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Another Life

(Torchwood #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,621 ratings  ·  145 reviews
From Cardiff, Wales, the Torchwood team fights aliens. Captain Jack Harkness, from UK BBC Doctor Who TV series leads Gwen Cooper, and Toshiko Sato to a monster in a bathroom, a mystery at an army base, and stolen nuclear fuel rods. Meanwhile, Owen Harper vanishes from the hub, when a Second Reality game leads him to an ex-girlfriend.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 11th 2007 by BBC Books
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☙ percy ❧
Jul 17, 2018 marked it as tbr-priority
after going on a buying binge, it suddenly occurred to me: are there torchwood books? and LO! BEHOLD!

the fun about these is that they're (hopefully) adult, like the torchwood series.

*rings up the BBC* hi what's up i'd like to write a torchwood book it has the tenth doctor and jack harkness sleeping together in it. possibly with ianto jones. what's the plot, you say? that is the plot! what, you mean i need more plot? okay, what about a sex alien who - hello? HELLO? they hung up.
Apr 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Hardcore Torchwood fans. ONLY hardcore Torchwood fans.
**critical FANBOY WARNING**

The worst part of this book is that there is zero JackxIanto yaoi fangirl service. Bummer. But the bad parts aren't that much of a buzz kill any way.

I read another review here on where the reviewer said s/he stopped reading because there were so many typos. Well, before I started, I decided to keep track. There were about 13 typos in all, through out the whole book. Give or take. Which may not sound like a lot, but it is. Whomever edited t
Noah Soudrette
Apr 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Torchwood completists only.
Shelves: doctor-who
This book was a poor launch title for the new Torchwood book series. The one positive is the characterization. While Gwen and Jack were a little more whiny and/or angry than usual, all the characterizations in here were pretty spot on.

The biggest problem however, was the plot. The story is overly drawn out, very little of consequence happens in most of the book, and the majority of it just doesn't make sense. The idea of an alien jacking people's bodies to act as operatives is fine, but why doe
Owen enjoys becoming someone different in Tosh's new virtual reality interface for an online role playing game like Second Life. A Bryuydac life form enjoys becoming someone different as it hops from human host to human host as it gathers things it desperately needs to get back home. Both enjoy seeing the world through someone else's eyes, but only one is causing death and destruction in the real world.

I was fairly impressed with the adaptation of Torchwood to novel format. It has all the depth
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 ⭐

Owen is an idiot. There, I said it. Kept thinking it through the second half of the book because SERIOUSLY?!?!?! I know Owen has this defunct in him that makes him do stupid things for women he has feelings for, but this is a new low... (yes, even considering the time travelling rift debacle...)

Apart from that, the story stayed true to the series. All the characters were well described, and I quite liked the "monster" parts to be described in the second person. Gave it an interesting pers
Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who, english
Loads of good research went into this book, as well as a lot of love for the Torchwood crew. The atmosphere is spot-on: urban, dirty, full of things going wrong and ordinary people being dragged into gruesome circumstances. Plus, it's got a brilliant homage to my favourite James Cameron film.

It's great to see such a focus on Owen, and I completely adore the way this book portrays him. He's allowed to mess up and to be a complete arse. It's especially nice to see him in a hospital setting for on
May 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: done-reading
EXACTLY what I wanted in a Torchwood book! And I don't just mean the Jack/Ianto hints, because a couple of those were a little...well, they just didn't quite work for me.
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
Torchwood investigate a string of murders that are grisly and unusual. An alien has to be involved. Though when their main suspect dies, it becomes clear that something did not add up.

The characters are spot on, and the story moves along well. This is definitely not a book for children, the violence and descriptions place the Torchwood novels in the same vein as the tv series. This is a Jack, Gwen and Owen centred novel. The idea of the alien was clever, especially that they kept parts of the pe
Katie Brock
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: torchwood
Based around the first season of Torchwood, in a rainy Cardiff, this book shows the team dealing with an alien that takes over humans- causing them to have cannibalistic tendencies and kill with their teeth!

Not a pretty sight- a corpse with a bitten off face.

Jack and the team definitely have their work cut out.

The thing I like about these books is that the characters are always written like Russell T Davies described them in the show so I can really get involved with the story.

