Mar. 25th, 2010 08:57 pm
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33. *Torchwood: Consequences by Joseph Lidster, James Moran, Andrew Cartmel, Sarah Pinborough, David Llewellyn
Torchwood tie-in
Adult, Science Fiction, Short Stories, 256 pages

34. *Doctor Who: The Eyeless by Lance Parkin, read by Russel Tovey
Science Fiction, Audiobook, 2h33m

35. ^*Fat!So? by Marilyn Wann
Adult, Non-Fiction, 195 pages

36. *Doctor Who: The Art of Destruction by Stephen Cole, read by Don Warrington
Science Fiction, Audiobook, 2h31m

37. *Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
A Gathering of Faeries, book 1
Young Adult, Fantasy, 325 pages

38 / 160 books. 24% done!

19 / 80 *new books. 24% done!

3 / 7 ^non-fiction. 43% done!

9694 / 48000 pages. 20% done!
Audiobooks: 14h07m
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126. *The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Glittering Storm by Stephen Cole, read by Elisabeth Sladen (1:11)

Sarah Jane catches an old woman burgling her house early one morning, looking for gold. Not surpririsingly, it all leads back to aliens.

A fairly light story, so far as the Whoverse goes, which is to be expected in the Sarah Jane Adventures. It was fine. I enjoyed it. Not much else to say, really.

126 / 150 books. 84% done!

70 / 75 *new books. 93% done!

5 / 10 ^non-fiction. 50% done!

35478 / 45000 pages. 79% done!


Sep. 4th, 2008 05:56 pm
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101. The Art of Destruction by Stephen Cole (read by Don Warrington)
This was one of the best Doctor Who audiobooks so far. Not just because Rose had a pretty decent role and good writing, but the plot was solid and interesting. And not only that, but the characters were fun, the story was both science fiction and relevant and it took place in a part of the world the Doctor rarely (as far as I can recall) goes to -- Africa. I quite enjoyed the story and Don Warrington was a great reader.

102. Mind's Eye by Hakan Nesser
Oh, how I love Hakan Nesser. This book is the first in his Inspector Van Veeteren novels, so it was kind of interesting to learn about all the characters I was already familiar with. Intersecting in a good way, that is. The mystery is incidental to the story, it's mostly about character development, but it is interesting. A woman dies, her husband is accused and the weirder things start happening. As with many Scandinavian crime novels, we get a good idea of what's going through the killer's mind, without ever knowing who he is. The reveal is fascinating but not ground breaking. Overall, Mind's Eye is a good introduction to the series, but not necessary if you're read the other books (unless you want to see how the story and characters have grown -- which was one of the most fun things to discover while reading the story).

102 / 120 new reads. 85% read!


Aug. 2nd, 2008 11:59 am
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79. The Dead of Night by John Marsden
This is the second book in a series about a war in Australia. It's just as good as Tomorrow, When The War Began, but neither book is a work of great YA literature. What I do like is how Marsden creates and maintains the characters and the plot through to the second book. I don't know if I'll go on reading, mostly because he's taking far too long to resolve things and I don't know if I have the patience to read the rest of the series. After all, these books are extremely emotionally draining.

80. Carte Blanche by Carlo Lucarelli
The first book in the De Luca Trilogy, about Commissario De Luca. Set in 1945, with the backdrop of Fascist Italy, this book is utterly fantastic. I loved it in every way possible and really want to read the next books in the series. De Luca, while a brilliant detective, has so many flaws and issues you don't even know where to start. But instead of bogging his character down, Lucarelli created an almost lovable character who must butt against everything he used to be in order to bring about justice.

81. State of Decay by Terrance Dicks (read by Tom Baker)
So, I've finally made that jump into audio books (and not podiobooks). While this was no great work of literature, it didn't need to be. What I wanted was a book about Doctor Who read by Tom Baker and it was brilliant. I love listening to Tom Baker and this was fun. The story was about a giant vampire (LOL) and was great fun, if totally unrealistic, even for Doctor Who.

82. Feast of the Drowned by Stephen Cole (read by David Tennant)
Now that I've started down this road, I find it impossible to stop. So, yet another Doctor Who audio book. This is a story about aliens on Earth who making people mysteriously disappear, while others try to throw themselves into the Thames. Overall, fun, the book wasn't that great, but the reader was aboslutely fantastic. I mean, hello, it was David Tennant!

82 / 120 new reads. 68% read!


Jul. 31st, 2008 03:18 pm
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I started listening to Doctor Who and Torchwood audiobooks and apparently I just couldn't stop. Interestingly, I have no desire to actually read any of these books myself.

They're all read by members of the cast. Most if not all are abridged (unfortunately).

82. *Doctor Who: The Feast of the Drowned by Stephen Cole, read by David Tennant (2h28m)
Very creepy. Clearly inspired in parts by the second Pirates of the Carribbean movie. David Tennant is a fantastic reader.

83. *Doctor Who: The Resurrection Casket by Justin Richards, read by David Tennant (2h25m)
The Doctor and Rose land on a planet that is in a area with no electricity (some sort of perpetual EMP sort of thing) and have to get the TARDIS off-planet and out of that field. Everything within it runs on steam, including spaceships and robots. Very steampunk. They get caught up in a space pirate mystery in the process of getting out.

Fairly predictable at times, but fun. It reminded me of a couple of Star Trek episodes at several points. I liked the end very much, and Kevin was definitely my favorite character.

84. *Torchwood: Another Life by Peter Anghelides, read by John Barrowman (1h12m)
An alien warrior starts possessing members of Torchwood. Is it out for conquest or just trying to get home?

The climactic scene with Gwen and Jack is moving, and also very in-character. I wish these books weren't abridged, though, because they all just seem like - well, it's not that the plot isn't there, but it seems like there are things missing. Depth, maybe.

John Barrowman is not my favorite reader. It's probably just be me, though - much as I like him (and Jack), his (American) accent always sounds just a bit off to me.

85. *Doctor Who: The Stone Rose by Jac Rayner, read by David Tennant (2h23m)
I really like this book - and just about the time that I thought it was wrapping up, I looked and it turned out it was only halfway done!

Rose has a bigger part in this than she (or any companion) has in any of the Doctor Who audiobooks I've listened to. I was not surprised to learn it was written by a woman.

86. *Doctor Who: State of Decay by Terrance Dicks, read by Tom Baker (57m)
No, really. Alien vampires. Tom Baker is a good reader, though, with a very pleasant voice.

87. *Torchwood: Border Princes by Dan Abnett, read by Eve Myles (3h30m)
Eve Myles (aka Gwen on Torchwood) is a pleasure to listen to. I liked this book, too. It was not predictable, for the most part, and I enjoyed the story.

86 / 110 books. 78% done!

40 / 75 *new books. 53% done!

3 / 10 ^non-fiction. 30% done!

25416 / 33000 pages. 77% done!
Audiobook hours: 13


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