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Doctor Who: Sky Pirates! (Virgin New Adventures #40)

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Avast, ye scurvies!

Hoist the mainbrace, splice the anchor and join the Doctor and Benny for the maiden voyage of the good ship Schirron Dream, as it ventures into the fungral dark of air spaces occupied by the Sloothes - those villainous slimy evil shapeshifting monsters of utter and unmitigated evil that have placed a system under siege!

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Paperback, 1st, 340 pages
Published July 20th 1995 by Virgin Publishing
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"Sky Pirates!" has always been one of these "love it or hate it" books in the NA range, and most people usually tend towards the latter. And once you finished reading those six pages of prologue you get an idea why it might not be everyone's cup of tea. I mean, this is far from being the first book in the range that does something out of the ordinary, but no matter how mindbending the NAs are they usually written in a relatively straightforward style. However, Dave Stone's approach is a bit more ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Nov 12, 2013 Daniel Kukwa rated it liked it
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Depending on your mood, this is (1) one of the most ridiculous, preposterous, badly-edited, insanely-composed stories you are ever likely to encounter outside of an asylum for the literary (and criminally) insane, or (2) it's one of the wittiest, funniest, most ribald "Doctor Who" novels ever written. I'm going to split the difference. For every over-long, over-wrought, overly-disgusting, mind-bending page, it's followed by a page that plays ingenious games with language, captures the regulars w ...more
Oct 11, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
I did quite enjoy this book despite not being the biggest fan of the Sylvester McCoy era Dr Who TV series which seems to have suffered from numourous bits of BBC meddling and a comedy flair added to by various 'guest stars'
I therefore maybe came to this book with low expectations but to fair the book presents a Doctor that the TV series of the time may have found worked better than their incarnation...the Doctor is manipulative to the core is resident with his usual eccentricities and is actuall
Christopher Buchanan
A nice, fun, mind-bender of a book. Very other worldly with all the inter dimensional clockwork business and all the Charon business. And the Sloathes! A morphologically and psychologically pliable organism? Now that's just friggin' neat. Lots of good humor and a whopping great dose of non-sense. My only gripe would be that at times it tries too hard. Like the 'Snata'. That was just dumb. But by and large, an extremely fun and entertaining read.
Nicholas Whyte
Apr 08, 2009 Nicholas Whyte rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor, who, 7th, na, benny, xl, 2013, 1303, chris, roz[return][return]good to read a New Advnture that deliberately and successfully played up the comedy - this often misfires for me, but in this case I was able to roll with the very alien creatures and their sinister plans while also sympathising very much with the confused new companions Roz and Chris; like them, I was never completely convinced that I knew what was going on, but it was fun and kept me engaged.
May 29, 2008 Travis rated it did not like it
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Another one of those New Adventure books where they take a couple good ideas and then bury them under a lot of crap as the author tries to show off how clever he is and ends up sucking most of the fun out of the story.

Love the shape shifting aliens. Really nice take on that kind of creature. The rest of the book was pretty blah.
Dec 14, 2009 Leela42 rated it liked it
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New Adventure (NA) with Benny, Roz and Chris. Didn't really do anything for me. Lots of good BITS, but it's not a story, and most of it is a little too unpleasant because the book seems directionless until the last third.
Shannon Appelcline
Dec 02, 2012 Shannon Appelcline rated it really liked it
An insanely weird book — in the best sense of the word. Innovative and original. The first half is unfortunately a bit slow, but it picks up from there.
Nov 11, 2012 Brad rated it it was ok
I think this story was supposed to be funny, but instead it just felt tedious. At least Roz got a little personal development out of the whole thing.
Feb 11, 2016 Chris rated it did not like it
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Attempts at Pratchettesque humour fall flat and it is dull slog to get through.
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Stone has written many spin off novels based on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who and Judge Dredd.

Stone also contributed a number of comic series to 2000AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine, focusing on the Dreddverse (Judge Dredd universe). In collaboration with David Bishop and artist Shaky Kane he produced the much disliked Soul Sisters, which he has described as "a joke-trip, whi
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