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review 2015-05-27 03:40
Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen / by Terrance Dicks. ; narrated by David Troughton
Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen - Terrance Dicks

This isn't the best Doctor Who book I've read (or listened to), but it was entertaining enough.  I like anything to do with cryptid ape creatures, and I do enjoy the creativity of the Doctor Who universe, so a Doctor Who story featuring the yeti was something I couldn't pass up!  

 

The story was a little, I don't know, bland(?), but I really enjoyed the characters of The Doctor and Jamie.  The narrator was very good--I actually think he would have been perfect reading something like the Harry Potter series.  He did evil voices quite well, and varied his pace and tone to help convey the atmosphere of the story.

 

Overall this was some good brain candy.  It may not have been chocolate, but sometimes gummy bears will satisfy just as well.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-12-16 15:41
Terror of the Abominable Snowman
Terror of The Abominable Snowman - James Baack,Eric S. Brown

There are two ways to view this novella by James Baack and Eric S Brown. The first is through the "It's so bad, it's good" filter. If you're someone who appreciates this type of read, then pick this one up, because you will be howling with laughter by the 40% point.

But I'm not someone who reads books to be entertained by how bad they are. Sometimes my movie watching proclivities tend in this direction (I know, I'm not proud of it), but when I read I want to be entertained in a genuine way. So I viewed Terror of the Abominable Snowman through a very different type of filter - one in which I was horrified, but for all the wrong reasons.

How else can you react to a novella in which a researcher gets funded to lead an expedition to Nepal to find the mythical yeti, but opt to look for this "snowman" in the jungle, where they are promptly set upon by cannibals. The survivors find the yeti, but as they bring it down, there is a double-cross and another powerful country comes into play. An escape follows, the yeti goes on a mid-flight rampage, but manages to fall to earth safely and then goes on another rampage in a mountain area of the US. There it runs into the apparent hero of the piece, a Chicago cop who, fresh from his latest shoot-out, has been dragged off on a skiing holiday by his girlfriend ... And all this occurs in 74 pages!

So what we have here is a novella that has a plot a young teenager would dream up, with the character building to match. Seriously, some of the characters are detailed as far as their name and penchant for which weapon they like the use. That's it. Only Rick, the Chicago cop, gets any kind of detail to his backstory, and that basically consists of liking monster movies because of his dear old Dad and killing bad guys on another typical day on the job.

Any idea that Baack or Brown cared about this tale was quickly eliminated when I realised they and their proof-readers/editors weren't even prepared to keep the same tense in their writing. By the end of page one, they've shifted from the present tense to the past tense, and then on several other occasions through the book lapse back into present tense. For a sentence or three. And then we're back to past tense. It's decidedly jarring. Then there are the multitude of typos and copy-editing errors to contend with. At one point, for example, the group discuss having to contend with "viscous Yetis". I know it's only a letter missing, but it changed the meaning of the sentence significantly enough to have me laughing about what kind of threat an oozing, sticky, liquid type of yeti would have.

Look, I could go on. I really could. But I dislike ragging on people's creative work, so let's just sum up that I found this to be a terrible novella. I know Brown has had some serious success with his BIGFOOT WAR series, so maybe there's a great deal more to those reads. Regardless, pick this one up only as a quick curiosity, but don't say I didn't warn you ...

1 Bullet-Dodging Mythical Beast for Terror of the Abominable Snowman.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1087376782?book_show_action=false
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review 2014-08-20 00:00
The Abominable
The Abominable - Dan Simmons This has a wealth of low ratings with the main complaint seeming to be the ridiculously slow pacing. It is a valid complaint. All my clothes went out of style over the course of this novel.

I'm going five stars anyway. It think this was Simmons at his best regarding impeccable research, historical accuracy, characters that come to life, and all that other happy horseshit. The pacing was irrelevant to me personally.

If you enjoyed [b:The Terror|3974|The Terror|Dan Simmons|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1386924551s/3974.jpg|3025639] then you should enjoy this. Was this as good as The Terror? Yeah, maybe. Should you read it? Not if you hated The Terror.
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review 2014-06-03 15:28
Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen - Terrance Dicks

So that is TARDIS! **facepalm**

 

I have the desire to watch the series but there are like 28 Seasons! I wish I could but for now it is impossible to catch up :( so at least I have to books.

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text 2014-05-21 18:01
Avoid
The Abominable - Dan Simmons

I want murderous Yetis or something!  Anything but this is what we did before we climb Everest. 

 

                Truthfully though, you are better reading Wade Davis then this fictionalized account which is over-populated with Marty Sues and a Mary Sue.  Honestly, I would be calling Simmons out if he were a woman too; the character of Reggie is just too perfect.

                If you liked the Terror – this is NOT a good follow up.

                Read Wade Davis instead.

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