April 9th, 2016

dragons got claws!

Remembrance of the Daleks

My books show up in my dreams, not in any tangible way, just in the atmosphere that surrounds my fragmentary impressions. So, after finishing Remembrance of the Daleks, I know I had a 60s England dream that may have had the Doctor in it, even though the number of Who eps I've seen can be counted on the fingers of a maimed right hand, and all of them were Pertwee. Such, I suppose, is the power of Aaronovitch's writing: though I'm oddly put out that his relationship to Sierra Leone predated Rivers by 20 years. Is there something autobiographical there? Online is amazingly reserved about his private life.

Am also bemused that this new edition of the novelization contains so many grammar errors. Aaronovitch himself has huge trouble with things like its and it's, but these are almost all missing commas:
'So all this is...'
'A massive deception,' said the Doctor. 'Yes.'
'That's well devious.'

"Mike, ordered a soldier back to fetch the group captain."

"They were pernicious these bipeds, these humans with their talent for violence and dangerous improvisations."
I know we don't believe in editors now, but I thought things were different twenty-odd years ago.