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on 24 September 1999
I chose to buy Storm Harvest because I was about to go on holiday and the back cover blurb sounded perfect. Holiday planet, blue seas, white sands etc. And the planet of Coralee did initially prove to be a wonderful evocation of my own beach life on an island in the Med. However as always there is trouble in paradise. The Alien-esque Krill are starting to hatch out on a reef out at sea and soon the whole planet is threatened by these voracious monsters. This is Doctor Who by numbers - isolated outpost, mysterious protagonist, small band of humans, deadly monsters - all of which make it a fairly formulaic read. But then on the other hand the book is cleverly constructed. The Krill, like Ridley Scotts' Aliens, have a defined lifecycle (egg, hatch - impossible to destroy - almost) and are potential pawns in the hands of the unscrupulous. The plot has a beginning, a middle and an end and is therefore ultimately satisfying. There are several minor characters that are clearly more interesting than the two-dimensional front-runners - particularly the weak human slaves who languish aboard an orbitting spaceship and the dolphins (yes-dolphins!) who power around on exo-skeletons and regularly comment on the action. There is even an evil dolphin - who is quite superb ! Don't expect Storm Harvest to philosophise, or provide you with a life-changing experience, because you will be disappointed. Just sit back and enjoy an easy read. The best moment which I tried in vain to emulate on my beach was the Doctor's attempt to create a gigantic City of the Exxilons sandcastle complete with flashing beacon !
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