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  • #62810
    JimTheFish @jimthefish
    Time Lord

    I hope you all good lots of cool reading material for Chrimbo. But just in case you didn’t and are in need of some SF-related material to get you through to the Doctor’s return, I’d heartily recommend the first two books in Becky Chambers’ Wayfarer series….

    #62844
    Missy @missy

    Two more I recommend.

    “No Glamour in Gumboots” by Marian Warren.

    “The Secret Life of Cows”  by Rosamund Young.

    Missy

    #63435
    JimTheFish @jimthefish
    Time Lord

    If anyone is looking for a fresh Who fix over the agonising summer drought, I’d heartily recommend the new series of Target novelisations, which are adaptations of actual Nu Who stories. Steven Moffat’s The Day of the Doctor is shaping up to be excellent so far, deepening the story we saw on TV considerably as well as being as narratively playful and inventive as you’d expect. I’ve also got Paul Cornell’s Twice Upon A Time and RTD’s Rose lined up too.

    It’s like reliving my childhood. But in a good way.

    #63437
    Bluesqueakpip @bluesqueakpip

    @jimthefish

    I’ll chime in to agree with that. The Day of the Doctor is really good – the others are on my ‘to read’ list.

    #63438
    wolfweed @wolfweed

    @bluesqueakpip Apparently, TDOTD has really outraged a lot of folk (Quelle surprise). I can’t wait to give it a proper read to see what all the fuss is about (I already know a couple of the big gripes). I’ll be interested in what others think about all the new bits. Just a quick flick shows that it’s packed with spoilers!

    @jimthefish I suspect you will enjoy pg 123…!

    shhh

    #63439
    JimTheFish @jimthefish
    Time Lord

    @wolfweed

    Just binge-finished it tonight and I can guess why it might push the buttons of those who insist on having their buttons pushed. There are a few times when you feel the Moff is enjoying tweaking some particularly sensitive noses. Still no genuine cause for outrage though. Personally, I thought it was marvellous. A genuinely affectionate love letter to the series as a whole, and its fandom. Oh, and the sheer amount of Easter eggs — it’s like the Ready Player One of Who books.

    And RE. p123 — yay!!

    #63440
    Missy @missy

    I don’t usually come here, but I am so glad that I did.  Shall check my library to see if they have TDOTD in stock.

    Thank you all.

    Oh, and @jimthefish of course Mr. M is tweaking some noses, that is what he excels at, and why I am so fond of him.

    Missy

    #63441
    janetteB @janetteb

    Oh. Going to the city on Friday and have a couple of birthdays to provide an excuse to venture into the bookshop. It has been many many years since I last read a Target Dr Who book. I still have some up in the top room bookcase. But reading the above comments sounds as though it is time to start again. (and I have only got about two chapters of Colour of Magic left and am still waiting for the local bookshop to get the Light Fantastic in. Might have to pop in one day and remind the owner as I suspect she had forgotten. She did find another book I inquired about but it was over $80.00 Au and so I think I will persuade R.1 to borrow it from the Uni library for me instead.

    Cheers
    Janette

    #63445
    Missy @missy

    @janetteb:

    Have you just discovered Terry Pratchett’s Disc world? I’ve the whole set of the series and can’t count how many times I’ve read them all.

    Wouldn’t it have been interesting to see what he would have done with an episode of DW?

    Missy

     

     

    #67902
    Cath Annabel @cathannabel

    Just re-read Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, which was every bit as wonderful as I remembered it being.  And then I read La Belle Sauvage – first in the new Book of Dust trilogy, which I also highly recommend!  Part 2 is due out in October.

    #67905
    winston @winston

    @cathannabel    I also enjoyed the His Dark Materials trilogy and La Belle Sauvage a lot and thanks for letting me know about part 2 coming out in Oct. There is a new TV series coming out on Netflix or Amazon , I forget at the moment but it looks good and I will definitely give it a watch when I can.

     

    #67907
    janetteB @janetteb

    @cathannabel and @winston I too really loved His Dark Materials and I enjoyed the film though my main impression of watching it at the cinema was the cold, realising that what we see can influence how we feel. I was freezing during the snow scenes, it being mid summer and being dressed for Aussie summer not artic winters. I also loved the setting Svalbard, is one of those magical locations. (Just spent five days running a local writer’s festival of which the theme was “location” and so that is bit of a preoccupation at the mo.)

    I saw the new trailer and it looks very promising. The series is being made by Bad Wolf Productions of Dr Who fame, and  I thought it was BBC so a little confused to see that it is being promoted differently but maybe it is a cross production. Most are these days.

    I have yet to read “La Belle Sauvage”, but we have it. currently I am catching up with Terry Pratchett. I’m onto Mort which I am really enjoying. I do like Death. Such a great character.

    Cheers

    Janette

     

    #67950
    Missy @missy

    For my birthday, a friend – who was as dotty as me about Doctor Who – bought me :

    DOCTOR WHO

    TARDIS

    TYPE 40

    INSTRUCTION MANUAL.

    If you enjoy pure genius, I recommend this book.

    Missy

     

    #67975
    janetteB @janetteb

    @missy A lovely birthday present and your post made me realise that we don’t have a thread for Dr Who books. Would be a worthy addition to the forum I think. Recently I met an author who has written a Dr Who short story for a Big Finish anthology. (which I have yet to read.)

    Cheers

    Janette

    #67979
    Missy @missy

    @janetteb

    Good idea. I have two others given to me by the same friend.

    Doctor who the Companion’s Companion.

    and

    Doctor Who. Time Lord Fairy Tales.

    However, the Tardis manual is the best so far.

    Thank you for posting, I was beginning to think I was invisible. *sniffs*

    This is after all the forum for all things Doctor Who – isn’t it?

    Missy

    #67980
    janetteB @janetteb

    @missy

    I would like to read the Time Lord Fairy Tales. I did borrow a collection of short stories from the Library a couple of years ago but ran out of time to read them all, always the problem with library books. I will be in the library tomorrow so might have a look out for some Dr Who reading, not that I need it as I am plodding through the Discworld books. (only plodding because I don’t make enough time to soar through)

    Cheers

    Janette

    #67986
    winston @winston

    @missy and @janetteb   My son gave me a nice little boxed set of Who fairy tales and they have stories for the 1st  to the 12th Doctors each based around a classic fairy tale. The few I have read are fun. I have read a few Who books and I enjoy the audio stories performed by some of the actors. As with most things some are good and some are not so good but they are all Doctor Who and they fill a void.

    #68050
    Missy @missy

    @winston

    See if you can get hold of the Tardis  Manual – which I mentioned before.

    It’s pure genius in as much as it is so well written, that you actually find yourself believing that there is such a thing as The Tardis!

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