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Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales Slipcase Hardcover – December 13, 2016
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BBC Books is the publisher of choice for titles relating to BBC programmes and personalities. One of the UK’s leading non-fiction imprints, BBC Books has had particular success in the food and drink, gardening, history, natural history and travel genres. Amongst our authors are some of Britain’s best-known and best-loved TV personalities including Mary Berry, David Attenborough, Alan Titchmarsh and Rick Stein. We are also the official publisher of some of the BBC’s biggest global brands, including Doctor Who, Top Gear, Sherlock, Good Food and Strictly Come Dancing.
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Now for the bad news. First, a series that takes place in the Dr Who universe should, one would think, actually have the Dr in the stories. I haven't read all the stories yet, but none of the ones I've read have the Dr in them, nor any of the companions that I know of either. This might be because of some copyright restrictions, but the stories do have Daleks and other creatures from the Dr Who universe, so I'm puzzled as to why neither the Dr nor any of his companions are mentioned. This seems a very strange way to write about the Dr's universe and for this I've subtracted one star from the rating.
Second, and most troubling to me, is the disparity between the advertised pages and the actual count of pages. The description of the books list the page count at 640 pages for 16 books. The books are very small, just 4 3/8" by 5 3/4", so there is not much text on the pages to begin with. But 640 pages split over 16 books gives 40 pages a book. Not too bad for children's books that can be read in one setting. But the actual count of pages with text is actually much smaller than 640. It seems the publisher has counted the front & back of the front cover, the front & back of the back cover, the title page, the copyright page, the main title page & the blank back of that page, the blank page at the end of the book, and the backside of that page all as "pages" in the book. Instead, the actual text of the story starts on page 7 and ends on page 36, giving each story just 30 pages with one of those pages used for an illustrated page in each book. I've never seen a book count the front and back of the covers as pages before, though they usually do count the first actual paper sheet as the first page.
If this were just one book with 16 stories, these extra "pages" wouldn't really make much difference. Instead, with the 16 stories each in their own book, the number of non-text pages is huge. Instead of about 640 pages of actual stories, the reader is left with just 480 pages of stories, that is 16 stories of 30 pages each. That amounts to 160 "pages" of overhead, or the equivalent of more than five extra stories.
The 16 little books in the included slipcase is very cute, but I feel that the publisher has completely misrepresented the actual amount of text contained in the set. There may actually be 640 "pages" in the set, but I think it should instead be noted that that only amounts to 480 pages of actual story. For that reason I've removed one more star from the review.
I Loved reading these books, but I do have to say I would've loved them even more if the writing was bigger. The books are really small, like the size of your hand. As soon as I saw them, I knew the letters where going to be small. But I got so engaged on the stories, I didn't mind after a while.
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