I should have seen it coming. I really should have.
I've read other books based upon films, tv shows and even video games and found them to be enjoyable, if not academic, reading. I was expecting a briskly paced novel with enough action to make this quick, exciting and with the tone of the new tv show. However I was disappointed. It was nothing like many of the adult Star Wars companion novels and failed to capture the tone of its topic in the same way as other Doctor Who books.
In fact this novel was rather dry and lackluster. That's right it lacked lust...well it did (good thing too) but I'm sure that's not what the word is meant to mean (of course it's not what it's meant to mean at all). The plot was drawn out so that what started as a well penned introduction became an almost rambling nonsensical mess of improbable plot twists.
The narrative focussed on the Doctor and Amy Pond attempting to find some arrow of Artemis in order to repair the multiverse. As soon as I heard that word I thought is this Doctor Who or is it some mash up with another sci-fi novel. The multiverse. So therefore the Doctor had to win the arrow in a competition with a group of Terraphiles (aliens in the future who love the historic Earth and pretend to be characters from Earth's past). Oh and a couple of weird and random characters dropped in for no reason at all and a hat was stolen. Apart from that nothing happened really. Nothing. Zip.
I was actually bored by a novel that was supposed to be light, fun and happy. How sad is that? The main problem for me was that of course the plot dragged. It could have and should have been half the length but the writer attempted to fit as much as possible across 300 or so pages. The only positive out of this book is that I have another one star review...sad but true.
To say the least: disappointed. To say a little more: I was disappointed. Sorely disappointed. I felt let down by this author I didn't even know. Where was the fun, the adventure, the excitement, the clever and witty comments of the Doctor? They were non-existent that's where they were: in the vacuous and voided limbo of the forgotten.
I don't recommend this at all. Unless you want to be bored by some monster that claims to be Doctor Who, isn't and drags you along for a few chapters with promises of clever writing. Of course you'll then find out that it was all 'a trap!' And then of course you'll be stuck in the bog of the middle of the book with a very large hat being stolen left right and center.