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Tara Samms

Autor(a) de O Dragão de Fogo

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Obras por Tara Samms

O Dragão de Fogo (2007) — Ghostwriter — 865 exemplares
The Feast of the Drowned (2006) 574 exemplares
The Monsters Inside (2005) 523 exemplares
O Pássaro de Fogo (2008) — Ghostwriter — 453 exemplares
The Art of Destruction (2006) 425 exemplares
Sting of the Zygons (2007) 399 exemplares
O Monstro da Neve (2007) — Ghostwriter — 329 exemplares
Ten Little Aliens (2002) 303 exemplares
Wounded (2003) 212 exemplares
Thieves Like Us (2006) 183 exemplares
Parallel 59 (2000) — Autor — 166 exemplares
Z. Rex (2009) 164 exemplares
Vanishing Point (Doctor Who) (2001) — Autor — 146 exemplares
To the Slaughter (2005) — Autor — 146 exemplares
Prey #2 (The Wereling) (2004) 143 exemplares
More Short Trips (1999) — Author "Totem"; Editor and Introduction — 138 exemplares
Short Trips and Side Steps (2000) — Author "Monsters"; Editor — 137 exemplares
Timeless (2003) — Autor — 136 exemplares
Short Trips (1998) — Author "Glass"; Editor — 136 exemplares
Resurrection (2004) 129 exemplares
The Aztec Code (2007) 88 exemplares
Combat Magicks (2018) 77 exemplares
Z. Raptor (2011) 77 exemplares
The Mind-Swap Menace (2005) 71 exemplares
Shoot To Kill (2014) 70 exemplares
Doctor Who: The Target Storybook (2019) — Autor; Editor — 69 exemplares
Frayed (2003) 68 exemplares
The Skies Of Fear (2006) 59 exemplares
The Hatching Horror (2005) 58 exemplares
The Space Ghosts (2006) 57 exemplares
Adventures in Lockdown (2020) — Editor — 56 exemplares
The Apocalypse Element (2000) — Autor — 54 exemplares
The Land of the Dead (2000) — Autor — 54 exemplares
The Seas Of Doom (2005) 54 exemplares
The Vampire of Paris (2009) 53 exemplares
Heads You Die (2016) 48 exemplares
The Wormery (2003) — Autor — 46 exemplares
Day of The Dino-droids (2005) 45 exemplares
The Terror-bird Trap (2006) 45 exemplares
Strike Lightning (2016) 40 exemplares
The Ring of Steel (2010) 36 exemplares
Square One (2004) 36 exemplares
The Ter-moo-nators (2007) 35 exemplares
Spirit (2005) 33 exemplares
Teeth of the T-Rex (2007) 33 exemplares
Doctor Who: Star Tales (2019) 32 exemplares
The Planet of Peril (2006) 32 exemplares
The Bloodline Cipher (2008) 31 exemplares
Fractures (2006) 29 exemplares
The Claws of Christmas (2007) 29 exemplares
Red Nemesis (2017) 29 exemplares
The Star Pirates (2006) 27 exemplares
Doctor Who Files: The Sycorax (2006) 27 exemplares
Cows in Action: World War Moo (2008) 26 exemplares
The Whispering Forest (2010) — Autor — 25 exemplares
The Roman Moo-stery (2007) 25 exemplares
Z. Apocalypse (Hunting) (2012) 24 exemplares
The Wild West Moo-nster (2008) 23 exemplares
The Sun-snatchers (2008) 21 exemplares
Astrosaurs Academy: Deadly Drama! (2009) 21 exemplares
Kiss of Death (2011) — Autor — 20 exemplares
Doctor Who: Quiz Book (2005) 20 exemplares
Genie Us! (2008) 19 exemplares
The Glittering Storm (2007) 19 exemplares
Astrosaurs 17: The Twist of Time (2010) 18 exemplares
Astrosaurs: Revenge of the Fang (2008) 18 exemplares
Mind Writer (2016) 17 exemplares
Masquerade (2014) — Autor — 16 exemplares
