February Books 6) Cat’s Cradle: Warhead, by Andrew Cartmel

Well, I was rather impressed by this Doctor Who novel in the New Adventures series. The Seventh Doctor and Ace get caught up in the nasty machinations of a near-future biotech firm, variously in the US, London and a small island near Istanbul. Cartmel is a very good descriptive writer, both in terms of establishing the physical setting and in terms of getting inside the heads of Ace and the other characters. The Istanbul chapters in particular had some memorable set-pieces. As often happens, it wasn’t clear that the bad guys’ conspiracy made sense (and even less clear how the Doctor had got involved in stopping it; or for that matter where the cat’s cradle of the title comes into it) but I very much enjoyed the ride. Possibly the first really adult Doctor Who novel.

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1 Response to February Books 6) Cat’s Cradle: Warhead, by Andrew Cartmel

  1. nickbarnes says:

    This made me smile: “Embassytown is a novel that stands out from its company on the Clarke shortlist, not least because it is the most distinctive work here.”

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