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Doctor Who: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street (Eighth Doctor Adventures #51)

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Time, according to the more arcane elements of quantum theory, is dependent on a consciousness, an observer, for its existence. At the outer reaches of the universe, where human consiousness cannot reach, time goes 'soft', and it is here that mankind meets its own animal and subconscious limitations, in the form of the brutal, carnivorous baboom-like beast.
Paperback, 1st, 284 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by BBC Books
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Mel
Jan 02, 2013 Mel rated it it was amazing
This is an eigth doctor novel, I'd heard it was very good and unlike other Doctor Who novels. It really is. It's barely a Doctor Who novel at all. It has a character called the Doctor, but he's kinda a mysterious minor character no one understands.The book starts in 1782 with a covent garden prostitute having tantric sex, controlling time, going back and forth in her mind, and accidently summoning a demon. Not at all like the first chapter of any Doctor Who book I've read before! The book then p ...more
Sean Homrig
Feb 15, 2014 Sean Homrig rated it liked it
Lawrence Miles, I love you. You had the ambition and talent to tell a story in an objective third-person narrative collected from stories told by characters in the novel. This was good. About halfway through, however, you lost me. I'll just name a few things: A man named Sabbath who is obviously human, but craves the power to travel through time and space like a Time Lord, and can perform heart transplants with ease. The Doctor uses a makeshift glass sonic screwdriver to behead the King of the A ...more
James Barnard
May 01, 2014 James Barnard rated it liked it
There’s a hell of a lot to admire – if not to like – about this one. Presented as a dispassionate account by a historian of some world-shaping events, this is a densely-packed, thought-provoking read that stands head and shoulders of the more enjoyable but undeniably more lightweight stories that surrounded it. The telling suits the story – how else would Lawrence Miles have been able to depict the events of a tale which sees the Doctor marry a prostitute, have his heart cut out and, apparently, ...more
M
Apr 26, 2013 M rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Shelves: doctor-who
That was undoubtedly one of the worst ones so far.

The whole thing is like a never-ending wikipedia article (except I've read better wiki articles). Oh, and the subject matter was horribly unwholesome to the point where I'd give this book an 'R' rating if it was a movie. There was an attempt at plot that never really amounted to much. I think

**Spoilers that you should read to save yourself the agony of reading this book*************

that the Doctor's left heart got ripped out for some reason (the
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Christopher Buchanan
This book seems to recieve a lot of praise for being a great 8th Doctor Adventure and an example of what Doctor Who could be. I whole-heartedly disagree. This book was terrible. I understand why it gets the praise it does, I feel however, that the praise is undeserved.

First off, it has very heavy feminist overtones. That's fine, I have no problem with that in and of itself. But I strongly suspect that this book gets a lot of the touting that it does because of it's overt feminism and themes of
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Billy
Nov 20, 2013 Billy rated it it was amazing
Really good Doctor Who novel. 'Adventuress' is an 8th Doctor story in which the Doctor and his companions, Fitz and Anji, spend about a year in 18th century London, with some travel to Paris and the Caribbean. The Doctor is preparing to get married, yet he suffers from a mysterious illness. They are based at a bordello run by Scarlette, the 'adventuress' of the title. The story is told in a very imaginative way- recounted from historical documents, as if it were a long history essay. The alien m ...more
Gareth
Aug 11, 2011 Gareth rated it it was amazing
The Doctor, Fitz and Anji are hiding out in a Georgain brothel run by a beautiful witch whilst the Doctor constructs an elaborate plan to save the Earth from a dark army of bestial ape creatures and also to save his own life, now that Gallifrey has been destroyed and his time lord nature is killing him.

Once I'd got to grips with Lawrence Miles' style of reportage, with the narrator constantly explaining, theorising and alluding as they told the story, I was very impressed with this EDA. It belon
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Jordan West
Feb 09, 2014 Jordan West rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, read-in-2014
Now, I'm pretty far from being a Dr. Who-vian; in fact, the only time I've ever watched the show was during my childhood when reruns from the '70's ran on PBS (although I've never forgotten the episode when the doctor's friend sacrificed himself to save earth from those cybermen). However, Quentin S. Crisp has a post up on the Ligotti forum describing Miles as the likes of a Pynchon whose oeuvre consisted only of Dr. Who fiction, and elsewhere he is compared to Alan Moore and Grant Morrison; giv ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Apr 08, 2009 Nicholas Whyte rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor, who, 8th, fitz, eda, xm, anji, 2014, 1402
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2258327.html[return][return]A remarkable Eighth Doctor adventure, rather horrible and misjudged in some places, striking and memorable in others; set in 1783; the Doctor gets married to a Tantric courtesan, slightly foreshadowing River Song; there are dubious scenes with Caribbean zombies and other cult practices; the Master makes a cryptic appearance; the whole thing is told in the tone of an excited but somewhat baffled historical researcher; Phil Sandifer's parod ...more
Sara
Apr 08, 2008 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
It's an intriguing idea, really, writing one of the swashbuckling Eighth Doctor's adventures as an historical account. Unfortunately, it reads like an historical account, and is overall pretty dry and only occasionally thrilling. Interesting on a few points, particularly the Doctor's almost-marriage (for bizarre reasons I'm still not clear on), the fact that he is viewed by mystics and such as an elemental (interesting bit that turns up in another book, City of the Dead), and that he can, appare ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Nov 07, 2012 Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
Let's be clear...this isn't your father's run-of-the-mill "Doctor Who". This is an attempt to be provocative, brutal, sensual...and mash up alien shenanigans with history in a way that could turn Terrance Dicks' hair white. It's a dense, multi-textual work of great skill and beauty...and I appreciate it in many ways. I can't say that I'm head-over-heels in love this approach, but it's certainly one of the landmarks in "Doctor Who" fiction. An outrageous, hellish, extraordinary read.
Simon Curtis
Mar 02, 2010 Simon Curtis rated it it was amazing
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How to describe this book?! Compelling, gripping, and with the smallest font ever known to man - a 500 page novel crammed onto 320 pages! This is like no other Doctor Who novel: dark, mooody, angry, violent in places. It is, simply, sensational!
AJ
Nov 15, 2014 AJ rated it liked it
The book was written almost like a history, which made it hard to get through. Almost no dialogue whatsoever.
Gale
Apr 01, 2012 Gale rated it it was amazing
My fav 8th Doctor novel to date.
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