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review 2018-10-23 14:20
The shadow over Guangzhou
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Tiger - David A. McIntee

When the TARDIS materializes in China in 1865, the Doctor and his companions arrive in a China plagued by foreign occupation and a shadowy threat. Mistaken for the commander of the local garrison of British troops, Ian is attacked by the patrons of a local restaurant. As he recovers from his injuries, the Doctor, Barbara, and Vicki discover that an unknown group has infiltrated the Black Flag militia and is using the organization to their own mysterious ends. With their forces seizing various locations and their men ordered to kill scholars and teachers, the Doctor begins to suspect that the threat before him may not be of this world and is one that knows more about him than he does about it.

 

David McIntee's book is an interesting entry in the Past Doctor Adventures series. Focused on the First Doctor and one of his teams of companions, it evokes nicely the sort of slow-developing (for better and for worse) history-centric adventure that was common to the series at that time. McIntee's characterization of the crew is particularly strong, despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that the locals the encounter are featured more prominently in the narrative. What makes the book stand out, though, is McIntee's subtle employment of an antagonist from later in the televised series, one whom a subsequent regeneration of the Doctor defeated hundreds of years prior to the events in his book. It's a neat twist, and one that manages to avoid any of the logic-twisting issues that so often come up in time travel stories premised on such a scenario. The book cemented for me McIntee's status as my favorite author of Doctor Who novels, and I plan on reading all of his other contributions to the franchise as soon as I can get my hands on them.

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review 2018-10-23 13:27
Vega Jane finding out an enslaved people
The Width of the World - David Baldacci

First part of Vega Jane adventure is coming to a world that is closer to ours. But there is still something wrong when people are happy to be worked but were fooled to do so. Again. Like this world.

 

Then she found the magic people is behind this. Magic is being drained from magic people and let them forget themselves and be a slave. 

 

She is then confronted with the possible of a companion practice dark magic.

 

Then she found a safe haven that is hers. 

 

Again. All good and well until the practice of magic for battle part. Which is kind of boring. Expecting a solution to finding the True or the Greater True behind all this hurt. Then when it is not going to happen, felt a bit cheated. 

 

That's why it is getting a 4 or even a 3.5. 

 

Reading this for Spellbound. 

 

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text 2018-10-19 08:11
VBT, INTERVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - The Crying of Ross 128 by David Allan Hamilton
The Crying of Ross 128 - David Allan Hamilton

America has splintered into various independent republics after a brutal civil war. Against this backdrop, space exploration is on the cusp of new technological breakthroughs. Jim Atteberry, a mid-30s English professor at City College in San Francisco, spends his free time listening for alien signals on the amateur radio astronomy bands. His life as a single parent to his precocious daughter is turned upside-down when he hears an intelligent cry for help from the Ross 128 system and realizes we are not alone. This signal unleashes a chain of events pitting Jim and his brilliant, mysterious colleague Kate against a power-hungry scientist with his own secret agenda. Jim must learn the truth about the signal, the strange disappearance of his wife Janet, and the meaning of true love before it’s too late in this first contact thriller.

 

#Science_Fiction

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.com/2018/09/vbt-interview-giveaway-crying-of-ross.html
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review 2018-10-16 14:02
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Demon's Play - David McBride

 

Some of the 13 earth bound tribes of demons apparently either want to start a war, or want to work out an agreement so they aren't demonized (pun sort of intended  :  )  )so much by by the paranormal population, or something.

So, they summon one of their Dukes from the demon realm to make a deal with the supernatural Council.

 

A lot of information seems to be left out, or glossed over.  I want to know more!

 

Frank was assigned to protect the Duke, without realizing he's also the one he's trying to fight.  A weird convoluted situation that was set up by the head of the council in an attempt to get the earth bound tribes to cut the shit and to prevent any more from coming through the portals.

 

A bit disjointed on this front obviously, but overall a fun read.  A scene with demonic leeches eating his car made me laugh.  

I picked it up in 2012, so apparently the author isn't doing a sequel.  Damn.

 

 

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review 2018-10-15 01:42
Death of an Honest Man
Hamish Macbeth: Death of an Honest Man: Hamish Macbeth, Book 33 - Audible Studios,David Monteath,M.C. Beaton

The story is set in Scotland and written in dialect so there were times where I didn't know what was being said or what was meant. I had to look up so words (kirk) but I did enjoy the story. I liked the title of the book, I thought it was kind of funny. I was not disappointed in the book. It was a fun read. 

 

Hamish Macbeth (Shakespearean reference) is a police officer in Lochdubh and he is partnered with another officer sent up to "spy" on him because he seems to be pretty good at solving cases, but he doesn't like the attention and doesn't want a promotion to detective. He likes where he is at. He also has women troubles as his two previous women keep coming around. He also has a wildcat that he took to a refuge, but when he hears that someone is shooting at the cats in the refuge, he goes up to save the cat and ends up saving another cat that is viewed by the villagers as a demon. 

 

When a man moves to the area Hamish patrols, he discovers that the man says he is honest and speaks the truth, but it is making people not like him. When he is found dead in a bog with Hamish's handcuffs on him, an investigation is started. Who could he have called for help and who would come out and kill him. 

 

I could not find this as an available audiobook, so I read it when I was home only. 

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