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Chemical Analysis...

By:John Ellison, Atlanta, USA
Date:Sunday 18 January 2004
Rating:   7

Although the book didn't grab me at first it became more and more compelling. The introduction of OGRON and a number of people who have the Doctor at a disadvantage by knowing him (from previous incarnations) when he doesn't remember them keeps the pages turning. In the end a satisfying performance emerges.

The story does suffer some from the recent trend to spread the Doctor and his companions too thinly (in my opinion). One can always hope the next author will break this trend. Just one story where they don't all end up seperated would be nice...

Also buried in the book is a real gem where the Doctor is forced to lay the seeds of doubt about why he is always running from one place to the next...could he be avoiding dealing with an issue he doesn't want to remember?

If any of the regular authors frequent this site let me assure you there is at least one reader who wants to see the Doctor come to grips with his past actions!


By:Jerry Lewandowski, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Date:Monday 5 July 2004
Rating:   5

Well, took me over a month to get through this book, some of it due to time but mostly because it dragged on and on. This book made no sense and really should have been shelved. It was nice that they eluded to the Doctor's past to get him to think about it, but it was done in a lame way plus the ending was just a cop out it seemed. I, for one, was not happy at all with this book.

Well, that made a change

By:Glyn Viney, Isle of Wight, UK
Date:Friday 5 August 2005
Rating:   8

After all the interminable multiverse Sabbath books, it was nice to hit a change of pace. Here is a book with a plot that, basically, boils down to a love story. No major villain to sort out, no planet to save, (well, not really), no universe to destroy/save (depending on plot), just the Doctor trying to re-connect two lost loves, seperated by time. It did take a little while to gather momentum, but when it did, I didn't want to put it down. One of the better 8th Doctor books.

An Overcomplicated Mess

By:Piers, Lancashire, UK
Date:Sunday 7 August 2005
Rating:   5

There are many elements to admire in this novel: a love affair spanning millennia; the depiction of Nineteenth Century Russia; the fleshing out of the backstory alluded to in 'The Talons Of Weng-Chiang'; the character of Aphrodite; and the nature of Dusha's and Razum's existence and their punishment.

But in equal measure there are many things that annoy about this book. Again the TARDIS crew are split apart and continually flit between time zones, each of which are far too overpopulated for you to care about most of the characters. It seems that each era had about 3 villians, which resulted in me being confused about their motivations and caring even less. The best realised time zone was 1812, as the 'soap opera' element of the Vishenkov story made me want to find out what happened. The later two time zones weren't very interesting however, and even telling them apart was a challenge at times!

Also, this book contains FOUR different methods of time travel (the TARDIS, the time-belts, the Misl Vremya and Aphrodite's lake travel), which has to be a record for one novel! This sums up a problem with this book - too many great ideas crammed into one story.

Emotional Russians

By:Hatman, Rapper's paradise
Date:Wednesday 26 July 2006
Rating:   5

In England, you watch TV. in the motherland, the TV watches YOU. Falls exactly in the average category. in parts.

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