Reviewed By: catten666
Review Date: 5/5/19 7:04 pm
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Hour of the Geek essentially carries on the story from Shock Tactic,
picking up where the previous book left off. Again the novel is split
into two, with an Earth based story and a Dust based story.
The Earth based bits are really good, with the Remote getting more and
more back story until you realise they are not actually bad people
after all, just confused. The Dust part is even better this time
round, with a revelations galore.
The characters are not wildly different from Shock Tactic, which isn't
surprising. The 8th Doctor gets a little bit to do after he escapes,
but the story is still totally Sam's. Talking of Sam, she leaves at
the end of the Earth based bit and goes to live with Sarah. It's all a
bit mushy, she tells the Doctor she loves him and I did cry and very
small tiny bit. Hardly the exit I'd envisaged for her but at least
she's gone. For the record I think we should have had Dark Sam for a
Fitz actually gets some love, even though he's a pale shadow of the
Fitz we know and love. Unsurprisingly Kode turns out to be Fitz all
along, just remembered so he's only an imitation of his original self.
The Doctor fixes him in the end though. I do sort of feel like he was
shoehorned in at the very last minute and that his bits were
originally due to be Compassion's though. In the Dust part it turns
out Fitz joins Faction Paradox and now wants to kill the Doctor after
many years as a sort of cyborg. I'll be honest I'm and say I'm
confused as to whom Fitz is now. I believe the version with the Doctor
is the "old" Fitz but made from a copy, whilst the real Fitz is
tumbling through the vortex of the bottle universe. I'm not really
happy with the way he was portrayed or what happened to him.
I suppose it's worth mentioning Compassion as she's the new companion,
but her bits are so forgettable there really isn't much to say. Again
I can't help but feel Fitz took a lot of her role. Sarah is a joy to
read for the Earth based bits, but for the Dust bits she's old Sarah
which is essentially just a generic companion.
Remote as a race are fairly interesting and it's good to see a bit of
Faction Paradox history through them. They are not really big bad
villains though, the Remote are just misguided and the Faction are
playing a very large game of chess.
The best bit of book two however is the 3rd Doctor and IM Foreman
bits. The Doctor is a generic version of the 3rd obviously out of his
depth although Miles has deliberately made it this way. IM Foreman is
revealed to be a Gallifreyan priest who now travels in a sideshow
through space and time with acts who are his other regenerations. The
concept and the outcome of IM Foreman's story is sheer brilliance. At
the end of the book, the 3rd Doctor saves the day, only to be killed
and forced to regenerate into the 4th Doctor but with a Faction
Paradox virus attaching itself to it's DNA, with the Faction saying it
will be 4 or 5 regenerations before it takes hold...
Hour of the Geek isn't quite as good as Shock Tactic for the main
reason that the pay off isn't quite worth the build up. It's still a
well written and well thought out novel, it just doesn't live up to
the hype, although setting the Doctor up as a time bomb is genius.