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review 2018-07-17 03:11
Colgan Captures the 10th Doctor's First Adventure Perfectly in this adaptation.
Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion - Jenny Colgan

Back in High School, I remember attending an author event -- some SF author that I'd never heard of (you probably haven't either), but what did I care? He was an actual SF/Fantasy/Horror writer visiting Idaho (it happens a little more now, but back then I hadn't thought it was possible). He discussed getting to write a novelization of a major Horror film thinking, "How hard can it be? Take the script, throw in some adjectives and verbs -- maybe a few adverbs and you're done!" He then went on to talk about all the things he learned about how hard it was taking a script of whatever quality and turning it into something that works in an entirely different medium. That's really stuck with me for some reason, and I've always respected anyone who can pull it off well (and even those who get close to doing it well).

 

Before I babble on too much, Colgan is one who can pull it off pretty well.I discovered Doctor Who a couple of years before I saw that unnamed SF author, but didn't get to watch much of it, mostly because I lived in about the only place in the States where PBS didn't air old ones. I saw a few Sylvester McCoy episodes (mostly due to the magic of VHS and a friend who lived somewhere with a better PBS affiliate). Other than that, it was the small paperback novelizations of episodes. I owned a few, the same friend owned a few more -- so I read those. A lot. Then comes Russel T. Davies, Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, etc. and all was better. But I still remembered those novels as being Doctor Who to me.

 

So when they announced that they were re-launching that series this year, I got excited. I own them all, but I've only found time to read one -- I started with Jenny T. Colgan, because I know how Paul Cornell writes, and I assume I'll love his -- ditto for Davies and Moffat. Besides, The Christmas Invasion is one of my favorite episodes ever.

I won't bother with describing the plot much -- you know it, or you should. On the heels of regenerating into the 10th Doctor, Rose brings a mostly unconscious stranger into her mother's apartment to recuperate. At the same time, an alien invasion starts -- the British government -- under the direction of Harriet Jones, MP -- and the Torchwood project tries to respond, but really is pining all their hopes on the resident of the TARDIS.

 

Colgan does a great job bringing the episode to life -- I could see the thing playing out in my mind. But she doesn't just do that -- she adds a nice little touch of her own here and there. Expands on some things and whatnot. In general, she just brings out what was there and expands on it. Adds a few spices to an already good dish to enhance the flavors. Colgan absolutely nails Rose's inner turmoil about who this stranger in her old friend's body is.

 

I particularly enjoyed reading the scene where the Doctor emerges from the TARDIS, finally awake and ready to resume being Earth's protector -- between Rose's reaction, the already great dialogue, and Colgan's capturing the essence of Tennant's (and everyone else's) performances in her prose. Seriously, I've read that scene three times. I never do that.

 

I'm not particularly crazy about the little addition she made to Harriet Jones' downfall, but I get it. I'm not scandalized by it or anything, I just didn't think it was necessary. Other than that, I appreciate everything Colgan did to put her stamp on this story.

 

If the rest of these books are as good, I'm going to be very glad to read them, and hope that there are more to come soon.

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text 2018-01-25 04:47
Two steps forward, two steps back
The Imjin War: Japan's Sixteenth-Century Invasion of Korea and Attempt to Conquer China - Samuel Hawley

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to act on my determination to clear some of the books off of my TBR list. I identified a couple of books that I might enjoy reading, requested them through inter-library loan, and budgeted the time to read them.

 

Then this evening while surfing around I identified two books about the Imjin War that I added to my TBR list. So much for progress.

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text 2017-08-12 13:05
Blog Tour: The Invasion by T.H. Hernandez with Excerpt and Giveaway

 

Today’s stop is for T.H. Hernandez’s The Invasion. We will have info about the book and author, and a great excerpt from the book, plus a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

Happy Reading :)

 


 

 

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They failed. Evan and Cyrus risked everything to keep the Uprising from attacking the unarmed Union, but something went terribly wrong. Evan’s home has been invaded by soldiers who are killing government officials and occupying the homes of her fellow citizens.

Captured by the Uprising, Evan fights for her life and her sanity, desperate to escape so she can find Cyrus and her family.

Reeling from an unexpected discovery, Cyrus is adrift until he uses his Uprising training to find a way to fight back against the invading force the only way he knows how.

With the help of old friends and new, they will do whatever it takes to protect each other and those they love, even if it means sacrificing being together, their way of life, and even their very lives.

