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text 2018-09-30 16:23
My second pass
Doctor Who: The Face of the Enemy - David A. McIntee

After reading David Mcintee's The Face of the Enemy a couple of weeks ago I decided to go back and watch some of the serials that he references in it. Last night I decided to go and reread it with the show's portrayals in mind, which was unusual for me: while I enjoy rereading books, rarely do I do so so soon after having finished them.

 

If anything, my appreciation of the novel increased with my second pass through it. Again I'm impressed at how well McIntee captures the portrayal of the characters in the series, as well as his development of a plot that takes them in different directions while fitting it squarely in the Who universe. Finishing it only deepened my resolve to read more of his novels for the various Who lines, though if they don't get here soon I may find myself reading this one a third time.

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review 2018-09-16 18:29
Solving mysteries when the Doctor is out
Doctor Who: The Face of the Enemy - David A. McIntee

On the surface David A. McIntee's novel is a curious contribution in a series entitled "Past Doctor Adventures," as it's a Doctor Who novel without the title character. Yet McIntee pulls it off superbly by drawing upon the rich collection of supporting characters that have been introduced over the years. Setting it during one of the Third Doctor's unwilling excursions on behalf of the Time Lords, it's premised around two seemingly unrelated events: a violent bank robbery and the crash of a jet containing the body of a junior governmental minister one who is still very much alive in London. Called in to investigate the latter mystery, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart finds a substitute for the absent Doctor in the form of a husband-and-wife team with familiarity with the unusual: Ian and Barbara Chesterton, two of the Doctor's original companions.

 

Over the course of the book McIntee has to mix both the show's well-defined characters with his own original creations in a context that is unusual for a Doctor Who story. This is a challenge that he pulls off with considerable success, devising a novel that manages the difficult feat of offering an original mix of story elements that still demonstrates considerable fealty to his source material. And as successful as he is in depicting the portrayals of the Brigadier, Ian, Barbara, and the Doctor's other friends in the show, his greatest success is in capturing the Master in all of his Third Doctor glory. Though the character of the Master has been a longtime foe of the Doctor's he was never better than in Roger Delgado's original portrayal of him as the suave sadist. McIntee captures him in all of his arrogance and deviousness, making for a very different sort of dynamic than is possible with any of the Doctor-UNIT combinations. It all makes for an adventure that demonstrates the rich storytelling possibilities that exist in the Doctor Who universe, even with its eponymous character is absent.

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url 2017-08-14 18:25
Going Rogue! Free range reading ... nominate and vote any book for the Sept. thru 2018 books the booklikes TOR ebook club will be reading
Tor.com Publishing's 2017 Hugo Finalist Bundle - Carrie Vaughn,Kij Johnson,Victor LaValle,Nina Allan,Seanan McGuire,Fran Wilde,Kai Ashante Wilson,N.K. Jemisin,Alyssa Wong
Dark Run - Mike Brooks
The Adventures of Little Fuzzy: From the Original Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper - Benson Parker,H. Beam Piper,Michael Whelan,David Wenzel
The Ghost Brigades - John Scalzi
All Systems Red - Martha Wells
We Will Destroy Your Planet: An Alien's Guide to Conquering the Earth (Dark) - David McIntee
Fool's Assassin - Robin Hobb
The Quiet War - Paul J. McAuley
The Phoenix in Flight - Sherwood Smith,Dave Trowbridge
Alien Tango - Gini Koch

With TOR putting their monthly ebook freebie program on hold, our booklikes bookclub is going rogue, off the grid, off schedule, free range ... nominate and vote for any books that might be remotely suited for TOR (speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction ...).

 

Above, I displayed some of the currently nominated ones; visit the link and scroll down to nominate, vote and edit your voting. (Or click the "Next Books" tab in the bookclub if you lose this post/link.)

 

Books with most votes will be our September book, the next most likley the October book  (will look at current voting in case that changes during September) ..

 

Vote for as many as you like. Nominating a book automatically votes for it. If you click "Remove" that will remove your vote, not the book.

Source: booklikes.com/book-clubs/next/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy
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review 2014-04-09 08:15
We Will Destroy Your Planet
We Will Destroy Your Planet: An Alien's Guide to Conquering the Earth (Dark) - David McIntee

bookshelves: net-galley, how-to, published-2013, little-green-men, amusing, spring-2014, e-book, ipad, sci-fi, war, weapon-evolution, under-20, tongue-firmly-in-cheek, palate-cleanser

Read from April 08 to 09, 2014

 

Osprey Publishing



Description: Enjoy this pseudo-nonfiction, 'how-to' military handbook for aliens intending to conquer the Earth. Science fiction elements are satirized and then connected to real-world science, history, and military technique to show how it should be done.

It goes without saying that any military campaign must be planned in ways depending upon some basic factors: The logistics of where your enemy is in relation to your own forces, environmental factors, and, most importantly, 'why' you're fighting this campaign. This book intends to take these basic factors, and apply them to the purpose of conquering the planet known to the natives as Earth.

There are, of course, many possible reasons for launching a military campaign against such a planet. The form of your campaign, and the formation of its strategic and tactical policies will very much depend on your reason. Obviously the campaign to destroy all sentient life on a planetary surface will be very different in character to a campaign to, say, bring the local population into the fold of your empire or federation - and, frankly, a lot simpler.

Once the reason for conquest, or destruction, has been determined, the book will take a step-by-step approach to the best way to annihilate humanities resistance and bring them to their knees.


Opening to the introduction: Thank you for choosing planet Earth as your conquest target of choice. The local sentient population has long considered it to be a worthy destination for travellers from other planets, alternate dimensions and future timelines.

Maybe it would be good to refresh on just where this target of choice lies in the Milky Way.





However, if Sitchin is right about Niburu, the solar system really works in quite a different way and that could prove quite an obstinate obstacle to wannabee overlords' invasion tactics.
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review 2014-04-06 23:33
For Children who want to be Hermoine
Wizards: From Merlin to Faust - David McIntee,Mark Stacey

Disclaimer: ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for a review.  Additionally, not all pictures were included in the ARC.   Those included were nicely chosen, but other than that I can’t say much about the illustrations.

 

                Long before Harry Potter ever set in Hogwarts, wizards had entrenched themselves in the imagination.  Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome all had their wizards, whether it be the son of a pharaoh or the writer accused of inscrolling his wife.

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