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Book review: The Coming of the Terraphiles 
13th-May-2012 06:34 pm
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I'm familiar with Michael Moorcock's name as a legendary fantasy writer but haven't read any of his books. His writing a Doctor Who spin-off novel was considered a bit of an event though so I gave The Coming of the Terraphiles a go. It features the current team of the 11th Doctor and Amy (not even the slightest mention of Rory so I can only imagine it takes place during those few episode where he never existed; far be it from me to suggest the writer hadn't quite got himself properly up-to-date with the series) and takes place in the far future, in a number of holiday resort planets loosely modeled on Edwardian England. It features a rather vague threat to multiple universes that can only be defeated through winning a futuristic sporting tournament, and retrieving an enormous stolen hat. I'm afraid I can't say it's likely to lead me to any more of Moorcock's work - much of it is like a Wodehouse pastiche with the jokes left out, it's rather reliant on technobabble and heavily features an overly complicated, made-up sport, which worst of all is based on cricket so it was never likely to get me on-side, and I found the book a bit of a slog all things told.
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