This book is unique in the NA for the sole reason that it attempted to use Chris as something more than a comic relief buffoon. At least I think it's...moreThis book is unique in the NA for the sole reason that it attempted to use Chris as something more than a comic relief buffoon. At least I think it's unique in that respect -- I'm reading these out of order, I feel the Doctor would approve. I'd recommend this book, just because it explains the origin of the sentient computer minds who help our heroes a few books down the line. (less)
I'm torn here. Love Benny, hate Ace. It makes reading books like this difficult. Maybe if Ace ever *ever* had some flaws, or acted like a real person,...moreI'm torn here. Love Benny, hate Ace. It makes reading books like this difficult. Maybe if Ace ever *ever* had some flaws, or acted like a real person, things would be different. But these are the New Adventures, and here be Mary-Sue dragons. Go ahead and pick this one up, if you can, it's worth a read just for the bits with Benny being awesome.(less)
A love letter to Our Lady of the Mary Sue, otherwise known as Ace. Otherwise, a bit on the weird side, a bit on the dull side, and by no means the bes...moreA love letter to Our Lady of the Mary Sue, otherwise known as Ace. Otherwise, a bit on the weird side, a bit on the dull side, and by no means the best this series has to offer. Cool cover, though.(less)
Interested in listening to Roz whine? Looking for a story with more holes than a donut shop?? Then read this book. Otherwise, do yourself a favor and...moreInterested in listening to Roz whine? Looking for a story with more holes than a donut shop?? Then read this book. Otherwise, do yourself a favor and pass on by.(less)
Probably the best New Adventure in the entire series. Great (and consistent!) character development and a vaguely entertaining plot which takes place...moreProbably the best New Adventure in the entire series. Great (and consistent!) character development and a vaguely entertaining plot which takes place on a fully realized world. Was it kind of an odd world? Yes. Did it make sense? Not always. But it was consistent within itself, and that was enough to suspend my disbelief. There are so few New Adventures authors who are able to do Roz any justice, and Ben Aaronovitch is definitely one of them. Overall, I've recommend this, along with all the other NA written by Aaronovitch.(less)
**spoiler alert** As is the hallmark of The New Adventures, this book contained a few great character moments, but the vast majority of it didn't make...more**spoiler alert** As is the hallmark of The New Adventures, this book contained a few great character moments, but the vast majority of it didn't make the slightest bit of sense. I kept turning the page, hoping against hope that all the wiggy plot bits would coalese into something meaningful, but alas my hope was all in vain. There were times when I felt like the book was trying to make a statement, a big sweeping thing that was supposed to turn the genre on its head...but all that happened was it gog more convoluted. I still have no idea who kevin is, why he was important, or what the deal was with the evil!6th doctor -- who apparently the 7th doctor murdered? Or something?? Now, I'll admit that I've never watched a 6th or 7th doctor tv adventure, and when I read TNA I read them out of order and treat each book as a standalone adventure. Maybe other books explain what was going on, but I seriously doubt it. And that's sad. Because Kevin (whoever the hell he is) raises a valid point -- TNA's 7th doctor does a lot of *terrible* things, to the point where I was right on board with Chris' crisis of faith. Why should the companions keep blindly following the doctor and trusting him implictly when 9/10 times he manipulates and emotionally abuses them for his own purposes, purposes which generally mean more death and distruction all around. In so many ways, this doctor is waaaaay too full of himself and should be taken down a peg. But what's the answer to Chris' crisis of faith? That he's wrong and we need to keep trusting the doctor and not asking questions because, dude, he's the doctor. Of all the companions, only Mel had the balls to refuse to be manipulated and bow out, *Mel*! The companion famous for being really really obnoxious! And considering I've read lungbarrow, I really wish poor Chris had gotten out when he could.
The point to this long rant is that Head Games is what it is --a poorly edited mishmash of half realized ideas. It's the kind of wasted potential that just makes you sad.(less)
This book popped up on my radar when it was mentioned in a video from tgwtg.com producer Nash entitled "The Cartmel Masterplan" which detailed how, t...more This book popped up on my radar when it was mentioned in a video from tgwtg.com producer Nash entitled "The Cartmel Masterplan" which detailed how, towards the end of the classic series, there was this crazy idea to make the doctor be some kind of time lord God in an attempt to inject a little more mystery into Gallifrey. As the series was canceled, this idea never made it to TV, but was instead realized in this book.
