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The Angel's Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery (Doctor Who E-Books)

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The Angel's Kiss: A Melody Malone Story is an ebook based on a story partially told in British science fiction television series Doctor Who.

The book, fictionally written by River Song under the detective pen-name Melody Malone. It was featured in the episode "The Angels Take Manhattan", with The Doctor reading it.

The story of "The Angels Take Manhattan" is formed in The An
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ebook, 80 pages
Published October 4th 2012 by BBC Digital
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Megan Lavey-Heaton
"The Angel's Kiss" is everything I ever wanted in a solo River Song story. The sass. Her brains. The sass. Guns. The references to the Doctor and her life, which I thought were fantastic. The sass. You can tell this was deliberately hyped up in a pulp fiction manner, but the core of it is all River Song. If you're a fan of River, you're going to love this story. You can hear Alex Kingston's voice in your head as the narration goes along, and it ties in extremely well into "The Angels Take Manhat ...more
Amy
Before I read this I was completely aware that it wasn’t the same book that’s in the episode, The Angels Take Manhattan. I’m wasn’tsure what it was intended to be…a prequel or something completely different. Nevertheless, I was disappointed.

Reading the first chapter, I had to stop part way through just to laugh. I thought the writing was terrible. It felt rushed to me and it didn’t capture the essence of River Song. As a huge fan of River Song, I would expect a better story from her. I understa
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Danica
This was absolutely perfect, brilliant, sassy and so so RIVER. MY LORD, I could hear her voice when I was reading the dialogue. It was a fantastic read and I couldn't get over all of the flirting and the sass and the pure wit sprinkled throughout. Did I mention the SASS? This was exactly what I wanted in a solo River book and I am so pleased that I wasn't disappointed.

I have three wishes concerning this book:

1.) I wish I could have a hard copy
2.) I wish it was longer
3.) I wish we could get an au
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Nadia
Unfortunately I wasn't as impressed as I hoped to be, I still enjoyed reading it as a very short book (I doubt I would have wanted to read much more of it if it was a fully length novel). The character portrayed isn't the River I know and love, she didn't seem as smart and made far too many egotistical remarks.

The story was okay, although not without it's imperfections, but the reason I rate it so poorly is because of the writing. The writer may have captured the 'sass' of River but that charac
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Rebecca Cartwright
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This is pretty much a perfect book. I was not expecting much from it but it had me hooked from the very first page and was absolutely hilarious.
The character of River was captured perfectly and I could see and hear Alex Kingston in every line. The prose was so tightly constructed that there was almost a joke or a double meaning in every sentence. It isn’t just that it was a good story, the control the author had over each word was amazing.
I don’t imagine that many non-Whovians will read th
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Megan
This was a fun read, or listen as I listened to the audio version. I loved hearing Alex reading the story, it brought a lot more to it. She did a great job not only with Melody but with the other characters as well, I loved all the different voices she was able to do.

The story though, while good and pretty enjoyable, wasn't as great as I thought it would be. Still glad I listened to it and I liked learning a bit more of what Melody was doing in New York before The Angels Take Manhattan.

I would r
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Duckpondwithoutducks
This unique Doctor Who novella is a direct tie-in to The Angels Take Mangattan, episode 5 of Season 7 of Doctor Who. A book featuring Melody Malone is an integral part of that story. But just to clarify, this novella is the events leading up to the beginning of that DW episode that happened to Melody Malone. The novella does not retell the events of the television episode. The novella ends right around the line that the Doctor first reads in the episode:
"My stocking seams were straight, my lipst
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Philippa
To be honest I hadn't really read the synopsis when I bought this book, so initially I had expected it to be the book the Doctor was reading in The Angels Take Manhattan. When I started reading it and realised that this wasn't the case, I was pleasantly surprised. It is actually a prequel, if you will, of the episode. If you're a fan of River Song, which I am, then this is the book for you. It's 100% sass and sexy, and very much in-character. I could definitely hear Alex Kingston's voice in my h ...more
Blair
Cute, fun, funny, and very short ebook to tie in with the Doctor Who episode The Angels Take Manhattan. Very in keeping with the character of River Song - I loved the witty way it was written and the narrative did a very good job of combining the atmosphere of a noirish, pulpy mystery with near-constant wisecracks and puns. There probably won't be any more of these but if they were written, I would certainly read them!
Nathan
I don't think I'm alone in saying that River Song is not my favorite Doctor Who character (the Doctor is, duh! lol). For some reason the developments during seasons 5 and 6 have put a real bad taste in my mouth for her. She's a great character, but I don't like how they've related her to Amy/Rory. It bothers me.

