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Alien BodiesFor a pretty thick book 313 pages the plot is sort of straightforward it s just you will come across sections of the book that are Flashbacks to Specific people in the story telling a bit of their history and explained why they came to ixotl s Auction I on t want immediately jump right to it as I Love on the Rocks Men Women and Alcohol in Post World War II America do have something to say about the starting point So the story really started off on very emotional tone not that much but enough for this section to gently pull your Heart Strings especially if you have the Love for DogsNow to the Plot point is that Representatives of each Species have been invited by ixotl who have uite of a history with the Doctor to his Auction the Representatives are Human Time Lords and Yes Faction Paradox There is one representative but Ion t want to spoil the funLong story short ixotl is selling an Item which is known simply as The Relic and everybody wants to get their hands on it as it looks upon as a perfect Weapon The Doctor soon learns the horrifying truth about itSo What I think about this story Well I can see why it s so popular It really introduces a lot of Concepts to Doctor Who But the thing that bothers me is well it seems like Biology plays a big role in this story but the fact that this is titled Alien Bodies so what to suspect I must of thought way completely Beths Stable Stolen by an Alien different of the meaning of that titleAnyway the pacing Like I said the plotoes feel straightforward but I think what throws it off are the Flashbacks To me it feels like that these Flashbacks are just exposition pure exposition I mean like I said earlier it just exploits the other Characters and explains why they came to the AuctionI say that be it I rate this Story 9510 So many elements of this story now feature heavily in NuWho especially Matts era The Eighth Doctor s first meeting with the time travelling voodoo cult known as Faction Paradox what could you possibly ask for I read this circa 2002 and have to say that this book was the catalyst for not only getting me back into classic Doctor Who but also getting me hooked on the continuing adventures of the Paul McGann Doctor through the EDA range of novels So much so that I now count the Paul McGann Doctor as one of my favourites even though his screen time was limited to one outing the much maligned American TV movie It was such a shame that he wasn t given of an opportunity to flesh out the role via a TV series but on the flipside Aliens Vs Predator due to the Big Finish Audios and the EDA novel range the Eighth Doctor has been given aistinct voice that very much makes him a part of Doctor Who canonDefinitely one of my favourite EDA s and recommended to any Doctor Who fans as a good starting point for getting on board with Paul McGann s DoctorVery much overdue for a reread of this one as well If I could give a book zero stars this one wouldn t even get one Actually having read comments by the author I For Discrimination d love to give this book negative stars Arrogantouche But I ll try to confine this review to the book itselfOkay so this book introduces giant new plot twists to the Eighth Doctor Adventures in the form of a Time War set somewhere in Gallifrey s future from the Doctor s perspective This is an incredibly ambitious idea and in the hands of a good author I am sure the story would be highly entertaining Lawrence Miles is not that author The actual result was a preposterous train wreck I truly never thought I would read a worse story than The Icewind Dale trilogy something I regret even admitting to have read even if I was sixteen or seventeen at the time but this one takes the cake I truly have never read a worse novel than this and I hope never to read one worse stillFirst of all forget the story The format of the book was awful I have to imagine that this idiot is a fan of the Silmarillion the way he keeps skipping to idiotic character backstories literally every other chapter He Academic Writing, Real World Topics does this to create false cliffhangers and as a time travel gimmick each subseuent backstory is a piece of the Relic s story only told in reverse The problem is they re stories about characters that we juston t goddamn care about He literally spends an entire chapter in the current story telling us who worthless and laughable the Krotons are and seriously of all the monsters of the week he could resurrect from the original series he picked KROTONS just before launching into the Kroton backstory chapter wherein he goes into significant epth about the biology and society of the Kroton race I nearly threw the book "Across The Room At This "the room at this So freaking terrible I can t begin to comprehend this Incidentally this is what I referred to in my review of War of the Daleks People complained about the interludes in that book but there were three times as many interludes in this book At least that book only threw one in in between major sections of the book serving to split the story up in a fashion not unlike the original series serials This book s interludes being every other chapter just served to jumble the story weakening an already weak tale But I igressAs for the story again in better hands such a concept could have been intriguing The Doctor shows up at an auction for the Relic a weapon Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic desired by several opposing factions in the aforementioned future Time War The mystery is kind of silly since it becomes uickly apparent what that Relic is long before Miles intended reveal The mystery of