Tuesday, January 2, 2018
A Handful of Stardust by Jake Arnott
The TARDIS is diverted to England in 1572, and the Doctor and Peri meet John Dee – ‘mathematician, astrologer, alchemist, magician, and the greatest mind of our time’. (‘Only of your time?’, the Doctor asks, unimpressed.) But what brought them here? When the Doctor discovers that Dee and his assistant have come across a ‘great disturbance in the cosmos, in the constellation of Cassiopeia,’ he realizes that they are all in terrible danger.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
I am slightly obsessed with Doctor Who. I love all things Doctor Who. I have read a bunch of the short stories and loved most of them. I was excited to learn recently that there are a few Doctor Who short stories that I haven't read yet. As soon as I found out, I decided to jump into one of those short stories, A Handful of Stardust. I ended up greatly enjoying it.
A Handful of Stardust didn't describe which Doctor it was about, which usually drives me crazy. However, this time I thought it really added something unique to the story. The reader can envision whichever Doctor they want while reading. Based on the way the book was written, I envisioned the Doctor as Eleven. There was a lot of his snarky, sarcastic personality throughout the story.
I loved the humor in A Handful of Stardust. The Doctor Who television series has always been hilarious, whether it be the original or the reboot. It was great to see that resonate in print as well. I also loved that the book had completely new characters while bringing back some old favorites. It was great to see The Master make an appearance. The Master has always been one of my favorite characters. Having him in the book just pulled me in even more.
I loved A Handful of Stardust. It combined certain elements that always make Doctor who great, along with the familiar humor that is well loved throughout the series. I think Whovians everywhere will love this book. I hope that this author continues to write stories in the Doctor Who universe.
I give A Handful of Stardust: 4/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.