As for GodEngine, I'd be inclined to say "meh". I've always found it a bit dull. I absolutely love Happy Endings but I am aware that it is utterly self-indulgent and likely to only be enjoyable to those who have read and been a fan of the previous 49 books.
Alien Bodies great Ditto both parts of Interference Once I got past the sex and black magic in the opening chapter of Adventuress of Henrietta Street it turned out to be a cracking read. So Mad Larry turns out to be OK, and this is considerably doing down some of the great concepts he's got going on (btw Christmas on a Rational Planet is next in the queue)
As we've already said Happy Endings wasn't great - a big disapointment having waited 15 years to read it. On the other hand God Engine really worked for me, giving a lovely depiction of the Ice Warriors culture and tying into Dalek Invasion of Earth, Pyramids of Mars and Transit. Sure I guessed the big reveal towards the end (though sort of repeating the trick a frew pages later felt a bit odd since the second occurance wasn't signposted at all) and the constant referances to an absent Benny could have dobne with occuring a little less often. But it worked for me as a DW book, and does good things for the Ice Warriors.
Who Killed Kennedy - an investigation into the activities of the shadowy organisation UNIT in the 70s. Fun little tie in.
For those interested in my to read piles this is what they look like:
New Adventures 1 Timewyrm: Genesys 2 Timewyrm: Apocalypse 3 Nightshade 4 Theatre of War 5 First Frontier 6 Set Piece 7 Original Sin 8 The Also People 9 SLEEPY 10 Death and Diplomacy 11 Christmas on a Rational Planet 12 Return of the Living Dad 13 Bad Therapy 14 Eternity Weeps
Eighth Doctor Adventures 1 Legacy of the Daleks 2 The Scarlet Empress 3 Unnatural History 4 The Blue Angel 5 The Taking of Planet 5 6 The Shadows of Avalon 7 Trading Futures 8 The Book of the Still 9 Camera Obscura 10 Emotional Chemistry
Missing Adventures The Plotters Past Doctor Adventures The Hollow Men (sent to me by mistake) and Catastrophea
Love and War by Paul Cornell got & read Human Nature by Paul Cornell got & read Warlock by Andrew Cartmel got & read and the other 2 in the trilogy Set Piece by Kate Orman got but not yet read The Also People by Ben Aaronovitch got but not yet read Just War by Lance Parkin Not got Return of the Living Dad by Kate Orman got but not yet read Damaged Goods by Russell T Davies Not got and have you seen the price it goes for ? Bad Therapy by Matthew Jones got but not yet read The Room With No Doors by Kate Orman Not got The Dying Days by Lance Parkin Got the e-book
In fact I have all the BBC e-Books saved (they also did Human Nature, Lungbarrow and The English Way of Death.) If anyone wants them, then PM me.
Alien Bodies by Lawrence Miles Got and read Interference by Lawrence Miles Got and read The Blue Angel by Paul Magrs got but not yet read The Turing Test by Paul Leonard Got and read Father Time by Lance Parkin Got and read The Crooked World by Steve Lyons Not Got The Adventuress of Henrietta Street by Lawrence Miles not got but borrowed & read
The Witch Hunters by Steve Lyons Not Got Verdigris by Paul Magrs Not Got Cold Fusion by Lance Parkin Not Got The Empire of Glass by Andy Lance Not Got Fallen Gods by Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman Not Got
Dead Romance by Lawrence Miles Not Got Walking to Babylon by Kate Orman Not Got Of the City of the Saved by Philip Purser-Hallard Not Got
Christmas on a Rational Planet WTF was that all about ?
Basically Lawrence Miles seems to have been playing around with the proposal in some radical feminist thinking that at one time humans related to the world in a fundamentally mystical manner mediated by matriachal societies (mysticism being an inherently female mode of thought according to this perspective) until matriachy was overthrown by patriachy and its associated tools of oppression like rationality and science. (Note, the current poster does not actually by into this perspective at all, but he has encountered more than a few people who hold this view).
I'm not sure that the author entirely believes that perspective but he is playing around with the idea that the universe was essentially a mystical environment until the Time Lords (as part of creating the idea of linear time so that they could travel it it) established the concept of rational thought and the scientific method, changing the fundamental workings of the universe.
I have developed a bit of a soft spot for "Christmas..." more despite its many flaws than anything else. It is very rough around the edges, and I think it is more interesting for what it is attempting to do - play around with the idea that what you believe about how the universe works has an influence on how it does work for you - than for what it actually manages to achieve as a narrative. In honesty it is probably most noteable for being the first surfacing of the line of thought that Miles would return to in things like "This Town will not let us go" and parts of "Interference".
Hmmm, while I enjoyed The Infinity Doctors I do recall being a bit disappointed by it at the time. Just War, The Dying Days, Beige Planet Mars, Father Time and Warlords of Utopia are my favourite Parkin books, I think.
War Of The Daleks Somebody loves his 60s Dalek stories. workmanlike, nothing special but really the only thing that spoils it is the big two fingers raised at 80s Dalek stories and Rememberance in particular.
Legacy of the Daleks Yup, really loves his 60s Dalek stories. But writing a DIoE sequel with the Delgardo Master in it - so obvious it was him even though he's not revealed till halfway through - which ends with the Master being marooned disfigured on Terserus by Susan who nicks his Tardis.... sorry, pure Fanw**k of the highest order. And the Daleks don't show until halfway through either.
I'm nearly at the end of my reading of the James Bond series of books and I'm thinking that maybe I might read one of the classic Dr Who books that I read and enjoyed as a kid. Some people here have said that the ones I read sound like the Target books that were released at the time. If this is so what were the best ones published?