Lanterns and Hardbacks

The reviews and musings of a twenty-something bibliophile



Dune by Frank Herbert (Dune #1)

3.5 stars Warning for spoilers ahead! Dune is one of those books I’ve been meaning to read for a long time. As its back cover proudly proclaims, it shares the same legendary status as – and even predates – Star... Continue Reading →


Paradox Lost by George Mann (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #48)

2.5 stars Spoilers, surrounded by * and written in white text, can be read by highlighting the relevant passage. It took me quite a long time to get through this book. Despite its interesting premise involving creatures that come through... Continue Reading →

Engines of War by George Mann (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures Specials #4)

3.5 stars This was a competent doctor who story and I definitely enjoyed it. It had some great characters, I enjoyed the insight into the Time War, and the plot itself managed to both be self-contained and to tie in... Continue Reading →

The Coming of the Terraphiles by Michael Moorcock (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures Specials #1)

1 star An incredibly dull story somehow stretched out into a novel. There was occasionally a witty line which reminded me of Douglas Adams and at which I actually laughed aloud, but this only happened about four times in the... Continue Reading →

Human Nature by Paul Cornell (Virgin New Adventures #38)

4 stars Human Nature has just overtaken Prisoner of the Daleks as my favourite Doctor Who book. The Eighth Doctor has turned himself human and is teaching at an English boarding school in 1913. Sound familiar? That's because this is... Continue Reading →

The Other Doctor and the Girl who Ran Away by Dave Matthews

3 stars A very short book and quite fun, but no great feat of literature. The mystery is pretty good, as is the ridiculous hodge-podge of different stories (a knowing and cheeky rip-off of doctor who, a nod to Sherlock... Continue Reading →

The Warlock in Spite of Himself by Christopher Stasheff (Warlock #1)

4 stars The Warlock in Spite of Himself tells the story of space explorer Rod whose job it is to find undiscovered planets and to bring them under the jurisdiction of galactic democracy. At the start of the novel, Rod lands on a... Continue Reading →

Worm Winds of Zanzibar by Martin Dukes (The Alex Trueman Chronicles #2)

5 stars Worm Winds of Zanzibar is the second book in the series following Alex Trueman and his friends. The first book in this series - Caught in a Moment - was fun, had some good characters and an interesting premise. This book, however,... Continue Reading →

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