Doctor Who: Anthology Review

17973716Doctor Who: Eleven Doctors, Eleven Stories by Eoin ColferMichael ScottMarcus SedgwickPhilip ReevePatrick NessRichelle MeadMalorie BlackmanAlex ScarrowCharlie HigsonDerek Landy Neil Gaiman.

Genre: Sci-Fi Anthology
Publication: January 1st 2013
Publisher: Puffin
Source: Purchased Paperback
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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Anthology is the perfect collection of adventures for Doctor Who fans.This print edition is the culmination of a year-long series of ebooks to celebrate fifty years of Doctor Who. Eleven Doctors, eleven stories, eleven unique interpretations of the Doctor, his terrifying alien enemies and his time-travelling adventures.68f7401d778bc1c6927303e0df0c0b7d

It’s taken me nine months to read this book. It is a wonderful book, but I’ve just been reading one story here and there between my other reads. As I finished reading each one I wrote down a few thoughts > > >

The First Doctor: A Big Hand for the Doctor by Eoin Colfer
A brilliant J.M. Barrie inspired adventure. Original old man Doctor and his granddaughter Susan, Children stealing Space Pirates, a fight scene on a London Rooftop and a big explosion to finish the bad guys off. 5/5 I Love, love, loved it Stars.

The Second Doctor: The Nameless City by Michael Scott
The recorder playing doctor and his Kilt wearing Scottish companion captured by an army of glass apes with their makers, the Archon, trying to steal the TARDIS. A set of bagpipes the weapon that saves the day = awesomeness! 4/5 I really liked it Stars.

The Third Doctor: The Spear of Destiny by Marcus Sedgewick
Following the third Doctor and his companion Jo as they witness the origin’s of Norse mythology and foil The Master’s plans. The Norse myths were woven into this Doctor vs Master story wonderfully. 4/5 I really liked it Stars.

The Fourth Doctor: The Roots of Evil by Philip Reeve
The Scarf wearing Doctor’s future comes forward to haunt him in a story featuring a tree that’s waited nine hundred years for revenge and the humans that have adapted to living within its branches. 4/5 I really liked it.

The Fifth Doctor: Tip of the Tongue by Patrick Ness
Pure Patrick Ness. The celery wearing Doctor and a boy named Jonny. Two separate yet interconnected stories. An enslaved alien race set free. It is amazing how much depth Ness crammed into a short story. 4/5 I really liked it.

The Sixth Doctor: Something Borrowed by Richelle Mead
This story follows the Doctor and his companion Peri as they go to a world where everything resembles Las Vegas. They ruin a wedding and The Doctor and The Rani (a female time lord) face off. 2.5/5 I sort of liked it. It just didn’t hook me or wow me, but I think that was more the mood I was in reading it, rather than the story itself.

The Seventh Doctor: The Ripple Effect by Malorie Blackman
Following the Doctor and his companion Ace while they rush to explore a collapsing alternate universe where the Daleks are a nurturing, peaceful race and Skaro is the universal hub of premium education. 4/5 I really liked it.

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The Eighth Doctor: Spore by Alex Scarrow
The one-hit-wonder-movie-time Doctor comes across a spore that threatens to wipe out all life on earth. He bamboozles the US military into letting him take over, then saves everybody and everything. 4/5 I really liked it.

The Ninth Doctor: The Beast of Babylon by Charlie Higson
This story is set between the spot at the end of the first Ninth Doctor episode when Rose turns the Doctor down and the TARDIS wheezes out then comes seemly right back. During what was a mere second or two for Rose, this story is what the Doctor go up to. The doctor’s companion for this trip is Ali, a young female who also happens to be a super warrior and a rather large crustacean. Together they set out to defeat two out of control stars’. Up until this point in the anthology all the Doctor’s companions had been human (ignoring Susan because no one can decide if she was gallifreyan or an adopted human). I really enjoyed the freshness of Ali’s differences. 5/5 I loved it.

The Tenth Doctor: The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage by Derek Landy
My Doctor and Martha collide with a being that creates illusions to trick you based on the fictional stories in your head, while feeding off the energy you create while your belief is suspended. 4/5 I really liked it Stars.

The Eleventh Doctor: Nothing O’Clock by Neil Gaiman
The Doctor and Amy Pond, obviously quite early in their time together as Rory hasn’t joined them yet, come across a long-forgotten foe of the time lords who causes the extinction of humans. 4/5 I really liked it Stars.

Mini Reviews: Taboo + Spark + Graffiti Moon + The Kraken

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Taboo (The Unfinished Song #2) by Tara Maya

A DEVASTATING SETBACK
Enemy tribesmen attacked during the Initiation. Dindi used the magic of the corn cob doll to protect herself and others but at a terrible price. Now her dreams are in shambles. In despair, she decides to step into the forbidden faery ring, and dance herself to death with the fae. Then she discovers another choice that saves her life…but breaks the ultimate taboo.

A DESPERATE OUTREACH
After being unfairly exiled from his own people, Kavio may have found a new home, but only if he can protect it from another attack by the enemy. He gathers a small group to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory in search of the ultimate prize…peace.

But by the harsh laws of their land, they cannot both break taboos and keep the peace. They will each have to choose, what, or whom, to betray. GOODREADS VIEW.

MY THOUGHTS: Considering it was two years ago that I read the first book, Initiate, I was quite pleased at how quickly the characters and the previous story lines came back to me. I actually think I enjoyed Taboo more than the first and I debated whether to give it a four or five star rating. While this book wasn’t mind blowing it was still immensely absorbing and I tore through it captivated. It was full of action and adventure, betrayal and revenge, with further back story and character development. I was tempted to go straight into reading the third book, Sacrifice. “FOUR oh so almost five STARS”.