Astrosaurs: The Robot Raiders (2010) 15 exemplares
Ten Days of Christmas (2023) 14 exemplares
The Ghost House (2008) 14 exemplares
Alien Heart / Dalek Soul (2017) — Autor — 13 exemplares
Josie's Big Jump (2004) 13 exemplares
The Devil in Ms Wildthyme (2005) 13 exemplares
Astrosaurs 20: Earth Attack! (2011) 12 exemplares
Slime Squad vs the Toxic Teeth (2010) 12 exemplares
The Doctor Who Collection (1800) 10 exemplares
Viking Emoo-Gency (2012) 10 exemplares
Slime Squad vs the Cyber Poos (2010) 9 exemplares
Genie and the Phoenix (2009) 9 exemplares
Sea Captain Ned (2004) 9 exemplares
Space Kidnap! (Astrosaurs) (2011) 9 exemplares
Bloodline (2010) 7 exemplares
Aliens Stink! (1799) 6 exemplares
Adventure Duck Vs Power Pug (2019) 6 exemplares
Swamp Crash! (Alien Adventures) (2013) 6 exemplares
Twit (Early Reader) (2013) 5 exemplares
Madagascar (2005) 5 exemplares
T Rex Invasion (Astrosaurs) (2012) 5 exemplares
Short Trips [abridged audiobook] (1998) — Contribuidor; Editor — 5 exemplares
Astrosaures. Raptors rapids (2006) 4 exemplares
Cows in Action Joke Book (2009) 4 exemplares
Stop Those Monsters! (2015) 3 exemplares
Many Happy Returns 3 exemplares
Turbo Tortoise (2010) 3 exemplares
Thirsty Penguin (2004) 3 exemplares
Doctor Who: Sticker Guide (2005) 3 exemplares
Finding Phil 2 exemplares
Astrosaures. Canvi de cervells (2006) 2 exemplares
Het monster van de diepzee (2007) 2 exemplares
Quiz Book 3 (Doctor Who) (2008) 2 exemplares
The Day of the Camera Carnage (2011) 2 exemplares
Megabookasaurus! (2011) 2 exemplares
Citizen Cárdenas: A Novel (2016) 2 exemplares
Young Bond 2 exemplares
Invisible Inc. (2016) 2 exemplares
2: Il terrore si schiude (2007) 1 exemplar
Thunderbirds FAB Annual 2003 (2002) 1 exemplar
The Day of the Flying Thumbs (2011) 1 exemplar
Ultra State (2019) 1 exemplar
Shrek. Das grosse Fanbuch. (2007) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Short Trips: A Christmas Treasury (2004) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares
Short Trips: Companions (2003) — Contribuidor — 58 exemplares
Short Trips: A Universe of Terrors (2003) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
Short Trips: The Muses (2003) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
Short Trips: Seven Deadly Sins (2005) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
The Company of Friends (2009) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares
Short Trips: 2040 (2004) — Contribuidor — 41 exemplares
Re:Collections: The Best of Short Trips (2009) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Iris Wildthyme and the Celestial Omnibus (2009) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Shrek: The Complete Guide (2004) 18 exemplares
The Doctor Who Stories (2009) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Doctor Who: Evil of the Daleks (2023) — Autor — 12 exemplares
Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS, Volume One (2004) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Doctor Who: The Darksmith Legacy (2009) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Outros nomes
Cole, Steve
Cole, Stephen
Samms, Tara
Data de nascimento



