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The Stone Rose

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Reviewed By: St. XtoferReview Date: 8/2/15 9:59 pm
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If you're a big fan of David Tennant, and you think Twilight was great, and your favorite part about Doctor Who is when Rose and the 10th Doctor make puppy eyes at each other then grab your My Little Ponies and Giddyup! This book is for you!

This book is crap. No bones about it. Crap. There's a whole lot of the aforementioned puppy eyes business going on, a bunch of condemning ancient cultures by modern morality (a personal pet peeve), a convoluted story line that makes no sense, and a bunch of time travel thrown in for no good reason other than the Doctor has a time machine and the author wanted to play with it. It has the Doctor dashing around as a gladiator and taming animals with his sonic screwdriver. Did I meantion the friggin' magic potion yet? Yeah, there's that too! The story leans so heavily on Clarke's third law that it damn near snaps the sucker in half and there are plot holes an Ogron could walk through standing up. It's one unbelievable, fantastical event being explained by an even more unbelievable, fantastical event eplained by etc. etc. in an ever widening spiral of credulity and logic smashing bullshit. In short, it took all the worst aspects of the 10th Doctor era and threw them a cake and ice-cream party.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/19/15 10:56 am
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Mickey is volunteering at a museum and sees a statue of the goddess Fortuna which looks exactly like Rose Tyler. When Rose and the Doctor see the statue, they decide the only thing to do is to go back to Ancient Rome, so Rose can model the statue. However, Rose is turned into stone and it's up to the Doctor to find her and save her and all the other victims of this practice.

While the story was written for younger readers, it really is just a great romp for Doctor Who Fans of all ages as we're given a great puzzle that just seems to keep adding new dimensions. Rayner uses time travel to great effect, while mixing a lot of elements from past and present to create a truly enjoyable story with some great action, and also some good moments for the Doctor's best companion, Rose, which you wouldn't expect in a story where she spends most of the first half as a stone.

The book has its flaws. The big problem is one shared with many Doctor Who stories is the Doctor being uncritical and unaware when after hundreds of years, he should be more timewise. "A stone statue of Rose. I don't see any possible way that this couldn't be a good thing." Worse, the Doctor took no precautions when Rose was going to pose even though there were other signs of danger apparent with the sculptor. In addition, the character of Vanessa really does not have a satisfying ending.

All of this is forgivable for fans of Rose and the Doctor, particularly with a great performance by Tennant.

Still, despite its flaws was enjoyable. David Tennant was great on the audio and there was some really fun story concepts dealt with to make the Stone Rose a fine read.
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Reviewed By: colinbakerscatReview Date: 4/29/14 12:38 pm
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outstanding story, excellently written.
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Reviewed By: RainCityBCReview Date: 10/28/13 1:16 am
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Story is not one of Jacqueline Raynor's strongest, some nice twists and turns (and the starting premise was great).

David Tennant's narration was excellent.