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Monday, August 31, 2009

Mailbox Monday 8/31

It's time for another Mailbox Monday, hosted by Marcia at the Printed Page.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

This is what arrived in my mailbox last week!











Meggie's Remains, by Joanne Sundell
Touching Wonder: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas, by John Blase
An Eye for an Eye, by Irene Hannon












Close Encounters of the Third Grade Kind, by Phillip Done
Distant Thunder: Book One of The Lightening Chronicles, by Jimmy Root, Jr.
Guardian of the Flame, by T.L. Higley












A Gathering of Finches, by Jane Kirkpatrick
The Captain's Bride, by Lisa Tawn Bergen
Tomorrow's Treasure, by Linda Lee Chaiken












A Promise for Breanna, by Al Lacy
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What new books did you receive last week?
For more Mailbox Monday posts, check out The Printed Page.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sunday Salon 8/30

School started this week and it couldn't have gone better for each of my boys. Of course, it started Tuesday, and I thought it started Wednesday. Fortunately we went to "Meet the Teacher" night at the elementary school on Monday and they set me straight. Thank goodness!!

We went to the fair on Monday and I remembered why I don't really like the fair. Too hot, too many people, and too many lines. However, the boys loved it and that's what's important.

I caught up on a few books, but I'm still behind on others. Sigh. I had big plans this week to get caught up on all my back reading, but bronchitis fubared that. I've read, but mostly I've rested. Thankfully, I think the meds have kicked in and I'm starting to feel better.

Here's to a better week, this week!

How was your week? Has school started for your kids? Do you like the fair?

You can find more Sunday Salon postings here.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man...Review

About the book
England 1924: the Doctor and Rose find themselves caught up in the hunt for a murderer. With faceless killers closing in, can they solve the mystery of the Clockwise Man before London itself is destroyed? This is the first of a new series of hardcovers featuring the new Doctor Who from the new TV series. 

Rose and the Doctor land in 1924 London to attend the British Empire Exhibition. As usual, they find someone in trouble and that trouble leads to aliens: this time the mysterious Painted Lady and mechanical cats and men. The TARDIS disappears, servants are murdered and a sweet little boy helps save the day.

At times you can hear the ninth doctor's voice, but at other times you wonder who this man is. The climax at the end with Big Ben was fun. But, on the whole, entertaining and somewhat clever, but nothing special.

I did love the "bad wolf" comment! Continuity like that really makes my day.

Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow.

Read 8/09

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2/5 Stars

Friday, August 28, 2009

Sweetgum Ladies Knit For Love...Review

About the book:
Once a month, the six women of the Sweetgum Knit Lit Society gather to discuss books and share their knitting projects. Inspired by her recently-wedded bliss, group leader Eugenie chooses “Great Love Stories in Literature” as the theme for the year’s reading list–a risky selection for a group whose members span the spectrum of age and relationship status.

As the Knit Lit ladies read and discus classic romances like
Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights, and Pride and Prejudice, each member is confronted with her own perception about love. Camille’s unexpected reunion with an old crush forces her to confront conflicting desires. Newly widowed Esther finds her role in Sweetgum changing and is surprised by two unlikely friends. Hannah isn’t sure she’s ready for the trials of first love. Newcomer Maria finds her life turned upside-down by increasing family obligations and a handsome, arrogant lawyer, and Eugenie and Merry are both asked to make sacrifices for their husbands that challenge their principles.
 

Even in a sleepy, southern town like Sweetgum, Tennesee, love isn’t easy. The Knit Lit ladies learn they can find strength and guidance in the novels they read, the love of their family, their community–and especially in each other.

Picking up where the first novel left off, we again meet The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society: a group of women get together once a month to talk about the latest book they've read for the book club and show off the latest knitting project. It sounds so good and, relatively speaking, it is. Prickly librarian Eugenie has married her youthful sweetheart, now a widowed pastor and finds herself trying to find her place in his life and church. Esther is newly widowed with a potential younger suitor. Hannah finds first love and heartbreak in high school. Merry struggles with returning to work and Camille tries to find her place in the world. Newest addition, Maria, tries to find a new life and home for her family.

