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review 2016-02-09 05:09
Doctor Who: The Bog Warrior, Time Trips: Short stories that are bigger on the inside by Cecelia Ahern
Doctor Who: The Bog Warrior (Time Trips) - Cecelia Ahern
Doctor Who: The Bog Warrior, Time Trips: Short stories that are bigger on the inside by Cecelia Ahern was the first Doctor Who I read. I found it a pleasant surprise. I gave it almost four stars.
 
Dr. Who arrived on the planet Cashel. He described it as typically standard with three moons in the sky.
 
I would like to thank Random House UK, Ebury Publishing, BBC Books & NetGalley for the complimentary kindle copy in exchange for a fair review. This did not influence my opinion.
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review 2016-02-09 04:47
Doctor Who: The Bog Warrior by Cecelia Ahern
Doctor Who: The Bog Warrior (Time Trips) - Cecelia Ahern

Doctor Who: The Bog Warrior, Time Trips: Short stories that are bigger on the inside by Cecelia Ahern was the first Doctor Who I read. I found it a pleasant surprise. I gave it almost four stars.

 

Dr. Who arrived on the planet Cashel. He described it as typically standard with three moons in the sky.

 

I would like to thank Random House UK, Ebury Publishing, BBC Books & NetGalley for the complimentary kindle copy in exchange for a fair review. This did not influence my opinion.

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review 2015-07-18 07:53
Doctor Who: The Anti-Hero
Doctor Who: The Anti-Hero - Stella Duffy

I've been reading a number of Doctor Who novels and short stories lately, and all in all I really enjoyed them. This Time Trip short story features the Second Doctor and his companions and I have to admit that I didn't know anything about them.

 

So it's not possible for me to review the portrayal given in this short story. However, the story I found very interesting and I liked it a lot. It's set in Ancient Alexandria and features the Muses, thus teaching some of the old Greek mythology.

 

My only problem with it was that it was too short. I would have loved to read this as a longer story, perhaps a full novel.

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

 

Other Doctor Who novels I've read and reviewed:

* 12th Doctor:

Silhouette (Killer Origami), The Blood Cell (Prison) The Crawling Terror (Giant Insects)

* 11th Doctor:

Touched by an Angel (Weeping Angels)

* 10th Doctor:

Keeping Up With The Joneses (Strange village)

* 3rd Doctor:

The loneliness of the Long Distance Time-Traveller (Alternative England)

* War Doctor:
The Engines of War ("Ex-ter-mi-nate!")

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review 2015-03-03 08:07
Keeping Up With The Joneses
Doctor Who: Keeping Up with the Joneses (Time Trips) - Nick Harkaway

The Tenth Doctor is my favourite so far, so this Time Trip with the Tenth Doctor should definitely be a success.

 

And it was indeed very enjoyable, it read like watching an episode. After the TARDIS hits the remnants of a temporal mine left-over from the Time War he finds himself in a strange village. But he never left the TARDIS, or did he?

 

I like these short Doctor Who stories and this was no exception. The story was quite nice and the writing too. I've actually gotten myself another book by Nick Harkaway after reading Keeping Up With The Joneses.

 

Other Doctor Who novels I've read and reviewed:

* 12th Doctor:

Silhouette (Killer Origami), The Blood Cell (Prison) The Crawling Terror (Giant Insects)

* 11th Doctor:

Touched by an Angel (Weeping Angels)

*3rd Doctor:

The loneliness of the Long Distance Time-Traveller (Alternative England)

* War Doctor:
The Engines of War ("Ex-ter-mi-nate!")

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review 2014-10-23 10:40
Time Travel: Recent Trips
Time Travel: Recent Trips - Paula Guran,Kage Baker,Elizabeth Bear,James P. Blaylock,Mary Robinette Kowal

Edited by Paula Guran

 

I'm very much a fan of good time travel stories, so when this anthology came up for review, I couldn't resist. Also there was a story included by Michael Moorcock, whose fantasy writing I've enjoyed before. Like most anthologies with stories from a lot of different writers, there were some that were more interesting to me than others.

 

The editor, Paula Guran, introduces the subject with some well informed historical facts about theories of time travel from different religions and cultures, including Ancient Egypt. Newton and other philosophers get a mention for their thoughts on the subject and actually this intro was one of the most interesting parts of the book!

 

There are 18 stories. I have a preference for time travel adventures, and found many of the stories not quite what I expected. The first few felt a little slow to get to anything to do with time travel. The subject seems to have been widely interpreted and some stories dealt with perceptions more than actual scifi time travel.

 

The Man Who Ended History by Ken Liu had an interesting theory about paired particles that allow us to see light through space that got my interest, but even this was more how to view the past than to actually travel there. The Carpet Beds of Sutro Park by Kage Baker was particularly interesting, though depressing and there was some good time travel action in Mating Habits of the Late Cretaceous by Dale Bailey, though it was mainly about a failing marriage and a holiday hunting dinosaurs.

The Mists of Time by Tom Purdom was a very well written story about a slaver ship and First Flight by Mary Robinette Kowel was also a particularly well written story that had been recommended to me before. The Time Travel Club by Charlie Jane Anders brought in the movement of the earth in the mechanics of time travel, which I found interesting and September At Wall and Broad by Kristine Kathryn Rusch was another with especially good writing.

Thought Experiment by Eileen Gunn was one of the best in my opinion and had some original ideas about how time travel works, though they were reminiscent of the psychological method used in Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson with adaptations.

There seem to be a lot of time travel tourist stories around recently, not just in this collection but in general. I think the genre generally works better in novel form than in short stories, but that's just my personal opinion. The stories in this collection were all well written from a technical point of view, though some held interest more than others. Not a bad collection, but there was nothing so amazing that it would make me rush out to see what else the author has done.

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