Dan Abnett – Dr Who: The Story of Martha (2010)
This novel only makes sense after seeing the end of the third season (2007) of the new Doctor Who. It fills in the tale of Martha’s year long wandering around the world telling people about the Doctor and his wonderful stories. The story brings you to the beginning of the episode the Last of the Time Lords.
The book is actually a series of short stories written in a collaboration and strung together to create a complete novel. Because of this, it’s not as good as a book wholly written by Dan Abnett, who is one of my favorite modern writers.
The best thing about the book is that it fills in the big question of what happens to Martha.
Total Recall (2012)
A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall – a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led – goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.
Based on the better film with Arnold, this was better than I though it would be. The central idea that there is an elevator through the middle of the earth is preposterous, however there is sufficient adventure and action to keep the story going for an entertaining movie.
Lair by James Herbert
Rats mutate and take over. People die. Lots of blood. An unlikely hero battles the odds. It may be a formula, but James Herbert is one of the best at this genre.
The Dream Girl by Richard F. Myers
Surprisingly racy (for it’s time – 1947) and funny stories about a woman who comes from dream to reality. Some of the portrayals of woman do date the book to its pre-feminist times.