 

 

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Waiting is its own special kind of hell. One hour gives way to the next without anyone coming to see me, talk to me, or tell me anything. My brain is busy with so much free time, churning out every way they might kill me. If they were going to execute me, I think they would have done it by now, which means they know what I did. It’s the only explanation for why I’m still alive. They want to know who else was involved. Fear crawls through my veins like fire ants. Everything we did, every risk we took, was all for nothing. The Uprising invaded the Union anyway. Maybe this was the Uprising’s strategy from the start. They were bringing people in here for months. Whatever was going on out in the Ruins could have been a distraction, something to allow them to carry out their real mission. Jamming my palms into my eyes, frustration, anger, and fear war inside me until I’m being torn apart, one piece at a time. I slump to the ground and blow out a steady breath of defeat. A rustling draws me from my thoughts and I turn to the opening where Draya stands flanked by two soldiers carrying folding chairs. Both guys could be distant relatives of Hercules. I swallow hard, trying to push back some of my anxiety, but all that does is make me choke. Hercules One sets his chair in the middle of the space, and Draya takes the seat. The other guy drops the second one across from her. “Sit.” I eye the chair and weigh my options before reluctantly sitting and facing Draya. Unease hums across my skin as I raise my gaze to meet hers. She turns her head and studies me for several long, uncomfortable moments. Staring into her piercing blue eyes, I’m transported back to the house in the Ruins where I first met her, the day I woke for the first time after they rescued me. She was wary of me even then. “So, do you want to tell me how you got that tattoo?” It’s a stupid question. She knows how I got it. Same way everyone gets one, the same way she got hers. “What camp did you train in?” I stare back. There’s nothing to be gained by answering. “When did you desert?” Stare. “Were you responsible for the attacks on the camps in March?” Stare. She narrows her eyes and folds her arms over her chest. “Did you attack the supply trucks?” Stare. Draya stands and takes a few steps forward. I pop up, tensing. Her eyes never leave mine as she approaches, but she merely walks past, slamming her shoulder into me on her way out, her entourage grabbing the chairs and following.

 

 

 

 

Catch Up on the Series:

 

The Union 

 

The Union (The Union #1)

 

The Ruins

 

The Ruins (The Union Book 2) by [Hernandez, T.H. ]

 

The Uprising

 

The Uprising (The Union Book 3) by [Hernandez, T.H. ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside my head, I live in San Diego, California, with one husband, three children, two cats, and one dog. In addition to my day job as a technical writer and editor, I write young adult fiction. I love the intensity of teen emotions and the way they're still figuring out life.

When I'm not writing, you can find me with my nose in a book, hanging out with family and friends, hiking, or knitting. I'm obsessed with Facebook, young adult novels, bad lip reading videos, pumpkin spice lattes, microbrewed beers, and the San Diego Chargers.

 

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review 2017-06-02 16:41
Exciting and unexpected second volume ot this trilogy
The Invasion of the Tearling - Erika Johansen

Following on from "Queen of the Tearling", this second part of the trilogy hit me with quite a few surprises: Kelsea mind-travels back several generations to a pre-Crossing time and into the life of Lily and her encounter with William Tear, the "creator" of the Tearling. Meanwhile Mortmesne invades with interesting and expected consequences.

 

A worthwhile read, full of original thought, which makes this series stand out in many ways. Recommended to lovers of well-thought out fantasy.

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review 2017-05-24 00:00
Invasion of the Alien Snatchers: A Nocturne Falls Universe story
Invasion of the Alien Snatchers: A Noctu... Invasion of the Alien Snatchers: A Nocturne Falls Universe story - Fiona Roarke,Kristen Painter Invasion of the Alien Snatchers is Roarke's second novella set in Nocturne Falls Universe.
It's somewhat a continuation of her previous story: [b: Close Encounters of the Alien Kind|33839221|Close Encounters of the Alien Kind (A Nocturne Falls Universe story)|Fiona Roarke|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1484165258s/33839221.jpg|54772283]
Sadly this didn't work for me, again. I am not quite sure what it is. The writing style alright, not exactly my style, but good.
I like the idea of the alien invasion of Nocturne Falls. But practically, I feel like the world building is a tad choppy and more than that I don't much enjoy the romance or background stories.
It definitely an "It's not you, it's me"kinda situation, which is rather regrettable.
Alas I would advise people to give it a try, since this is just a personal preference kind of a thing.
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