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Monday, November 4, 2013

Review: Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By

Posted by Charlene // Tags: , , , ,

Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By
by Dan Abnett

Plot Summary:

The winter festival is approaching for the hardy colony of Morphans, but no one is in the mood to celebrate. They're trying to build a new life on a cold new world, but each year gets harder and harder. It's almost as if some dark force is working against them. Then three mysterious travelers arrive out of the midwinter night, one of them claiming to be a doctor. Are they bringing the gift of salvation or doom? And what else might be lurking out there, about to wake up?

An adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor as played by Matt Smith and his companions Amy and Rory.

Review:

This was a fun new adventure! The Morphans' Earth origins highlights some interesting aspects of our culture and how things can be misinterpreted after so many generations of passing on the information.  It's also frustrating because the Morphans can be so close-minded!  But it makes the scenes where the Doctor can make a difference in the Morphans' lives that much more meaningful.

The banter between the Doctor, Amy and Rory was great but sometimes it killed the pace of the action-y parts in the story for me.  It seemed like the characters should have focused more on the danger at hand sometimes.  But I did like a few humorous moments and it didn't kill my enjoyment of the story.

The story has quite a few surprises and it did a pretty good job capturing the voices of the Doctor and his companions (there were a few times when it did feel a little off though).  It also features an old TV show villain and I love when the books tie into the canon of the show.  This was a very entertaining story that kept me interested throughout and I recommend it to the Who fans!


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14 comments:

  1. I like the new 50th anniversary covers, they feel a lot more 'grown up' =)

    I'm glad to hear it captures their voices well - with so many people writing the Doctor Who novels, the characters can be presented in so many different ways.

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    1. Me too! And they all look so nice together as a set! I know, it is difficult to capture the voices of the characters - and the Doctor, Amy and Rory worked so well together in this!

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  2. Since I am new to the genre, I haven't read any book from the Doctor Who library (or even seen the TV show). But I'll be sure to check them out. Thanks for sharing your review, Charlene.

    By the way, I'm Ara @ My Book and My Coffee. A new follower via GFC and Bloglovin. :) I absolutely love your blog - theme and details. :)

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    1. You should definitely start with the TV show first Ara! It's fantastic and so addictive!

      Thank you for following! I'm going to check out your blog right now!

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  3. I had no idea there were Dr. Who books. How fun!

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    1. It certainly helps for the looonngg periods of time when there are no Doctor Who episodes! :)

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  4. One of my friends is obsessed by Doctor Who but I didn't know what to expect. After reading your post, I believe it could be something for me too. Do you think I'd better start with the show or with the book?

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    1. I'd recommend starting with the series.

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    2. I agree with Michael, I think the series is the best way to start - so you can start with the original. If you wanted, you could start with Series 1 of the New series - so with the 9th Doctor. It has a good introduction to the Doctor, and even though the effects aren't that great and it can be a little cheesy, the show just keeps getting better! I also recommend that if the that first series drags a little for you, skip ahead to The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances episodes cause I think they are fantastic!

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    3. Thank you for the tip, Michael and Charlene! Would be great to start the series while I'm having two weeks of for Christmas! I'll put it on my list :D.

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  5. I read this one when it initially came out and really liked it.

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  6. I remember thinking that this one had a nice twist at the end and the Morphan society is pretty interesting! Dark Horizons remains my favorite Eleventh Doctor read but this one is definitely a lot of fun and worth a read. :)

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    1. I need to read Dark Horizons soon! Maybe if I have time I can work it into SciFi Month - this event has really made me pretty productive in reading the Doctor Who novels I have sitting around on my bookshelf.

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