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Doctor Who: The Book of the Still (Eighth Doctor Adventures #56)

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The Unnoticed are bound to keep themselves isolated from all history, or face a complete collapse from existence. The Book of the Still is a lifeline for stranded time travellers -- write your location, sign your name and be instantly rescued. When the Unnoticed learn that within the book someone has revealed both their existence and whereabouts they are forced into murder ...more
Paperback, 1st, 279 pages
Published August 25th 2003 by BBC Books (first published May 2002)
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James Barnard
Re-reading blocks of these books means I’ve picked up on a few things I missed the first time around. With this one, it’s the fact that it seemed to be one of a number of acutely post-modern books, where there’s an open acknowledgement that this is, in fact, a book. For a spin-off series from a TV show that had been off air for 12 years and – at this point – showed little signs of coming back, perhaps this was inevitable.

And so it is that ‘The Book of the Still’ followed not long after: a story
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Michael Battaglia
If this is the kind of work we get from the first time writers then as far as I'm concerned we can give all the upcoming stories to the new guys, because at this point I'd rather someone trying too hard as opposed to people just phoning it in. Which is basically what this is, completely overstuffed and unable to explore any of the nine thousand things it brings up in depth but there's so many interesting things going on that it manages to be okay. This time.

The central idea of the novel rests ar
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Finally a planet that isn't Earth!

I really appreciated the vivid imagery, even if it was less than pleasant. Fitz experienced a painful backwards slide in character development that had me temporarily hating him again. Meanwhile we got a good look at Anji's character that also made her seem less than pleasant--even if she was the only character who made 'good' choices. The Doctor's lack of concern over imprisonment is out of character, but the dancing lessons were a beautiful moment where we re
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Nathanael Booth
An Eighth Doctor adventure finds him encountering paradoxes and non-Gallifreyan timetravellers, etc etc etc. Engagingly written, with a twisting time-paradox finale that leaves me still wondering what, exactly, was going on. Partly, this is because the actual “rules” of time-travel without a TARDIS aren’t spelled out. The Doctor’s pretty much in character, but he gets beaten up an awful lot and doesn’t seem to remember that he’s a Timelord (I think this is part of the continuity of the Eighth Do ...more
Joseph Teller
So, this is another one of those books about the eighth Doctor, the one from the movie that only ever had the book series. As usual its a bit out of sorts and hard to fit in the timelines... and has Fitz and Anji as companions.

Bad things, as usual, happen to Fitz. He seems to be this Doctor's plot whipping boy in all these stories.

Its a complex time travel paradox story, with a twisty Mobius Strip nature to it. Parts are, well, rather unbelievable, especially towards the end where it feels the a
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Nicholas Whyte
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2328825.html[return][return]I thought this was a rather good Eighth Doctor adventure, with Team Tardis getting caught up in a complex struggle between time travellers seeking the eponymous artefact, the Doctor, Fitz and Anji each being subjected to separate but entertainingly appropriate adventures. Apparently this was a point when the series was winding down, but there seems to have been a bit of an uptick in quality.
Simon Curtis
At this point the EDAs really took an upward curve, with regular excellent books, very well written. My favourite EDA era is about to commence.
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Paul Ebbs is a writer and director. He has written and directed several audio stories for BBV Productions. He also wrote the comedy short Do You Have a Licence to Save this Planet? with Gareth Preston which stars Sylvester McCoy in the main role. Ebbs has also written a novel for BBC Books' Doctor Who range of novels and an audio and several short stories for Big Finish Productions' Bernice Summer ...more
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