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Book Review: I am a Dalek by Gareth Roberts

Better than the last few books on Doctor Who I read but still lacks the basic component: to indulge the reader in the story.

The plot seems fresh and good but the executing it into a story is not. Doctor Who along with his assistant Rose Tyler have plans for the Moon but TARDIS have other plans for them, landing them instead in a village on the south coast of England.

At the village: an archaeological dig has turned up a Roman mosaic, circa AD 70, depicting mythical scenes, grapes and a Dalek. A few days later a young woman, rushing for work, is knocked over and killed by a bus, then comes back to life.

It’s not long before all hell breaks loose, and the Doctor and Rose must use all their courage and cunning against an alien enemy and a not-quite-alien accomplice who are intent on destroying humanity. It’s definitely a quick read. I managed to finish it in a little over half an hour and a perfect companion while travelling some short distance on weekends.

I wasn’t much thrilled about it when I laid my hands on its cover but I still wanted to give it a try.

Moreover, I partially enjoyed it. Even with the right components– it’s short, it’s funny and it has Daleks too, I won’t recommend it. Exterminating the post!

2.5 out of 5!


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