The title Ten Days of Christmas has a double meaning: it contains ten stories of course (though really nine, as there's one story split into two parts), but also they are all stories about "Ten," i.e., they all feature David Tennant's incarnation of the Doctor. This means you have a bit less variety than in any other of BBC Books's Christmas collections; the main choice there is for the writer is which companion the Doctor will be traveling with. (There's two stories with Rose, one with Donna, and one with Martha, though some of the stories where the Doctor is alone feature other returning characters.)

The book also suffers from a lack of variety due to its single author. Now, the previous two Doctor Who Christmas books were also the work of a single author... but it should come as no surprise that Steve Cole is not Dave Rudden. Most of these are generic Doctor Who adventures compressed into thirty pages, with little of the tone, style, or theme to make them into any kind of meaningful Christmas story; usually, Christmas feels tacked on. Or, if not tacked on, forced. There's one set in a toy factory, so sure, that's Christmassy... but then it's not really about Christmas presents in any kind of meaningful way, and it turns out to be what every Doctor Who fan wanted for Christmas, a sequel to The Android Invasion!

Well, maybe not.

There were just two stories that worked for me. The first was "The Eternal Present," which didn't really have anything to do with Christmas, but was a well-told character-focused story about an Englishman before World War II who goes on an expedition into the South American jungle with the Doctor and Rose and ends up discovering something amazing and dangerous. (It is, for some reason, a tie-in to Black Orchid, but you can ignore that.) Good sense of voice and some creepy scenes. The best story in the book is "Saviours," about a human space colony where vampires crash on Christmas day. This is the one story that captures something of what I think of as the Christmas vibe, the feeling of holding back the darkness with our love for one another. It's also creepy and well told, alternating between a child protagonist and a mysterious narrator. If they'd all been this good it would have been an excellent collection but alas.
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Stevil2001 | Jan 1, 2024 |
Essas histórias do 5º Doutor não parecem ter grande peso no início dos áudios da BF. Falta charme, falta a atmosfera mais profunda de DW... Infelizmente...
lulusantiago | 2 outras críticas | Mar 11, 2023 |
It really bothers me that there is a difference of 142 pages between this edition and the other one. Especially because on my kindle it's not showing up page numbers. This book felt really long but if it was only 242 pages then that wasn't the case.

I wanted to like this more than I did. But I don't know that it's because the book was bad as such. I loved the first lot of Young Bond books. And a lot of what I loved about them isn't present in the second half of the series. Bond is getting older, he's no longer at Eton or England for that matter and none of my favourite characters appeared. The book was a little boring but I think it was mostly that I'm reading for nostalgia of sorts and this is now a completely different series. I never really connected with Hugo or Jagua and I didn't care at all about Hardiman. James' relationship with Hardiman seemed very forced and awkward. I didn't like it.

And although I haven't given up on the series I can't quite bring myself to rate more than 2 stars. It just felt flat.
… (mais)
funstm | 1 outra crítica | Jan 25, 2023 |
Now this is more what I wanted to see when I first heard the Young Bond series would continue. The first two books have been okay but pretty average, but this one returns to form.

I was excited to see more of Perry Mandeville and was glad that his appearance lasted the entire book. He's hilarious with both his comments, his ideas and the way he manages to get in and out of trouble in a whole different way to Bond.

A familiar face, though now trembling and terrified, popped up into sight from inside the D-8. ‘Get in, then, for m-m-mercy’s sake.’
‘Perry?’ James stood there, mouth open in amazement, until the sharp prang of the Blutbanner’s fast-release catch brought him back to reality. He helped Kitty out of the frame and over to the armoured car, lifting her up and dumping her unceremoniously inside before scrambling in after her. Perry quickly put the car in gear and headed back out. James and Kitty clung to each other like half-drowned mariners washed up on the shore.
‘Where the hell did you spring from, Perry?’ James asked.
‘The same bloody m-m-motorcar you left m-me to rot in! Blade’s burgundy Tatra 77.’ Perry screeched round a corner, his knuckles white on the steering wheel. ‘When you went off to find your Ghost Train, I felt so tired, I had to have a kip. I was too scared to stay in the back, so I crawled into the trunk space, out of sight. When I woke up, the car was moving! It was heading for . . . well, for this dreadful hole, to be precise.’
‘Grünner was rounding up all traces of Blade,’ James explained. ‘And brought you along for the ride.’
Kitty’s laugh bordered on the hysterical. ‘Isn’t that perfect, James? The hell we went through to end up here – and Mandy here gets chauffeur-driven!’

Cole, Steve. Strike Lightning (Young Bond) (pp. 254-255). Ian Fleming Publications. Kindle Edition.

I really liked Kitty Drift. It was fun to see her interest in trains but also her ability to embrace her femininity when it suited her. Plus she's badass with her first dan in judo. And of course I love James. He's had a hard slog since his last adventure at Eton and he's definitely struggled to make peace with the person he's becoming. I liked though that he was making friends again (Marcus) and the return of Perry made this feel more like the first books.

The mystery was interesting and I loved the action sequences. It did start out slow but it soon picked up speed with action and adventure flowing. The train hopping had me feeling very queasy - the whole thing was terrifying. I was on the edge of my seat for that bit. The motivations of the characters was riveting - I loved that they all had multiple motivations and shades of grey. Even Bond struggles with life and death and country and self. At what lengths are we willing to go to protect our way of life? Our loved ones? And what might be worth that sacrifice?

