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Doctor Who: Happy Endings (Virgin New Adventures #50)

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Everybody, from Ice Warriors to UNIT veteran s, is attending the wedding of Jason Kane and Bernice S. Sum merfield. But there may not be a wedding at all since someon e is trying to sabotage it '
Paperback, 1st, 291 pages
Published December 31st 1996 by Virgin Publishing (first published 1996)
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Adam Highway
Feb 20, 2016 Adam Highway rated it it was amazing
Oh, I'm sorry-not-sorry, all the "flaws" people find in this novel are, to me, a vital part of the joy of it. It's self-referential, full of in jokes, shamelessly jocular, and just a frankly roaring load of fun! This, as the 50th NA, is exactly like a NuWho Xmas special - FUN!
Christopher Buchanan
Rather than take a big shit on this story, which seems a popular thing to do, I'm going to give it credit for what it is. It is an anniversary celebration. And if you don't think Doctor Who goes over the top and gets self-referential in Anniversary stories, well, you either must be new here or you're really thick.

Cornell managed to weave in characters and loose ends from 49 other friggin books, send off a companion and still, STILL bang out a solid story while working in some silly in-jokes. Du
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Sean Homrig
Nov 21, 2013 Sean Homrig rated it it was ok
I'm sorry. I tried, I really tried. The first half of this novel is fun and light. The second half of the book involved me wishing for something less light and more fun; in short, it seemed to consist of a number of secondary characters from past Virgin New Adventures getting drunk and making gratuitous appearances.

This is what "The Name of the Doctor" would have been if they stretched that awesome sequence at the beginning over 40 minutes; or, more specifically, this is what that episode would
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Nicholas Whyte
Feb 05, 2014 Nicholas Whyte rated it really liked it
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2238154.html[return][return]Happy Endings was the 50th New Adventure overall, and the 41st with Benny. It's a rave-up celebration of the series so far: Bernice is marrying Jason in the village of Cheldon Bonniface, and many characters from previous Who stories, particularly the New Adventures, turn up either as guests or as potential spoilers. Paul Cornell is always great when expressing his love for Who (or indeed other things that he loves) and this is awfully goo ...more
Robert Wright
Mar 31, 2013 Robert Wright rated it it was ok
If you can stomach a Dr. Who story that revels in it's own silliness, is amazingly self-referential, funny in a sitcom kind of way, and focuses on the annoying Bernice & Jason Kane, you may find this the bee's knees.

But great Dr. Who this isn't.

Still, beloved characters return. It is amusing at bits. Everything there is to love and hate about the New Adventures series is here between two covers.

For: die-hard fans and collectors.
Not For: people who like good Doctor Who or who haven't followed
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Shannon Appelcline
Jul 23, 2013 Shannon Appelcline rated it really liked it
A very unusual novel — as it's about the New Adventures continuity, not about plot — but ultimately an enjoyable one ... at least if you've read and enjoyed the New Adventures.

The best elements of the book are the attention paid to certain characters (particularly Ace) and the closing of loose ends from the series. The worst are the lack of much anything happening ... but as long as you're an NA fan you'll like it anyway.
Daniel Kukwa
May 31, 2012 Daniel Kukwa rated it liked it
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An anniversary team-up book of ridiculously wonderful proportions. The plot is best ignored...enjoy this for what it is: one of "Doctor Who's" most pleasant literary love-in's. Sherlock Holmes gets a few choice moments, but the party chapter written by committee could disappear without harming the novel.
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Paul Cornell is a British writer of science fiction and fantasy prose, comics and television. He's been Hugo Award-nominated for all three media, and has won the BSFA Award for his short fiction, and the Eagle Award for his comics. He's the writer of Saucer Country for Vertigo, Demon Knights for DC, and has written for the Doctor Who TV series. His new urban fantasy novel is London Falling, out ...more
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