Doctor Who: Paradox Lost (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #48)
'The Squall feed on psychic energy. They spread like a plague and if they are not stopped they will strip the Earth clean...'
London 1910: an unsuspecting thief finds himself confronted by grey-skinned creatures that are waiting to devour his mind. London 2789: the remains of an ancient android are dredged from the Thames. When reactivated it has a warning that can onl
I'm not sure why I originally picked this up since I pretty much swore off reading George Mann after so-so experiences with The Affinity Bridge, The Osiris Ritual, and Ghosts of Manhattan. I think what sold me is that the plot description reminded me of th ...more
Anyway, the TARDIS team - albeit it was pretty much the Doctor going off doing his own thing and Amy & Rory being left to cope on their own - worked fairly well, the plot about a bunch of feasting-on-minds aliens trying to take over Earth ...more
I liked the way the pieces of this story fit together, even if some parts were painfully ...more
What makes this story work are the characters that The Doctor, Rory and Amy meet. For once there is a truly happy ending, and it was nice to see, especially after a middle section which lags and becomes a bit boring.
Overall, the story was very enjoyable, and was enhanced by the delightfully colourful ...more
A book based on the television show with the characters of the 11th Doctor, Amy, and Rory. This adventure is that the characters are in futuristic London where a robot is dredged up from the river. The problem is that it has been in the river close to a 1000 years and since this is impossible, the Doctor goes back in time to discover once again, an alien race is trying to take over the Earth.
I thought the author did a good job with the characters. Rory felt a little ...more
I enjoyed this book, Amy and Rory spend a fair part of the book separated from the Doctor which gives them the chance to sh ...more
The guest cast are very well written and likable, though there are only really two of them, Angelchrist and Arven. As I recall, the only other guest spots are the woman heading the archaeological team and the burglar in the prologue, both of whom are mere bit parts. Perhaps for this reason, in spite of the threat to the whole city, ...more
But one thing they can do for an adult reader is to point out the quality of the acting in the current ...more
A good book and well worth reading. It's an interesting story and there is good action throughout with a scary enemy and a lot at stake.
The main problems with this book are that it starts slow and continually changes pace from fast and exciting to slow and boring (mostly as it switches from the Amy/Rory story to the Doctor/Angelchrist story, the former being the slower, boring one.)
Also for a book that tries to come across as timey-wimey, it is extreme ...more
I'm not sure how George Mann manages to write in different styles but he does. I have re ...more
(Not a spoiler -- the info is right on the back cover): The main action of the story takes place in 1910 and 2789, and both on the cover and throughout the book this is referred to as having been "more than a thousand years." I'm not sure how timey-wimey they're being here, but where I'm at, the time which passed from 1910 to 2789 is only 879 years, or somewhat LESS than a thousand years. If it had been worded "nearly a thous ...more
On the way to the Rambalian Cluster, the Doctor, Rory, and Amy find themselves in London in the year of 2789. They walk on a archaeological dig. The dig finds a robot that calls for the Doctor. Meanwhile in London on the year of 1910, bat like creatures terrorize London. The Doctor and company must stop these creatures or the world will be devoured.
It was an easy read, and took me about ...more
It's mostly told by Rory (who doesn't have much character at all), and a random old guy from 1910 who knows a bit about aliens. I really didn't like that the Doctor was more of a background element in the story, because I don't care what the old guy thinks. Also, the two-page description of the TARDIS was boring and entirely unnecessary. There was waaaay too much forced exposition.
A very childish yet somewhat violent (blood leaking out of eyes) story.
I would r ...more
A former editor of Outland, Mann is the author of The Human Abstract, and more recently The Affinity Bridge and The Osiris Ritual in his Newbury and Hobbes detective series, set in an alternate Britain, and Ghosts of Manhattan, set in the same universe some decades later.
He wrote the T ...more