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Her sensitivity doesn't seem to include people who love her. After all, they aren't going anywhere. Sep 19, Kelly rated it did not like it. I hate to review a book I didn't finish but the fact that I didn't finish it is a sign to me. I only got about halfway through before I became disgusted with it. If I could have given it zero stars I would have. The introduction of a brand new team member, James, who never appears series and although he may turn into an Adam at the end, I wouldn't know since I couldn't finish it and my not ca I hate to review a book I didn't finish but the fact that I didn't finish it is a sign to me.

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The introduction of a brand new team member, James, who never appears series and although he may turn into an Adam at the end, I wouldn't know since I couldn't finish it and my not caring to find out should also say something I couldn't stand the concept of the introduction of such a brand new team member that fit so seamlessly into the group, like he'd existed for years. I could have probably hung on till the end if the plot had been decent or even intriguing. But to me, the story just wasn't engaging enough for me to do the whole "willing suspension of disbelief" on the part of this new James character.

May 13, Travis rated it it was amazing Shelves: During a very busy week, Torchwood discovers an artifact that was given to an earlier Torchwood as an early warning system is starting to count down. What of the many things going on is the 'Big One' that the artifact is warning them about? Good read, with lots of clever bits, good characterization and a nice look at the day to day running of a secret agency that deals with aliens. Jack and Gwen get the most time in the spotlight, and so the most characterization, but at least everyone gets to do s During a very busy week, Torchwood discovers an artifact that was given to an earlier Torchwood as an early warning system is starting to count down.

Jack and Gwen get the most time in the spotlight, and so the most characterization, but at least everyone gets to do something and some good lines. If only the TV show could be this well written. Torchwood is working like normal, stopping an alien device that changes peoples brains. There seems to be another member of the team that we haven't met before, James. Meanwhile, an old soldier finds something intelligent in his allotment. It's cleverly written, as the reader knows that James isn't supposed to be there, but he fits in so well.

The story of the old soldier is very moving, and you feel sorry for this lonely man. I find the idea that Gwen is quite happy to cheat on Rhys a bit annoyi Torchwood is working like normal, stopping an alien device that changes peoples brains. I find the idea that Gwen is quite happy to cheat on Rhys a bit annoying.

But it is a good read. Apr 01, E. Better then the 13 I counted in the first book "Another Life". Perhaps the editor enjoyed this one as much as I did. This book was really great. Yes, it's for Torchwood fans. It will most likely not get any new fans from it, as strangers to the Torchwood series wouldn't care to even look twice at the book. At any rate, I have few issues with this book. The story is very VERY similar to an actual chapter of series 2 of Torchwood, so if you've seen it, you'll have a good, general idea of whats going on right from the start, which is a shame to some extent; but the story starts off with a lot of action, and the action portions of the book are very well written.

The story, though familiar from a series 2 plot line although, this was probably written first is interesting but there are a lot of other twists and turns and interesting WHO-like facts and artifice that will leave Torchwood fans begging for this story to be mined for even more plot lines. The first author played with Jack's sexual Unfortunately the author, Abnett doesn't make an attempt, which is a shame, because I really like this authors writing. Torchwood fans- this one is worth the read. Aug 15, Meagan rated it did not like it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. I did something with this book that I never thought I would do again. I stopped reading it. Normally I give the book the benefit of the doubt and see if I can get through it. But this one I just wanted to give up and I did.

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The plot was stupid, granted it is a copy of a Series 2 episode even though this takes place in Series 1 but at least I could make it through Adam without wanting to hurt anything. The author put in what he 'thought' where funny quips which were just in fact stupid and out I did something with this book that I never thought I would do again. The author put in what he 'thought' where funny quips which were just in fact stupid and out of character for all who said it. The characterizations were completely off, even Gwen!

It's not that hard to write Gwen but even I was questioning some of her actions, something that I don't normally do. Jack was basically made a bumbling fool and reacted to some situations like a rookie and wasn't even like the original Jack character either. There were too many attempts at trying to be funny which just came off as painful. And the fact that Gwen became so attached to James was sickening. How she could be like that ruined and even more dispicable character. Jul 01, Joan rated it liked it. My first Torchwood tie-in book! I'm not sure where this book falls on the storyline but gah, not cool.

I did like Mr.


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Dine and the ensuing powers that James showed in my mind, the last chase was a totally cheesy summer action movie and it DID have zombies at the b My first Torchwood tie-in book! Dine and the ensuing powers that James showed in my mind, the last chase was a totally cheesy summer action movie and it DID have zombies at the beginning I kinda liked it. Erm, more Ianto please. I like Owen's snarkiness. I'm so glad Gwen and Rhys have worked things out in the series. I have nothing else to add: Apr 12, Alesia rated it it was amazing. If you're like me, and wanting more Torchwood than they can broadcast, I highly recommend this.

