50th Anniversary eBooks

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  1. Allyn Gibson

    Allyn Gibson Vice Admiral Admiral

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    It's been rumored, but now it's been confirmed -- for the 50th anniversary, Penguin is doing a monthly series of eBook shorts. Authors haven't been revealed yet, but the Radio Times article suggests J.K. Rowling is a possibility and says that each will be written by an "acclaimed children's author." Perhaps we'll see eBooks by Philip Pullman, Charlie Higson, etc.
     
  2. diankra

    diankra Commodore Commodore

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    Of course, the definition of 'acclaimed children's author' could be rather flexible. For instance, 'Who usual suspects' like Stephen Cole and Andy Lane already have their own successful non-Who children's series (Astrosaurs and Young Sherlock Holmes respectively). I'd expect to see a few of them filling out between any really big names.
     
  3. Relayer1

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    Anyone mention Gaiman ?
     
  4. The Grinch Doctor

    The Grinch Doctor Two Hearts Too Small Premium Member

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    Sounds awesome...except the eBook part. I can only hope a paper edition(s) would show up later on.
     
  5. VDCNI

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    They are supposed to be releasing a paperback with all 11 stories included in November.
     
  6. The Grinch Doctor

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    Then I'm sold!

    I can only hope Neil Gaiman, as already suggested, will be involved. :D
     
  7. StCoop

    StCoop Commodore Commodore

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    Here's the first one:

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    "London, 1900. The First Doctor is missing both his hand and his granddaughter, Susan. Faced with the search for Susan, a strange beam of soporific light, and a host of marauding soul pirates intent on harvesting human limbs, the Doctor is promised a dangerous journey into a land he may never forget..."
     
  8. JoeZhang

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    What a bland cover - looks like the sort of thing a self-published book would have - I guess the BBC only wants to pay one for the collected paper edition.
     
  9. ATimson

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    Which would be ironic, since buying the individual ebooks will cost almost three times the price of the collected edition...
     
  10. The Grinch Doctor

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    Eoin Colfer?!?! That'll be one story I won't be reading. :(
     
  11. Allyn Gibson

    Allyn Gibson Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Because of Artemis Fowl? Or because of And Another Thing?
     
  12. The Grinch Doctor

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    Mostly because of Artemis Fowl. I couldn't even finish the first book because I got so disgusted with the prose and the character Artemis. Very rarely do I not finish a book but this one of the exceptions.

    As a result, I was very disappointed that Colfer was selected to write And Another Thing. I read a few pages here and there in the book store and I didn't like what I read so I haven't bothered with it.
     
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    And Another Thing was truly fucking awfull. I hate that book with a passion
     
  14. OmahaStar

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    And what a surprise. It's available on the Apple store. It's available for the Kindle. But the Nook? Nope.

    Also, current price is $2.68 ... for a short story. Seems excessively pricey.
     
  15. Admiral_Young

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    Bleeding Cool has suggested/theorized that Neil Gaiman could be announced as the writer of the Second Doctor story next month. Nothing confirmed, just pure speculation on their part I think.
     
  16. Lonemagpie

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    Derek Landy or Jonathan Stroud would be my picks
     
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  18. Allyn Gibson

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    I realize it's just a page-and-a-half -- and thus, not enough to really judge -- but that's very not good.
     
  19. Brendan Moody

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    Having looked at the Artemis Fowl books in the past I wasn't expecting much as far as prose skill, but I did have a faint hope that Colfer could do decent characterization. Alas, no.
     
  20. Nagisa Furukawa

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    As an alternative:

    If you guys want an excellent First Doctor/Susan novella written by a respected author, I recommend tracking down Kim Newman's "Time and Relative," told as the diary of Susan in the months leading up to An Unearthly Child. Excellent work.