Doctor Who: The Feast of the Drowned Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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About the Author
Stephen Cole liked books, and so went to the University of East Anglia to read more of them. Later on he started writing them too, with more TV and film tie-ins than he cares to admit to along the way. He has been the voice of a Dalek and an editor of fiction and non-fiction book titles for various publishers, including the Doctor Who novels The Feast of the Drowned and The Art of Destruction.
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Like other new series novels, it's a quick read, with a fairly straight-forward plot. Unlike many of the new series novels, it avoids being silly or overly light. Stephen Cole keeps the story tightly paced, from the cliffhanger opening of a sailor caught on a sinking ship to the final scene. Some of the authors don't know how to handle the tenth Doctor--either focusing too much on Tenant's manic energy or going completely flat--but Cole strikes a balance. There are the funny Doctor moments (including a weird and poorly-timed outburst about a ship Jack Dusty), but he also is fiercely intelligent, rude, caring, a bit frightening, and alien, a quality often missing from the new series books.
If you enjoy the new series, there's much to enjoy here. The story captures the feel and characterizations of the show, focusing as much on personal stories as the science fiction. While our heroes are trying to stop the eponymous Feast of the Drowned, Rose has to deal with the repercussions of events that happened during her "lost" year away from home. This emotional side story feeds a clever device at the heart of the narrative: love becomes a trap in an alien plot. Feast is stuck in current-day London (the Doctor seems to have trouble getting off Earth these days), but we're taken on a lively tour that starts at the Powell Estate and wanders through laboratories, a dry dock, tunnels under the city, and even the Thames. As the characters split up and go on their individual adventures, they are always connected by the central plot device.
It's the promise of the occasional gem like the Feast of the Drowned that keeps me coming back to the new series books.
There are a few iffy Doctor moments, in which he is just strange, rather than Doctor-like.
There is also what I found to be a glaring plot hole, which I won't address for fear of spoilers, but suffice it to say that there is only so much the human body can take before it shuts down. Some characters here exhibit super-human endurance for the sake of keeping the plot moving.
Overall, I did enjoy it. The characters were rich and the settings were really well imagined and integrated. Real suspense and catharsis.
As a quick read, it's generally ok. I finished it while I was on vacation. It's not boring prefab, but it's not always on the edge of your seat either.
-Characterization seemed accurate
-A bit short (only lasted me about a week of short car trips)
-Obviously abridged (though not confusing)
If you're like me and are more interested in hearing David Tennant read than in the story itself, it's awesome and entertaining even if it's abridged. I wouldn't pay full price since it's so short, but it was enjoyable enough that I bought the hardcover so I can fill in the holes in the plot.
This was still very cute and quite enjoyable and certainly recommended for Doctor Who fans. It's nice to revisit Mickey and Rose and the Doctor and remember happier times.
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