June 28th, 2008

tardis

June Books 39-44) The Season 19 novelisations, plus a Missing Adventure

Two good ones among this lot, and one total dud.

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I've been in the habit of writing up each companion as they leave the sequence of novels. Adric really makes very little impression. His tendency towards siding with the baddies is almost his only interesting characteristic. Terence Dudley does make him rather more filled out in Doctor Who - Black Orchid but that is about the high point of his printed career. (And of course the Seventh Doctor and companions acknowledge his coming fate in Cold Fusion but apart from that he doesn't get much to do.)

Edited to add: I see I forgot to include Eric Saward's Doctor Who and the Visitation in this batch. Nt rushing to it, I must admit.
earthsea

June Books 45) Masters of the Fist

45) Masters of the Fist, by Edward P Hughes

A rather dismal Baen collection of short stories about a village in post-Holocaust Ireland where the head honcho is the only fertile man left in the world, and has to grapple with the awful responsibilities of impregnating the local women. Oirish and sexist clichés abound. Amusingly, the head honcho's unofficial partner's name is Celia Larkin (and these stories were written in the 1980s, so I suppose it is coincidence).