I'm not sure what it is about this series that doesn't quite do it for me. The premise sounds so promising, but like the first one, it sort of falls flat. The women here are more likeable, even the prickly Eugenie and Esther. But, it's completely predictable. Eugenie chooses "Great Love Stories in Literature" for the groups reading list and as the chapters unfold, we find the inevitable comparisons: Maria and James are Elizabeth and Darcy; Hannah can relate to Wuthering Heights and Romeo and Juliet; Camille can sympathize with Scarlett O'Hara and her desire to put her own needs before everyone else's...

There was a bit more depth to it and the characters seemed to interact more than in the first one. Here, they actually seemed more like friends. Two missing parts stand out to me: we never really do find out why Camille always turned down Dante in high school, even though she liked him and the bit about Esther's first child was just tossed in without any subsequent explanation, even though it seemed significant to her.

It's very light Christian and the faith of these women isn't in the forefront of their lives, it's more of an afterthought.

Still, it's a light, entertaining read and I did enjoy it more than the first one. While reading the first book adds a bit of history, each stands alone well.

Thanks for First Wildcard and Staci Carmichael at Random House for the opportunity to review this book. You can find out more about Beth Patillo here. You can read the first chapter here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 8/09

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2/5 Stars

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families...Review

About the book:
Frenzied families find themselves fragmented in this high-speed, fast-paced, goal-oriented society. Even while racing to second jobs, appointments, lessons, practices, games and clubs, we crave an antidote. How do we counteract the effects of our over-committed culture? Replenish our depleted selves? Restore our rushed relationships?

Not So Fast: Slow-down Solutions for Frenzied Families explores the jarring effects of our high-speed, high-pressured, highly-scheduled lives and offers refreshing alternatives. Author Ann Kroeker relates her own story of how embracing a slower everyday pace has resulted in a richer, fuller, and more meaningful life.

Practical ideas and insight will spark creativity and personal reflection. Plus, ponder real-life stories from parents who put the brakes on the high-speed lifestyle and reaped the rewards of richer relationships. Not So Fast offers hope that families struggling with hurried hearts and frantic souls can discover the rejuvenating power of an unrushed life.


You can find a lot of talk around the Internet and news about the busyness of life, and the busyness of families. We live in a 24/7 world that never shuts down. Email and cell phones have made our lives "easier", but they've also made us accessible 24/7. In the drive to succeed, many of us put our children in as many activities as we can, hoping to make them into better people. Is that necessary? It's your decision. In this book, however, Ann Kroeker has had the courage to step up and say, no it isn't necessary.

In her book she talks about the effects that an over-committed culture can have on our families. Her perspective is Christian and she shares her own story about how embracing a slower pace of life has impacted her family in positive ways. I love the parts where she talks about the importance of letting children have a somewhat unstructured childhood, and encouraging them to explore and play and have fun.

With chapters called, Slowing Down Childhood, Too Fast to Care and Too Fast to Rest, or Slow Enough to Savor Traditions and Slowing Down Spending, Ann gives honest practical advice. Each chapter ends with Slow Notes, a section with practical ideas you can implement immediately. Each chapter also ends with Live From the Slow Zone, with anecdotes and experiences from people who are actively living a slower paced life. Applicable scriptures are sprinkled throughout the book.

One highlight for me was the family Load Line, where much like a ship has a load line or limit to how much cargo it can carry before it is unsafe, so a family has that same load line where too many activities can negatively impact family life. Another highlight was about traditions and the importance of not only having family traditions but taking the time to savor and enjoy them.

I love the resources at the end of the book. Ann has extensive footnotes which give references and sources for her information. She also lists blogs and other resources at her website.

I thoroughly enjoyed this gem of a book. It is one I will reread as I look to find ideas and ways to simplify my family's life.

Thanks for First Wildcard and Audra Jennings of The B&B Media Group for the opportunity to review this book. You can find out more about Ann Kroeker here. You can read the first chapter here. You can purchase your own copy of this remarkable book here.

