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Doctor Who: Borrowed Time Hardcover – Jun 23 2011

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Naomi A. Alderman's first novel, Disobedience, was published in 2006 in ten languages and won the Orange Award for New Writers. In 2007, she was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, and one of Waterstone's 25 Writers for the Future. Her second novel, The Lessons, was published in April 2010. Naomi was lead writer on the BAFTA-shortlisted alternate reality game Perplex City and writes a weekly games column for the Guardian.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Clever and timely Oct. 13 2011
By BS Detector - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I've read a good many of the Doctor books these past six years, and this is easily one of the best. It's creative, layered, vivid, true-to-form, lively, and timely. This is a great place to start if you've never read one and it's a great next read if you have. In fitting style to the current Moffat Who-niverse, it's chock full of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff. And it's got great characterization. I am looking forward to this author's next foray into Doctor territory.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Good plot, bad treatment of characters Sept. 4 2011
By Terrie - Published on
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This is the first Dr Who book I've read, I am an avid fan of the new televised series, Season 1 to 6. It is a nice adventure, assuming the characters from the TV show. The book would not stand alone because it is assumed you already know the main characters. I do not want to spoil the is believable in conjunction with the TV series, but I think the author took too much liberty in her interpretation of the characters.
Rory Williams from TV is very intelligent and surprisingly strong. He is so humble and respectful towards women to a point that he will let women put him down but not let it personally affect him. But the author has him bumbling around in an over-sized suit, acting like an idiot and calling for Amy on his cell phone just because he is scared. I also do not believe that Amy Pond from TV would really borrow time to get her hair and nails done, or visit her parents...she has had enough time to do that when she is not "working."
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Wow... Jan. 26 2013
By Stephanie M. Carrico - Published on
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A great to read the further adventures of the Doctor with Amy and Rory...never enough episodes on BBC but through the books...the adventures continue
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Times up. Aug. 12 2014
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Another great novel. After reading touched by an angel, and way through the woods, and this novel. It made me really see what trouble time travel can cause. Of course Doctor Who is a space and time adventure show, so you must expect to read all about the different ways one can travel through time. Of course you combine time travel with a bank, it then gets very interesting. It really shows the evils of compound interests on certain loans, can be dangerous to your health. It also gives a new meaning on loan sharks to. Another great adventure with the Doctor, Amy, and Rory.
A matter of interest Oct. 13 2012
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Format: Hardcover
This is a story of investment banking, the white-collar rat race, fraud, debt, the subjectivity of value, and the dangers of compound interest... sort of. It's not about money or stocks, though. It's about time -- using it, managing it, borrowing it, trading it, and paying it back -- with interest, compounded hourly.

An alien time trader has come to Earth and is loaning harried bank employees the time they feel they need to conduct research, prepare reports, do presentations, and everything else necessary to climb the corporate ladder while still having some time for themselves and their families. The snag is that the time must be paid back, and under the fine print terms of the contact, some people find themselves owing more than a lifetime. The 11th Doctor, Amy, and Rory must expose the dangers of borrowing on the future because if they don't, humanity may not have one.

This novel has a serious and timely underlying theme, although the story itself is not to be taken seriously. I seriously love books like this. There are far too few of them. When Doctor Who is done well, though, it can provoke thought about a serious idea and still be fun. This story does that well enough. I won't say it's not without some flaws. I thought the characterizations were just a bit off. The Doctor was perhaps a bit too eccentric and Rory a bit too goofy, and the bank employees, well, they were unbelievably oblivious to the strange things going on around them. But, all in all, I enjoyed this book. It's a quick and easy read and a great way to spend an evening or two between Doctor Who episodes. I recommend it to all Doctor Who fans and other lovers of positive science fiction.