Book Review – Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson

My review of Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson over at Fantasy Book Review 9/10

http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Brandon-Sanderson/Shadows-of-Self.html

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Doctor Who Series 9 Episode 1 Review/Recap – The Magician’s Apprentice

DWGuitarIt’s always with great girlish glee I await the new Doctor Who episode to begin and this series was no different.

The Magician’s Apprentice had a good opening.  War on an alien planet, scary handmines (landmines, but made from hands) with eyes, the Doctor and a young Davros, most evil person in the universe.  This gave us moral dilemmas, contradictions and intrigue as the Doctor leaves a young Davros in the handmine field after promising to save him, before he realises who he is. It’s a shame that feeling of greatness kind of ended their until much later in the show (and only appearing at certain bits), even the snake man Colony Sarff looking for the Doctor couldn’t add much.  So…

The show continues with Clara and Missy, which is interesting and it isn’t until the second half before the Doctor actually turns up properly.  This in and of itself wasn’t a terrible start, it did add a certain tension as you wondered where the Doctor was now and what he was doing.  However, I did find the reintroduction of Missy a let down, as I was hoping for something with a little more of a manic flare (yes, the freezing of planes around the Earth was a nice twist, but it wasn’t very gripping), but what we got when we knew she had returned was some off hand comment about yes, I survived, and no I wont tell you how.  Very flat and disappointing.

The best bit of the Missy, Clara interaction was the psychotic superiority complex that Missy has over how she is the Doctor’s best friend (she gets his last will and testament, not Clara), and Clara is just his latest plaything or as she puts it his puppy.  These two actors played this relationship dynamic very well and I am looking forward to seeing how Clara gets one over on Missy in the end. Knocking her from his highchair.

So cue the entrance of the Doctor…

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Doctor Who Series 9 Episode list – Hopes, dreams and expections, as well as some made up stuff.

As a rule I don’t read episode blurbs before watching Doctor Who, I loved to be surprised.  However, I do like to speculate and quite enjoy being wrong about it once I do watch. It adds to the flavour and surprise, so here goes:

Episodes

  1. Clara and Missy. Clara has gone full time as a companion, but has to contend with Missy now.
  2. Witch, thinking medieval and history is being altered. Doctor to the rescue.
  3. I get thoughts of the Lady in the Lake, Arthurian, remember the Doctor is Merlin.
  4. Not sure, but Missy has to pop her head back in by now.  Thinking Alien world.
  5. Something to do with Clara and the Doctor investigates.  Also, rings of a pair up with the next episode about maybe RIVER!
  6. MAYBE MORE RIVER! Hello sweety… Don’t care what the Episode is, she could be sitting doing her nails for all I care.
  7. Think this one is pretty on the nose and WOOHOO return of Osgood.
  8. See 7
  9. A SPOOKY Who, thinking monsters under the bed. Maybe the return of those things that child Danny Pink, Doctor and Clara came across.
  10. Ravens, Ravens of London Tower, something in Victorian London to do with London Tower.
  11. Doctor, Clara, maybe Missy.  something which stops the Doctor finding Gallifrey or being able to find Gallifrey.  If Gallifrey, I’m thinking Dalek’s.
  12. Conclusion of 11. and no he doesn’t find Gallifrey.

General Muttering – Not even close to Fanasty, but it’s Mediveal Swords and thats so Fantasy!

Anyone else seen this recently from the The British Library, Help Us Decipher This Inscription?

Here’s what the inscription seems to read:

+NDXOXCHWDRGHDXORVI+

I know as much as the next person about Medieval History (just enough to answer a Trivial Pursuit question at a push) but I like puzzles, especially those I have no chance of finishing.  The randomness of the attempt, puts a smile on my face, stretches the little grey cells and after reading Fantasy for many years I do have a love for Swords.

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