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Preview — Torchwood by Peter Anghelides
Torchwood: Pack Animals (Torchwood #7)
Shopping for wedding gifts is enjoyable, unless like Gwen you witness a Weevil massacre in the shopping centre. A trip to the zoo is a great day out, until a date goes tragically wrong and Ianto is badly injured by stolen alien tech. And Halloween is a day of fun and frights, before unspeakable monsters invade the streets of Cardiff and it's no longer a trick or a treat fo...more
The more literary review: This was a ...more
The basic premise is simple enough. There are monsters out there that frighten the Weevils, ones that seem to travel through telephones and CCTV feeds. It is up to Torchwood to find out what is going on and stop it, but this time there is another group of alien hunters who have ...more
It wasn't that it was silly so much as that it tried to be dramatic at times, and merely managed melodrama. Barely.
I'm not a fan of Anghelides' characterization in general, and it seemed exceptionally clumsy here. For example: yes, it's cool seeing characters named Jack and Ianto out on a date... But they don't quite sound or act like the Jack and Ianto from Torchwo ...more
My feelings for this book are split in two. The first half of the book was boring and did nothing for me. The second half I really enjoyed and that is where it reminded me of the ...more
But it's still worth reading a ...more
There's also a lot of interaction between Jack Harkness and Ianto. If that bothers you, I can't imagine you were a fan of the show, but be warned it's there. I think it was handled well, for whatever that's worth.
I don't think it was the best Torchwood book out there, but it was an e ...more
Anghelides did a great job on the characterization with this book. All of the characters were dead-on and even allowed insight to them in a way you don't get during the series. The author let you in and see the in-depth relationships between Rhys and Gwen and Jack and Ianto. Rhys played a much larger role in this book than he did in the regular se ...more
This was thankfully not the case with Pack Animals. While there were rare blips of characterization issues (at least as I saw them), I mostly found myself whisked happily away into a paper and ink world that looked remarkably like Cardiff. Anghelides did a great j ...more
This was fantastic: a disturbing new threat, an insidious take on gaming geeks and "Magic" style game cards, a solid and authentic depiction of the regular cast, Ianto's life made hell in a creative manner, and blasts of ordinary life being invaded by the cumulative, barbaric wierdness of the Torchwood universe. The only item holding this novel ...more
Halfway through the book my thoughts were about - how can someone make boring these things - Ianto's and Jack's date, Ianto's invisibility, and dinosaurs?
But during the second half of the book I had to admit, that although I didn't like the main plotline and certain nosy characters... the book was full of lines, passages, ...more
It's fast paced, with yet another alien gadget that has fallen into human hands who try to exploit it in ways unexpected... and which has its own agenda (for no apparent reason).
Overall a good book, and a reasonably fast read, but no earth shattering changes or insights really into the characters or settin ...more
Other than that, I have to admit that it was a pleasant read. A short and fun story, not much different from a good fanfic.
As for Ianto himself....what happens to him in this story? ( I won't spoil you...) only adds to the enjoyment and had me literally laughing out loud in some parts.
Well worth a read!!
A Torchwood novel set towards the end of Season 2, with Owen already dead but still walking and alien creatures intruding on Earth via sets of game cards (so the 'pack' of the title has a dual meaning). Another good effort from Anghelides, reinforcing my view that the Torchwood novels are an insufficiently recognised literary achievement of the Whoniverse.
It is then discovered that a company, run by Gareth's mom, is trying to clean up after Gareth's rampages and doing research.
Jack dies twice and Gwen soon finds she's put off shopping a little bit now.