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Doctor Who: Grimm Reality (Eighth Doctor Adventures #50)

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There is a world where wishes can come true. Where any simpleton can become a king and any scullery maid might be a princess in disguise. Kindness and virtue are rewarded, and the wicked are made to dance in red-hot shoes until they die. But a witch’s oven will cook both the virtuous and the wicked alike, and many a frog-prince is crushed beneath the wheels of a cart befor ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 1st, 288 pages
Published October 28th 2001 by BBC Books (first published 2001)
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James Barnard
This one isn’t likely to make anyone’s top ten Doctor Who novels. That’s not a fault of the book itself, rather its placing in the range. Nestled between ‘The City of the Dead’ – a stark, atmospheric, New Adventures-esque tale set in contemporary New Orleans – and ‘The Adventuress of Henrietta Street – one of the most important books of the range – this story of a planet where fairy tales are allowed to run amok tends to be forgotten these days.

Hindsight tells us that writers should be very wary
What the heck was that?
This story was a mish-mash of complete nonsense from start to finish. Looking back at the whole thing I can just barely make out a plot, but the writer tried to be so mysterious that most of the way through the story I couldn't even tell what was going on. The only reason this was entertaining enough to finish was because of all the Grimm fairytale stories.
However, the Doctor's character journey takes a few steps and Anji and Fitz have interesting side stories.
I never re
Eighth Doctor Adventure with Anji and Fitz. A giddy mix of fairy tale and quantum theory. I enjoyed it, but I can't quite imagine re-reading it. Page 146 was page 150, so there were two 150s; I wonder if all copies of this book are the same? Toward the end of chapter 13 it suddenly gets harder to follow, as if an editor left off. That's when some amateurishly wrong words start cropping up--"tally" instead of "dally", "gambit" instead of "gamut"....
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]A rather odd Eighth Doctor Adventure, with the Doctor, Fitz and Anji trapped in a fantasy world where fairy-tales (hence the 'Grimm' of the title) are more or less true. Some good Anji moments in particular, and a few nice descriptive passages, but this has been done better elsewhere.
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Simon Bucher-Jones is a British author, poet, artist, and amateur actor, best known for his Doctor Who novels for Virgin and the BBC and as a contributor to the Faction Paradox spin-off series.

He is known for a hard SF approach. He has also written Cthulhu Mythos short stories. He also reviewed books for the Fortean Times, and for small press papers. He maintains a blog at http://www.simonbjones.b
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