Read 8/09

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5/5 Stars

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Passeggiata: Strolling Through Italy...Review

About the book:
Ms. Husak’s memoir of travels to Italy with her husband will appeal to those who love travel in general and Italy in particular. Their journeys are both personal and universal. From their first shared trip to Italy in 1993, which marked the first of their empty nest years, their annual passeggiata reflects the shift in their lives through the next decade. On their spring pilgrimages to major tourist centers, Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Naples, they develop appreciation for Italy’s art, music and architecture. Wandering together along out of the way paths in tiny hill towns and seacoast villages, they explore breathtaking scenery. By traveling light and learning the vagaries of Italian life, they have become Italian in spirit. The book provides many practical hints on how to travel like the locals, reminding us that even novice travelers can learn valuable lessons from immersion in another way of life, and that one’s companion can be an essential part of the pleasure of a journey.

Glen Husak and her husband Al return to Italy each year for a get-away, and have done so for 15 years. Each year they select one area to visit, rather than cramming the whole country into one vacation. By doing so, they have been able to come to appreciate so much more of the Italian country, its people and way of life. Glen shares their experiences and the often up and down hitches that happen. But, the perspective here is that the unexpected often becomes a serendipitous and delightful surprise.

While the book would be a great travel guide, its purpose is to remind us that there are wonderful lessons to be learned from visiting other cultures and immersing yourself in them, as well as trusting your companion and sharing experiences. One doesn't have to be familiar with Italy to appreciate the descriptions and anecdotes.

Having traveled in Italy several years ago, I found myself reminiscing about some of the places I loved as I read Glen's account of their experiences. I, too, wandered the streets of Venice and rode in a vapporetto; I saw the beautiful work of Giotto in a little, non-descript church in Padua and savored many a meal at a local restaurant. I remember the feeling of excess and lack of spirituality at the Vatican, but also appreciated the beauty and history as well. I remember walking for what seemed like hours to find the Church of St. Peter in Chains and seeing Michangelo's magnificent statue of Moses, and shopping in a street market in Florence.

Glen not only includes Italian history, but art history as well, which makes the book richer. I do wish she had included photos, although it would be easy to picture many of the well-known locations, even if you haven't seen them in person. Minor editing issues didn't detract from the charm.

A passeggiata is a slow, evening stroll through town, usually taken with people you care about, often arm-in-arm. This book was like taking a passeggiata through Italy. It was something to be savored, not rushed.

Thanks to Bostick Communications for the opportunity to review this book.

You can learn more about Glen and Al Husak here. You can purchase your own copy of this charming book here.

Read 8/09

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4/5 Stars

Monday, August 24, 2009

Mailbox Monday 8/24

It's time for another Mailbox Monday, hosted by Marcia at the Printed Page.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

This is what arrived in my mailbox last week!












A Perfect Mess, by Lisa Harper
Fools Rush In, by Janice Thompson
The Frontiersman's Daughter, by Laura Frantz












A Taste of Fame, by Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson
The Potluck Club Cookbook, by Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson
The Day the Falls Stood Still, by Cathy Marie Buchanan
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What new books did you receive last week?
For more Mailbox Monday posts, check out The Printed Page.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday Salon 8/23

My boys and I spent the week in California with my mom. We left Dad at home to work and although we missed him a lot, we went to the beach, and a baseball game. We went to the zoo and the science center. They played with cousins and I visited with my sister and my mom and saw old friends.

I brought 6 books with me. They stayed in my suitcase. In fact, I'm still reading the two books I had started last week before leaving.

You will note some FIRST Wildcard posts that don't have accompanying reviews. I'm behind on reviews and I hate that. If I've committed to review a book by a certain day, I do it. I have over 1000+ posts in my Google Reader, and I haven't visited any blogs this week. But, I had a lot of fun with family and friends.

School starts this week and while I love having my boys home, and while we managed a fun summer, I'm ready for structure and some time to myself! I'm looking forward to a routine that allows me some uninterrupted reading time, among other things.

