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Long Time Dead (Torchwood #17)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  176 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Excavations of the old Torchwood Institute are under way, but the body of Suzie Costello is nowhere to be found - a "Torchwood: Miracle Day" prequel
Paperback, 251 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Random House UK (first published January 1st 2011)
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Я, по ясным только моему воспаленному мозгу причинам, была уверена, что на обложке Гвен (кто еще остался?), а оказалось, что вообще Сьюзи Костелло оО И вся книга посвящена ее возвращению к жизни на непродолжительный промежуток времени после событий Children of Earth . Мой внутренний компас задетектил повтор (They Keep Killing Suzie), но.. не совсем. Старую как мир идею вроде «вернуть кого-то к жизни» Сара Пинбороу превратила в кровавый трибьют Костелло с мыльным хэппи-эндом. Дальше спойлеры, я п ...more
I really didn't enjoy this one. There was such an unexpected element of insta-love which I have never before encountered in Torchwood, that it seemed almost ludicrous. The entire plot seemed a bit silly and it definitely felt like a filler story designed to fill a gap that could quite happily remained empty. Not to mention a completely unnecessary return from Susie Costello.
Daniel Kukwa
Now THIS is darkness...literally & figuratively. One last dance for the psychotic Suzie Costello in a "Miracle Day" prequel that will send shivers down your spine. I would have loved to have seen this filmed as an actual episode -- its cinematic qualities leap from the page, and the dangers of the rift have never seemed so horrifying. My only complaint is that PC (now Sergeant) Andy is given very little to do, and it could have used another fifty pages of terror-filled plot machinations. Oth ...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]I absolutely hated Pinborough's previous Torchwood novel, and pondered whether to even crack the covers of this one. However, I'm glad I did; this picks up the story of Suzie Costello, five years after her death in the very first episode of Torchwood, getting unexpectedly resurrected in the rubble of the Hub and creating mayhem while setting up some of the scenery for Miracle Day. None of the regular Torchwood characters appear (apart fro ...more
As much as I disliked kids topic in previous book the idea of reading about Suzie, character I never got to enjoy (and that I liked Various Torchwood members), that idea led me to simple conclusion - let's listen to audiobook. It turned out to be nice, nicely long, and narrator had very pleasant voice.
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Sherilyn Young
As a fan of Torchwood I really enjoyed reading this.
I actually really enjoyed this book. I loved Suzie in the series, I always thought she had so much potential and was sad to see her go so soon, so it was nice to see her back in action in this book. I do kind of wish Andy would have been in it slightly more, seeing as he is one of my favorite characters, but you can't have everything. Although a lot of people said they weren't sure about the ending with Suzie and Cutler...I was just glad that she sort of got a happy ending after all, well as goo ...more
What a disapointment. First thing this book timeline wise was meant to be the first in the prequeal series and yet was listed as third in the series on the book jacket. Second the actual alien of the piece was confusing, vague and not at all frightening. And third the ending had a heavy dose of instant love that turned one of my favorite villians of the first series into a pile of mush that was willing to die in the arms of a man whom she had just met ten pages ago.

I wouldn't recommend this boo
Kelly Cassidy
Of all of the "Torchwood: Miracle Day" prequels I enjoyed this one the most. Partly because it did not tie in directly into the main series, but gave a perspective on the lives of others that Torchwood influenced... those who were retconned by the team in the past. Without delving into plot, using Suzie (a former and pseudo-dead member) as the main character, it gave the disjointed feel, but by addressing the collapse of the Hub in "Children of Earth" and including Andy in it... it still tied in ...more
Alexander Catt
I never was really interested in the torchwood novels at first but when I say Suzie Costello on the cover I had to buy it as she was a character that always interested me and I was saddened that she didnt appear on series 2 like they had planned so another reason I bought it. I didnt know what to expect at first but from the start of the book it didnt take long for it to grip me and that meant it only took me a few days to finish it. It is one of those books that you cant put down in my opinion.
Just when we thought we'd never see Suzie Costello again, she's back...

Although I was immensely disappointed with the Torchwood: Miracle Day series, I was still interested enough in the overall show to read the books. This one was set before the events in TMD and besides Ms Costello, features a character readers had already met in "Into The Silence" the previous Torchwood novel penned by Sarah Pinborough.

This was an entertaining story. Very dark and gruesome in places.
Luke Varley
It was nice to see Suzie again.. But I just think the story could have been better to live up to the promise that came with thoughts of her return. The second half seemed more enjoyable than the first half however. Also on a positive note, I did however like all the little references to other Torchwood stories (including the other books). All in all, it wasn't the strongest story out of the Torchwood books, but there has definitely been worse before it.
Jan 11, 2015 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: torchwood fans
Recommended to Erin by: Jack Harkness
First time reading a Torchwood book and it was not as I expected. Really interesting story, but using a character who was killed off in the first episode of the series. Interesting to have her back. No one else from the series is included except the idea or shadow of a man named Captain Jack Harkness. Gripping, sinister and a touch of the macabre. I would recommend this book to anyone who misses the old Torchwood.
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief im not actually mad!
pretty scary book, it actually really reminded me of supernatural, which is cool.

but yea decided not to finish it, its apparently book 18 in the series..... thinking I should maybe start at book 1 yea?? :P
Well, it was better than I would have expected, given that I'm not a Suzie fan. I'm also not a Gwen fan & this story has no Gwen, so that helped. LOL Tragic ending, so don't read it if you want happy endings.
This story focuses on Suzie Costello. I didn't like her in the few TV shows and I didn't like her here. Although she did do some things at the end to redeem herself.
It was a good story.
Alyssa Greatbanks
Probably the best out of the three, but I didn't particularly like it.
It wasn't bad, just not really that interesting of a story.
I am really liking this book so far... I throughly enjoy the TV show, so reading this book is familiar.
I don't know how the author sold me on this couple but she absolutely did and I ship them like crazy now.
While it was a good just wasn't one of the best. Would have made a good episode of Torchwood.
This is much more like Torchwood of old, and all the better for it. An enjoyable story.
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Sarah Pinborough is the British author of five horror novels and her sixth, Feeding Ground, is due out from Leisure books in October 2009. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies and she has also written aTorchwood novel Into the Silence for BBC Books (May 09). She is currently working on A Matter of Blood, the first of a supernatural thriller trilogy for Gollancz, which will be in ...more
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