Doctor Who, James Bond, Alexandre Dumas, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Elizabeth Gaskell, but mostly just Doctor Who.
What is the obsession of the Doctor Who novels with horrible mutant bugs as the alien monster? I'm pretty sure this is the fourth or fifth novel I bought that has them. I suppose they're relateable. Definitely creepy. I almost set it aside when sedan-sized mosquitoes flew in. But I stuck it out and was pleased that I did. Overall it's a really good story with strong character arcs, which is the important part for me. Neve McIntosh is a brilliant narrator as well, I'll be looking for more books narrated by her.
I'm so pleased that we finally have Twelfth Doctor novels. I'm still getting to know him and his character and it's nice to have extra materials that are so closely related to the season to work off of. So is it accurate to his personality? I'm not entirely sure yet, I'm still figuring him out and I may have to reread it to gain all the little nuances that I missed the first time.
Dan Starkey was a brilliant narrator, and I'd listen to him again. All of his characters are very distinct and he captures their individual accents so well. He was very easy to listen to, easy to distinguish who was speaking, and he quickly became a favorite.
I was surprised that this had such a complete story arc for so short a story. It plays out well, like an episode, as opposed to some that build up too slow or just crash and burn at the end. Sleepers in the Dust had a nice introduction that wasn't too long, and explained the action well. You get to the last 5 or 10 minutes and you don't see how they're going to get out of this situation, but just like an episode of Doctor Who, it all resolves at the very end. There was also enough denouement for everything to make sense and that was it. I thought it was one of the better short stories.
And everything is improved by Arthur Darvill's narration. He should do them all. This one was different in that it was told first-person from Rory's perspective, but I don't think the story suffered at all from this style.