strands together works less well. I wasn't really convinced about why Ianto had been changed bodies, or why the bodies had moved in time - so overall rather frustrating.

If the remaining books in the series are all going to be set after season 2, I think the writers are going to struggle with lack of key characters
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VINE VOICETOP 1000 REVIEWERon 6 January 2009
This is a fast-paced novel of pure Torchwood. Off the leash from Doctor Who, it revels in the naughtier side of sci-fi- in this case, sex and relationships. It's very 'pop culture' and 'now'- for a whole chapter is written in the format of a Facebook status update, and the chapter headings are a 'name that song' game. This doesn't jar though like you might think it would.

With fewer characters left in the show (it's now the Torchwood 3), each character gets more opportunity to shine. Jack takes a back seat for much of the book, giving Ianto the chance to appear more than one-dimensional for once- an opportunity he takes (mostly), in some interesting directions.

Like the TV show it does have moments where it goes over-the-top- in particular about Cardiff's gay community. There are cliches and stereotypes about women and gay men flying left right and centre here, which you'll either laugh off or find a bit offensive. Hopefully you'll just laugh it off, as it's a funny story with a lot of good comic dialogue.

It's well written and a really easy read- I'd finished it in a couple of hours. In fact at under 250 pages it's too short.
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