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Doctor Who: Silhouette (12th Doctor novel) (utgåvan 2014)

av Justin Richards (Författare)

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"Vastra and Strax and Jenny? Oh no, we don't need to bother them. Trust me."   Marlowe Hapworth is found dead in his locked study, killed by an unknown assailant. This is a case for the Great Detective, Madame Vastra.  Rick Bellamy, bare-knuckle boxer, has the life drawn out of him by a figure dressed as an undertaker. This angers Strax the Sontaran.  The Carnival of Curiosities, a collection of bizarre and fascinating sideshows and performers. This is where Jenny Flint looks for answers.       How are these things connected? And what does Orestes Milton, rich industrialist, have to do with it all? This is where the Doctor and Clara come in. The Doctor and his friends find themselves thrust into a world where nothing and no one are what they seem. Can they unravel the truth before the most dangerous weapon ever developed is unleashed on London?… (mer)
Medlem:october.tune
Titel:Doctor Who: Silhouette (12th Doctor novel)
Författare:Justin Richards (Författare)
Info:BBC Books (2014)
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
Taggar:read-in-2014, physical-copy, doctor-who

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Justin Richards’ Doctor Who: Silhouette builds a mystery set around the Carnival of Curiosities at the London Frost Fair, where the Doctor and Clara help the Paternoster Gang – Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint, and Strax – to discover the source of mysterious murders and how they connect to an industrialist. As Madame Vastra is meant to have inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in creating Sherlock Holmes, some of the mystery elements recall Sherlock Holmes stories, though with added science fiction elements. The Victorian setting adds a feeling of menace and uncertainty while the characters team up in ways that highlight the characterizations which make them so entertaining. Seeing the Twelfth Doctor and Strax, or Clara and Strax, or Madame Vastra and the Doctor creates opportunities for great interactions. This was the second novel featuring the Twelfth Doctor in the BBC New Series Adventures, and the fifty-fifth novel overall in the series. It is sure to delight Doctor Who fans, particularly those who wanted more stories with the Paternoster Gang. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Jun 29, 2020 |
It was interesting to read a Dr Who novel with a Dr and companion that had episodes (the only other one I have read so far was of the War Dr). Clara was never my favorite companion, but I liked the idea of reading it just because it was another Dr Who story. The story and writing were ok, and it turned out to be a fairly interesting story.
  GretchenLynn | Apr 6, 2020 |
Read this review and many others on my blog October Tune!

I have loved Doctor Who for several years now, and when I found out there were novels with complete new stories written about the Doctor and his companions, I knew I had to read them all (or well, at least a couple of them). My first Doctor Who book was The Stone Rose, and it made me fall in love with these stories. Recently, three new books were released, all featuring the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman). I didn't know which one I really wanted, but I ended up going for Silhouette because I just loved the cover so much - and it features the Paternoster gang (aka Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Strax)!

Silhouette is about strange murders happening in Victorian London. The Doctor and Clara end up there after they follow a strange energy spike, and find Vastra, Jenny and Strax investigating these murders. Personally, I am not a huge fan of Victorian London, but I do love the Paternoster gang so I really enjoyed reading about them in this book.

I have to say, I found this book a bit predictable; I had known who had been behind the murders from the beginning already. That was probably because they weren't really secretive about it, or because they did their best to look odd and guilty. Anyway, when I looked past the predictableness, I found the story very enjoyable. There were scenes with Strax that I found absolutely hilarious (he is really one of my favouite characters), including the quote at the top of this review. Strax isn't very good at seeing the difference between males and females, so I guess he just called everyone 'boy'.

I enjoyed reading about the Twelfth Doctor and Clara, because I really love the new season and the new Doctor, even though he can be a bit of an ass sometimes. I didn't enjoy the villain that much though, he was just another typical alien (spoiler, perhaps?) who wants to destroy the earth in a very 'brilliant' way and he thinks NO ONE can stop him and yeah well we all know how that ended for all the other aliens who think no one could stop them. But yeah, after fifty years, nothing is really original anymore.

