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review 2018-12-16 14:23
The very model of a major Doctor Who novel
Players - Terrance Dicks

When his companion Peri demands elegance for their next destination, the Doctor sets the coordinates for London in 1900 to enjoy the season there. Instead the TARDIS arrives in South Africa, just in time to witness a Boer ambush of a train containing British soldiers accompanied by a young war correspondent named Winston Churchill whose life the Doctor saves after he is nearly assassinated by a mysterious man with a rifle. Captured along with Churchill by the Boers, the Doctor and Peri soon discover a second unknown individual, this one working to aid in Churchill's escape. Realizing that there are people involved whom he encountered when he met Churchill during his second incarnation, the Doctor travels to London in 1936 to get to the bottom of the mystery, one that soon involves stopping a plot that threatens the course of all of human history!

 

I must confess that I approached this novel with a degree of ambivalence, given that the Sixth Doctor is by far my least favorite version of the character and a storyline involving Winston Churchill was one primed to fail. This was a mistake on my part, as I should have taken into consideration that the author was Terrance Dicks, arguably the most prolific writer of Doctor Who media in the history of the franchise. In his experienced hands what could have been a name-checking adventure involving an off-putting central character is instead a rollicking adventure spanning across four decades of one of the most adventurous lives in human history. In this it represents everything that a first-rate Doctor Who novel should be, and one that other authors in the franchise should turn to when dealing with some of the more awkward elements in the long-running series.

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review 2018-12-15 23:12
Getting around at last to an SF classic
Foundation (Foundation, #1) - Isaac Asimov

This is a book that I first tried reading decades ago, but I just couldn’t get into it at the time. Perhaps it was for the best, because returning to it now allowed me to appreciate aspects of the book I wouldn’t have when I was younger, such as Asimov’s engagement with religion and his faith in a technocratic elite. The enduring richness of these concepts was more than enough to get me through the bits that look increasingly daft today (such as the fetishization of “nuclear technology” and the near-total absence of women from his narrative) and to finish it eager to read the next book in his series.

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review 2018-12-14 19:00
Deadpool does Christmas
Deadpool (2018-) #7 - Skottie Young,Nic Klein

And it is fabulous.   It's pretty much everything you'd expect, but just hilarious.   Violent, angry, potty-mouthed... and he tries to ruin Christmas for everyone. 

 

Love this author, this illustrator and this series!

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review 2018-12-14 18:36
Not that impressed
Uncanny Inhumans (2015-2017) #1.MU - Paul Allor,Brian Level,Michael Walsh

Got this in a grab bag.  Wasn't horrible.   It just wasn't great.   In fact, it pretty much made me feel like I was right to decide not to jump on the Marvel events. 

 

 

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review 2018-12-14 18:23
Fantastic follow up
All-New Fathom Vol. 6 #2 (of 8) - Marco Renna,John Starr,John Starr,John Starr

Turns out Aspen can't do all that and keep her identity a secret.   What happens to her now that the world knows who she is, what she is, and what she can do? 

 

I'm hoping to find out, but I bought the first two issues on sale and apparently nothing past that...

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