Friday, May 17, 2013

Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By - Review and Giveaway

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: BBC Books (April 23, 2013)

For centuries the Maintainers have worked. With no help from other worlds, they subsist on the food they can grow and that''s little enough. But their purpose, their whole life is to maintain the machines that will one day make their world as habitable as old Earth. Life used to be hard. Now as their crops fail, livestock sickens, and the temperature drops, it''s becoming impossible. This year''s Winter Season Feast won''t be the usual celebration. It''s not a time for optimism or hope - and it''s not a time to welcome unexpected guests. The Doctor, Amy, and Rory find a society breaking apart under the strain. Tensions are mounting, old rivalries are coming to the fore, people are dying... And then the Doctor''s old enemies, the Ice Warriors, make their move. With the cold-hearted threat of invasion, the real battle for survival begins. Or does it? The Doctor begins to suspect that behind everything lies a deadlier, and even more chilling danger...


I love books, love love love books, but I also love, adore, am obsessed with Doctor when this opportunity came my way I was beside myself with excitement.

If you're one of my blog readers, you know how much I love Doctor Who, we are a true Whovian family and there are quite a few Doctor Who related items in this household, not to mention the Tardis Cake that was made a few weeks ago for my daughter's birthday.

Anyway, sorry, I get carried away when it comes to this amazing show.

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection: Eleven classic adventures. Eleven brilliant writers. One incredible Doctor.

OH.MY.WORD!  Imagine if you will a collection featuring all 11 doctors and fun well written stories.

I love all the doctors but my favorites are by far the 10th Mr. David Tennant, and the 11th Mr. Matt Smith, and luckily for me, I was able to receive and enjoy the 11th doctor's book "The Silent Stars Go By".

I will say right now that I can't stand Amy, I have never liked her, matter of fact she almost made me stop watching the series, but more than not liking her, I adore the show and the doctor himself, so even though she and Rory feature in this book, I didn't let that ruin it for me.

The Doctor, Amy and Rory are hoping to spend a good Christmas in Leadworth, what they get instead is a world where Winter has been getting worse every year, and it's to the point where it could eradicate a whole civilization.

In true Doctor Who form, they are wrongly accused for the disappearance of a local girl, but set free by her sister, they set out on a journey to find where the girl disappeared to and what exactly is going on.

Very early on in the story, actually right in the beginning, The Doctor and Amy are separated from Rory which in itself brings about a few hiccups.

What I love about the author is that he was able to capture on paper and through words, Matt Smith's quirky personality, when I was reading his words, I was envisioning him in my mind and could actually see him saying and doing the things he was.  That was awesome and brought me right into the story.

And guess what?  The Ice Warriors are back.

It was just a fun, fun read, I didn't want to put it down and managed to read the whole book in about two days, and would have done it faster if I didn't have children and a husband to take care of.  Haha

I plan on getting the whole series for our household, it would be amazing to have all the books.


Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: BBC Books (June 11, 2013)

The official miscellany, celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who.

If that wonderful book wasn't enough, we were also lucky enough to receive Who-Ology as a thank you for reviewing.

I am honestly speechless when it comes to this book, it is truly a Doctor Who fan's best companion.

I will tell you that I received the book in the afternoon, and by nighttime I had read more than half, I couldn't put it down, the kids and I went through page after page, reminiscing, laughing, learning things we didn't know.

It is chock full of trivia and interesting tidbits about the doctors.  Let me give you some examples, like

First and Last Words:

The First Doctor
First:  "What are you doing here?"
Last:  "Ah, yes!  Thank you.  It's good.  Keep warm."

The Tenth Doctor
First:  "Hello!  Okay - oh.  New teeth.  That's weird.  So, where was I?  Oh that's right.  Barcelona."
Last:  "I don't want to go."

Food the Doctor claims he invented:

Banana Daiquiri (The Girl in the Fireplace)
Pasta (Pond Life)
Yorkshire Pudding (The Power of Three)


Wanna know all the episode names since the first Season to the current????  It's in there.
Ever wondered what the Hierarchy of a Time Lord is?  It's in there.
The Doctor's Family Tree?  A cute diagram showing it.
Want to know the Doctor's abilities?  Hypnotise people, mimic, sense danger, ease pain, speed write, speak 5 billion languages....and, and...and more.

Brilliant book, it is going on our shelf right next to the family books which we all love and treasure.


And now comes the best part.  Up for grabs is a copy of The Silent Stars go by by Dan Abnett OR Who-Ology by Cavan Scott & Mark Wright.

All you need to do is leave me a comment and let me know if you won, which book you would want and if it would be for yourself or someone else.

AND here's another great part of this giveaway, it is open to EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE.  That's right, International Giveaway.

So if you're a Doctor Who fan or know someone who is, here's your chance to get your hands on one of these amazing books.

The contest will run until Wednesday the 22nd of May.  I will then draw a winner using Random.Org.

Please remember that you have 48 hours to claim your prize after I've emailed you, if I don't hear back within that time frame, I will have to draw another winner.

Good Luck!

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for providing me with a review copy.


