A couple of posts before this one, I talked about the Book Depository, my new favourite online bookstore. I ordered ten books within two weeks (and they have all been shipped now, yay), four of which were Doctor Who books. The Silurian Gift, the Magic of the Angels, Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster and Shroud of Sorrow. The first two turned out to be ‘Quick Reads’ books.
First I will give you the synopsis and my opinion on both the books.
Doctor Who: The Magic of the Angels – Jacqueline Rayner
‘No one from this time will ever see that girl again…’ The Doctor, Amy and Rory round off a sight-seeing tour round London with a trip to the theatre. That’s when things start to go wrong. The Doctor wonders why so many young girls are going missing from the area. When he sees Sammy Star’s amazing magic act, he thinks he knows the answer. Sammy’s glorious assistant disappears at the climax of the act – but this is no stage trick. The Doctor and his friends team up with the residents of an old people’s home to discover the truth. And together they find themselves face to face with a deadly Weeping Angel. Whatever you do – don’t blink!
I like Jacqueline Rayner as a Doctor Who writer. She has written another of my favourite DW stories, the Stone Rose (okay all of the DW stories that I’ve read so far are my favourites). Though I was a bit bummed when the story ended, I really wanted it to be a proper story, with at least 200 pages, or more. Anyway, I liked this story, because it features one of my favourite (and also least favourite) monsters, the Weeping Angels, and one of my favourite companions (miss Amy Pond, of course). I could just SEE this story happening inside my head as if it were an actual episode!
Doctor Who: The Silurian Gift – Mike Tucker
‘My New Fire-Ice will solve all the problems of the planet!’ The world is on the brink of crisis. As fuel runs short, society beginds to break down. One man seems to have the answer. But is it too good to be true? The Doctor arrives at an old oil refinery near the South Pole, concerned by claims about this new form of energy. He soon discovers something huge and terrifying is stalking the refinery. It brings death and destruction in its wake. The battle has begun for planet Earth.
I also quite like the Silurians, and I liked the fact that they did not only have them, but also the Sea Devils and the Mykra which are Old Who monsters, that haven’t appeared on New Who. (I have a book with all the monsters in the Doctor Who universe, so I knew what they looked like, and I could imagine the story a bit better). This story happens between the losing of the Ponds and the finding of Clara, so the Doctor is companion-less. Though, like in the season 4 specials, he hooks up with a random stranger, who helps him through this story. I like this story, though I liked Magic of the Angels a bit more. I would love a (short) story about Madam Vastra, Jenny and Strax though!
And now back to Quick Reads… Quick Reads something from the UK, which basically published short stories so people who normally don’t read (because they don’t have the patience or time to do it). It’s not just Doctor Who books, they’ve got a selection of both fiction and non-fiction books, which you can find here.
At this moment they have got seven Doctor Who books. The two that I have mentioned before, and the following others: Made of Steel, I am a Dalek, Revenge of the Judoon, The Sontaran Games, Code of the Krillitanes. I really like to have all of them (it’s only 12 euros in total on TBD), but I am going to have to wait until next month before I can buy them.
Anyway, Quick Reads is a very good initiative to get more people to read! Awesome!