Monday, December 14, 2015

Winter Reads: Doctor Who: Big Bang Generation

Big Bang Generation
by Gary Russell
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pub. Date: September 8, 2015
ISBN: 978-1101905814
Pages: 240
Buy Link: Amazon


With Series Nine (well, Season Nine here in the United States) done with, Doctor Who fans has some time to waste while waiting for this years Christmas Special to air on Dec. 25th. There are plenty of Doctor Who fiction titles in bookstores to keep you busy, like this year's The Glamour Chronicles series.

Released in September from Broadway Books, Doctor Who: Big Bang Generation features a brand-new adventure starring the Twelfth Doctor, minus the companion Clara.

The plot centers on a time portal opening up in Sydney Cover, Australia that leaves behind a huge pyramid near the Harbour Bridge. This strange event gets the attention of Professor Horace Jaanson, Cyrrus "the mobster" Globb and an alien assassin, Kik. To make things even more complicated, a group of con artists arrive to investigate the pyramid, which consists of Legs, Dog Boy, Shortie, Da Trowel and their leader - Doc.

While I've been watching the Doctor Who series for several years now, I only started reading the fiction novels last year. For me, these have been a mixed bag, ranging from decent stories to really horrible ones. Unfortunately, the Big Bang Generation falls into the middle of these. The plot is confusing, the side-characters are bland and the overall mystery is just plain boring. Nevertheless, the author, Gary Russell, isn't that bad of a writer, so his descriptions throughout the book helped save it from becoming a total waste of time. In the end, Doctor Who: Big Bang Generation is just an average read.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Gary Russell has written over 35 fiction and non-fiction books on subjects including Doctor Who, The Lord of the Rings movies, Frasier and The Simpsons. He has served as editor of Doctor Who Magazine, Creative Producer at Big Finish Productions Ltd, and Script Editor at BBC Wales. He now works in at Planet 55 Studios in Australia.

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