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Torchwood: Long Time Dead Paperback – August 4, 2011
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Sarah Pinborough is an award-winning writer of novels and short stories, including Torchwood: Into the Silence and Kaleidoscope, part of Torchwood: Consequences, and was a frequent contributor to Torchwood magazine. She is author of The Dog-Faced Gods trilogy.
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Can anyone, even the amazing Captain Jack Harkness, stop her this time around?!?!
This is not a checklist for Torchwood fans. It's not a rote listing of facts from other media so you can go "lol I caught that reference!" No, this is a real novel, with real-seeming characters. In particular, I love the thought that Pinborough places into what it must be like to be the twice-dead Suzie: torn between confusion and the exultant "I outlasted the rest of you jerks) attitude is a damaged woman trying to maintain her grip on a situation rapidly spinning out of control.
A pleasant surprise!
I wanted this story to delve deep into the character of Suzie; I wanted backstory with flashbacks to how she met Jack and an explanation for why she hated her father so much. But I didn't get any of that.
Instead, we get Suzie with no plan and no real character development; a new Detective Inspector who is well-written but have never met before, which gave me little reason to care about him; and a threat from the rift that is quite creepy. In the end, this is a well written novel but not the novel I wanted to read.
If the author had chosen to focus more on the characters of Suzie and Tom Costello instead of showing us more and more victims of the Rift shadows, I feel like I could have gotten more of what I wanted... in sum, well written but probably not what most Torchwood fans are looking for.