4 stars. Hopefully, the final book in the series is just as good.
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funstm | 2 outras críticas | Jan 25, 2023 |



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Justin Richards Author "the House on Oldark Moor"
Steve Cole Author, Editor
Dave Stone Author "Moon Graffiti"
Paul Cornell Contributor
Guy Adams Author
Paul Magrs Author "The Longest Story in the World", Author "Old Flames", Author "Femme Fatale", , Contributor
Steve Lyons Author "Face Value", Author "Freedom", Author "The Eternity Contract", , Contributor
Robert Perry Co-Author "Storm in a Tikka", Co-Author "Stop the Pigeon" and "Ace of Hearts", Co-Author "The Sow in Rut" and "Missing, Part Two: Message in a Bottle", , Contributor
Gary Russell Director, Author "Countdown to TV Action", Author "Missing, Part One: Business as Usual" and "64 Carlysle Street"
Jason Loborik Author "Reunion", Author "Honest Living", Narrator
Peter Davison Narrator, Reader, Performer
Sarah Sutton Narrator, Reader, Performer
Daniel O'Mahony Author "Nothing at the End of the Lane {Parts One, Two and Three)", Author "The Parliament of Rats"
Paul Leonard Author "The People's Temple", Author "Special Weapons"
Gareth Roberts Co-Author "Special Occasions: 1. the Not-So-Sinister Sponge", Author "Return of the Spiders"
Peter Anghelides Author "Revenants", Author "Good Companions"
Colin Baker Narrator, Author
Lance Parkin Co-Author "A Town Called Eternity (Parts Ones and Two)"
David A. McIntee Author "Romans Cutaway", Contributor
Jonathan Blum Author "Model Train Set", Contributor
Terrance Dicks Contributor
Anthony Dry Cover artist, Illustrator
Vinay Patel Author, Contributor
Mike Collins Illustrator
Joy Wilkinson Author, Contributor
Ken Bentley Director
David Agnew Author "Special Occasions: 4. Playing with Toys"
Clayton Hickman Co-Author "Special Occasions: 1. the Not-So-Sinister Sponge"
Miche Doherty Author "The Andriod Maker of Calderon IV"
Christopher Bulis Author "Hot Ice"
Christopher M. Wadley Author "Gone Too Soon"
Stephen Lock Author "Please Shut the Gate"
Lawrence Miles Author "Vrs"
Guy Clapperton Author "Wish You were Here"
Steve Burford Author "Special Occasions: 3. Better Watch Out, Better Take Care"
Sam Lester Author "There are Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden"
Norman Ashby Author "Special Occasions: 2. Do You Love Anyone Enough?"
Andrew Miller Author "Dead Time"
Evan Pritchard Author "The Last Days"
Mark Clapham Co-Author "A Town Called Eternity (Parts Ones and Two)"
Simon A. Forward Author "One Bad Apple"
Matthew Jones Author "Mother's Little Helper"
Paul Farnsworth Author "uPVC"
Harriet Green Author "Planet of the Bunnoids"
Trevor Baxendale Author "The Queen of Eros"
Paul Grice Author "Mondas Passing" and "Rights"
Graeme Burk Author "Turnabout is Fair Play"
Simon Bucher-Jones Author "War Crimes"
Ian Atkins Author "Scientific Adviser"
Nicholas Briggs Director, Performer
David Tennant Narrator
Susie Day Author
Stephen Laws Foreword
Lee Binding Illustrator
Chris Chibnall Contributor
Pete McTighe Contributor
Sophie Cowdrey Cover artist
David Wardle Illustrator
Adrian Salmon Illustrator
Neil Gaiman Contributor
Valentina Mozzo Illustrator
Sonia Leong Illustrator
Russell T. Davies Contributor
Steven Moffat Contributor
Richard Wells Illustrator
Chris Riddell Illustrator
Lalla Ward Narrator
Mark Gatiss Contributor
Mark Donovan Narrator
Paul Clayton Narrator
Katy Manning Narrator
Haley Atwell Narrator
Sue Wallace Narrator
Paul Shelley Narrator
Harry Melling Narrator
Lizzie Roper Narrator
John Banks Narrator
Lucy Adams Narrator
Rebecca Night Narrator
Sean Brosnan Narrator
Alex Tregear Narrator
Eve Webster Narrator
Tom Webster Cover artist
Vineeta Rishi Narrator
Lauren Yason Composer
Reggie Yates Narrator
Sophie Aldred Narrator
Bruce Ingman Illustrator
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