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Big Bang Generation by Gary Russell

Big Bang Generation

Book Info

Title: Big Bang Generation (Doctor Who)
Author: Gary Russell
Published: September 8, 2015
Pages: 240
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

Sometimes we need to be careful what we decide to seek. For Professor Horace Jaanson, who has studied ancient history all of his life, it’s finding the most important artifacts of the past, long lost and hidden. But sometimes those things are lost for a reason. And when Jaanson’s expedition is usurped by an unlikely band of explorers, he might start to regret his search. Things are more complicated than they seem and the leader of this newest group calls on an old friend, The Doctor, to help them sort out the mess–a mess that might actually lead to the end of the universe and all existence. After all, there is a reason the Ancients made their technology difficult to find in the first place…some things should be left alone.

It’s difficult not to enjoy an adventure with The Doctor, though I didn’t really feel like there was as much of his personality in this one as I would have liked. This is partly due to the very large cast of characters, keeping them all sorted, and sometimes trying to figure out how they pop in and out from scene to scene. The character of Bernice Summerfield is also a big personality, often taking charge of conversation but not always the situation. This was my first experience with her, so perhaps I wasn’t really prepared for that, either.

Overall, though, an enjoyable adventure with enough ties to the current incarnation of The Doctor to make it work.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via BloggingForBooks in exchange for an honest review.]

Doctor Who: Silhouette by Justin Richards

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Author: Justin Richards
Published: September 9, 2014
Pages: 256
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:
Disclaimer: I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.

After a string of mysterious murders in Victorian London, Madame Vastra and her associates find themselves on the case.  The only connection they can seem to find is the Carnival of Curiosities, an attraction visited by all of the victims shortly before their deaths.  Add to that a curious power spike, and the Doctor finds himself on the case with Clara in tow.  But who (or what) is killing people?  And to what end?

This is the second Doctor Who novel that I’ve read and it has definitely redeemed the idea of media tie-in novels for me.  I thoroughly enjoyed this story.  The characterizations of the team we know and love from the show were spot-on and this felt very much like a good episode of Doctor Who while I was reading it.  (In fact, I do kind of wish this could be made into an episode–I’d love to see it and it’s much better than anything Steven Moffat has come up with in at least the past two seasons.)  It’s a unique and engaging Doctor Who adventure and I’d recommend it to anyone who considers themselves a fan of the show.

Doctor Who: The Blood Cell by James Goss

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Title: Doctor Who: The Blood Cell
Author: James Goss
Published: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages: 256

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:
Disclaimer: I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.

The Governor, warden of an ultra secure prison on a remote galaxy, is used to dealing with some of the worst criminals. And he’s certainly seen them all. When a prisoner 428 arrives–insisting on being called The Doctor and immediately taking to regular escape attempts–he knows this one is different. But as his arrival also seems to bring a sudden increase in system failures and other mishaps, the Governor soon realizes he’s dealing with something far beyond one prisoner and the young woman who keeps showing up hoping to get a visit with him.

Though I am a long-time Whovian, this was my first foray into Doctor Who novels and probably the first novel spin-off/tie-in that I’ve ever read for a media franchise. And I count myself pleasantly surprised. James Goss has certainly captured the elements of a Doctor Who adventure here in these pages and the story itself is engaging. The characters at the prison are unique and well-developed (and some are even endearing).

As a book released early in the Twelfth Doctor’s run, it was certainly interesting to get another glimpse at him to add to what I’ve seen on screen. That said, I struggled a bit with his character and felt that of all the characters, he lacked depth. Since this was a Doctor Who story, it’s a little disappointed to feel that way about the starring character, even though the rest of the story was enjoyable. Which is precisely why I’m giving this three stars instead of four.