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on 29 January 2017
as good as the advert said, and arrived earlier than promised, great, definitely use these guys again
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on 29 November 2014
all books from doctor who are amazing - this one is different and is told through diary accounts, but still a good read
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on 28 September 2016
Thank you
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on 13 March 2015
Great story and very interesting introduction written for this 'History Collection' edition.
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on 8 June 2015
This was a present for my mum, arrived quickly and she loved it
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on 1 September 2016
Excellent Book
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on 11 February 2016
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on 18 February 2015
Really good read.
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An original Doctor Who novel, telling an all new story for the Eleventh Doctor - plus companions Amy and Rory - which hasn't been told before in any other medium.

The characterisation of the three main characters is spot on and you can easily imagine the actors who play them saying the dialogue.

The book runs for two hundred and fifty five pages. And it's divided into many short chapters, the majority of which run from a single page to three to five.

It's suitable for readers of all ages but there are some rather dark and emotional moments so I would advise parental discretion for the under tens.

The story sees the TARDIS crash land near a sanitorium in eighteenth century Italy. A place where people from across Europe with tuberculosis are under the care of a Doctor who is pioneering a new treatment into their condition. One that involves taking in an awful lot of sea air.

The TARDIS crew are experiencing some memory loss and thus aren't sure why they are there or of a few things about themselves. But dark things are happening here that shouldn't be taking place, and threaten the course of history. And some very painful choices are going to have to be made...

This breaks the usual format for these books in just having one single narration in that each chapter is told from a different point of view. The Doctor Amy and Rory all get their go, but other supporting characters in the book do as well. The bulk of them are in the form of letters that a young girl who is at the place has written to her mother in Paris.

This is initially a little slow to get going but that's because of the memory loss for the TARDIS crew and the slow reveal of what's happening via careful investigation.

There are some very big plot surprises to be had, and this book does manage to wrong foot the reader right up to the very end.

But key to it are some intriguing moral dilemmas. The goings on aren't the work of any out and out evil villains. Everyone involved has very believable motivations that will give you pause for thought.

It also does the relationship between the Doctor and his two companions exceptionally well, not shying away from tackling how Rory feels about the Doctor and his relationship with Amy.

An absorbing read that constantly surprises and makes you think and does the characters well, this is one of the best in this range
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on 7 June 2011
I loved the perspectives used as it gives the plot more depth and we can see it in the eyes of Amy, the girl Maria, Rory's and Dr. Blooms. being the main views that remain constant.

I loved the end plot twist, it was surprising to say the least. But I won't reveal it. the use of the characters involved was well thought out, even if they are in minor roles but they all had a part to play.

I couldn't put it down, I read it in one day and enjoyed it, this book is one of my favorites of the Matt Smith's era as Doctor. I ordered it on my kindle and it was worth the read.
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