STORY PLACEMENT

 THIS STORY TAKES
 PLACE BETWEEN THE

 NOVELS "LEGACY OF

 THE DALEKS" AND

 "SEEING I."

 

 WRITTEN BY

 PAUL LEONARD

 

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 BLURB

 the Doctor has

 tracked Sam down,

 but before he can

 reach her heís co-

 opted by the Dream-

 stone Mining Company

 and their sinister

 military advisers.

 

 Suddenly, itís war -

 and the Doctor is

 forced to fight

 against what he

 believes in, and

 nobody could

 dream who the

 real enemy is...

 

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Dreamstone

Moon

MAY 1998

 

 

                                                       

 

 

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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