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By Kate Orman

Book review by Nicholas Withers

Kate Orman seems to be making up for the lack of other antipodeans or female New Adventures writers by increasing her output. Sleepy is her third entry into the New Adventure cannon and she has yet another book on its way (Return of the Living Dad).

Being one of the few people who seem to have enjoyed The Left-Handed Hummingbird more than Set Piece, I was a bit nervous about reviewing this novel. Fortunately the plot for Sleepy is less contrived and a marked improvement on Set Piece. The story is a fairly linear science fiction tale heavily influenced by contemporary science fiction such as Aliens.

The Doctor is once more that odd mix of the dark bumbler rather than the Cartmelian Doctor, not visibly manipulating the whole scenario from the start, but rather intentionally stumbling into it and slowly taking control of the situation.

One of the problems I have with the book is that much of the mysteriousness conjured in the first half of the novel, especially concerning the temple, is left unexplained and not fully realised later in the story. The other problem is the inclusion of religious matters and comments that, while initially appearing to be working towards some under girding theme, ultimately appear pointless.

Sleepy is definitely a very entertaining read, and a good improvement on Set Piece in some regards. It's still no Hummingbird however.

This item appeared in TSV 47 (April 1996).

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