20950716Spark (Spark #1) by Rachael Craw

Evie doesn’t have a choice.

One day she’s an ordinary seventeen year old, grieving for her mother. The next, she’s a Shield, the result of a decades-old experiment gone wrong, bound by DNA to defend her best friend from an unknown killer.

The threat could come at home, at school, anywhere. All Evie knows is that it will be a fight to the death.

And then there’s Jamie. irresistible. off-limits. GOODREADS VIEW.

MY THOUGHTS: So I’m a little late to the #SparkArmy as the final installment of this series has just come out, but better late then never hey :-). I loved the idea of the DNA modifications and the agency responsible for the experiment gone wrong. For some reason I didn’t connect much with some of the characters, but I’m sure I’ll grow to love them more as I read the next book and the connected short stories. “FOUR I really enjoyed it, but needed more time to grow to love some of the characters STARS”

7863274Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Lucy is in love with Shadow, a mysterious graffiti artist.

Ed thought he was in love with Lucy, until she broke his nose.

Dylan loves Daisy, but throwing eggs at her probably wasn’t the best way to show it.

Jazz and Leo are slowly encircling each other.

An intense and exhilarating 24 hours in the lives of four teenagers on the verge: of adulthood, of HSC, of finding out just who they are, and who they want to be.

A lyrical new YA novel from the award-winning author of Chasing Charlie Duskin and the Gracie Faltrain series. GOODREADS VIEW.

MY THOUGHTS: Why, oh why has it taken me so long to read something written by Cath Crowley, cause I’m an idiot that’s why. This was a super duper cute and fun read, ending with the two main characters finding solace in each other and their art. It is the sort of story I could see myself reading again when I need a mental hug. FOUR “awwwwww artistic young love” STARS.

29274476Doctor Who: Choose the Future: Night of the Kraken by Jonathan Green

When one choice can lead to triumph or failure, life or death, glory or destruction . . . which will you choose? With Choose the Future, YOU decide how, when, where and with whom the Doctor will fight to save the world!

In this brand new adventure, Night of the Kraken, the Twelfth Doctor meets a roguish time-smuggler and faces a terrifying creature from the deep with a plan to destroy the Earth.

The fate of the Doctor and the universe he protects are in your hands… GOODREADS VIEW.

MY THOUGHTS: I read this through once than turned around and read it again picking different answers, took about an hour. Published this year and listed as a young reader choose your own adventure, it is a super quick yet enjoyable read. I don’t think I’d go out and buy the book, but If I come across more of the series at the library as they come out I will definitely borrow them. FOUR “a quick really enjoyable doctor who fix” STARS.

Oh f*** they’re all Four Stars. Oh dear. Hahaha I only just realised that. Oh well.

Under the Graffiti Moon during the Night of the Kraken a Spark broke the ultimate Taboo – see what I did there with all the titles, huh huh.

Until next time 🙂 enjoy your shelves :-).

Mini Reviews: Four free Doctors, Sean & SAGA-37

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Doctor Who: Free Comic Book Day 2016 by Robbie Morrison

Jump on board the TARDIS with FOUR all-new short tales of the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors! Whether you’re a whizz with a Sonic Screwdriver or completely new to Who, this is the perfect Free Comic Book Day adventure for Sci-Fi fans of all ages! Written and illustrated by the creative teams of the regular comics, this is the ideal place to start reading!

Published July 5th 2016 by Titan Comics. Goodreads View.

My Thoughts: What is better then a free comic? A free comic that is awesome! And this was most definitely awesome. With new adventures from the Doctors 12, 11, 10 & 9, it was a super fun read. I am so chuffed I came across it on amazon, still free I might add. I can see myself reading it again when I need a quick pick me up. FIVE “I will always love you #10 / Keep on keeping on you scallywag #12” STARS.

22327251Sean (Stuff Happens) by Will Kostakis

Stuff happens sometimes.
Everyday stuff.
At school, at home, with sport, with mates.

For Sean it happened starting at a new school.

Published August 27th 2014 by Penguin Australia. Goodreads View.

My Thoughts: Nawww adorable!! We follow fifth grader Sean as he tackles the terrifying task of starting at a new school and making new friends. Even though this book is aimed around 8-12 year-olds I still enjoyed it immensely. It was full of Kostakis’s entertaining and heart warming style that I know and love from his YA novels. FOUR “I really liked it” STARS.

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Saga #37 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples 

NEW STORY ARC! “THE WAR FOR PHANG,” PART ONE. SAGA is back with its most epic storyline yet, and to celebrate, FIONA STAPLES graces this issue with a gorgeous wraparound cover! Finally reunited with her ever-expanding family, Hazel travels to a war-torn comet that Wreath and Landfall have been battling over for ages. This arc is a self-contained “event” we’ve been building to since our very first issue, so now is the perfect time for readers who love SAGA’s bestselling collections to join our monthly adventures! Goodreads View.

My Thoughts: 37 issues in and this comic is still brilliant! With over three years of awesomeness under It’s belt the saga that is SAGA just keeps on getting better and better. It is a visually splendid and extremely entertaining sci-fi comic series with some important cultural undertones.

I love the motley crew that makes up Hazels’s traveling family and I am looking forward to the adventures ahead of them in the new story arc that starts with this issue. Bring it on Vaughan & Staples. FIVE “I’m addicted and I love it” STARS.