There were some action scenes, one including Clara being attacked by 'homicidal wood-pulp assassins' as Strax called them. I really would have loved to see this in an episode, but of course, it would have been changed a bit because the show hardly ever shows people bleeding (and Clara was definitely bleeding after being attacked by those things); so that wouldn't really have worked. I guess the authors of these Doctor Who books do their best to make these stories sound as gruesome as they can, because they aren't allowed to do that for the actual episodes (it's still a family show after all).

In the end, I really enjoyed Silhouette, even though it was a bit predictable and the villain wasn't that exciting. I really loved the Paternoster gang, the Doctor and Clara; I loved the other characters and the carnival. (And I am going to say it again, when will I find a Doctor Who book that is NOT so good? When?!)

My opinion on this book in one gif:

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  october.tune | Nov 15, 2017 |
I was excited to see some Doctor Who books available on Blogging for Books, and was intrigued by the Carnival setting of Silhouette.

I have only seen the first episode of the Peter Capaldi season, but I think it was enough to give me a good feel for the characters. A weak area of Silhouette is that it depends a little too much on the reader already knowing who Madame Vastra and Jenny are and doesn't explain their true relationship with each other. Madame Vastra also doesn't seem to have much personality here, I would have liked to see her do a little more. Strax was very well done, and easily steals his scenes. The Doctor seems very like what I remember from the show, sometimes sarcastic, sometimes crotchety, very much not interested in being detained (that's a funny scene, but no spoilers!). Clara too seems true to form, though strangely missing from the cover.

The Carnival of Curiosities is an intriguing backdrop to the mystery to be solved, and I enjoyed how the performers talents were utilized. To say a lot more would be too much and make it less enjoyable I think. I was in the mood for a Doctor Who story, and this did fit the bill. I think those not already into the show might find it a little flat, but fans will easily be able to fill in the gaps with their knowledge of the show and characters.

I give it a 4/5 based on Strax's character and the Victorian carnival setting. ( )
  shaunesay | Jun 21, 2017 |
A Doctor Who novel featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Clara, along with Vastra, Jenny, and Strax. Or... well, OK, it sort of features the Twelfth Doctor. This was published in September of 2014, mere weeks after he made his first proper TV appearance, which means this book must have been written with almost nothing to base its characterization of this incarnation on. And boy, does it show. Aside from some superficial descriptions, this version isn't recognizable as Capaldi's Doctor at all, but is just some sort of generically Doctorish figure with strong hints of Matt Smith. It's incredibly distracting, and entirely unnecessary, as there is absolutely no reason this story could not have been written for the Eleventh Doctor instead. It's impossible to see the attempt to write the new version so quickly as anything other than a marketing decision made at the expense of the story, which just makes it all the more irritating.

Not that the story itself is that exciting, anyway. It starts out mildly intriguing, in a somewhat old school-feeling sort of way, but just got less and less interesting as it went on. And even in Doctor Who there's a limit to how much "Now I will tell you all my evil plans at length for no reason, then order you to be killed and conveniently walk away!" you can pull off, and this book decidedly exceeds it.

I will give Justin Richards one thing, though: he does a great Strax. The guy's dialog is spot-on in all its glorious, bloodthirsty hilariousness, and actually made me laugh out loud once or twice, providing some nice bright spots in an otherwise pretty meh book. ( )
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"Vastra and Strax and Jenny? Oh no, we don't need to bother them. Trust me."   Marlowe Hapworth is found dead in his locked study, killed by an unknown assailant. This is a case for the Great Detective, Madame Vastra.  Rick Bellamy, bare-knuckle boxer, has the life drawn out of him by a figure dressed as an undertaker. This angers Strax the Sontaran.  The Carnival of Curiosities, a collection of bizarre and fascinating sideshows and performers. This is where Jenny Flint looks for answers.       How are these things connected? And what does Orestes Milton, rich industrialist, have to do with it all? This is where the Doctor and Clara come in. The Doctor and his friends find themselves thrust into a world where nothing and no one are what they seem. Can they unravel the truth before the most dangerous weapon ever developed is unleashed on London?

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