But, anyway, I want to say that this book has reminded me why I like her character. It doesn't really matter where she came from, she's still hilarious. This book does well showcasing her
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Dan
This short e-book is a prequel to the Series 7 Doctor Who episode "The Angels Take Manhattan". It's narrated by River Song in her guise of New York detective Melody Malone. It's actually written by Justin Richards who is the lead writer in the book range, though this is very different from any other Doctor Who book.

The story sees Melody Malone investigate when a movie star pays her a visit worrying for his life then appears to forget it ever happened the next day. It's more a story of human evi
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Ravencrantz
I think this was the only eBook I actually bought from Amazon. Once I learned that they were actually releasing this book, I had to find and read it.

It was so easy to slip into River's--ahem, I mean Melody's voice and it had that wonderful sassiness that she pulls off so well. It was a very quick read, and I really wouldn't recommend it to those who aren't Whovians. She drops a lot of hints as to who she really is and her time traveling days, but you really wouldn't catch them if you weren't loo
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Charlene
Even though this book is affiliated with the TV show Doctor Who, it works pretty well as a standalone story - if you have a slight understanding of the show's baddies The Weeping Angels. It reads as a typical hard-boiled detective novel set in the 1930s, with Melody Malone's hilarious wit and way with words. As it says in the book and in the TV show, "She's got ice in her heart, and a kiss on her lips." and she is totally delightful - Melody's personality is wonderfully brought to life in this s ...more
Riina Y.T.
I very much enjoyed the familiarity in the character, Melody Melone aka River Song. It was perfectly written in my opinion and the flow was very well to read. There are many very very brilliant lines that just made this book very enjoyable and much River/Doctor-like.

On a personal level I give this book 5 Stars because I simply enjoyed reading it. If it really deserves 5 stars based on the story etc, that I am not sure of.

It is a very short book, seemed a bit fast paced BUT the story turned out
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Tria
Alex Kingston, naturally, narrates the audiobook for this story voiced by her character, River Song, who poses as Melody Malone to tell the tale of The Angel's Kiss, and as always, her talent shines through to make it a better story than it might have been, were it told in a different voice. To have a TV-tie-in audiobook completely voiced by the first-person narrator is an unusual thing, but it works very well for this.

The story itself isn't particularly strong, as I've said in my review of the
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Michael Cook
This was originally advertised as the book that was featured in “The Angels Take Manhattan” and it’s for that reason that it has earned 3 stars instead of higher, because the book itself is not bad. It’s inspired by the pulp novels of the 30s, and that really shows. River Song’s character really fits in well with the tone, and the mystery itself is engaging and serves as an interesting prequel to the episode itself.

My big complaint is that the people that be should’ve made it absolutely clear th
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Meg
Mar 06, 2014 Meg rated it 5 of 5 stars
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"I caught a reflection of myself in the glass of the door as it opened. Just a flash, as I swing my legs off the desk. Just a quick glimpse to assure myself that everything was buttoned and unbuttoned in the best places and pointing in the right direction." Melody Malone, or more appropriately Melody Pond, best known as River Song steams right off the page in full-on "Hello, sweetie!" persona. A tongue-in-(someone-else's-)cheek private detective thrilled by the case she's been offered by the gor ...more
April
River Song is my favorite Doctor Who character, and she just may be the perfect woman. She is smart, sexy, and sassy, and she's not afraid if the entire universe to knows it. She's also a hopeless romantic, but her love is reserved for only man. This book is the only stand-alone River Song story in the Doctor Who universe and it's just about perfect. The tone, the syntax, the vocabulary, it's all spot-on. The only reasons I'm not giving it five stars are 1) it's too short, and 2) the "mystery" i ...more
Jane
An over-the-top celebration of noir and the assets of Melody Malone aka Melody Williams aka River Song. Alex Kingston makes the most of every pun and double entendre. There is no depth here, but I enjoyed listening to her read this silly story. If you are a fan of Doctor Who, River Song, and Alex Kingston, you will probably find it a diverting hour and forty-five minutes. Otherwise I suspect you just won’t get it.
Rebecca Timberlake
This is maybe a 3.5 rounded to 4 stars more than a solid 4 stars. But that's not because I didn't like it. No, it's because I wish there had been more. But of course, this is more of a prequel to the Angels Take Manhattan episode, not the full story. Remember the rule Eleven explained, once you read it, you can't change it? In theory, you could read this, then watch the episode, and have the complete plot.

