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Reviewed By: HarryWReview Date: 4/27/19 10:27 am
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Absolutely abominable and boring story:pretty much Ace shouting at herself for what feels like 5 hours.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/29/19 1:06 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Ace and Bennie are stranded at a University while the Doctor has disappeared to parts unknown. When Bennie disappears, Ace sets out to find her and is lead to a creepy library.

This story has some truly terrifying moments as well as some very clever ideas. The librarian is a very mysterious character and the way she's revealed throughout the story is quite effective. What hurts this one most is pacing as several parts seem to take forever. The period where Ace is on her own were practically interminable. Still, when it does get to the point, it's an entertaining listen.
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Reviewed By: thisoldcanReview Date: 3/13/19 2:38 am
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The Big Blue Book is a strong adventure, as Lizzie Hopley and the cast deliver a well-written, horror-tinged adventure. Sophie Aldred stars as Ace and Lisa Bowerman stars as Bernice Summerfield, alongside guest star Rosemary Ashe as Vassa. This story is a decidedly Ace-centric tale, and Aldred really does a phenomenal job here, showing off strong acting chops and delivering an engaging lead performance. I particularly enjoyed her commanding leading performance in the second act, and how she took on a strong, leading role in the third act as well. Ashe is an engaging presence in the story, delivering a thrilling take on the villain; I particularly enjoyed Ashe’s talent at conveying the character’s unpredictability, as Ashe was able to change the direction of her performance at the drop of a hat. Lizzie Hopley delivers a strong, Ace-centric tale with an unexpected horror angle that works surprisingly well. The plot is a tight one, with a strong central premise and execution. While I think the villains could’ve been sketched out a bit better at times, Hopley made an engaging tale with the idea of an alien “cataloging” people and objects into books, and executed the premise well. But the highlight of the story was really in the tone of the adventure, as Hopley, using her experience on Dark Shadows delivers an excellent, horror-tinged adventure. The story falls into the “body horror” genre a bit, and it gives the story an edge and a memorability that it would otherwise lack. The idea of people turning into living, breathing books, and slowly decaying away into nothing is terrifying, and Hopley manages to make it a superbly creepy revelation. The tone permeates throughout the second and third acts of the story, and makes for a remarkably memorable tale. Overall, The Big Blue Book is a solid continuation to The Eighth of March, as Lizzie Hopley delivers a strong, memorably horrifying adventure for Ace and Bernice.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 3/11/19 8:43 pm
3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

'Big Blue Book' is a story focused on misconceptions in both a positive and negative way. For one thing, the premise is certainly a surprising one and Lizzie Hopley's script is decently written. While the title gives away one of the biggest and coolest surprises of the story, it's very creative and surprisingly grotesque with some of its imagery it works with. Some of the smaller moments and revelations are a lot of fun and the soundscape feels appropriately big and mysterious for what it wants to be.

On the other hand, I would hesitate to call this one a Benny / Ace story which is disappointing. Both of them play a part in the story, don't get me wrong. But Sophie Aldred as Ace takes up the majority of the runtime by herself while Lisa Bowerman's Benny is relegated much more to the sidelines as a victim of the plot. This isn't the worst thing ever but given what this set is trying to be, I sincerely hoped that both characters would share the spotlight more just like in 'Emancipation'. It would help if Aldred was a bit better than she is but her performance is really not at her best. While she's not terrible and some of the worst aspects of her character in other stories are thankfully not as present, she still isn't as good as she could be and her whining and immaturity are more visible than I would like. Without Benny around to keep some of her impulses in check, she ends up doing more harm than good and it ends up being a cleanup job in more ways than one because of her actions. Thankfully, Bowerman is great when she is around and when she and Aldred are working off each other for as much time as that ends up being, then it works fine. The side cast is kind of lackluster with Rosemary Ashe's insane bookkeeper, in particular, being on the irritating side. But the twists surrounding them are rather clever once revealed and I like where the climax ends up leading for them in some tense chases, insane ravings, and a nice surprise cameo to tie things together.

Compared to 'Emancipation', 'Big Blue Book' is a step down with not as much to recommend especially if you are a Bernice Summerfield fan. It feels a bit more skewed with its performances and cast and while it tries to work some neat ideas into the mix, they don't end up gelling together quite as well as they should. Still, it's not a waste of time by any means and it's an OK way to kill an hour with some well-beloved companions of the Doctor. I just don't see myself coming back to it again in the future.