I have often been disappointed by an EU Star Wars book, but I've never been disappointed in a Kevin Hearne book. It felt... neutered. It was devoid ofI have often been disappointed by an EU Star Wars book, but I've never been disappointed in a Kevin Hearne book. It felt... neutered. It was devoid of most of the things that make Hearne's books so fun. Fun. That's what is missing. There are sparks. Enough to keep me reading (listening). But every hope was soon dashed into a wall of endless and pointless exposition, and missions. So many missions. Diplomatic missions. Trade mission. Smuggling mission. Punctuated by Luke's Jedi naval gazing. Neutered. Mirthless. Disappointing. Man, I sincerely wanted to like this. I still can't believe I didn't.
* Basically, the entire Star Wars EU cannon (now called, Star Wars: Legends) was scrapped for this!?
* Kevin Hearne wrote this instead of another book, novella or short story in his tremendous Iron Druid series?
* This feels like a work of committee from lawyers, PR flacks and well-meaning editors at Lucasfilm Story Group, Marvel, Disney Publishing Worldwide and Del Rey Books. A LOT of notes. I can't imagine the shit-storm of notes poor Mr. Hearne had to endure.
*I, for one, still look forward to the next Iron Druid book, and Hearne unleashed from whatever happened here....more
President Romana is approaching her final term of office, and hopes to leave Gallifrey in a state of peace and harmony. To do that it means eliminatinPresident Romana is approaching her final term of office, and hopes to leave Gallifrey in a state of peace and harmony. To do that it means eliminating the controversial Precog programme, one that seeks to predict the Time Lords’ future. Former companion to the Doctor, Ace continues to act as an operative for the Celestial Intervention Agency, having learned the art of interference from one of the best.
And somewhere, across the stars, an ancient force is stirring: one of the Time Lords’ greatest heroes is returning to our universe. But he may also prove to be their greatest threat.
Another aural treat from the folks at Big Finish Audio....more
Judy Greer is one of my favorite actors and it's nice to know a bit more about her.
This book, a memoir of essays, is charming, funny, witty, and conveJudy Greer is one of my favorite actors and it's nice to know a bit more about her.
This book, a memoir of essays, is charming, funny, witty, and conversational. Sometimes I found it a bit too conversational and casual. To me, it feels like reading several really long emails from a dear and distant friend.
I get the feeling Ms Greer writes exactly as she talks, at least that's how they read. Like a long personal email or a coffee shop catch up, this is a bit rambling, repetitive, and disjointed. I listened to the audiobook, and this style works for her. I'm not sure it would if I had read the electric or dead tree version. In fact, I very much doubt it would have worked for me.
This isn't a book I'd normally have read, and I did forget about it a few times, and remembered it when I saw it on my device. Not good generally, but as with a letter from an old friend, you can put it down and pick it back up days later.
This isn't a destination bio, like Tina Fey's; it's not a tell all; it's not public therapy for a messed up childhood, it's simply a letter from a friend you'll probably never meet, but after reading, you'll never forget what you saw her in, because she'll be Judy, that actor who wrote that really nice letter; the one that made you smile, and sometimes, laugh....more
This picks up 2 months after the Veronica Mars movie. My only criticism, and it is a slight criticism, it's not written in the first person. It wouldThis picks up 2 months after the Veronica Mars movie. My only criticism, and it is a slight criticism, it's not written in the first person. It would have been nice to have some of Veronica's narration. If you're a marshmallow, you'll want to read this, especially since it's written by the shows' creator, and ties up some interesting loose ends....more
The 8th of 11 50th anniversary audio adventures from Big Finish Audio, Enemy Aliens is read by India Fisher and features Eight and companion, CharlottThe 8th of 11 50th anniversary audio adventures from Big Finish Audio, Enemy Aliens is read by India Fisher and features Eight and companion, Charlotte Elspeth Pollard.
Now, unlike the other adventures and the next three, the Eighth Doctor has only been seen in one television movie, about 15 years ago. However, he has had a very active life in Big Finish Audio adventures. This means that, while you don't need to know anything more than, "this is the Doctor and his companion," unlike the other Doctors, you can't just go to DVDs or Netflix or Amazon and catch-up on their adventures. I'll provide a bit of background.
"Charley" Pollard (portrayed by Ms. Fisher from 2001 - 2009) is from 1930s England, born the day the Titanic sank. Young Charlotte was born and raised in wealth -- growing up in a manor house. Calling herself Charley, she rebelled against wealth and privilege. The doctor rescued her from a disaster and she continued to travel with him as a companion. Clever, enthusiastic, curious and headstrong, she's a good fit with the Eighth Doctor. What neither the Doctor or Charley knew, she was fated to die the day he saved her. Her death was one of those "fixed points in time" we Whovians are so familiar with. As the Doctor and Charley traveled in space and time, her existence caused ripples of damaging anti-time. The Time Lords (remember, this is the Classic Era, so the Time Lords still exist) discovered this and the Doctor's former companion and friend, now Madame President of Gallifrey, Romanadveratrelundar reached out to him. Romana pleaded with him to do what is needed -- put Charley back at the moment he found her and let her die. The Doctor refused. Romana, in order to protect the Universe, ordered the Doctor's and Charley's arrest. Dozens of Time Lords led by their special forces were sent to apprehend them; dead or alive. Eventually, the Doctor resolved (cheated) the problem, but this was the point where the Doctor realized he didn't just have differences with his people, but he began to suspect that age, egotism and power have permanently corrupted his people -- even his beloved Romana, and that someday, it would be up to him, and him alone to stop them. Because Charley continued to radiate traces of anti-time, the TARDIS hated her. She was the only companion She didn't inoculate against alien diseases. Charley eventually fell deathly ill and was taken to a hospital world to be healed and recover. In a series of incidents, Charley found herself trapped in the far-far future. She designed a distress beacon and was eventually rescued by The Doctor -- the Sixth Doctor. She traveled briefly with him, but because she couldn't tell him about his future or the paradox or anti-time, she had to constantly lie to him. Her obvious duplicity, coupled with his suspicious nature and the TARDIS' inexplicable hatred of her, led the Six to consider her a threat. Eventually, she left the Doctor and settled back on the planet where she had been healed. Charley fell deeply in love with the Eighth Doctor, and, to his credit, he actually did say that he loved her; however, she was quickly and ruthlessly "friendzoned" by him.
