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Doctor Who: The Algebra Of Ice (Doctor Who S.) Paperback – October 26, 2004

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Product Details

  • Series: Doctor Who S.
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK (October 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 056348621X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563486213
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,533,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
As with her last two Dr. Who books, Lloyd Rose proves, again, that she sure can write a great yarn with lots of surprises. Algebra of Ice is another fabulous read. The story line is fairly linear (which I like), but that doesn't stop her from giving us twist and turns in her usual roller coaster approach. There is much more character development in this one than in her previous two (which were also wonderful). In her usual style, she makes the Doctor seem more, well, "human" than in many adventures, without taking away any of his magic.

Once again, there is a wavering of time. In this case, events repeat themselves, but not quite in the same way, potentially changing history. The Doctor knows that this has to be stopped, and he has to find the weak point that is allowing the time to waiver. With help from the TARDIS, he locates the point and finds that it is a human mathematician. That is about all that I will relate of the plot because I don't want to give anything away. You will want to get to the next page to see what happens.

In this adventure, Ace is the Doctor's only companion. Rose's development of Ace is terrific. Ace is not left on the sidelines in this one. She becomes a central figure, and the Doctor is lucky to have her around. Rose explores the Doctor-Ace relationship with all of the complexities that one would expect.

Rose clearly must have done a lot of research into mathematical trivia for this one. However, her mathematical references are presented in the context of the story, so don't think that you have to know any mathematical concepts to understand it. I was also struck by her knowledge of philosophical concepts that have, unfortunately, also become trivia these days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ken Fontenot VINE VOICE on July 31, 2008
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Lloyd Rose (pen name of Sarah Tonyn) has crafted an excellent adventure for the Seventh Doctor and Ace in "The Algebra of Ice." It opens with the Doctor humming a funny tune. Then, the Doctor and Ace watch as Edgar Allan Poe lay unconscious in an alley after a long night of drinking. This eventually leads to Poe's death three days later, or so the Doctor thought. What actually happens is that time "repeats" itself a few times in just a few minutes and changes the outcome of Poe's fate.

This sets the Doctor on a quest to find out who or what is causing these brief blips in time. It leads him to the countryside in Kent where UNIT and the always wonderful Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart have uncovered a most peculiar crop circle that isn't a circle at all, but a series of lines and angles that are covered in ice. This opens even more questions for the Doctor and Ace.

During the investigation process, the Doctor comes into contact with a nosy paranormal investigator named Molecross who's after the "truth" and a brilliant mathematician named Ethan Amberglass who is somehow tied to the ripples in time and the crop circle.

Rose does an excellent job of portraying the seventh Doctor who, in my opinion, is one of the toughest to put in print. Sylvester McCoy's quirky, sometimes sinister Doctor had just a few set habits and mannerisms, and Rose manages to work all of them into this tale. Ace gets a lovelife, and has a few romantic interludes that might come as a slight shock to fans of Sophie Aldred's youthful portrayal of the character. I believe the "shock" isn't so much what Ace does with her love interest, but the fact that it's mentioned in the book. Ace just shouldn't do that sort of stuff, right?
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RomanaTimelady on October 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
Okay, so I'm a little biased as my other two Lloyd Rose books (most notably City of the Dead) have special positions on my bookshelf so I was obviously looking forward to The Algebra of Ice immensely even though I could probably count all the PDAs I've read on one hand.

I wasn't disappointed.

The story was surprisingly tight, though it had the tendency to shift as all of Rose's books do, rather suddenly. I felt though that it worked here as she was clearer on the plot, very tight on the prose and excellent in characterization. As a matter of fact, it's not the Doctor or Ace who make the book at all, it's an original character, Ethan the mathematician, who really is the heart of the book, though it would be unfair to deny Ace's role as her relationship with Ethan provides a startlingly personal look at the material. Ethan's mysterious illness is wonderfully handled and pays off at the end as one assumes all along that it must be the impending alien invasion that is causing it which turns out, in fact, to be false and once again takes us to a very human place.

I was pretty good in math at school; took an advanced class but believe me when I say I had no intention of understanding this book. And that's brilliant because I can honestly say, I did! Rose makes it very clear, uses Ace, but in a not as obvious way as sometimes is handled, as an unknowledgable to explain, to demonstrate, to show without boring the audience to death or talking down to them.

Brett is a fantastic baddie, in the best sense of the word (and I had this strange image of Toby Stephens playing him, just gnawing at the scenery!).
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