This book is about The Doctor between. The unacknowledged and unknown (until the 50th anniversary specA story about The Doctor when we wasn't himself.
This book is about The Doctor between. The unacknowledged and unknown (until the 50th anniversary special) Ninth regeneration of The Doctor. He's commonly known as the War Doctor but he doesn't call himself that, "Doctor", he says he is not that person anymore. He is unworthy of his Name.
I enjoy George Mann's writing and I'm excited to see what he tells us about what The Doctor did during the Time War.
Update: 3.5 stars bumped down here to 3, because reasons. ...more
This is a fun, intense, suspenseful and well-told, Hard-SF book from a debut author.
For a first book, and a self-published one (Note: I read the laterThis is a fun, intense, suspenseful and well-told, Hard-SF book from a debut author.
For a first book, and a self-published one (Note: I read the later, brand name publishers version--not Weir's original eBook), this is very well-crafted. I genuinely liked the protagonist. I enjoyed Weir's flair for Whedony dialog and general irreverence (seriously, AGENTS OF SHIELD producers, you should hire this guy to write for your show!).
I enjoyed the amount of scientific detail (I do have to quibble with the EVA suits he had his astronauts use on Mars. Weir describes them as only slightly less bulky than the suits they have to wear in space, but in the last year of so, NASA has introduced the very tight-fitting EVA suits that Astronauts will wear on Mars--I know, quibble).
I feel the book could have used one more good edit, just to tighten it up a bit. I also think it needed more women. I don't know how, I'm not his editor. But for me, I've learned to watch movies with an eye toward if they pass the Bechdel test, and it bothers me when a book doesn't. True, the book has only one primary character, the titular Martian, but it has a supporting cast that includes: NASA people; China Space Agency; a few family members, and the the other five members of the Mars expedition crew. Surely in 300 pages, two women working, say... working for NASA could have had a conversation about rescuing the trapped astronaut and brought the plan to their boss? I know NASA was once male dominated place, but half the population are women. Heck, half of this years' new astronauts were women! Slightly more women than men attend college (even for engineering). Women read books. Just saying. Honestly, it's why I reduced it by one star. It's set in like 2020, it might as well reflect it, yes?
My nitpicks aside, it's a very capable and fun first book. Keep you eyes on Andy Weir, the SF world will hear more from him. ...more
I don't read a lot of Star Wars EU books, but I'm aware of the recent criticism of them. That they have mostly abandoned character for plot and ever-iI don't read a lot of Star Wars EU books, but I'm aware of the recent criticism of them. That they have mostly abandoned character for plot and ever-increasing danger. If that is your crisism too, then Martha Wells' Razor's Edge subverts that. It's a character-driven, bottle story, with little impact to anyone but the characters directly impacted by its events.
Razor's Edge is the first in a Lucas stunt-cast trilogy. All three will be written by established Fantasy and SF authors (Wells, James S.A. Corey and Kevin Hearne) who are known for their character-driven series and excellent world-building. Each book will feature one of the big three of the SW Universe: Leia, Han and Luke. In Razor's Edge, the focus is on Leia.
Set between New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, Leia and Han are on a mission to secure material for their new base on Hoth. If nothing else, Wells makes Leia finally deal with the destruction of Alderan, and her torture at the hands of the Empire. I have no idea if these have been subjects of other Star Wars EU books, but I doubt it. It helps show how Leia went from her character in New Hope to the stronger, woman of agency in The Empire Strikes Back. I enjoyed it. If all SW EU books had this much depth of character, I'd probably read more. ...more
The 10th of 11 50th anniversary audio adventures from Big Finish Audio featuring Ten and Donna Noble. It's set somewhere in the first quarter of serieThe 10th of 11 50th anniversary audio adventures from Big Finish Audio featuring Ten and Donna Noble. It's set somewhere in the first quarter of series 4 of the New Doctor Who series. Catherine Tate narrates. ...more