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Kate Orman

Forfatter af The Left-Handed Hummingbird

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Værker af Kate Orman

The Left-Handed Hummingbird (1993) — Forfatter — 215 eksemplarer
Unnatural History (1999) — Forfatter — 213 eksemplarer
Vampire Science (1997) — Forfatter — 213 eksemplarer
Seeing I (1998) — Forfatter — 199 eksemplarer
Set Piece (1995) — Forfatter — 188 eksemplarer
Return of the Living Dad (1996) — Forfatter — 174 eksemplarer
The Year of Intelligent Tigers (2001) — Forfatter — 167 eksemplarer
The Room With No Doors (1997) — Forfatter — 161 eksemplarer
SLEEPY (1996) — Forfatter — 155 eksemplarer
So Vile a Sin (1997) — Forfatter — 154 eksemplarer
Blue Box (2003) 148 eksemplarer
Walking to Babylon (1998) — Forfatter — 81 eksemplarer
Fallen Gods (2003) — Forfatter — 78 eksemplarer
Nobody's Children (2007) 28 eksemplarer
Walking to Babylon [audio drama] (1998) 26 eksemplarer
Liberating Earth (Faction Paradox) (2015) — Redaktør — 8 eksemplarer
Blake's 7: Mediasphere (2015) — Forfatter — 8 eksemplarer
In Uniform (2010) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
Keeping Mum 1 eksemplar
LifeDeath 1 eksemplar
Ticket to Backwards 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Dead Men Diaries (2000) — Bidragyder — 57 eksemplarer
Short Trips: Steel Skies (2003) — Bidragyder — 53 eksemplarer
Short Trips: The History of Christmas (2005) — Bidragyder — 49 eksemplarer
Life During Wartime (2003) — Bidragyder — 45 eksemplarer
Short Trips: Life Science (2004) — Bidragyder — 45 eksemplarer
Short Trips: 2040 (2004) — Bidragyder — 42 eksemplarer
A Life Worth Living (2005) — Bidragyder — 32 eksemplarer
Collected Works (2006) — Bidragyder — 31 eksemplarer
Short Trips: Christmas Around the World (2008) — Bidragyder — 28 eksemplarer
Agog! Fantastic Fiction (2002) — Bidragyder — 25 eksemplarer
A Life of Surprises (2005) — Bidragyder — 24 eksemplarer
Present Danger (2010) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
Agog! Terrific Tales (2003) — Bidragyder — 17 eksemplarer
Land of the Blind (2018) — Bidragyder — 16 eksemplarer
Short Trips - Volume III (2011) — Bidragyder — 15 eksemplarer
Perfect Timing 1 — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
True Stories (2017) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
Bernice Summerfield: Treasury (2015) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer

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A friend (you know who you are) made me sit through the '90s Doctor Who movie earlier this week, and followed it up by giving me one of the tie-in novels. The novel, I'm glad to say, is a lot better than the movie, which is a stink bomb. Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman did a much more competent job at giving me a sense of who Eight is as a person, and have a knack for little moments that display good characterisation. The plot—vampires running amok in San Francisco—is enjoyably silly and campy, although some of the side plots/secondary characters dragged a bit, and some of the humourous beats felt a little dated.… (mere)
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siriaeve | 8 andre anmeldelser | May 31, 2024 |
Fairly engaging.

In 1996, after five years of publishing novels about the further adventures of the Doctor as portrayed by Sylvester McCoy in the now-cancelled TV series, Virgin Books lost its license. The BBC had decided to take these things back in-house, and update the series to feature the new Doctor, as briefly played by Paul McGann in a failed TV movie pilot. After an initial novel that was, frankly, a bit of a waste, and designed mostly to explicitly link McGann's incarnation to his seven predecessors, Vampire Science feels like a true pilot for this new approach.

Orman and Blum already had well-established street cred in the Whoniverse, and together they create a snappy, sassy, engaging narrative. It's about vampires, so not especially original, but it keeps the pace up. Both the Doctor and his companion Sam come through strongly, leaving me enthusiastic for what comes next in this series (which I'll now be reading concurrently with the McCoy NAs). Having said that, where the novel struggles is that it feels like a Doctor Who script turned into a novelisation. Which it's obviously not but, for fans of the program's first 26 years on the air, it's understandable that this can become the go-to template. There's a hectic amount of dialogue, scenes that last too long, attempts at portraying recurring comedic bits or rapid action sequences that are clearly intended to be visualised as an episode of the program, and in general an approach that feels televisual rather than literary. I like both Orman and Blum so I can forgive that, although it will sadly relegate Vampire Science to "tie-in TV merchandise" in the eyes of lay readers.

Looking forward to this series - even though I'm aware that many fans believe it went in some strange and deeply unsatisfying directions!
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therebelprince | 8 andre anmeldelser | Apr 21, 2024 |
"I don' sell gun. I sell frock only."

There's surely no denying So Vile a Sin is a messy novel.

Famously, this book was the victim of circumstances. The NAs was a monthly series, so when Ben Aaronovitch's hard drive crashed, this book missed its slot in November 1996. Which was unfortunate because this novel not only wraps up a storyline that had run for several volumes, but farewells a major character and leaves a stain that will be dealt with by the characters for the next few books.

Still, these things happen, and Aaronovitch tried to continue his work, but ultimately a mix of what seems to have been writer's block and the challenges of plotting it meant that he simply couldn't complete it in a timely manner. Which was becoming a problem. The BBC had not renewed Virgin Publishing's license for Doctor Who fiction, so this novel had to come out by the end of May 1997 or it wouldn't come out at all. Kate Orman, whose other novels for the range were among its highlights, was given Aaronovitch's half-complete draft files, combined with some printed pages of what had gone before, and had all of two months to complete a novel for publication.

"I'm proficient in hand-to-hand combat, blades, custard pies, and the Bohemian teaspoon."

Generally, So Vile a Sin still works, but it's absolutely a mess. Kate and Ben call back to much of the latter half of the NAs (since Chris and Roz joined the cast) and do justice to the rich 30th century world that has been conjured up. There are some strong character moments, action sequences, and tonal shifts, with my favourite being the Lewis Carroll-esque trial of the Doctor for regicide. Yet ultimately the character arcs are all over the place, especially for Roz, and the novel has the feel of a lengthy television script, cutting too often between locations, creating a story that is full of ideas and political intrigue but hasn't been properly cooked. It's a shame, but under the circumstances no-one can really complain.
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therebelprince | 2 andre anmeldelser | Apr 21, 2024 |
I very much enjoy Orman's work and think it a shame she didn’t get to become a 21st century Who luminary. On the other hand, the series needs to wean itself off alternate histories, realities, and time fractures. They should appear occasionally but they’ve become a crutch! (A lot of writers with a lot of pent-up ideas for storylines for a cancelled TV program and an editorial team keen to get one book out every two months. Could that be a problem after all??)
 
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