The Left-Handed Hummingbird

Ms. Orman's first addition to the series, The Left-Handed Hummingbird, is a wonderful adventure through Earth's past and (at the time of writing) near future. The book Ms. Orman's use of historical imagery contributed greatly to my enjoyment of this story, and it is an interesting addition to the NA's. Some of the violent imagery may be too much for some, but I found it to be quite inline with the plot.

Highly Recommended.
contains violence.
Companions: Benny and Ace.

The author has an essay on this book that is interesting reading.
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Other books by Kate Orman:

Sleepy
Set Piece
Return of the Living Dad
The Room With No Doors
So Vile A Sin (with Ben Aaronovitch)
Vampire Science (with Jon Blum) [BBC Books]

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Set Piece

Set Piece is another excellent book from Kate Orman. Again, Ms. Orman delves into Earth's past in an adventure that spans across time and space. The story is constructed in such a way as to allow The Doctor and each of his companions to shine separately, instead of as a group, and the author makes full use of these opportunities. In the end, it is the chance to see them relying on themselves at times that truely makes this novel a very special one.

Very Highly Recommended.
Companions: Benny and Ace.

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Other books by Kate Orman:

The Left-Handed Hummingbird
Sleepy
Return of the Living Dad
The Room With No Doors
So Vile A Sin (with Ben Aaronovitch)
Vampire Science (with Jon Blum) [BBC Books]

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Sleepy

Sleepy is an interesting book. It relies more heavily on "Psi" powers than The Left-Handed Hummingbird or Set Piece do, but the author avoids the common trap that many authors fall into when using these powers. One of my problems with use of "Psi" powers is that authors often use them not as plot elements, but as bulldozers, using them to bully the plot along, and fill in the holes. Fortunately, the authors of the NA's have managed to avoid this, and the stories incorporate the powers very well. This is particularly clear in Sleepy, which makes extensive use of "Psi" Powers, but uses them to embellish and further the plot, and not as a crutch. This is an enjoyable story. but idid not have quite the effect that The Left-Handed Hummingbird or Set Piece had on me, but I do recommend it. It certainly would have made an interesting series episode, in the "Warrior's Gate" or "Kinda" line.

Recommended.
Contains some violence.
Companions: Benny, Roz, and Chris Cwej.

Visit Kate Orman's Doctor Who page , and don't forget to visit her other pages.

Other books by Kate Orman:

The Left-Handed Hummingbird
Set Piece
Return of the Living Dad
The Room With No Doors
So Vile A Sin (with Ben Aaronovitch)
Vampire Science (co-authored with Jon Blum) [BBC Book]

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Return of the Living Dad

"Return of the Living Dad" includes a guest appearance by Benny and Jason, and revolves around her search for her father, Admiral Summerfield, who disappeared during a battle when she was seven years old. It is very well written, and a wonderful addition to both the NA's and to the characterization of Benny. The book also answers a few questions about what happens to all those isolated survivors of the alien invasions that the Doctor is always thwarting...something I have wondered about myself. Another "don't miss this one" for fans of Benny, and of Kate Orman.

Highly Recommended.
Companions: Roz and Chris, with Benny and Jason.

Visit Kate Orman's Doctor Who page , and don't forget to visit her other pages.

Other books by Kate Orman:

The Left-Handed Hummingbird
Set Piece
Sleepy
The Room With No Doors
So Vile A Sin (with Ben Aaronovitch)
Vampire Science (with Jon Blum) [BBC Books]

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Room With No Doors

Another excellent book by Kate Orman. This book takes us into historical Japan, and centers around a mysterious pod that has fallen from the sky. The plot revolves around the struggles of some to possess its secrets, but character development reigns supreme here. While Chris and the Doctor get most of her attention, it is her development of the 'one time' characters that gives us a chance to ask the same questions they are asking about themselves of ourselves.

Recommended.
Companion: Chris.

Visit Kate Orman's Doctor Who page , and don't forget to visit her other pages.

Other books by Kate Orman:

The Left-Handed Hummingbird
Set Piece
Sleepy
Return of the Living Dad
So Vile A Sin (with Ben Aaronovitch)
Vampire Science (with Jon Blum) [BBC Books]

Back to the NA rankings page.