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March Books 23) Dead Air, by James Goss

How was your day? Mine started by bursting a front tyre as I grazed the kerb outside F's school while dropping him off. Not too far to drive to the nearest tyre specialist, but it meant an hour of sitting around waiting for it to be fixed, when I had had a number of other things planned.

Luckily as I sat around contemplating the meaning of Michelin and Goodyear, I had with me David Tennant's recorded voice, reading James Goss's excellent Doctor Who novel, Dead Air, which took me from that Belgian industrial suburb to a pirate radio ship off the southern coast of England in 1966, where the Doctor is dealing with a mysterious entity called the Hush, which exists as an organism based on sound alone; it absorbs its victims and turns them into sound patterns - if they are lucky. It is tremendously creepy and enjoyable, and Dark Hints are dropped which one can interpret as tying into the Tenth Doctor's final story; also Tennant is an excellent reader - the whole thing is done in character as a first-person narrative from the Doctor's point of view, but he conveys the other characters very convincingly too. This is very strongly recommended.

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