The Day of the Doctor

Steven Moffat

A Target novelization of an old Doctor Who episode shouldn't be as much fun as this.
Moffat adds and modifies the original script to give the story more depth, more humour and more clever clever twistiness.
I really really enjoyed this.
I split reading this between the ebook and the audiobook (that Amazon synergy at work) and I normally leave my audiobook reviews to the end of the year but I just enjoyed this one too much!
Nicholas Briggs is excellent as the narrator and voices the various Doctors with much relish. Even the little bits of audio atmospherics actually add to the story for a change. Briggs does have one weakness - he seriously cannot do Clara's accent.
Anyway very highly recommended if you like Moffat era Doctor Who.

Rating: A-



The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter

Russell T Davies and Benjamin Cook

the writers tale the final chapterI do intend to actually write something about this one at some point...

Rating: A-



Veronica Mars:The Thousand-Dollar Tanline

Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

Veronica Mars: The Ten Thousand Dollar Tan LineThis novel is the follow up to the Kickstarter funded Veronica Mars movie.
It finds our plucky heroine working her first big case as a professional Private Investigator when two teenage girls go missing during Spring Break.
There are some nice twists in this tale and one very important figure from Veronica's past returns.
I really enjoyed this book - it felt like a satisfying episode of the TV series. I'm willing to bet the audiobook voiced by Kristen Bell is even more enjoyable.
Recommended for fans of the TV series.

Rating: B+



I Love You, You Idiot

Cathy East Dubowski

i love you you idiotThe second of the Gilmore Girls books. This one takes episodes from the second half of season one and retells them from Rory's perspective.
The only really interesting bit is that Rory keeps the reason for the Dean breakup secret from the reader.
Obviously these books are only for crazy obsessive fans of the show and are of no interest whatsoever to anyone else.

Rating: B-



Like Mother, Like Daughter

Catherine Clark

The first of four Gilmore Girls tie-in novels. I caved in to my admitted obsession with the show and picked them up dirt cheap second hand from Amazon.
This particular volume recounts events in several early first season episodes solely from the perspective of Rory (including my favourite ever scene).
It's an adequate read but to be honest if you've watched the episodes involved as many times as I have then the dialogue is burned into your brain already.
The writing is good but it's nowhere near as compelling without the actors' performances and, let's be honest, this long after the show ended the book is only going to be for people who are hardcore fans.

Rating: B-



Coffee At Luke's

Jennifer Crusie

This book collects a very unimpressive selection of essays about the TV show The Gilmore Girls.
I could not, in good conscience, recommend it to someone who is not utterly obsessed with the show.
I may be a little obsessed myself. After all I bought all seven seasons on DVD, the soundtrack CD, this rubbish ebook and I've read countless message board posts and reams of fan fiction.
Actually, having written that down, it appears that I'm definitely obsessed with the Gilmore Girls.
So rather than spend any more time talking about "Coffee At Luke's", I'm going to follow the book rating with an essay on the show. It's a long one.

Rating: C-

A rather lengthy essay follows...



The Final Reflection

John M. Ford

The Final ReflectionMike Ford died aged 49 on September 25, a man of prodigious talent, formidable intelligence and remarkable wit. I only knew him from a few online forums that we happened to both frequent. In my own small way this re-read is my tribute to the man. Other re-reads may follow.
This is one of the most remarkable Star Trek books ever written, being the first written from the Klingon perspective and the first to portray Klingons as more than bloodthirsty warriors.
The book barely qualifies as a Star Trek novel, spending so much time outside of the canon and only spending a handful of pages on the Enterprise with Kirk & co as a framing device.
It's a thoroughly enjoyable book that makes you wish that men of such imagination were responsible for more of Star Trek's output - being prone to bland platitudes as it is.
I'd recommend it as a nice piece of science fiction, especially to more Trek skeptical audience and as an eye-opener to how it could be done better to die hard trekkies/trekkers out there.

Rating: B