|Reviews for The Tomorrow Windows|
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Reminiscent of The Chase with the Doctor travelling to different planets with one goal in mind. To me, it seemed as if this was written just to visit different settings. I felt that this was loosely done and the story was driven at a very slow pace.
The only thing it seemed to hold things together was unexpectedly Trix. We got a bit of insight finally into her past and I look forward to finally finding out what she is all about.
|By:||John Ellison, Atlanta, USA|
|Date:||Thursday 18 November 2004|
|Rating: || 7|
I think my favorite part of the entire novel was the prologue...
I can see quite a bit of potential in the story. In fact, I found several of the planet's visited to be quite amusing. Clearly, this is an attempt to use Doctor Who for social commentary and satire.
Sometimes it succeeds and at others it falls a bit flat. I agree with my counterpart's post above that one of the real gems of the novel is getting some insight into Trix--who remains the most poorly developed companion EVER!
Still, it is hard to find extreme fault with a novel that bases at least one character on Brian Blessed!
|The powerhouse novel of the year surely!|
|By:||Joe Ford, Eastbourne|
|Date:||Friday 19 November 2004|
|Rating: || 10|
A pleasure to read from start to finish, The Tomorrow Windows capatilises on the freshness and standalone nature lavished on the EDAs since Sometime Never...
Much like Halflife it is extremely entertaining and packed full of great jokes and scares. For those continuity fans out there this is the post amnesiac equivilent of a wet dream with references to thousands of past stories in all kinds of medias.
This is not to the detriment of the story however which is full of colourful characters, inventive worlds and lots of good twists to keep you reading. I would reccomend this to fans and non fans alike, it is the sort of entertainment that Doctor Who is better at than any other series.
|By:||Hatman, functioning, barely|
|Date:||Sunday 30 July 2006|
|Rating: || 7|
can't function. ERROR!
|The Wit and Whimsy of Doctor Who|
|By:||Leon Coward, Sydney, Australia|
|Date:||Friday 29 January 2016|
|Rating: || 10|
"The Tomorrow Windows" is a Douglas Adams-style romp with a murder mystery stretching across a number of planets. Each planet is memorable, as Morris forms it around a concept and magnifies it ten-fold: the planets, in their early histories, have also been visited by what appears to be a 'god' wishing to help their development. This mysterious character is integral to the plot. However, god's intervention results, for example, in one race inventing the internal combustion engine before fire (and so the race eventually reproduces itself by parts on a conveyor belt, waiting to be assembled like cars) - so you get the gist of how Morris finely balances comedy, wit, intrigue, with suspense and even horror.
There are also the politicians of Minuea, the warmongers of Valuensis, and the monks of the Shardybarn, who line their planet with atomic bombs to blow it up. (The faith of the planet?s inhabitants is waning, so to restore belief in their god, they want him to come at the end of the world and prove his existence. He doesn?t, and the planet does go boom).
(Those aren't really spoilers... and besides, there is a lot in the book!)
The various concepts provide a refreshing nod to the old Doctor Who series, and the ways in which alien races generally provided a somewhat allegorical representation of different facets of human behaviour and groups. Morris successful integrates the appealing style of the Tom Baker and Sylvester McCoy eras, with the freshness of contemporary science fiction.
A fast-paced story, filled with wit, imaginative concepts, and funny social parodies. Morris is ingenious at tying together all of these madcap concepts into a well-balanced and engaging storyline.
(This review is adapted from a review of "The Crooked World" and "The Tomorrow Windows" published by the reviewer in the February 2012 issue of "The Online Book Group" e-zine)