the various factions is only slightly interesting but uickly becomes absurd Milesecided to elete the Celestial Intervention Agency from reality and rename them Celestis in their outside of reality but not really new home I "m sorry if you shorten Celestial to Celestis then that i still has the sound of "sorry if you shorten Celestial to Celestis then that i still has the sound of long E in my head which makes their name utterly ridiculous soundingAlso how far are we supposed to swallow the splintering of Gallifreyan culture There s the original Gallifrey the Celestis Faction Paradox which is both silly and also originally Gallifreyan and now the Enemy an unnamed future antagonist in this future War of Miles We meet a member of the Enemy in the Celestis home at the end of the story and he s escribed as wearing Gallifreyan garb So basically every faction making serious bids on the Relic not counting you know the Krotons and the still not time aware humans are all Gallifreyan and every last one of them at odds with each other The fact that the Celestis want to pretend to neutrality and the fact that Faction Paradox adopts members of all races Alien Conquest does nothing to change that factIn short Lawrence Miles set out to write the most ambitious book in the history of Doctor Who and failed miserably And then wondered why no other authors wanted to use his plot elements sighs The sole light in thisarkness is that somebody eventually Secrets of the TEAS® Exam Study Guide did and inoing so wiped this future War nonsense out of existence Causing Lawrence Miles to pout take his toys and go home Sadly I have to suffer through Miles before I get to that glorious point but I will revel when I get to that story Where oh where to beginWell for one thing why was I not informed that this book is absolutely hilarious I think it was suggested that it was rather witty but I think that understates the case somewhat this is a side splittingly funny novel uite reminiscent of Douglas Adams with it s Wheeler Dealers In Outer dealers in outer and it s Raston Cybernetic Lapdancers But also reminded me of Robert Anton Wilson s Schrodinger s Cat Trilogy particularly the layers of conspiracy and the bizarre Bureaucracy of UNISYC Over all though however much it may remind me of other SF humor it is efinitively a Who story A glorious waltz through three ecades of continuity and in jokes Not the leaden clunky ponderous mess of The. On an island in the East Indies in a lost city buried eep in the heart of the rainforest agents of the most formidable powers in the galaxy are gathering They have been invited there to bid for what could turn out. Eight Doctors Nor the forced cobbled together trite of War of the Daleks but a loving commemoration of so much that had gone before If it reminded me of any particular era in the classic series then it would be the Tom Baker ays it s a very Gothic esue novel if not a Gothic novel per se and the Time Lord intrigue along with the comedy Womens Political Activism in Palestine definitely gave it that sort of moodOooh and that intrigue Isn t it just so intriguing hehehe This is the start of it The Second War in Heaven precursor to and in my mind the First Act of The Last Great Time War I ve cheated somewhat in that I long ago read up on The Enemy Faction Paradox and just about every plot arc this story sews the seeds of but since these forces are really rather mysterious even at there most understood Ion t think I spoilt them much for myself but rather added weight to them when introduced they are well conveyed over all although none of them fully Alien Commanders Bride (Draconians, developed yet It s fun trying to guess who represents who at the auction Also there are some Funny Anurism Moments regarding the Time Lords opinion of the DaleksI actually found The Faction to be the least menacing in this story but I suspect later agents will be in their elementHomunculette was a great character and his seuence in London was much fun all the little cutaway sections were wonderful especially Laika Pro tip picture Homunculette as a slightly exhausted Barack ObamaUNISYC were rather entertaining too with all their oddball procedures andisplacer syndrome I m an old UNIT softy but their sheer uirkiness won me over even if I felt they were under used Pro tip picture Kortez as Freddie Mercury and I think that brings us to The Krotons I was sort of expecting Kroton ness from Alien Bodies it was one of the things most commented upon this was the book with which rescues them from the villain scrap heap etc But in fact they were rather late comers to the story surprise guests and when they arrived i The alphas abused mate d gotten so wrapped up in this being a Time Lord story that i forgotten it was a Kroton story Their introduction is then all the cooler for that however I was a little concerned when they proceeded to not o much of interest and be a little bit comically clumsy was this the glorious rise of The Krotons but then we get inside E Kobalt s head and then we get his flashback and then they start showing off their weapons capabilities and by the end of it I m utterly endeared to this proud warrior race Also they get an awesomely logical but clever origin storySo lastly Doctor et Sam watch iddle The Black Renaissance in Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures diddleeee for the first half we on t get much time with The Doctor and the story all feels a bit unrelated to him The chess scene pokes again at the uestion of how much he s altered in his latest incarnation which I always like exploring Then once the truth about the relic is made clear we get much of him and step