cat63 (cat63) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 20-23 for 2013

20. Captain's Fury by Jim Butcher. 598 pages.
21. Princeps' Fury by Jim Butcher. 535 pages.
22. First Lord's Fury by Jim Butcher. 691 pages.

Books 4, 5 and 6 of the Codex Alera. Thoroughly enjoyed this second half of the series. Butcher loves to put his characters through the wringer and the ones in this series take some dreadful pastings, which can be hard to read sometimes because he's also very good at making you care about them - there was a point towards the end of the last book when I was hugely choked up at what happened to one of the quite minor characters. However, the stories are very clever and neatly constructed, as is the world in which they're set. The worst things about this series is that it's now finished :(

23. Doctor Who and the Scales of Injustice by Gary Russell. 208 pages.

The Third Doctor and Liz Shaw have another encounter with the Silurians.

I rather got the impression that Gary Russell wanted to take the TV episodes about the Silurians and improve upon them, but unfortunately he isn't a good enough writer to manage that. The tone is all wrong for a Doctor Who story for a start - it's dark and bloody and more like a Daniel Craig era James Bond film which, coming from me, is not a compliment. Worse, Russell commits the basic error of telling rather than showing for far too much of the time - information that should be conveyed to the reader through dialogue or implication is dumped on them in indigestible chunks in the narration. In addition, while I like references to other Doctor Who stories as much as the next fan, Russell seemed to be determined to cram in as many as he possibly could, whether they fit or not.

I got this as a free ebook and I'd say it was worth exactly what I paid for it.
Tags: fantasy, sci-fi, television

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