- Series: Doctor Who
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Ace (December 31, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425261220
- ISBN-13: 978-0425261224
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Stephen Baxter
“A stunning talent!”—Locus
“Highly intelligent, with original ideas in almost every sentence.”—The Guardian (UK)
“Time places Baxter firmly in the tradition of Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov.”—The Times (UK)
"Technically brilliant and downright exciting.”—SFX
About the Author
Stephen Baxter was born in Liverpool, England, in 1957. He holds degrees in mathematics, from Cambridge University; engineering, from Southampton University; and business administration, from Henley Management College. He’s a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.
His first professionally published short story appeared in 1987. He has been a full-time author since 1995 and is currently Vice-President of the British Science Fiction Association.
His science fiction novels have been published in the UK, the US, and in many other countries including Germany, Japan, France. His books have won several awards including the Philip K Dick Award, the John Campbell Memorial Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, the Kurd Lasswitz Award (Germany) and the Seiun Award (Japan) and have been nominated for several others, including the Arthur C Clarke Award, the Hugo Award and Locus awards. He has also published over 100 sf short stories, several of which have won prizes. He can be found at stephen-baxter.com.
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I'm not a huge fan of Baxter's writing style. He sometimes would repeat words in the same sentence, such as using a word as a verb then again as a adjective, etc. And near the end I did find myself getting lost in the technical speak, but it didn't hinder my reading pleasure all too much.
I've heard a couple of people say that the Doctor's characterization was off, but I don't agree. I thought it was pretty good. However, the biggest downfall in my opinion was with Jamie. He seemed far less ... confused than I felt he should have been. He even describes in detail to Zoe about a spacecraft he's in. And he would use modern phraseology that didn't quite fit. I know this was near the end of his time with the Doctor, but he still seemed far too knowledgeable than he should have been.
The Doctor and Jamie's interactions are limited, but the book makes up for it in Jamie and Zoe's interactions. Their friendship seemed to be at the forefront of the storyline. Zoe is seen upset that Jamie isn't with her - multiple times - and Jamie's first thought when anything goes wrong is "Where's Zoe? Is she alright?" It was very sweet.
Overall, as a sci-fi story it was fabulous! As a Doctor Who novel, it could have been better in some areas, but overall I was quite pleased with this adventure. It even ended the way Hartnell/Troughton era serials ended. Great read!