THIS STORY TAKES
NOVELS "LEGACY OF
THE DALEKS" AND
OFFICIAL BBC 'EIGHTH
RELEASED IN MAY 1998.
the Doctor has
tracked Sam down,
but before he can
reach her heís co-
opted by the Dream-
stone Mining Company
and their sinister
Suddenly, itís war -
and the Doctor is
forced to fight
against what he
believes in, and
dream who the
real enemy is...
Last monthís Legacy of the Daleks had a markedly Target feel to it; there was almost something infantile about it. This monthís offering, on the other hand, is a much more mature novel in many respects, yet somehow it still manages to carry over the childrenís storybook feel. Clocking in at just two hundred and fifty pages and with chapters seldom lasting for any longer than ten pages, Paul Leonardís Dreamstone Moon is a quick read
that an adult can breeze through in about ninety minutes.
Leonardís story is for the most part pretty routine. Set in roughly the same period as Legacy of the Daleks Ė the aftermath of the Dalek invasion - the plot of Dreamstone Moon is built around some magical stones that have the potential to enhance and capture dreams, and
of course these stones are being mined by a disreputable mining conglomerate Ė the Drea-mstone Mining Corporation.
The most notable thing about this novel is that the Doctor and Sam are separated through-out. Dreamstone Moon picks up Samís story shortly after leaving Hirath in Longest Day, and the Doctorís shortly after Legacy of the Daleks. One thing I feel Leonard does capture very well here is the Doctorís ambiguity about whether or not he should even bother looking for Sam Ė perhaps sheíll be better off without him? And better still, the events of the story only exacerbate his doubts. Suffice it to say that by the end of this book, the Doctor is still travelling alone.
For Samís part, her chunk of the
plot is banal but Leonard handles
her character very well in any event.
I particularly enjoyed reading about
her friendship with Aloisse, who
from reading Leonardís vibrant
descriptions I gather looks like a
barnacled version of Alpha Centauri from the Peladon stories. Say what you will about Paul Leonard, his gift for realising inimitable alien creatures is second to none.
On the whole though I was rather let down by this one, much as I was with the preceding few novels if truth be told. I canít really point to anything dreadful about it, but particularly from todayís perspective there is little here to get excited about.
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