The Melody Malone character in the book isn't exactly the River Song we know and love. But
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Rachel
It was an okay short story. I was hoping for more of a tie to the book from the Doctor Who Angels Take Manhattan episode, but it ends right before they'd connect.

The style reminds me of Nior/Humphrey Bogart detective, which its suppose to. I liked all the nods to Melody's past and Doctor Who references. I could have done with less description on the film industry at the time.

I got a bit annoyed with the author's emphasis on Melody's flaunting of her looks and body. Sure, she's flirtatious, but
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Maria Elisabeth
First of all, this is NOT the book referenced in Angels Take Manhattan. It's a prequel.

I wanted to like it, I really did. But the story was wierd (and lacked the brilliance I expect with Doctor Who wierdness)and Miss Malone herself(aka Doctor Who's Melody Pond/River Song) acted like she had the brain the size of a chickpea and flirted a great deal too much. Sure, it was humorous, but I think River has a better mind than that.

The only good thing about this book is that the reading of the imcompar
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Kim
Pretty disappointing. I really don't think I'll bother with any Doctor Who books again.
Shannon Appelcline
The Angel's Kiss. Richards is a good writer, so I wasn't surprised to like this story. He has a strong sense of River Song's voice, and a good ear for noir, making this a fun read if not a very deep one. Folks concerned that the Angel in this story has a different power-set than the Angels in Doctor Who entirely miss the point. It's not a Doctor Who adventure per se, but a story intended as a message to the future, and that's exactly what it delivers, along with some fun along the way [7/10].
Kat
I didn't care for this story. The narrator's tone was very smug and annoying which took me out of the book from the beginning. More importantly while the plot sets up interesting ideas to begin with, it ends up being a very uninteresting story especially when the reader can guess the twists before the narrator does. For those curious, it also doesn't follow the structure that the Doctor Who episode it ties into suggests (chapter titles are not the same, for one). This didn't bother me, but it mi ...more
Randy
This novella by Justin Richards is tied to the Doctor Who Series 7 episode “The Angels Take Manhattan”. As such, I will avoid spoilers for the novella, but not for the episode. The fan service in this one is in full swing. In the episode, The Doctor reads from the book while enjoying a day with his companions Amy and Rory Williams in Central Park. The twist of course is that the book is written by Melody Malone, aka River Song. In the episode, River has written of her adventures in 1940s NY as ...more
Callie Rose Tyler
This book is a prequel to the Doctor Who episode –Angels in Manhattan, which is not exactly what I was expecting but I was still every entertained. The last line or two of this story are the lines we hear read by the Doctor to Amy at the start of the Angles episode. I was expecting to read about events that happened during the episode but I think that what I got was something better since it is probably more interesting to read about the events leading up to the episode than rereading events tha ...more
Ruth
"The Angels Take Manhattan" -- the fifth episode from the current (seventh) season of Doctor Who -- saw longtime companions Amy and Rory bid a poignant and moving farewell to the Eleventh Doctor. Fittingly their final adventure involved one of the Doctor's most fearsome foes (in my view at any rate) -- the Weeping Angels. Only Stephen Moffat could take statuary associated with memorials and faith and give it such a deliciously sinister undertone.

Within the episode, the Doctor reads a pulp detect
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bella
Melody Malone is a private investigator and is called in to investigate a mystery involving film star, Rock Railton, who thinks someone is out to kill him. When Melody starts to investigate she realizes that something supernatural is going on and works to stop them before more people are hurt.

I'm a big Doctor Who fan so the idea of a mystery series surrounding one of the characters is a great concept to me. While not a huge fan of Melody Malone in the Doctor Who tv show I was looking forward to
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Justin Richards is a British writer. He has written many spin off novels based on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, and he is Creative Director for the BBC Books range. He has also written for television, contributing to Five's soap opera Family Affairs. He is also the author of a series of crime novels for children about the Invisible Detective, and novels for older children. ...more
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