The characterisations are spot on, and the story is quite interesting. Jun 21, Kat rated it did not like it. This had potential to be a decent TW novel but there were so many things that I just hated about it: I was incredibly confused about who this James was so I googled himafter I read the first chapter, spoiling James' entire role in the novel. The introduction of James just left me feeling confused and wondering if the author had an old draft where TW had an extra member.

There should have This had potential to be a decent TW novel but there were so many things that I just hated about it: There should have a prologue or something introducing James rather than throwing him on us as this already established character. He's very strong, handsome, he gets the girl, he's funny, everyone likes him. He appears to have no flaws.

She abandons Rhys to live with James after staying at his place for 2 nights. It comes across very sudden and TV-Gwen loves Rhys more than just ultimately abandoning him as she does in this novel. However, I do admit Gwen is a very complicated human but I can't see her leaving Rhys in the way that she does here. It doesn't feel like a whole novel but rather like 2 or 3 novellas stuck together and published. I tried to like this but ultimately couldn't, hence the 1-star. Jun 23, V. Locey rated it liked it. I'm not sure how to rate this one. There were a few things that really threw me off this book.

If the author was trying to make Gwen more appealing or sexy or baddass or something, having her cheat on Rhys AGAIN really wasn't the way to go.

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I know this is probably just me as I have a strong dislike of the character from the show, but really? Most people don't look on infidelity as a good trait, so writing the I'm not sure how to rate this one. Most people don't look on infidelity as a good trait, so writing the leading lady - and Gwen had that role in this book - cheating is not going to win over anyone. For sure not enough Ianto. Again, this is probably me being a Janto fanatic but the uneven representation of the characters was unappealing to me. And finally, the episode "Adam" did it much better.

It was hard to bond to James. He was just boring. But the pacing was brisk and the action well written. I enjoyed the aliens a great deal. Overall it was an okay outing. I'm going to keep reading the books though because I LOVE Torchwood, even when it's not presented as well as it could be.

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Apr 22, Leila Anani rated it it was ok Shelves: Border Princes takes its inspiration from Torchwood 2. Now if you've seen Adam you'll know that James shouldn't be there and is more than he seems While the core idea of Border Princes is solid - the narrative is very disjointed with lots of unrelated 'filler' that has no impact on the main plot. This one is also really poor on Border Princes takes its inspiration from Torchwood 2.

This one is also really poor on character development. Gwen is the major player here and at her worst - cheating on Rhys, and not being particularly sympathetic. All the other characters are pushed to the sidelines to make room for James. Ianto in particular is relegated back to tea-boy. This lacks humour and Jack's witty dialogue and indeed pretty much everything that makes Torchwood so fun.

Nice idea but a bit dull really. Nov 02, Paul rated it liked it Shelves: This is certainly the best of the Torchwood tie-ins I've read so far.


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It's a little confusing at first with the number of different threads running, but it becomes clear in the end that some of this confusion is intentional, felt by some of the characters and a major clue to the final revelation. Nov 07, Lisa Emmerson rated it liked it. A twist at the end made the whole thing make sense to me. If you like Torchwood a good read. Mar 28, El rated it really liked it Shelves: For the 99p this cost me, this was a heck of a lot of fun. Nov 29, Megan Kelosiwang rated it liked it Shelves: I love the fantasy ideas set in real life mundanity. May 09, Jules Jones rated it liked it Shelves: It's first season pre-Countrycide, and probably pre-Cyberwoman , and Team Torchwood are doing their usual thing -- but they have an extra member.

James has recently joined the team, he fits in very well, and he's conducting a romance with Gwen -- not just a stress relief affair, but an actual romance that leads Gwen to think about how to finish gently with Rhys. He is, in short, a classic Mary-Sue figure for the first half of the book. Since this is in series 1 continuity and thus we're going to It's first season pre-Countrycide, and probably pre-Cyberwoman , and Team Torchwood are doing their usual thing -- but they have an extra member. Since this is in series 1 continuity and thus we're going to have a reset button pressed by the end of the book, it's obvious from page one that there's more to it than that.

But the book's more than just the unfolding story of who James really is and what he's doing in Torchwood. This book does a nice job of showing the day to day work of Torchwood, and how it can often be a lot of little things, some tying together and others not.

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There is a definite main storyline, but there are other small stories entangled with that, and it's not always clear to the reader which is which until it becomes clear to the characters. It does make the book feel a little choppy in places, but not in a bad way.

