Travel through time and space with the Twelfth
Doctor in these six brand new
set in a host of locations across the US and eras from throughout
An invisible spacecraft turns up at the Battle of New Orleans, an alien presence
is detected at the 1944 D-Day landings, and ghosts take over New
subway tunnels as they're being dug in the early 1900s...
Filled with mystery, excitement and the Doctor's trademark wit, these timeywimey
stories will delight any
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I always love reading any Doctor Who tie-in stories, especially when we are all anxiously waiting for a new season to be released. I have also read a number of Doctor Who novels authored by Justin Richards, and I tend to consistently enjoy his writing style and his depictions of the various Doctors over the years. This is only my second experience with stories written about Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, and I had a fun time reading these short tales of his adventures. While this is targeted at a younger audience, I still feel that this book is something that can be universally enjoyed by Whovians of all ages. These stories follow the Doctor’s journeys through various notable time periods in American history, as well as in present day America. Because of that, I found it to be a very unique read due to the fact that he is somewhat rarely portrayed traveling through the United States, particularly in the tie-in novels. It was great to see how he insert himself into many historical moments that I grew up learning about. Though this was not the best collection of stories and I had very mixed feelings about them, I still found them to be solidly written. Creating a compelling story in a very small number of pages is incredibly difficult—it is an entire art in itself. There is not much time to flesh out the plot and the characters. This can make everything feel very rushed, as well as make characters come across as being a little bit flat. I found this to be somewhat true of this collection at times, but overall, I think Richards did a decent job with the length of each text. Richards’ writing itself was a high point for me. His narration style is very fluid and not at all hard to find yourself getting pulled into. It is wonderful to see these skills in the tie-in stories, as they are generally simple reads, still composed using quality storytelling. I have found—in my personal experience with his work—that Richards’ is also a master at capturing the personality of whichever Doctor he is writing about. Even in this shorter format, it truly feels similar to watching an episode starring the twelfth doctor.
Doctor Who: The American Adventures (Hardcover) by Justin Richards All that glitters The mining towns in California were not ready for what they found. In search for riches of the earth they found something out of this world. With the bumbling aid of the The Doctor, this alien plot at world domination is thwarted. Off the trail The Oregon trail has many pitfalls, but when a family traveling the trail finds themselves separated from the group the are not ready for the next revelation. The Doctor reveals his true nature, in thwarting an early alien prospectus of the world. Ghosts of new York Ghosts are haunting the subway tunnels in New York. The Doctor on holiday in New York is intrigued by news articles about the appearance of ghost in one particular area of the tunnel system. Taking the plunge The Doctors relaxing day the amusement park has a different end than he anticipated. He notices that there is a strange circumstances occurring in the park. Using his detective knowledge he finds a conspiratorial plan that will change the world, until he has to intervene. Spectator sport What would alien species do with access to all the history in the world. The Doctor is surprised that people would make light of the death and carnage of war. An advanced society sells the battles of man as a tourist attraction. Using the resources at hand the Doctor teaches these observers the cost of war. Base of operations The Doctor finds a plot in 1944 for an alien species attempting to subvert the war, and take over the world before the end of World War II. Uses their own technology against them, and scares them from ever attempting to invade the world.
If you're looking for a fun, quick read to fill your Whovian needs between seasons (or series!), this might just be the ticket. Six novellas in just shy of 200 pages. They all take place in important times of U.S. history, which for me was great since I'm an American and imagining The Doctor at these places is just brilliant. While some stories were better than others (which you'll always get with a novella collection), I thought they were all well researched and written in a way that both a child or adult could enjoy in an evening if they chose to. Whether your interests include the gold rush or a theme park of the future, you'll find something to like here. I would recommend this book. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
I didn't realize when I first got this book it was for children. Keeping that in mind I thought to stories were well written and are a good introduction for children to The Doctor. I thought back to stories I read as a kid and know I would have enjoyed these. I have a friend who has a 9 year old son and am going to send him a copy for Christmas. I think these stories will bring some new fans to the Doctor Who Universe.
[NOTE: I received a copy of this novel through NetGalley.] This was advertised in the Comics category, so I thought it’d be a comics, but it’s actually a collection of short stories. Ah, well. Not sure what to think about it, really. I found it… just bland, to be honest. On the bright side, none of the stories come with glaring plot holes or annoying sidekicks, but on the other hand, none left me with a lasting impression either. The main problems here for me are: - The characterisation of the Doctor. The stories are supposed to feature Capaldi’s Doctor; it could be just any generic Doctor, though, the way he acts and is described. I could find no defining feature (even the eyebrows seemed weak!). - Most of the stories’s endings are disappointing: too abrupt, or close to nonexistant. The fifth story, for instance, leaves a lot of things unsaid. The least I expect in a story about an assassin trying to off their target is the assassin’s motives, or who’s hired them. Here, nothing. It just ends. “All That Glitters”: Forgettable. The plot is OK, but there’s are no surprised here, it’s all lvery classic, quickly solved, and a bit boring. “Off the Trail”: This one had more of a creepy feeling, the “something’s wrong but we don’t know yet what” feeling. Still, the “enemy” was done with too quickly. “Ghosts of New York”: Interesting theme, boring execution. “Taking the Plunge”: A bit better. Not complicated, a simple enough plot to follow, but with more oompfh than the previous stories. “Spectator Sport”: I seriously didn’t see the point. Tourism on battlefields in different eras is ethically bad. OK. I was more interested anyway in the crime story wrapped in it; however, the latter fizzled and petered out. (See above about this.) “Base of Operations”: Considering its theme, it would have deserved a more complex resolution: I thought of all the stories, this was the most promising, the one with the strongest premise. At the end the Doctor was more like himself, with his determined stance of defending Earth and making sure the enemy’s aware of it. Conclusion: 1.5 stars. I don’t recommend it, it is of little interest.
The Twelfth Doctor, sans companion, ventures through various eras of America in this all new novelization of everyone's favorite BBC series, Doctor Who. The American Adventures takes readers all over the U.S.A. from California to Florida. These 6 new adventures will fully capture a younger audience and perhaps make new fans. Even though the unique quirkiness of the Doctor doesn't take center stage in this set of stories, the action and adventure are there in spades. The Doctor mainly finds himself traveling through time and space to land in familiar moments of U.S. history, like during the California Gold Rush or the War of 1812. Between landing in an amusement park in Florida, in the year 2017, or stopping an lizard alien invasion before D-Day, there's a toss up between which of these stories is the best. 'Taking the Plunge' and 'Base of Operations' are the two most complex and intriguing. The American Adventures are geared for an audience that may not have the patience to sit through a lengthy, drawn out plot so if you're expecting the complexity of a classic Doctor Who episode, you won't find it here. Just the Doctor's cleverness and flair for finding trouble. Young readers will marvel at how quickly and efficiently the Doctor solves these mysteries and hopefully beg for more! *eGalley provided in exchange for an honest review* Originally published on Lovey Dovey Books