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This is a particularly good Eleventh Doctor book, read very effectively by Meera Syal (who does a very effective Scottish accent). The setting is a London bank, just before the economic crash of 2008, where key staffers are being tempted to use time-travel bracelets to multi-task; the bracelets of course come at a much higher cost than is immediately apparent. There is a particularly effective passage early on where Amy becomes addicted to the giddy possibilities of personal time-looping, and some brilliant description. After a not brilliant start in 2010, the Eleventh Doctor books are doing very well now. I shall look out for more by Alderman - I confess I had not really heard of her before compiling my list the other week but that's clearly my loss.


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Apr. 1st, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
To be fair, there wasn't anyone to hear of before last year!
Apr. 1st, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
"Naomi Alderman becomes first Jewish woman to write official Doctor Who novel" (http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/naomi-alderman-becomes-first-jewish-woman-to-write-official-doctor-who-novel-1.396076) (Haaretz, 17 November 2011).

Not sure whether that's true or not (your 2c welcome); may depend how narrow one wants to makes one's definitions.

Apr. 1st, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
Hmph, I think my old college friend Rebecca Levene might have something to say about that...
Apr. 1st, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I am friends with Bex too, and I certainly didn't write that headline myself! Especially as, oh let's say, Verity Lambert was Jewish ;-).

- Naomi Alderman :-)
Apr. 2nd, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
Here from who daily: I just recently listened to this one as well and I enjoyed it a lot! I thought Meera Syal did a great job on all the voices, it was an entertaining story for my commute and had enough meat to it that it took me 3 whole days of commute time to finish it ;)

The only thing is that I think that the whole chapter about Amy's time addiction was just too drawn out... I knew from the beginning she was headed for trouble, and by the time she got to Leadworth I was just rolling my eyes and cursing her atypical "Companion stupidity" as it were--wherein a companion loses their head for apparently no reason other than to further the plot (similar to Rory losing the TARDIS in a bet in that one where they play "the most dangerous game" in space... can't remember the title).

I hope we see more of Little Green Storage.
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