It's competently written, there are some interesting ideas in it that develop aspects of the Torchwood universe, and I am particularly taken with the secondary character of Mr Dine. He's an excellent study of a non-human character who is trying to blend in, and who understands humans just well enough to recognise how very limited his understanding is. He reminded me a lot of the character of Death in Pratchett's Discworld.

I'd have liked this book a lot more if I'd read it when it first came out, rather than after seeing all of series 1 to 3. It treats Rhys as a nuisance that Gwen stays with purely out of habit, rather than a man she loves but is tempted to stray from. This is just about compatible with series 1, but even in series 1 it's pretty clear that Gwen's affair with Owen is about the stresses of the job and the stress that puts on her relationship with Rhys, rather than because she actively wants rid of Rhys.

The book portrays James as being the incentive Gwen needs to get on with ditching Rhys. While the eventual explanation for the presence of James might cover this, I don't get the impression that this was the author's intention. I suspect this is a reflection of the planned direction of the series at the time the writing brief was put together for the first trilogy of books Rhys was originally supposed to be killed off in series 1 , so I wouldn't consider it to be bad writing, just something that I personally didn't like.

The book focuses very strongly on James, Gwen, and Jack, with Owen and Toshiko getting less attention and Ianto being hardly present -- again, reflecting the show over the first few episodes. I felt that the other two books in the first trilogy were accessible to readers who weren't already familiar with Torchwood, but I think this one would be much more difficult for someone new to the universe -- and perhaps pointless, given that much of the story is about the reader's understanding that James should not be there.

If you've never seen Torchwood and want to pick up a book to see what the fuss is about, this isn't the one to start with. In spite of my criticisms, I'm glad I read it. It's just not the one I'd pick up first for a re-read. The book is also available in an abridged?

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Jan 31, Ruth Bygrave rated it really liked it. My rating skews too high because I enjoyed it personally rather than it being an objectively great book. One of the many occasions when I think a five-star system doesn't have the right amount of detail, because six out of ten would be about right for me in terms of enjoying the book, while it won't necessarily be memorable to other people.

My friend Jules Jones is quite right in her review that this book suffers if you didn't happen to read it when it came out. When it was written in series o My rating skews too high because I enjoyed it personally rather than it being an objectively great book. Reading it later, it seems very unfair to Rhys who ended up being a lovely example of a serious relationship given its depth by friendship rather than infatuation. I actually liked the idea of 'James' for plot reasons: As for him being Gwen's bit on the side, I thought that was weak-ish, because the show has already established that she's serious about Rhys but tempted by Jack's charisma etc, so there didn't seem to be a space for another character to fulfil the function Jack does in the love triangle.

I really loved the Torchwood-as-a-day-job stuff, most particularly the almost cosy idea of them rescuing a pair of pensioners from an alien flu just before it went critical, and picking them up off the floor to tuck them up in bed with some tissues and a rehydrating drink with added retcon. And I loved the original characters, particularly Mr Dine, who does seem to have a family resemblance to Pratchett's Death as has already been noted. I had a hard job getting into this one. He's super talented, popular and really uninteresting.

His presence also prevents any character development of the main cast. Ianto, gets hardly any time whatsoever. The only character who really comes into play in this one is Gwen who ditches Rhys and starts a passionate affair with James - now that's not out of character - I mean she does have an affair with I had a hard job getting into this one.

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The only character who really comes into play in this one is Gwen who ditches Rhys and starts a passionate affair with James - now that's not out of character - I mean she does have an affair with Owen in the show - it's just again rather dull and we don't get enough reaction either from Rhys or the rest of Torchwood about the imprudence of such a liaison I could cope with lack of character if the story was gripping - but it's not - it' all over the place. We begin with an alien artefact that drives people mad and turns out to be a 4 dimensional puzzle that has little to do with anything.

Then we have another mysterious artefact in Torchwood's possession that has remained inert since Victorian times and has suddenly started making noises so there's a fruitless investigation into that. There's also an alien mechanized soldier which is unearthed, a salesman using an alien artefact to pull off confidence tricks as well as a parallel storyline about alien Mr. Dines who is some sort of bodyguard. Most of these strands are unrelated - The mech, the confidence trickster and the puzzle - are completely unrelated to anything.

It makes this very disjointed. As for the character of James, he and his personality have been expertly woven into the fabric of Torchwood. But, unlike the character of Adam that appeared in Episode Five of Series Two, James does not come off as a menace to the team. Readers should find him easily likeable. When all is said and done, Border Princes makes for a nice addition to the never ending mystery that is Torchwood. Your email address will not be published. As a child, some of her favourite television shows included the original Battlestar Galactica and The Greatest American Hero , along with the short-lived V: The Series and Alien Nation.

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