How was your week?

You can find more Sunday Salon postings here.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Doctor Who: The Monsters Inside...Review

About the book:
The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Rose to a brutal deep-space prison colony. Can they stay out of gaol long enough to discover who - or what - is behind the sinister scientific plot that threatens billions of human lives? The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Rose to a destination in deep space - Justicia, a prison camp stretched over seven planets, where Earth colonies deal with their criminals. While Rose finds herself locked up in a teenage borstal, the Doctor is trapped in a scientific labour camp. Each is determined to find the other, and soon both Rose and the Doctor are risking life and limb to escape in their distinctive styles. But their dangerous plans are complicated by some old enemies. Are these creatures fellow prisoners as they claim, or staging a takeover for their own sinister purposes?

Much better than the first one I read. It seems to take place early in the series. The Ninth Doctor and Rose find themselves taken captive on a deep-space prison colony. Justicia is a prison camp, 500 years into Earth's future, spread over seven planets. Separated from each other, Rose finds herself in a teenage prison and the Doctor finds himself in a sort of scientific labor camp. As they try and find each other, they discover and old enemy: the Slitheen, as well as estranged relations of the Slitheen called the Blathereen.

The Slitheen are up to their old antics and it's up to the Doctor and Rose to find each other and stop them.

I always get a kick out of the Slitheen. Margaret the Slitheen in the episode Boom Town, is one of my favorite Doctor Who villains. And, the characterizations here are terrific. I thought it a fun, easy read. Featuring the Doctor and Rose as played by Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper.

Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow.

Read 8/09

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Believer...Review

About the book:
Elizabeth Duncan has nowhere to turn. In charge of her younger brother and sister after their parents die, her options are limited. When she hears that the Shaker community in the next county takes in orphans, she presents herself and her siblings at Harmony Hill. Despite the hard work and strange new beliefs around her, Elizabeth is relieved to have a roof overhead and food to eat. But when she feels a strong attachment to a handsome young Believer named Ethan, life gets complicated. Ethan has never looked on the opposite sex as anything but sisters, but he can't shake the new feelings that Elizabeth has awakened in him. Will Elizabeth be forced to leave the village to keep Ethan from stumbling? Or will Ethan's love for her change their lives forever?

Other than the name, I was not familiar with the Shaker religion at all, and found it fascinating: their founder was believed to be the second coming of Christ in female form; and, among other things, they believed in celibacy, communal living and hard work. Like the Amish, they were often ridiculed for their beliefs, their manner of dressing and their way of life.

The story of Elizabeth and her family is an interesting one. After their father's death, their landlord attempts to force Elizabeth to marry him, and she knows she must leave with her young brother and sister. Her father had often talked of the peace he felt when visiting the Shaker community, and as Elizabeth knows, the Shakers never turn away those in need. Finding their beliefs different than her own, Elizabeth nonetheless tries to adapt and assimilate herself and her siblings into the community. Ethan came to the Shakers by chance as a young child, and has never had reason to doubt his religion, or the belief that marriage is a sin and only brings conflict and trouble. Until he meets Elizabeth.

While somewhat predictable and a bit preachy, I still found the story compelling and interesting. It's a fast, easy read, but not a completely light one. The exploration of doubting one's core beliefs and the descriptions of Elizabeth's and Ethan's struggles to understand what God really wants for them were well done. Even as Ethan doubts and Elizabeth finds it hard to commit to this new way of life, the Shaker religion was never ridiculed. Rather, Brother Issachar's character served to teach Ethan that God did know him and that the most important thing was to follow his own heart.

Enjoyable and easily recommended, especially to fans of Amish books.

Thanks to Donna Hausler from the Baker Publishing Group for the opportunity to review this book. You can find out more about Ann H. Gabhart here. You can purchase the book here.

