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What's the last non-Trek book you've read?

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Someday I will read more of Titan's stuff.  I liked the Eighth Doctor books I read.  And Cornell is a great Who writer. The books I read were collected from the comic strips that went out in Doctor Who Magazine as each Doctor was still on the air (the strip has been running almost as long as the show itself has, just in various different outlets), and I have to say this run in the 80s is fairly good.

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Finished up the second Volume of the Sixth Doctor's comic run from Doctor Who magazine in the 80s.  For the most part, I would say the whole run of his comics that ran concurrent with Colin Baker's time on TV, are actually stronger than the show itself was at the time. More consistent storytelling, neat ideas, total weirdness and experimenting in styles and strange beings...and because it was printed in Black and White?  The coat isn't as hard to look at.  Unfortunately, the final comic story in the collection, "The World Shapers" (which also happens to be the title of the collected Volume as well), is kinda lousy.  Overly reliant on continuity and came up with some continuity connections in Who-lore which don't mesh well with my understanding of things and also just felt like too much continuity porn.  But beyond that weak final story, I enjoyed both Volumes of the Sixth Doctor's comic run (as well as the run fronted by the Fifth Doctor). 

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7 hours ago, Sehlat Vie said:

Humans, 2.5 & 6.

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Holy smokes, this show is SOOOO good now.  It's officially 'must-see' TV.  
This is everything that Caprica wanted to be, and perhaps a leaner, meaner version of what Westworld should be.

Next week is the two-hour season finale, and I can hardly wait. 

But I suppose you watched it, rather than reading it? :giggle:

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1 hour ago, Sim said:

But I suppose you watched it, rather than reading it? :giggle:

Senior moment.... My bad. :P :giggle:

Posting and fatigue do not mix...;)

Trying to right my own accidental derail...:P

Actually I have recently read a very good non-ST book (non-fiction) called "Mars in the Movies: A History" by Thomas Kent Miller. It's a chronological review of the evolution regarding the depiction of movies and TV shows that have depicted either travel to Mars or Martians invading Earth.  The author, Thomas Kent Miller, is a former NASA/JPL employee and has some unique insights into the subject matter.   Though I'm not entirely sure I agree with his analyses of "The Martian" and "Conquest of Space."  I found his review of "Robinson Crusoe on Mars" to be very accurate and interesting as well.  

For Mars-nerds like myself?  Well worth a look...

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After taking a little longer to power through the second Volume of Sixth Doctor comics from Doctor Who Magazine, I decided not to go right into the Seventh Doctor comic run, as I was less in the mood for his Doctor even in comic form, and more in the mood for the Eighth Doctor.  Truth is I'm often more in the mood for his Doctor, but I also have read and heard that he had a stronger more consistent run in the comics...so I skipped ahead to his first volume, titled "Endgame," and I clearly was enjoying it more than the latter half of the Sixth Doctor's run, because I sped right through it.  It had nice tie ins to earlier comics of the Fifth and Sixth Doctor, yet forged a whole new path with Izzy, who is a very likable companion. Based on that, very excited to see where the Eighth Doctor's adventures went in the comics. 

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The Eighth Doctor strip was pretty great, must've been, or I wouldn't be plowing through it so quickly.  The second Volume of his run, titled "The Glorious Dead" is top notch Doctor Who, no matter the medium.  It starts with a story called "The Fallen", which is followed up with several stories that build up to the big finale of "The Glorious Dead," and it is a top notch run of stories that effectively serve as a genuine sequel to the TV movie, and quite frankly, it is a better story than that movie ever was.  We see the return of Grace and what happened to her, we see the Master get a grand return from his death at the end of that movie, and it just builds nicely and everything flows. I enjoyed the first Volume of Eighth Doctor Comics, it had a nice run of stories with a decent arc, but this second arc was even better. I can kind of picture these comics as a series that could've been following the TV movie (though had the show ever been made into a series it would've never been this good based on what ideas they seemed to have for the show...none of the people involved in this would've been there for the show).  The comics, thus far, really seem like a good start to the Eighth Doctor's adventures, and I can kind of picture them taking place before Big Finish and Charley and everywhere he has gone since Big Finish got McGann behind the mic.  The comics are like the early days of his Doctor to me.  For a Doctor with such a short lifespan on TV, he has one hell of a prolific set of adventures to his name.

