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Justin Richards seems to be on form these days; this is another tie-in e-book, intended as a prequel to The Snowmen (though as far as I could tell it was not available outside UKania until after the broadcast), a tale of Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax battling a smoke monster with the assistance of a small boy as viewpoint character. It is a pastiche of Victorian children's stories with a nod to Leon Garfield (though his Devil-in-the-Fog was set a hundred years earlier), spooky and enjoyable. When we first met Vastra and Jenny, fandom cried out en masse for spinoff stories about them, and I think this and James Goss's piece for last year's Brilliant Book shows that fandom was right.


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Dec. 31st, 2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
Are there any references to The Ruby in the Smoke?
Jan. 5th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
It was available from AudioGo UK as read by Dan Starkey before transmission. Thought it worked well as an audio, Dan's reading was much better then Alex Kingston's efforts for the Melody Malone book.
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