Read 8/09

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4/5 Stars

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Blue Enchantress...Review

About the book:
Get swept away in a high-tide of romance and adventure from acclaimed author M. L. Tyndall. Trying to forget about a painful past, Hope Westcott plunges into Charles Towne society trying to find love and acceptance. Captain Nathaniel Mason is determined to build his shipping business and doesn t need a romantic entanglement especially with a woman like Hope. When Hope s adventure-seeking puts her freedom and her life in jeopardy, will Nathaniel turn his back or follow God s voice and sacrifice everything to save her?

A sequel to The Red Siren, the Westcott sisters' story continues with Hope's adventures. I enjoyed this one a lot more than I did the first one.

Always a bit reckless and believing Lord Falkland loves her, Hope Westcott has stowed away on his ship. When the book opens, Hope is standing on a slave auction block. The unscrupulous Lord Falkland denied knowing her and turned Hope over to the ship's captain, who is only interested in how much money he can obtain by selling her.

Captain Nathaniel Mason, a god-fearing man who has spent his life trying to overcome his upbringing, reluctantly comes to Hope's rescue, but his good deed soon becomes a great sacrifice. The question becomes, can he overcome his animosity and resentment towards Hope, and can hope overcome her animosity and resentment towards God?

Like it's predecessor, the story is completely implausible with pirates and hurricanes and shipwrecks. It's also quite entertaining and completely enthralling. Hope is likeable, and as you discover her history, you understand her behaviors. Nathaniel is a hero, but flawed, not perfect. The villains are annoying and while it's a bit preachy, God still triumphs over all.

The story is left open for the sequel about sister Grace, which should be out sometime next year.

Entertaining and easily recommended.

Thanks to First Wild Card and Angie Brillhart of Barbour Books for the opportunity to review this book. You can find out more about MaryLu Tyndall here. You can read the first chapter here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 8/09

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4/5 Stars

Monday, August 17, 2009

Mailbox Monday 8/17

It's time for another Mailbox Monday, hosted by Marcia at the Printed Page.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

This is two weeks' worth of Mailboxes, as I didn't get one posted last week!











TSI: The Gabon Virus, by Paul McCusker and Walt Larimore, M.D.
Thanksgiving at the Inn, by Tim Whitney.
Becoming a Family that Heals, by Drs. Beverly and Tom Rodgers












Piece de Resistance, by Sandra Byrd
Look to the East, by Maureen Lang
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What new books did you receive last week?
For more Mailbox Monday posts, check out The Printed Page.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

TSI: The Gabon Virus...Review

About the book: 
Time Scene Investigators
An ancient disease, a modern pandemic, and the one person who offers hope for a cure has been dead for 350 years.

In 1666, a horrible disease took the lives of almost every person in Eyam (pronounced Eem), England. Helping the sick and the dying was the mysterious and ghostlike Blue Monk, whose strange appearance terrified even those who were comforted by him.

More than three centuries later the disease has returned, more virulent than before. Every day more people are infected; every hour more die.

The lives of millions rest in the hands of a bio-team -- the Time Scene Investigators -- that studies history to find cures for modern diseases. But the newest member of the team, Dr. Mark Carlson, has suffered a heartbreaking loss.

With every tick of the clock the world approaches a global pandemic. A race against time becomes a race across continents -- to find a frightened boy who is carrying and spreading the disease wherever he goes, to thwart the machinations of corporate greed and fanatical sabotage, and to find the connection between a great tragedy of the past and a potential catastrophe of the present. Our present. This book may become tomorrow's headline.

Fascinating and compelling are two words I'd use to describe this book. Moving back and forth between 1666 England and the modern day, we see comparisons between the plague epidemic and how the threat of viruses like Ebola today, can wipe out a community in hours, if not minutes. The addition of the Blue Monk and his story of how he helped those plague victims was fascinating, especially with the modern science to explain the explain the 17th century myth.

While I found it hard at times to keep track of who everyone was and what team they happened to be on, the story is fast-paced, with enough suspense to keep you wondering if the TSI team will really stop the pandemic. The authors capture the race against time to find Aaron, the frightened young boy who is spreading disease wherever he goes, and that keeps the pages turning.