Mari said...

You know that we are big Who fans here! I think I would choose the who-ology book. Such fun!
PS - My nephew is also a big fan. He proposed to his girlfriend last week. As part of the proposal, he built a little Tardis to hold the ring. It was awesome!
PPS - We loved Amy - what's wrong with you? :) We all very much disliked Donna. What did you think of her?

vwestermeyer said...

I would choose the who-ology book!

Unknown said...

I would have to choose Who-ology. I love Dr Who & am making my way through the classics right now. My favorite is the 9th and Donna is my fav companion. I started out liking Amy, but didn't really end up liking her. I liked Rory MUCH better !

Unknown said...

I love Who! 9th & Donna are my favorites. I LOVE Rory - Amy, not so much!
If I won, I would pick the Who-ology

Liz said...

I would pick the Who-ology if I won. My kids and I would love and treasure it!

Michelle said...

Oh, definitely the Who-Ology book! :) Awesome giveaway!

Malorie Shepherd said...

I would choose the who-ology book for myself of course I've never seen doctor who but discovered it on Netflix so... I know what I'm doing next week. I've heard so much about it from you I've definitely wanted to check it out! How fun! Thanks sandra!

Rachel Lynn said...

I'm not as up to speed on Dr. Who, but my brother is a HUGE fan. If I won I'd get the Who-ology and send it off to him...or hold on to it for his birthday.

Naomi said...

Ahhhhhh International giveaway woohoo! I'd love the Who-Ology but my husband is probably the walking talking version! I know he'd love the Dan Abnett book he eyes the series up whenever we're town, it would be awesome to win it for him :)

Fingers crossed! xxx

PS. Totally understand not being an Amy fan (I can't help but love Rose!)

Elise said...

OMG!! I would choose the Who-ology book. I love Doctor Who!!! David Tennant is my favorite Doctor. I can't wait to see him again in the 50th anniversary episode.

miggyb10 said...

Definitely the Who-ology!!! My daughter just discovered the series and quickly fell in love, and got her sisters into it too!! My daughter loves reading, trivia and anything from England so this would be perfect for her!!

Wanda said...

I'd take either. :) I'd give it to my Whovians (husband and son). I'm so happy there is someone else who dislikes Amy. Donna was my favorite, because she wasn't in love with him...she made him a better Doctor. :) It is awesome of you to hold a giveaway.

Unknown said...

My daughter and I love Doctor Who! If I were to win, I would choose Who-ology! Please let me win, please let me in. My daughter graduates high school on June 1 and she would be ecstatic to receive this wonderful book! Thanks and I love your blog!

Unknown said...

My daughter is a huge Dr. Who fan, so I would choose the Who-ology to give to her. One of these days I may have time to check it out!
Terri in AZ

Conny said...

that who-ology book sounds fun! however, I'm not a fan (yet) so I'd give the book away to a girl I know who is a HUGE fan!! probably as big of a fan as you all are! :)

Katy said...

This give away was brought to my attention by a lady I know. Whovian family's 're the best. I'm going to say Who-ology...even though everyone else is saying that. =p I have the internet for fanfiction ;p

Twisty J said...

I would go with The Silent Stars. I just can't get enough of the 11th Dr.! Thanks for the awesome Whovian feature!

Jaime @ Twisting the Lens

~Carla~ said...

Please don't disown me for this... but I could never stand Dr. Who. *blush* But my mom LOVES IT, so I'd pass on either of these books to her! :)

Melissa said...

If I won, my husband and I would love reading Who-Ology together! :-)

Don't blink!

Katrina said...

My hubby is a huge dr. who fan! I think he would love the who-ology book! (and he has a birthday coming up!)

Anita said...

Who-Ology, I'd love this if I was to win!!! Weeping angels and darlecks are still the favourite in our home although one child still loves K9s.

Love your blog!!

Laura said...

Oh wow my daughter is a huge Dr. Who fan...she would love the Who-ology book!!

Emmy Kait said...

I have loved doctor who for decades! It used to be on Saturday afternoons, and I would watch it every week! You should look at Turlough as a bad companion! I'd love Who-Ology!

Sarah_Baxter said...

I am a fairly new Doctor Who fan. I started watching it last summer and it totally blew me away. I love sharing Doctor Who with my friends and family, but I would have to say if I won "The Silent Stars Go By" I would have to keep it for myself haha

I would share of course, but it would live on MY bookshelf.

Alice said...

My daughter is a fan of this but I would learn more about it if I won!


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! I hope I didn't get here too late. I adore Doctor Who so much! My friends and I always have heated discussions and theories about what's going to happen next, especially since that last episode on Saturday! Steven Moffat dropped a bomb on everyone! Easily my favorite show in all of time and space.

Not only are the new episodes with David Tennant and Matt Smith (who are very lovely people :) ), but the older episodes are also amazing too. The 50th anniversary episode is surely something to be remembered!

I would love to read Who-Ology while sitting in the TARDIS.

Miss Damsteegt said...

My sister is a huge fan of Doctor Who and she would love to read Who-Ology.