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Doctor Who: The Drosten's Curse by A.L. Kennedy

Updated on July 13, 2015

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I am an avid reader, but I never seem to have enough funds to devote to buying myself new books. So I got on my computer and went searching for a way to reduce the cost of my books and I found a way to actually get books for FREE. I found the holy grail for book lovers in Blogging for Books. They send me free books and all I have to do is share my opinion of the book. Even better I get to pick which books I get. This is my very first book from Blogging for Books.

I have recently found the amazing TV series know as Doctor Who and it was love at first view. The shows are so amazing that when I saw this book I knew it was the perfect book for me. I am looking forward to receiving the book so I can follow the adventures of the doctor and his companion(s).

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."


Doctor Who: The Drosten’s Curse features the fourth doctor who was played by Tom Baker on TV. The Doctor is always at home with the odd, so when golfers are being dragged down into the bunkers at the Fetch Brothers’ Golf Spa Hotel in Arbroath never to be seen again the Doctor is not far behind. Does this have to do with the twin grandchildren of the strange Mrs Fetch, the fascination with octopuses, the fact that the inhabitants can read thoughts, or the ancient and alien hidden below the surface? What ever it is the Doctor is on the case and with him is the Fetch Brothers’ Junior Receptionist Bryony. Will the Doctor save Bryony's mind and the planet from utter annihilation? Read and find out!

I shall make you the jewel at the heart of the universe.

— Doctor Who: The Drosten's Curse


Doctor Who: The Drosten’s Curse was written by A. L. Kennedy; she has currently written and published nine books. Of those book two are nonfiction and three are collections of short stories. A. L. Kennedy has been chosen twice as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists in addition she has won the Costa Book of the Year Award (2007), the Somerset Maugham Award, the Encore Award, and the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award. A. L. Kennedy can currently be found in Glasgow lecturing part time at the University of St. Andrews.

Her Books:

  1. Doctor Who: The Drosten’s Curse
  2. What Becomes
  3. Day
  4. Paradise
  5. Indelible Acts
  6. Everything You Need
  7. So I am Glad
  8. On Bullfighting
  9. Original Bliss

Doctor~Bryony Mailer, do you think I need a holiday? Should I stay here?

Bryony~Yes. I think you should stay. You should stay here.

— A.L. Kennedy


The first things that I noticed about this book is that there is no table of contents, there are no chapter numbers instead there is just a blank area at the top of the page where a chapter number would normally be, and the book begins on page seven instead of page one; yet this just kind of makes the book seem more Doctor Who like.

The book begins slowly drawing the reader in with background information until the doctor arrives on page 18. From the moment the fourth doctor arrives the book really starts to move along. If you are one of those people who hate reading the beginning information and just want to get right into the story then you can skip to page 18 and still understand the book. For me I truly got pulled into the book when the Doctor and Bryony went running across the gold feilds towards the sound of the screaming.

The plot line of the book is well written and the style very much resembles typical Doctor Who style. For instance there is no moment when the Doctor and Bryony talk instead there is danger and as the Doctor runs towards that danger Bryony runs to the Doctor. I truly liked Bryony as a character she was written to be intelligent, creative, and a person who does not get caught up in the little thing or freeze in the face of danger. My favorite Bryony moment is when she saves the Doctor and Putta from being pulled under the golf course. There was no moment of hesitation she just acted. I am a big fan of strong female characters that don't just wait to be saved, but who rescue themselves. I also liked Putta he provided a sort of comic relief to the book with his clueless nature toward all things Earth.

I really enjoyed the way A. L. Kennedy ended the book. She ended it in such away that left the reader feeling the book had fully ended and yet their was still a little spark of hope that the reader might just see Bryony and Putta again, perhaps with a different Doctor.


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