A forgotten enemy. An old adversary. A terrible alliance. From a ruined world at the end of time, the vicious Sild make preparations to conquer the past and rewrite history. But to do it they will need to enslave an intellect greater than their own...On Earth, Unit is called in to examine a mysterious incident on a North Sea drilling platform. They've hardly begun, though, when something even stranger takes hold: The Brigadier and others are starting to forget about Unit's highest-profile prisoner. As the Sild invasion begins, the Doctor faces a terrible dilemma. To save the universe, he must save his arch-nemesis...The Master.
About the Author
Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales. He gained a PhD in astronomy and worked as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency before becoming a full-time writer. His books include Revelation Space (shortlisted for the BSFA and Arthur C. Clark Awards), Chasm City (winner of the BSFA Award), House of Suns (shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award), Terminal World, and Blue Remembered Earth. He lives in Wales.
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Comments about Doctor Who : Harvest of Time:
This book really begins to warm up as you pass the twenty five percent mark, and the story manages to turn everything upside down. The reader may well discover at this point that characters they assumed to be bad turn out to be only half bad, whilst the Obviously Bad Characters from the start are still Obviously Bad. As in World-Threateningly-Obviously-Bad.
This book is about the long buried and long forgotten race of aliens called "SILD" who were thought by all concerned to be destroyed after trying to change time, alter the universe, and generally, mis-behave on an inter-galactic level. It turns out they weren't quite killed off, and through a flaw in standard time-space continuum mechanics, they have managed to free themselves from their "prison" just in time to help another baddie from the book escape his own prison. Which sounds quite convenient from a story-telling perspective, but there's nothing "convenient" about this book. This is genius at work.
Time itself has a major role to play in is story, which does not make it at all confusing. But adds greatly to the book's entertainment factor.
This is a "Doctor Three" novel, as played by the brilliant Jon Pertwee way back when. The only flaw in writing about their (3's, and Jo's) adventures in time and space, based in this time zone, is that the reader may find themselves unfamiliar with the version of Earth that is portrayed by the author. Mr Reynolds, I must say, has done a fantastic job. The story is highly entertaining, and relatively amusing. It works on all levels. And that is coming from me, a book lover who has not read a Doctor Who novel since he was knee high to K-9!
Obviously you can't call HARVEST OF TIME a hard core sci-fi novel, but Whovians are an existential lot. And smarter than your average book worm, too. They, more than anyone, know how to read between the lines and there is plenty of opportunity for thought provoking prose to be found within the 365 glorious pages of this relatively (there's that word again!!!) new release.
Quite magnificent time-sprawling, space-travelling fun.
A hugely well-deserved four stars from me.
"No Who fan should miss it." The Sun "Immediately confounds expectations." SFX "An excellent read with lots of action and witty by-play" Bolton News "Partly an intriguing sci-fi story...partly an indulgent second-childhood romp. Who can't find the fun in that?" Doctor Who Magazine "Harvest of Time is easily one of the best original Doctor Who novels" Kool TV
Series: Doctor Who
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 6th February 2014
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.5 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1