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JoeZhang June 15 2013 05:07 PM

Doctor Who: Harvest of Time

After billions of years of imprisonment, the vicious Sild have broken out of confinement. From a ruined world at the end of time, they make preparations to conquer the past, with the ultimate goal of rewriting history. But to achieve their aims they will need to enslave an intellect greater than their own...

On Earth, UNIT is called in to investigate a mysterious incident on a North Sea drilling platform. The Doctor believes something is afoot, and no sooner has the investigation begun when something even stranger takes hold: The Brigadier is starting to forget about UNIT's highest-profile prisoner. And he is not alone in his amnesia.

As the Sild invasion begins, the Doctor faces a terrible dilemma. To save the universe, he must save his arch-nemesis... The Master.
Written by Alistair Reynolds - anyone bought this or read it? Planning to buy it?

Allyn Gibson June 15 2013 05:17 PM

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It's on my pile of books to be read.

Asbo Zaprudder June 15 2013 07:03 PM

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Alastair Reynolds

The cover looks a bit phallic.

I'm tempted -- his Revelation Space stuff is ace.

Newspaper Taxi June 15 2013 07:10 PM

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I just read it this past week. I'm really not the biggest Pertwee era fan but Reynold's love for the era is obvious and infectious. He also really loves the Master; the story is really more about the Master than the Doctor in the end. In fact, at times I kind of wondered if he'd rather be writing Master Who. But still, it was well written and enjoyable.

Andrew_Kearley June 15 2013 09:08 PM

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I read it last Saturday. I really enjoyed it.

Pixel June 16 2013 01:08 AM

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Al Reynolds is probably my favourite modern science fiction author, so I've been excited about this from the moment it was announced. I've got about a hundred pages to go, and the full review will be up on my website next week, but so far I'm loving it.

Off to grab a shower, wrap up the new tattoo for the night, then get snugged with the Doctor, the Master, the Brigadier and Jo Grant :-)

The Wormhole June 16 2013 03:41 AM

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Harvest of Time is all kinds of cool. A lot of the time, these books written by the big name authors just feel like original works by those authors with the Doctor and his companion(s) inserted in. Michael Moorcock's Coming of the Terraphiles and Stephen Baxter's Wheel of Ice are perfect examples of this. But Harvest of Time really does feel like a Doctor Who story from the Pertwee era. Sure, there are things that they couldn't have done on a 1970s BBC TV budget, and the book does do "future referencing" that tie-ins covering an earlier era of an old franchise sometimes indulge in. In this case, there's something from the Tennant era that turns up. But the premise is totally something that could have easily been done in the Pertwee years had budget not been an issue and writing and characterization of the Third Doctor, Jo, and the UNIT gang is spot on.

One particular highlight is the Master. This novel is an excellent spotlight for the Master. Indeed, without giving too much away it would be accurate to say that for a decent portion of the novel, the Master becomes the Doctor's companion. This is written perfectly and it's very easy to visualize Pertwee and Delgado doing this stuff.

Yeah, Harvest of Time is an excellent book. Definitely worth it for any DW fan, but if you're a fan of the Pertwee era it's got to be a must-read.


Asbo Zaprudder wrote: (Post 8251852)
The cover looks a bit phallic.

Only a bit?

Mr Awe June 16 2013 04:56 AM

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I love Reynolds, bought and Reynolds, ordered and received the book, but haven't had time to read it yet. Looking forward to it!

Mr Awe

Guy Gardener June 17 2013 07:07 AM

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From the cover, that book should be called "The Penetration of Time".

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