This is not my usual genre of choice. I originally accepted this book for review thinking my doctor husband would review it for me. I'm sure he'll still read it, but I was curious and picked it up first, and I'm glad I did. An interesting and enthralling read. I look forward to more books about the Time Scene Investigators.

Thanks to First Wild Card and Jennifer Willingham of Simon and Schuster for the opportunity to review this book. You can read the first chapter here. You can learn more about Paul McCusker here and Walt Larimore here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 8/09

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4/5 Stars

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Don't Miss Your Life...Review...DNF

About the book:
Along comes a book by a storyteller who holds the power, in true stories well told, to offer a motivating and healing balm for those thirsting and eager for somebody to remind them to "say YES to life, slow down, wake up, let go, hold on and LIVE!" As readers listen to Baumbich's stories, laugh and cry, and then revisit their own stories, they will discover the sovereign hand of God not only loving them in the midst of adversity but wooing them to live life to the full.

Readers should fasten their seatbelts for this warm, fun, provocative, heartwarming ride. "We are so busy running our lives that we are often not enjoying them, giving thanks for them, or realizing our joy and potential," Charlene says. "But if you learn the lively and releasing art of listening to and mining your own stories, you'll learn that your life is, indeed, better than you think!


For some reason, I didn't realize this was a self-help type book until it arrived. I have not finished it. It probably has more to do with me than with the book, and I will try and go back to it at some point.

Charlene Baumbich is happy. There is no doubt about that. She has come to understand that life is your most important gift and you shouldn't squander it or miss it. She's a strong believer in story, and the power of stories to bring people together. The book is sprinkled with her own life stories, many funny, some serious. Each chapter has a point and a question to ask yourself as you evaluate where you are in your own life.

There are a lot of little asides, with many parenthetical thoughts and as Charlene speaks openly and often about God, scriptures references are abundant.

I can't quite pinpoint what it was about the book that was offsetting, and like I said, it's most likely more to do with me at this point or this week, in my life, than anything else. I have no doubt that one of Charlene's motivational presentations is entertaining. I'm sure that this book will be helpful to and enjoyed by many people.

Thanks to First Wildcard and Jennifer Willingham of Simon and Schuster for the opportunity to review this book. You can read the first chapter here. You can learn more about Charlene here. You can purchase the book here.

8/09


1/5 Stars

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Doctor Who: The Winner Takes All...Review

About the book:
Rose and the Doctor return to present-day Earth to visit Rose's mum, and become intrigued by the latest craze -- the video game, Death to Mantodeans. Is it as harmless as it seems? And why are so many local people going on holiday and never returning? Meanwhile, on another world, an alien war is raging. The Quevvils need to find a new means of attacking the ruthless Mantodeans. Searching the galaxy for cunning, warlike but gullible allies, they find the ideal soldiers - on Earth. Will Rose be able to save her family and friends from the alien threat? And can the Doctor play the game to the end - and win? 

I've always enjoyed novelizations of my favorite television shows. I think I've read all the Angel and Quantum Leap novelizations. So, when I came across Doctor Who novelizations at my library, I was excited.

The Winner Takes All features the Ninth Doctor as played by Christopher Eccleston and Rose. Thinking her mother has won the lottery, Rose and the Doctor return to Earth and discover that a video game has captured everyone's attention.

The porcupine-like Quevvils are fighting the Mantodeans, and in order to win, they need soldiers. Enter The Last Starfighter plot here. The Quevvils create a video game which mimics their war and "test market" that game on earth and those who play it well suddenly win a "holiday" where they are transported to the Quevvil world. It's up to the Doctor, Rose and Mickey the Idiot to save the day. Along the way, they meet Robert, who has been transported to the Quevvil world, along with his over-protective mother.

Even for Doctor Who, the Quevvils are a silly, strange, monster. Robert's little Harry Potter-type fantasies were cute, but annoying. In fact, the whole novel was just annoying. I simply wanted it finished.

The author definitely captured Eccleston's voice, I could hear it in my head, which was great. I could not, however, translate this story to the screen. It just didn't work. It was silly and disjointed and hard to follow.

Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow.

Read 8/09

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2/5 Stars