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Wonderland - Mark Chadbourn
« on: April 29, 2003, 02:24:43 PM »
Wonderland is the latest novella in Telos Publishing's Dr Who Novellas series.  Now I'll be the first to admit, I'm not the biggest Dr Who fan in the world - I could only tell you the names of a couple of villains and companions and the like, and if I flick onto an episode on Sky it's even odds whether I keep flicking or stay and watch.  
None of this stops the enjoyment of one of the Telos novellas as one of their selling points is their accessibility to those not versed in the intricacies of every single Who eppy ever broadcast.  

Wonderland.  Right.  :wink:  
The story is set in ’67 San Francisco, around Haight-Ashbury; and I’m reliably informed that it involves an early version of the 2nd Doctor & companions.
(I spent most of the book trying to guess which incarnation it was & had it narrowed down to either the 1st or the 2nd – apparently the companions names give it away.  But I didn’t know that!  )
For quickie plot synopsis you can check out the Telos press release thingy in the Indie Press section of the boards, so I can skip that bit and get onto the important part of the review :D

So was it any good?  Hoo yeah!  Loved it.
The storytelling’s divine, there are neat little nods to various aspects of ‘60’s culture:  like the Doc’s influence on people like Leary and George Harrison.
And there are plenty of edge-of-the seat moments in the story, even when you think you’ve got to the end and everything’s tied up, there is still a little extra excitement to be had.

Particular favourite bits of mine were: the party at Mathilda’s, Stimson the hep-cat journo, the way the Denny thing was handled & the tripping sequence.  There’re a few other bits too but I’d need to put whacking great SPOILER signs up.  It’ll wait ‘til the discussion on this gets going I think.

Oh and if you can afford the deluxe edition, do so, as it’s absolutely gorgeous.

Sooo, anybody else read this yet?  Comments?

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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2003, 02:27:08 PM »
Oh hell, almost forgot.... online ordering & further details on Wonderland can be had from http://www.telos.co.uk

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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2003, 08:43:39 PM »
Thanks, Jen - I'm honoured.  And Dominic's frontspiece is great.  I met him at Eastercon and he's a cool guy.

I did so much research for this book you wouldn't believe it (but then I do for all of them).

And I've never seen Dr Who since I was kid either.  Dave Howe had to send me videos and dvds so I  knew who I was writing about!

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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2003, 11:29:05 PM »
Ah yes,  Howsey must have the largest collection of Who stuff ever created.   :D

Have to say that looking at the amount of research stuff you do (as quoted in the back of the book) it's absolutely gobsmacking.   And you find the time to write when?   :P   You've got a clone army hiding somewhere haven't you!