Doctor Who & An Unearthly Child. Book Review.

The first publication of the very first Doctor Who story. A strange girl who knows far more than she should about the past and the future… Two worried teachers whose curiosity leads them to a deserted junk yard, an extraordinary police box and a mysterious traveller known as the Doctor.

I know this story very well by now, having read and watched the story a few times. It is strange to think this is THE FIRST Who story, and how little has changed. The fact the core elements of Who have carried this show through half a century is remarkable and testament to the people who did the work to keep it going.

Of course, The Unearthly Child is by no means perfect and is probably a classic for me because it is The First. They were initially going for an educational show, so we have cavemen. It’s a fairly solid story.

I liked that 1963 pastoral care in schools involved 2 teachers gossiping about a pupil and then going to her home and waiting for her to arrive. Stalking, yeah. Another thing that I have not considered before is Susan is the Doctor’s granddaughter, so where are her parents and presumably his child? I wonder if they went for grandfather, instead of parent, because that was more kid friendly. Who knows?

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May Book Releases I’m looking forward to this month.

Poetry MELANCHOLIA by Wanda Deglane Vegetarian Alcoholic Press

Release Date May 11th 2021

I am very excited to read this, as Wanda Deglane is one of my favourite writers.

Poetry Odd as Fuck by Anne Walsh Donnelly Fly on the Wall Press

Release Date May 14th 2021

Anne Walsh Donnelly’s previous collection The Woman With an Owl Tattoo was one of my favorite reads last year and the follow up sounds like it’s going to be just as good.

Historical Fiction Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal Picador pre-order link (aff.link)

Release Date May 13th 2021

Elizabeth Macneal’s debut The Doll Factory was one of my favorite reads of 2019 and I’m also a sucker for historical fiction, so cannot wait to read this one.

Non-Fiction Fuck, I think I’m Dying: How I learned to Live with Panic by Claire Eastham Square Peg books Pre-order link (aff.link)

Release Date May 6th 2021

I loved Claire Eastham’s previous book We’re All Mad Here. I love the way she writes. Love her blog too.

Book Review Roundup. Poetry, Sci-Fi & Fiction.

All of Me by Shannon O’Connor

‘isn’t it ironic how time changes memories what we do remember and what was once important fades away like it was nothing’

Loved the poems in this collection, I found them really easy to connect with. Solid, well written poetry.

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

On a Scale of 1 to 10 by Ceylan Scott

I had been looking forward to reading this for a while, and I finished reading it in one afternoon. I liked the story, I liked the characters (well, apart from Dr. Flores) and I loved the descriptions of a few of the characters and there were phrases or sentences in the writing that were so poetic and exciting to read (does that make sense?)
There were parts that could potentially be triggering for people. I’ve read a fair few books set in psychiatric hospitals and On a Scale of 1 to 10 ranks highly among them.

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Doctor Who At Childhood’s End by Sophie Aldred

I enjoyed reading this. At Childhood’s End was a nostalgic ride through space, Perivale, and an alien planet. The 7th Doctor made an appearance, with his umbrella!
I do think the Doctor traveling with 3 people is a bit much. In this story, Graham and Ryan are great, but Yaz might as well not been there. Especially as the writers went down the path of there being jealousy between Ace and Yaz, which was briefly explored and then dropped. I loved this story asked questions about life after traveling with the Doctor, and how it might change you.
Ace is the main focus of this story and her character arc just never ends, does it?
She pinched an alien pod before UNIT could get their hands on it! The Squidget. Adorable.
I want more Ace stories like this.

‘Three suns sat like cigarette burns in the filthy tarpaulin of the sky’

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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Book Review. Santorini set A Terrible Beauty by Tasha Alexander.

I read one book by Tasha Alexander, which I loved and so I borrowed A Terrible Beauty before lockdown from my library.

It is an odd read. It isn’t a high-octane thriller. It has intrigue, crime and mystery – a dead man comes back to life!

I feel like the emotional depth of the story and its characters took centre stage. There were a couple of surprise moments and excitement towards the end. The build-up of the story is slow. I don’t mind slow. The setting of Santorini and Greek myths was a distraction. My best description of A Terrible Beauty can be found in the text, in this quote, ’High stakes but seemingly endless time in a prolonged state of expectancy’

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Finding Henry Applebee by Celia Reynolds

Finding Henry Applebee is only 99p on Kindle at the moment! Set in past Blackpool, historical romance – an emotional read.

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The story of Henry Applebee is primarily narrated by the man himself, although characters Ariel and Travis do take parts in being protagonists. The timeline of the story switches between past and present. I was unsure of this book at first, until I got the gist of which path the story was going to take. Not that it is predictable. There is a huge build up, you have to wait for it though. I liked the setting of the train station in the present and loved being in Blackpool for the past. This is a story of lost love and once you discover how Henry met this woman and lost her because of his insecurities (and mobile phones hadn’t been invented) it did make my eyes mist over.

Unfortunately, the story lost its way in its conclusion. I felt like the author was trying to repeat…

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