DOCTOR WHO: THE DROSTEN’S CURSE by A.L. Kennedy
The Fourth Doctor is about to go on his creepiest adventure yet.
My Rating for The Drosten's Curse: 3 Stars
On Arbroath, something strange is going on.
Golfers are disappearing, people are hearing other people’s thoughts and then
there is the strange grandchildren of the equally weird Mrs. Fetch, who owns
the local hotel. Whatever is going on here, the Doctor will figure it out, with
the help of the hotel junior receptionist, Bryony. But something alien and
ancient is awakening and it is up to the Doctor to find a way to stop it before
it is too late. .
I love the new version of Doctor Who and with this installment, we get to take
an adventure with the Fourth Doctor, who was played by Tom Baker on the show
and I got to admit, it was a fun yet confusing story to read. THE DROSTEN’S CURSE is my first foray
into the older (now classic) doctors and I got to admit the author did a bang
up job in capturing the Doctor’s personality within the pages. This doctor has
some levels of psychotic wonder and awe in his travels and the author does a
great job in capturing that as well as his emotions within the story. As I
haven’t read any of the classic Doctor Who stories with the older Doctors, this
was a slight departure for me. The story is at times creepy and suspenseful yet
you can’t help but wonder when the Doctor will figure it all out. It had a nice
suspense filled emotion going through the whole book, especially when you have
portions where you were going ‘WHAT?’ in that scared high pitch voice. This
would have been even better if it was a dark and stormy night, in my opinion,
just to up the creepy factor a bit.
The downside I found with this latest book in the Doctor Who world is the pacing
at times went from manically fast to slower than a turtle. There was no happy
medium and I got a sense of the author trying to fit a lot of things in the
story as they could while keeping true to the world that is Doctor Who. There are
a lot of details within THE DROSTEN’S
CURSE, so many that the story gets lost at times within details we didn’t
need to know and there are a lot of
characters here, so many it felt like I needed a scorecard to keep track of
them all. All those characters and details kept cluttering up the story at
times and took me out of the story, which was not what I enjoy when I read a
THE DROSTEN’S CURSE is a hit or a miss for me. I loved it had captured the
essence of the fourth Doctor yet the story itself kept bouncing all over the
place. As much as I wanted to rate this book higher, I just couldn’t due to the
mixed bag of story pacing that went from one extreme to another to way more
characters than needed. If you enjoy classic Doctor Who then you might enjoy a
trip with the fourth Doctor. Unfortunately for me, THE DROSTEN’S CURSE wasn’t quite the grand adventure as I would have
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About the Author:
A. L. Kennedy has published six novels, two books of nonfiction, and three previous collections of short stories. She has twice been selected as one ofGranta’s Best Young British Novelists and has won a number of prizes, including the Costa Book of the Year Award (2007), the Somerset Maugham Award, the Encore Award, and the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award. She lives in Glasgow and is a part-time lecturer in creative writing at the University of St. Andrews.
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