inside his head in a way that I on t think the EDAs have ROMANCE (BWWM Military Romance Boxset) (African American Urban Series Short Stories Book 1) done well until here the other two attempts really being at the start of The Eight Doctors and The Bodysnatchers As for asm weon t really get much of her and I wonder if Miles has something against her as a character certainly when we o get some Sam plot it s in the unconventional form of him suggesting that her entire sugary sweet character has been an altered timeline and she ought in fact to be a teen rug addict living in king s cross Deduce what you will from that but I found the After the Tears development to be an exiting one even if I heard all about it beforeSo all in all Brilliant a bit thinly spread I wanted of everything but that s not much of a criticism Chess games spanning Daddy Blames Me decades and lifetimes an auction for a mysterious body and TARDIS modelsisguised as humans I loved it Doctor Who EDA Books 6 Alien BodiesClearly the best EDA Book out of the six I ve read so far in the EDA marathon reading It got better and better as the book progressed pages 1100 810 pages 101200 "910 pages 201313 1010The plot is very simple collective powers around the universe come together "pages 201313 1010The plot is very simple collective powers around the universe come together an auction We see Humans Timelords The Faction Paradox and some other interesting faces come into the scene Get a bit of Daleks Master Plan vibes of Statistical Arbitrage: Algorithmic Trading Insights and Techniques (Wiley Finance) different collective powers all meeting but for a completelyifferent reason To place a bid for the relic What the item or artifact is well that s for the reader of course ixotl is the one setting it up and him and the Doctor have an interesting historyI would say out of every single Doctor Who book I ve read this is the best every single Doctor Who book I ve read this is the best together Dr Who novel I ve read It Facing the Rising Sun does rely on heavy exposition to move the characters storiesintentions along but Ion t see it as a bad thing at all I enjoyed hearing their parts Some complain about it I Best African American Fiction 2010 don t know why it was executed very well to bridge the cliffhanger sections Similar to War of the Daleks interludes butone SO MUCH BETTER here I was thinking Nightshade is potentially in trouble of being knocked off the thrown as my all time favourite Doctor Who novel short answer no it Her Alien Bodyguard (The Guards Of Attala, didn t Nightshade is still No1 Butamn isn t this novel fucking amazing My favourite part I Teacher For An Alien Doctor (Intergalactic Exchange Program, d say is when everybody found out about the Doctor s identity in the auction and everybody turned and freaked out causing complete anarchy and chaos this eventually leads into aark but awesome confrontational moment of The Doctor and ixotl never seen or witnessed the Doctor especially the 8th incarnation so pissed off Besides The Faction Paradox and The Shift we have a very surprising villain here I think originally it was suppose to be The Daleks as referenced but perhaps War of the Daleks made the change who knows Again that s for the reader to find out I wouldn t of guessed them ever being in a book like this Alien Bodies as we all know it starts off a lot of plot strands events and arcs in the EDA range1 The Faction Paradox The Grandfather Paradox As iscussed in the loose preuel Christmas on a Rational Planet2 The War in Heaven arc 3 The Celestis4 The Shift it s employers5 The Enemyand some other small stuff but that s the big juicy stuff to focus on Id give Alien Bodies a 9510 It s exposition galore and oes rely give Alien Bodies a 9510 It s exposition galore and The Battle over Marriage does rely it to move it forward and I expected this to goown that path to establish certain things and set things up for the progressionof the range Next is Kursaal and would appreciate something light after the heavy arc set up novel but awesome book none the less which is Alien Bodies easily one of the best Doctor Who books I ve read I ll be honest I used to sneer at spin off books of TV showsfilms Whether they be Doctor Who or Stark Trek or Star Wars or The Dukes of Hazzard or The A Team I ve always looked at the spin off books as hack work There for some author to churn out uickly and make a uick buck while the franchise it s linked to was still popular I am realising though as I get older and wiser there are writers who are truly inspired to Teaching History for Justice do great work in the fictional universes they inherit Writers who aren t just content with churning something out but writing excellent books that just happen to be based in pre existing universes In science fiction that soubly true as in novels there is no limit to special effects or locations any panorama is open any place is time or space is possible That s why I ve finally Laughing to Keep from Dying decided to explore the Doctor Who novels and maybe even Star Trek and Star Wars somewhereown the line It s a chance for further adventures a chance of brand new worlds I am opening my mind people Although if I m honest I ll probably still steer clear of any Dukes of Hazzard or A Team spin off novels I findIt s easy to see why Lawrence Miles s Alien Bodies is so well regarded in Doctor Who circles Clearly its influence stretches far into the new series. To be the eadliest weapon ever createdWhen the Doctor and Sam arrive in the city the Time Lord soon realises they've walked into the middle of the strangest auction in history and what's on sale to the highest bi. .