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review 2018-12-08 16:28
A journey to a truly alien world
Venusian Lullaby - Paul Leonard

Having left Susan on Earth in the 22nd century, the Doctor's other companions, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, insist that the Doctor take them back to their own time. Instead the TARDIS lands on Venus three billion years in the past, a time when the planet was not only habitable but inhabited by sentient life forms. As the Venusians attempt to cope with the impending fate of their world, a massive spaceship arrives bearing aliens promising salvation by transporting them to a prehistoric Earth. But is the offer as genuine as it seems, or do these aliens possess a hidden motive that could lead to the Venusians' extinction?

 

As the third book published in the Virgin Missing Adventures line of Doctor Who novels, Paul Leonard's novel serves as a model for the series in a number of respects. Foremost among them are the Venusians themselves; with their large quadrupedal forms and multiple eye-stalks, there is no need for the reader to pretend that these aliens aren't just actors in elaborate makeup or cheap costumes as was all too often the case on the show back then. Leonard supplements this by portraying their practices and customs as fundamentally different from those of humans, all without sacrificing any sympathy for his characters. Yet in some respects Leonard succeeds a little too well, as when coupled with his writing style it can be difficult at times to understand exactly what is going on in the narrative. While a little more descriptiveness may have slowed the fast pace Leonard establishes in the book, it would have made for a more comprehensible examination of the truly different world he portrays, one that demonstrates the possibilities available when portraying a Doctor Who adventure on the printed page.

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video 2018-12-04 19:54
Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories Slipcase Edition - Various
Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister - Gregory Maguire
The Snow Queen - Hans Christian Andersen,Sanna Annukka
The Nutcracker - E.T.A. Hoffmann,Sanna Annukka
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review 2018-12-03 04:44
Poor choices make for a missable adventure
Killing Ground - Steve Lyons

The human colony on the planet Agora in the late 22nd century is mired in repression and fear. Every three years, the Cybermen arrive to claim 500 healthy people for conversion. When the Doctor arrives with his new companion Grant, he is swiftly captured and imprisoned by the Overseers who rule in the Cybermen's absence, while Grant soon finds himself involved in the resistance. As the Doctor is interrogated about the whereabouts of his companion, two new time travelers arrive to witness the events of the Cybermen's arrival -- and possibly to even play a part in the history they have traveled into the past to observe.

 

While dozens of the Doctor Who "Missing Adventures" novels were published in the 1990s, surprisingly few of them drew upon the many iconic villains that had been developed over the years in the series' original run. In this respect Steve Lyons's book is an standout in its use of the Cybermen, one of the most famous of the many enemies the Doctor has faced over the decades. Yet Lyons chose specifically to employ the Cybermen faced by the Doctor during his fourth incarnation, one that is widely regarded as possibly their worst depictions ever. Nor is his book helped by his main focus on the Agorans rather than the Doctor or his enemies, leading to long stretches when neither of the central figures in the series appear in the book. Instead the reader is treated to the sort of rebellion-against-tyrant plot that was done a dozen times before throughout the show, only with too many plot conveniences employed to make for a truly engaging tale. The result is a disappointing entry into the series, one that wastes its few enjoyable traits in a mediocre storyline plagued by shallow characterization.

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text 2018-12-01 07:55
IVF Success Tips by Dr. Shivani Sachdev Gour

In Vitro fertilization gives people with infertility issues a chance at pregnancy and thus is one of the most sought out treatment for people trying for a child. Though IVF increases the chances at pregnancy, it is quite expensive and also the chances of getting pregnant using IVF is one in three people going through IVF. Thus it is important that if you are investing your time, money and emotions into IVF, then you take a bit extra care to make your IVF treatment a success.

 

Dr. Shivani Sachdev Gour, from SCIIVF Hospital, who is listed among the top gynecologist and IVF specialist in the capital city, has shared a few tips to make your IVF treatment a success.

 

  • SEARCH FOR THE CORRECT IVF CLINIC – A good IVF clinic plays the most important role in making your IVF process a success. With the guidance of well qualified and experienced fertility expert, supportive IVF team and a good lab where the embryo will grow, you will have a great chance at making your IVF a success.
  • SEMEN ANALYSIS – Most of the time, during an IVF process, all the concentration is on the female body. However, it is really important that the semen quality of the male is analyzed properly. Sperm count in the semen can change over time and may be analyzed before taking the sperms for IVF process.
  • NO EJACULATION BEFORE IVF – Men who are going to donate the sperms for the use in IVF should try to not ejaculate or indulge in any sexual activity for a few days prior to the day of donating their sperms as it will help in increase of sperm counts. Higher the sperm count, higher the chances of a successful IVF.
  • COUNSELING – For successfully conceiving a child, only your physical health is not enough. Your mental state should be healthy as well. Many times, the people who are unable to conceive for quite some time get so disappointed that their mind set up a few blockers. It is important for you to take a help from a good counselor who will help you get down those blockers, so that you can conceive through IVF.
  • AVOID ALCOHOL, SMOKE, AND CAFFEINE – Alcohol, Smoke and Caffeine should be strictly avoided when planning for pregnancy and also while during the pregnancy as these three are very detrimental to the health of the developing fetus. A little caffeine can be taken in a very little amount but it will be good for you if you skip it altogether.
  • HEALTHY FOOD AND LOTS OF REST – you should make a note of your eating habits and start including healthy food rich in vitamins and good fat. Good fats are said to boost the chances of getting pregnant through IVF procedure. Taking a proper amount of rest is also crucial to increase your chances at conceiving. Your body needs to be healthy both physically and mentally and proper rest makes sure of that.

According to Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour, these are the few points that if followed properly, may increase the chances of a successful IVF. However, if you have any concern and doubts, you can always reach out to her for her expert advice.

Source: www.drshivanisachdevgour.com/blog/ivf-success-tips-by-dr-shivani-sachdev-gour
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review 2018-11-27 13:57
One of the best of the Missing Adventures series
The Shadow of Weng-Chiang - David A. McIntee

After retrieving the third piece of the Key of Time, the Doctor, Romana and K-9 follow a telltale trace of chronon radiation to 1937 Shanghai. Instead of finding the next segment, however, they stumble into a dangerous conflict involving the Black Scorpion, a ruthless gang the Doctor last faced in Victorian London during their service to the time-traveling war criminal Magnus Greel. Now leading the gang is Hsien-Ko, the daughter of Greel's former lieutenant Li Hsien-Chang, who has been transformed after being irradiated by chronon energy and is embarking on her own dangerous experiments. With Hsien-Ko on the brink of realizing her goal, the three time travelers search for allies in the treacherous world of wartime Shanghai as they work to stop her before she fractures time itself in her quest for revenge.

 

In writing an adventure involving the most popular Doctor of the classic era that is a sequel to one of the best-received serials of his tenure and is set in one of the most tightly-plotted seasons of the original series David McIntee sets himself a number of challenges. It's a mark of his ability as a writer and his understanding of the Whoniverse that he pulls it off so successfully. His insertion of his story into the Key of Time quest is virtually seamless in its justification, giving both the Doctor and Romana (whose first incarnation is extremely under-utilized because of the nature of the season) a reason to address the problem while in the midst of a much greater mission. The underused setting of China (one to which he would subsequently return in future Doctor Who novels) also allows McIntee to expand the Doctor's scope and introduce story elements new to the long-established franchise. Yet none of this would work without McIntee's success in his characterization of both the well-established TARDIS crew and the people he introduces into the tale. It makes for one of the best of the Virgin Missing Adventures series, one that is well worth the time for fans of the franchise to seek out.

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