This story features Charley and The Doctor in 1935, England where they had just finished dealing with an alien threat, when they received (as all the other Doctors in this series have) a message from his future self; specifically, his 11th self. It's a quick story, read well by Ms. Fisher and written by Alan Barnes, a veteran of dozens of Big Finish Audio adventures....more
So far, _Shockwave_ and the previous title, Doctor Who: Trouble in Paradise, are my favorites in this series. Which is odd, since Six and Seven as preSo far, _Shockwave_ and the previous title, Doctor Who: Trouble in Paradise, are my favorites in this series. Which is odd, since Six and Seven as presented in the Classic series, are my least favorite Doctors. Go figure.
One thing that I haven't mentioned about this year-long 50th Anniversary AudioGo series -- there is a story arc that ties them all together. At first it's subtle, but by the seventh book and Doctor, it's pretty clear; The Eleventh Doctor is in trouble. So much trouble that he needs the help of all of his previous selves. In each book he appears as a voice or a hologram and asks each Doctor for one specific thing. In the case of _Shockwave_, it's to keep safe the ship's captain. Of course, the Doctor and Ace have just sent the Captain off to his certain doom a few minutes before they get this request. D'oh!
I liked how Ace, the narrator, instantly recognizes this man, this 11th as the Doctor. She says he's young and yet, at the same time, so old... much older than her Professor. Ace, as written in the series, could sometimes be annoying, but she was always very smart. Very intuitive. If you listen to the Big Finish Seventh Doctor adventures, Ace really comes into her own as a character. This is the companion we meet here....more
The best of this series so far. My only complaint: It's narrated by Nicola Bryant who played Peri in the original series. Let me clarify that, the narThe best of this series so far. My only complaint: It's narrated by Nicola Bryant who played Peri in the original series. Let me clarify that, the narration is wonderful, it's actually one of the reasons I gave it such a good rating; however I could have gone the rest of my life without hearing her version of an American accent. I think Nicola's great. I follow her on twitter and she does great charity work too, but every sentence Peri utters is as if she spins an accent wheel and just spits out whatever it happens to land on. Boston? Okay. Creole? Sure, why not. As the Doctor would say, "No! No... no, no, no... don't do that. Just don't."...more
For what it's worth, JOYLAND really doesn't fit into the Hard Case Crimes brand of throwback pulp noir fiction. What it does do is roll the window dowFor what it's worth, JOYLAND really doesn't fit into the Hard Case Crimes brand of throwback pulp noir fiction. What it does do is roll the window down, allowing the genre to air itself out a bit. Joyland is not really a ghost story. Well it is, but that's just the MacGuffin. It's actually a nicely told coming of age story about first love, naïveté and the fruitlessness of romanticizing nostalgia. ...more
Another 50th Anniversary thingy. This is the fourth of 11 BigFinish Audio books made exclusively for AudioGo.
This is a Fourth Doctor and Second RomanAnother 50th Anniversary thingy. This is the fourth of 11 BigFinish Audio books made exclusively for AudioGo.
This is a Fourth Doctor and Second Romana (Romanadvoratrelundar) adventure.
Four stars if for no other reason than for a brief guest appearance from a "giddy young man" who causes Four to grump, "One of those future chaps who come along after I'm finished ... who's barely out of short trousers". Ice Warriors are cool.
Another 50th Anniversary thingy. This is the third of 11 BigFinish Audio books made exclusively for AudioGo. I dl'd it from my local library's digitalAnother 50th Anniversary thingy. This is the third of 11 BigFinish Audio books made exclusively for AudioGo. I dl'd it from my local library's digital site.
This is a Third, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Mike Yates UNIT adventure.
The Second Doctor was tried for violations of Time Lord non-interference policy. He received two punishments: An involuntary regeneration and exile to late 20th Century (1971-73) Earth. When they did this they also removed certain secrets of time travel from the Doctor's mind including the materialization codes needed to operate the TARDIS. During this time, the Doctor agreed to stay on as UNIT's unpaid scientific adviser in exchange for a place to park the TARDIS and its technical resources he needed to repair his ship. This adventure is extremely faithful to this era and the early Third Doctor. My problem with it is simply that the Exile years were among my least favorite. I just don't like UNIT adventures or the Exile years episodes. If you do, then I'm guessing you may like this one more than I did.