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Entertaining - for Torchwood,
This review is from: Torchwood: Border Princes (Hardcover)
After having finished this book and more than half of the third book of the set, I think I have read the books in the right order. "Another Life" is giving the basics of the series and also introduces the known background of the characters at the time of early Torchwood well. "Slow Decay" is looking at the Gwen/Rhys relationship more closely. Reading it after "Border Princes" gives that aspect of the book more impact. Nevertheless, all three books can be read in any order. They are stand-alone novels.
"Border Princes" is the least dark of the three novels. Some parts are surprisingly funny, sometimes in a twisted, sick way, but more than once I had to smile. Having a bad cold at the moment, especially one part of the book left me half amused and half disgusted. I enjoyed that but on the other hand, the book also contains more swearing than I would have liked sometimes, especially at the beginning. I know, Torchwood is aimed at adults, but nevertheless, I don`t consider excessive swearing to be clever or "adult".
What I mainly liked about the book is the idea that there are other, kind of Torchwoods. Mr. Dine is a great character and I kept hoping that he won`t be killed off. I wish Torchwood, the TV series, would have something like that: An alien who is basically a good guy, an ally but who is obviously coming from a very different world and is still learning to understand how our society works. I could also appreciate how powerful these people are and how dangerous they can be. The vast majority of Torchwood is about dangerous, often outright bad aliens and artefacts that cause death and misery. We get the dangerous artefacts also in this book but this was a refreshing change: If there will be more Torchwood books, I am hoping very much that we will meet Mr. Dine again.
That James is not who he seems to be is obvious from the beginning because he never was a member of the Torchwood team on TV. That also meant that the relationship between him and Gwen had to end badly and I didn`t expect him to survive the book. Soon after the first appearance of Mr. Dine I had a pretty good idea of what will happen next but nevertheless, there were a few surprises and the book never stopped to be an entertaining read.