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Trading Futures (Doctor Who)
ISBN: 0563538481     Date Published: 2002-04     Author(s): Lance Parkin
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Better than usual for the Eighth Doctor ..., March 3, 2004 ByCynthia Cooper "Cyn" (Somerville, MA) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Trading Futures (Doctor Who) (Mass Market Paperback) You used to be able to pick up any Doctor Who novel and start right in; at worst, you'd need to adjust to the new companions and that'd be it. Near the end of the New Adventures series, that changed -- the series became almost completely divorced from the original Who, and the books referred more to each other than to the television series. That didn't change when the license went back to the BBC and they started making the Eighth Doctor books -- if anything, it got worse."Trading Futures" is a welcome respite from that. It's a fun, fast-moving action adventure, something like the Third Doctor might have gotten up to. It's not so much a spy adventure as it is a Tom Clancy book played for laughs.More than that, though, it's new Who that *isn't depressing* and *doesn't require you have read the previous eight books in the series to understand it*. For me, that's enough!
 
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The Man with the Titanium Time Machine, October 28, 2002 ByJason A. Miller (Brooklyn, New York USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Trading Futures (Doctor Who) (Mass Market Paperback) If "Trading Futures" is supposed to be James Bond done "Doctor Who" style, it's obviously a Roger Moore film.Most of the advance word I heard about "Futures" led me to believe I was going to read a vastly serious book, with straightforward action and a whole smattering of "Doctor Who"'s own brand of left-wing realpolitik. What I got, however, was a knee-slapper, an out-and-out comedy, by my estimation the third one of these the EDAs have put out in the last 12 months or so (along with "Earthworld" and "Mad Dogs and Englishmen", and that's not even counting "The Slow Empire").The basic plot appears to tie in with the recent Sabbath arc. A mysterious time-traveler comes to the 2130s to auction his machine to the highest bidder, in exchange for the defense secrets that might well spark off war between the United States and the European Union. But the bidders include an ancient Scottish secret agent (and his sidekick "Penny Lik"), a couple of undercover agents from the future,...
 
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Would you like a little Bond in your Who?, July 24, 2002 ByDavid Roy (Vancouver, BC) - See all my reviews This review is from: Trading Futures (Doctor Who) (Mass Market Paperback) One thing that Doctor Who, ever since the television series, has been good at is ripping off...ahem, I mean paying homage to other genres. Trading Futures is pretty blatantly a James Bond pastiche, even down to the cover (with silhouetted women posing provocatively and a couple of other exciting scenes, all in a big target image). The question is, is it a good pastiche? Thankfully, yes it is.This is a book that never stops. It's certainly not introspective at all, moving from action set piece to action set piece. It's kind of surprising coming from Lance Parkin, who usually has more event-driven, monumental books. The scene shifts drastically from a resort on the Mediterranean Sea to Athens to California to Toronto and to Russia, with a few places in between. You almost have to stop and catch your breath at times. There's a lot of gunfire, robotic tanks and other robots, and daring leaps. Personally, I rather enjoyed all of this, but if you don't, you may want to skip this...
 
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