Deceit

Put simply, I didn't like it. It is not the worst of the books in the series, but it is fairly close...not that it isn't worth reading(a bad Who book is still a good book, IMHO). Despite having a lot going for it in the return of Ace to the New Adventures, the story falls flat for me. Ace's introspective moments are pretty good, and make the book worth reading, if only for them.

Not recommended.
Companions: Benny and Ace.

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Damaged Goods

Damaged Goods is an interesting experience into the underside. Populated with 'one-of' characters that could best be described as 'bad' people, it also contains 'good' people who have risen from the same roots...an interesting reminder that not everyone is the same. Some have questioned a sexual situation included in the book, but it was vague enough that it shouldn't have offended anyone, except for one reason: it was so vague that Chris's motivation and feelings about his choice are not very clear, and the scene ends up being a bit gratuitous, rather than an exploration of the character.

recommended.
Companions: Roz and Chris.

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The Death of Art

The Death of Art is a character driven book, based around the conflict between two factions in Paris. An interesting if convoluted tale, which I had trouble following for quite some time. In the end, however, the story seemed to pull together quite well. It isn't one of my favorites, though. Be prepared to be confused about what is really going on for quite some time. A scene with Ace that really could have become quite an interesting sub-plot, and a certain moment of character development for her, ends up as nothing but padding, and a bit of a set-up for the story.

recommended. Companions: Roz and Chris. Ace in a cameo.

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Bad Therapy

Bad Therapy was a bit of a rough one for me. The story is not bad, and it should have been more interesting to me than it was...I just can't figure out why. It is a story of people trying to escape persecution, with an interesting sub-plot involving an alien planet, and another person's attempt to escape her own particular prison.

recommended.
Companions: Chris. A cameo by a past companion.

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