Ok, so basically, way back in the day Gallifrey was founded by these three dudes, Rassilon (of new series super-spitty guy fame), Omega (of classic series "The three doctors" fame, and the Other (of no fame, because apparently he wrote himself out of history?). So somewhere along the line these dudes pissed off some Pythian witches who were all, "haha, we curse you! No more babies for you!!" and thus all of Gallifrey was barren. To stop their species from extinction, they came up with this rather esoteric idea of having the dead be absorbed into Looms which would then weave the next generation by recombining the genes. New Gallifreyans are born fully grown up, and are educated in one of the Houses until they're ready to be unleashed onto the world. Also, each House's Loom can only produce a predetermined amount of extant Cousins (as they're called, instead of siblings) or else it's super duper illegal and they get a fine or something. Confused yet? Bored yet? Me too, let's do what the book does and jump to some TV characters!!
Romana II's decided that she's done playing with the furrys in E-Space, returned to Normal space and somehow been elected president of Gallifrey. As you do.
Leela is also hanging out on Gallifrey for reasons which never become clear. Her current hobbies include being bored and getting knocked up by some minor gallifreyan official (but wait! you gasp, I thought the gallireyans were sterile!! Well, yes but I guess Romnana goes glamping or something with the Real Housewives of Pythia and the curse is reversed. Or something).
K-9 is being an awesome. So is K-9 II. They hang out. Trade stories, blow some things up, pick up some chicks, the usual tin dog stuff.
Ace/Dorothee is running around Paris and gets dragged to Gallifrey where she sits in a room and fights with her evil twin for awhile before rejoining the group on Gallifrey and doing...not much of anything. Blows up a mountain, eventually, but othesrise nothing of import.
Ok, back to the weird stuff. So the Doctor's House was the House of Lungbarrow, and for the past 600+ years all his cousins have been trapped in the house underground eating gross mushrooms because...the house was annoyed and sentient and decided that was a good idea? Also, there's a dead guy and some creepy servant robots and omg the mushrooms are pretty terrible. You know what else is pretty terrible? The Doctor's cousins! They're all really awful people and I don't really care that they've been stuck underground being creepy and never cutting their hair (ok, that's just one cousin, and she wears it all coiled up on her back and I couldn't stop thinking about how much bacteria the damn thing must have been housing!). So you get to hear them complain and complain and complain about their various and sundry issues and the gross sentient mushrooms get everywhere. So all the cousins keep kind of dying...but not regenerating...except for one who was stuck in a chimney? I have no idea, but they all come back zombie style later.
Did that make any sense? No? Is this review frustrating you? Good! Cause that's how Lungbarrow will make you feel!!
In the end the zombies and the Doctor chat and the Doctor mildly possess some other companion who is only the books and I knew nothing about. Oh, and Romana gets briefly deposed. And I guess the doctor is secretly a God, as he's actually The Other from timelord history!! Who got bored with being in power and swanned off and threw himself into a loom! The lungbarrow loom! Which absorbed him, then eventually spat him back out as the Doctor. So the Doctor is eventually disowned by the family (still not sure why...) and ends up swanning off himself, stealing a TARDIS in the meantime. The TARDIS takes him back in time where he meets Susan, aka the Other's granddaughter, who immediately glomps him recognizing her reincarnated grandfather. The doctor is all, no really, who the hell are you?? But eventually decides that every Lone Ranger needs a Tonto and agrees to take her along.
And the rest, as they say, is rock'n'roll history.
Look, if the original characters had been a little more endearing, or the plot been less ploddingly random, I might have liked this one. I honestly enjoyed having Romana and Leela (two of my old favorites) back and running around. I understand that they had this cool plan to try to make the doctor's background/Gallifrey less silly. And in general, the idea of the looms...ok, maybe it could have been more compelling if the execution had been there. But it wasn't. Oh, it wasn't.
And honestly, this entire plotline has essentially been ret-conned out of existence with the new series so in the end, it doesn't much matter anyway. Read this book if you're bored, it's not *that* bad, but don't expect too much.(less)