On the other hand
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it
The Torchwood novels, released in progressive sets of three throughout the show's run, follow the chronology of the TV series in terms of character development and major events. This first book is set somewhere around the second or third episode of Series 1, with the corresponding early versions of the characters: Jack is tough and mysterious and shows little warmth; Gwen still thinks like a beat cop, and is frequently appalled by Jack's lack of humanity; Owen is a petulant creep who chafes at J ...more
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it
I love Torchwood and I love Jack Harkness, both in Doctor Who and in Torchwood. It doesn't hurt he is played by John Barrowman either.

This story takes place a few months after Gwen Cooper started working for Torchwood, so her boyfriend still doesn't know anything about her job and Jack isn't involved with Ianto. Something is killing people in Cardiff and their deaths are so bizarre that Torchwood is on the case. It takes them from a disgusting jellyfish monster to a mysterious death of one sold
Jan 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
I love Torchwood. Love the characters, the story lines, all of it. So when I found out there were books, I REALLY wanted to love them, too.

I didn't. Well, for the most part, I didn't. The plot kind of dragged. A lot. There were many typos/wrong word usages. One that had my fiber-arts loving back up was "crotchet edge". It is crochet! *ahem*

The thing that really made it very difficult for me to finish reading this book was the switching between third person and whatever it's called when you tell
First book from the BBC inspired by the Torchwood series featuring Captain Jack Harness from Doctor Who fame. For the fan of the series the book is a nice tie over until series 2 begins. There are three books so far. Another Life is set before Cyberwoman. If you haven't seen the series some of Ianto's behavior will not ring a bell for you. The plot is interesting but the pace is very slow. The characters' introduction are minimal. The author assumes that the readers know the players. Which is no ...more
Tom Malinowski
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I've read a book based off a TV series. What a thrilling, captivating read. Anghelides definitely captured the characters well. The book takes place within a few months of Gwen joining the team, so I was in for a great flashback of the time when these five were all working together. Sigh... Just because there are so many episodes of the show, doesn't mean that those were the adventures Torchwood was limited to. Great subplot concerning 'Second Life' game and how Tosh's kno ...more
Dec 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Cardiff is flooding and people are dying horribly and Owen is reconnecting with an old flame via a cross between Second Life and World of Warcraft. It was fun to see the old gang back together again, even back to before Rhys knows anything about Gwen's new job. If you like the early seasons of Torchwood, you'll like this little adventure, but like many books based on a TV program, it does not stand on its own.
Jun 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: whoniverse, sci-fi
Lots of sexy, snarky Jack in this one, which is worth an extra star right there. Ianto has some great lines, too, especially in banter with Jack. And with Owen! Maybe that deserves another star. Some of the VR scenes are incredibly hysterical - Ianto's tail! All in all, fairly decent and I hope he writes more in the series this year.
usagi ☆ミ
John Barrowman really brought this book to life in the audiobook version. It made it all the more precious as a season 1 Torchwood tale. Excellent.
Jan 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Torchwood fans.
I can't help it, I love Jack Harkness. The story here is interesting and Jack is very Torchwood-Jack-- mysterious, cryptic, and bizarrely in love with the 1940s.
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Tochwood fans
“Nine lives has the Alien…”

… well six actually, but what’s the difference? Having read my way through all the Doctor Who novels I had available – five actually – I needed something to read for the remaining two weeks of the month until the new moth would renew my book budget. So I remembered having bought the first five Torchwood books as hardcovers a few years ago. Now I know that Torchwood is actually quite different from Doctor Who. Darker, grittier, more dystopian and certainly much more vio
Samuel Rooke
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Peter Anghelides writes what you’d expect from this range, at the time three novels published a week after the first series finale of Torchwood, set between the third and fourth episodes of that series. As the raunchier, gorier, ostensibly darker and more mature post-watershed spin-off of Doctor Who, perhaps one could reasonably assume its tie-in novels would be similarly positioned, but in actual fact they take after the Doctor Who tie-in novels of the time, both in content (short novels, young ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Yeesh. The action is good, the plot was pretty compelling, but the author got the characters so so so wrong. Gwen is mostly fine, aside from the fact that she's lacking her practical edge - she's not going to shoot down a solution without presenting an alternative. Jack is written to be an absolute creep, which is.... wrong on so many levels. Jack is charming and charismatic. Jack is a huge flirt, but there is a definite limit. The author turns it all super creepy. He is literally that creep tha ...more
Wolf Ostheeren
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I listened to the abridged audiobook, so take my review with a grain of salt. The printed book might be better (if it's badly abridged) or even worse (as I'd gladly listen to John Barroman reading a telephone directory). But be that as it may, the plot seemed unoriginal and pointless, the characters seemed to come only to life because I know them from the TV show, and the overuse of adverbs (often the same one for the same verb twice in memory range) contributed to the overall impression of, wel ...more
Derelict Space Sheep