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Volume Three of Doctor Who Magazine's collected Eighth Doctor comics.  Volume Three kicks off the beginning of the strip being run in full color, and also features the final arc featuring the Eighth Doctor's companion Izzy, who joined at the very beginning of his comic run.  I have to say, the plotting of story arcs within small stories with big old payoffs at the end...I mean I always saw Buffy as a major influence to Russell T Davies relaunch of Doctor Who, but knowing he was a fan of this comic run has really highlighted that he could've just as easily taken some creative spark from this run.  Each Volume has really felt like a distinct season, in much the same way as the RTD era launched Doctor Who with a season long arc mixed in with individual stories.  And they are so entertaining and just feel like proper Doctor Who.  It is almost a shame to see Izzy go, perfect companion material, but she had a good long run, and her arc really came together beautifully in the end...the timid girl who loved sci-fi and struggled with the fact that she was adopted, and by the end of it she is stronger, is far more confident in knowing who she is, and accepts that her adoptive parents actually love her.  I love that early on there was this red herring of "she doesn't know her real parents" as if that would come into play at some point...but in the end?  She realizes that her real parents are the ones that adopted and raised her and loved her all those years.  Beautiful stuff.

Hope I didn't go to spoilery for anyone who may care to read these great books someday...they are definitely recommended for Who fans...and while I touched on some thematic stuff I loved, I think the real meat I left out...the stuff that makes it really worthwhile I tried not to mention.

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Another day, another Doctor Who Comic Strip Volume under my belt. This time it is Volume Four of the Eighth Doctor, which showcases the end of his era fronting Doctor Who Magazines' strip before the show returned on TV and the Ninth Doctor would take over.  They were even offered to show the regeneration by Davies...but after certain rules put in place by RTD and the BBC took hold...it ultimately came down to DWM deciding it might be best to just not have the regeneration (they couldn't show Eccleston prior to him being on TV, they could only show him with Rose, and they couldn't even do one story with the current companion of Destrii staying on with the Ninth Doctor)...so they decided against it, and in the end have McGann not regenerate into Eccleston in the strip, and have he and Destrii walk off into the sunset after a chat about the importance of change, and that they really have no idea what could lie just over that hill. It is actually a rather brilliant ending.  It ends this rather consistent and phenomenal run for the Eighth Doctor in the comics (and that run lasted 9 years) so very well. It is a happy ending, one that leaves potential for more adventures while subtly acknowledging that those adventures do not lie within the pages of the Magazine anymore.  And quite frankly, not having the regeneration means we got Night of the Doctor...and who would ever want to lose that (especially as having read the script for the alternate ending that they put in this collection...it doesn't hold a candle to what Moffat eventually gave us).  So I am glad they went with the ending they did, I can see this Doctor continuing on to have more adventures, probably his going on to meet Charley and C'rizz and Lucy and so on in the Big Finish tales. Those feel like they come later to me. 

Anyhow...this final collection of his run is a solid set of stories, but being that they did a bit of standalone stories with the Doctor on his own, and then began a new set of adventures with Destrii that ended up kind of cut short (though ended nicely in the epic "The Flood"), it just doesn't have the same kind of flow and build up and payoff that the other collections had.  The other Volumes really did feel like a thought out season of Doctor Who. The final volume felt like some assorted adventures of the Eighth Doctor with no real running arc, which probably wouldn't have been the case had the new show not returned and probably cut short their initial plans for Destrii as a companion.  She had only really gotten started in the final story.  All in all though?  I highly recommended finding  copy of each Volume of the Eighth Doctor's DWM comic run. A lot of fun reading.  I had enjoyed going through the Fifth and Sixth Doctor's run (though the Sixth Doctor's seemed to run out of a bit of steam in it's second volume), but the Eighth Doctor's was great, no doubt helped by the fact that they were totally free from the show being on the air, and they decided to find one writer to really write the bulk of the scripts at the time. 

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