The usual run-around, with the season one Torchwood team doing their damnedest to think slowly and stay behind the eight ball. Anghelides deserves credit for the Bruydac warrior and trying to flesh out Owen’s character. Even abridged, though, this strains one’s patience.
Tony Pope
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you enjoyed the Torchwood series on TV, chances are you will enjoy being able to revisit the Torchwood universe introduced by the Dr. Who spinoff.
Abridged audiobook version listened to.
Jules Jones
Aug 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
First of the Torchwood tie-in novels, and set a few weeks after the start of the series, i.e. after the second episode and before the fourth. [return][return]The book opens with a second-person role-playing game scenario -- except this game's not in the computer, and when the "you" loses a life and hopes for better luck next time, it's a real body that dies. Of course, it takes Torchwood a little longer to work out why their serial killer has just cheerfully committed suicide...[return][return]I ...more
Keri Payton
(From my blog: Quill Café)

In accordance with the FTC, I would like to disclose that I purchased this book. The opinions expressed are mine and no monetary compensation was offered to me by the author or publisher.

There is a storm brewing over Cardiff of the worst kind. There is no known natural cause and it’s not the only thing strange that’s been happening.

Dead bodies have been showing up, the subjects of human cannibalism. When the killer is caught, he calmly greets his death…but the killings
БОльшая часть этой книги прошла мимо меня. Жаль, потому что Питер Ангелидес горазд на твердые четверочки, скрашивающие дождливые вечера в какой-нить жопе мира (читай=дача).

Во-первых, читает Джон Бэрроумен, и одно это сбило меня с толку. Привыкнув к ласковому и выразительному Бёрну Горману, я расслабилась и решила, что уж капитан Джек-то не подкачает. И в итоге прослушала первые минуты книги 4 раза, пока не смогла подстроиться под его быструю болтовню в одной тональности. Oh, crap.
Нет, он прекрас
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Capturing on the page the fast-paced drama and exciting action as seen in the television drama series.

TORCHWOOD (spin-off of Doctor Who) is an intensely thrilling television series that cleverly combines sci-fi and otherworldly aliens within a thoroughly modern, twenty-first century setting. This specialist secret organization, hidden away from prying eyes beneath Cardiff, is led by close friend of the Doctor and time traveler himself; Captain Jack Harkness. As foreign creatures, strange spirit
Leila Anani
Cardiff is encountering freak rainstorms centring around the bay. An alien possessed soldier has stolen nuclear fuel rods from a secure base. Owen is obsessed with a new online VR game called second reality where he encounters an ex girlfriend. These three seemingly separate plot strands all tie together at the end centring around an alien submersible stuck in the rift deep underwater and trying to get home.

Hmmm. The story is OK but it takes an age to get going and draw its threads together - To
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Anghelides' first published work was the short story "Moving On" in the third volume of the Virgin Decalog collections, which led to further short stories in the fourth collection and then in two of the BBC Short Trips collections that followed. In January 1998, his first novel Kursaal was published as part of BBC Books' Eighth Doctor Adventures series on books. Anghelides subsequently wrote two m ...more

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“Oh great," moaned Owen. "we've got one corpse in the SUV already, and now we have to fit us and this carcass in there too” 2 likes
“Lieutenant-Colonel Yorke told me you Torchwood people always take the extreme view. We have a saying in basic training: "If you hear hoof-beats, you look for horses, and not zebras".'

'You don't know the half of it,' Gwen said. 'In my job, if I hear hoof-beats, I expect to see unicorns.”
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