[Read] ➲ The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage Author Derek Landy – Writerscompany.co.uk

The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage This is such a brilliant story I do love a good mystery.I don t tend to like short stories because most of them can t resolve themselves too quickly Short stories either leave me disappointed or wantingSo imagine my surprise when I realized that this book doesn t suck Also, Martha is such an underrated companion and her brilliance shines through in this novel view spoiler I almost died of laughter when Edward Cullen and Bella Swan appeared I couldn t even hide spoiler This is such a brilliant story I do love a good mystery.I don t tend to like short stories because most of them can t resolve themselves too quickly Short stories either leave me disappointed or wantingSo imagine my surprise when I realized that this book doesn t suck Also, Martha is such an underrated companion and her brilliance shines through in this novel view spoiler I almost died of laughter when Edward Cullen and Bella Swan appeared I couldn t even hide spoiler I am a bookworm and Doctor Who fan so this was a good choice for me to read The Tenth Doctor and Martha visit a world where everyone they meet is a character from books that Martha has read In short, this seems like a book lover s dream But as always with the Doctor, it s not that simple This was a good, quick, humourous read and the characters of Martha and the Doctor were portrayed similarly to their televised counterparts I particularly liked the Doctor s sarcastic manner and the links t I am a bookworm and Doctor Who fan so this was a good choice for me to read The Tenth Doctor and Martha visit a world where everyone they meet is a character from books that Martha has read In short, this seems like a book lover s dream But as always with the Doctor, it s not that simple This was a good, quick, humourous read and the characters of Martha and the Doctor were portrayed similarly to their televised counterparts I particularly liked the Doctor s sarcastic manner and the links to other Doctor Who episodes When I read the Enid Blyton reference, I immediately thought of Donna Noble asking if Noddy was real The only criticism I have is that it was a bit short and so there was not much chance of development Definitely worth a read though I ve read the 1st, 3rd, 6th and 10th now from this series so far, though this was a re read I enjoyed it every bit as much as the first Ten was written so canon, though Martha not so much But nonetheless, a fabulous short that made me laugh and smile throughout This was surprisingly enjoyable, considering I am not a huge Martha Jones fan I guess it is because I was so attached to Rose.I just always found Martha to be so desperate However, Martha was at her best in this story.Another thing going against this story is its length, I think it is difficult to write a good DW story in such a short space because you usually have to create and present entire new worlds and characters However, this story managed to create a very interesting world by using fa This was surprisingly enjoyable, considering I am not a huge Martha Jones fan I guess it is because I was so attached to Rose.I just always found Martha to be so desperate However, Martha was at her best in this story.Another thing going against this story is its length, I think it is difficult to write a good DW story in such a short space because you usually have to create and present entire new worlds and characters However, this story managed to create a very interesting world by using familiar settings and characters in a strange and interesting way Martha and the Doctor find themselves in a 1950 s children s book that is part of a series Martha enjoyed as a children, the Troubleseekers The Troubleseekers are much like the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew and even a little like Scooby Doo.It is a fun set up and I absolutely loved how the Doctor figured out the fictional mystery immediately.Of course we are also chased through various other books from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer s Stone to The Shining and we even meet up with Rapunzel Overall, this was a very well done short story, and definitely the best Martha story I have read so far Book worms with love all of the literary references Very fun After reading Well, that waswhat s the word I m looking for Bad Yes, that s it Everything felt forced The characters, the dialogue, the ploteverything And worse, it was boring And for the worst of these stories yet to be with Ten, that s just cruel, Universe What did I ever do to you.Before reading Seriously side eyeing this whole project now Been looking forward to seeing who would get Ten since December and it sthis guy I have no idea who he is Not that he s n After reading Well, that waswhat s the word I m looking for Bad Yes, that s it Everything felt forced The characters, the dialogue, the ploteverything And worse, it was boring And for the worst of these stories yet to be with Ten, that s just cruel, Universe What did I ever do to you.Before reading Seriously side eyeing this whole project now Been looking forward to seeing who would get Ten since December and it sthis guy I have no idea who he is Not that he s not lovely, I m sure That makes me sound like an asshole, I do realize Heh, they got Ten s hair right on the cover, though Makes my heart happy I m a little hesitant about the it was amazing description of a five star rating on Goodreads if I had to use words, I d go with I really liked it but I did enjoy this storythan any of the others in this set of Doctor Who anniversary short stories, so, well, relative to the others, five stars it is.I expected to like it, of course it s Derek Landy, who is, after all, my current absolute top favourite author, and I d read the phone book if he wrote it I would, too It would pr I m a little hesitant about the it was amazing description of a five star rating on Goodreads if I had to use words, I d go with I really liked it but I did enjoy this storythan any of the others in this set of Doctor Who anniversary short stories, so, well, relative to the others, five stars it is.I expected to like it, of course it s Derek Landy, who is, after all, my current absolute top favourite author, and I d read the phone book if he wrote it I would, too It would probably be full of hilarious little notes and comments, or the names and phone numbers would somehow manage to be funny all by themselves On the other hand, Ten is my least favourite incarnation of the Doctor sorry, Derek but on the third hand, I ve always enjoyed Ten in written worksthan Ten on screen And on the fourth hand paw , I liked Martha very much, so there s that And on the fifth hand okay, this is getting ridiculous, but I m just going with it now , the moment I first saw the blurb, I happily cried out this makes me think of The Mind Robber and The Mind Robber is my favourite Second Doctor story, so there s that, too.Anyway all that said, I ended up enjoying it thoroughly It was funny some bits had me guffaw and with stuff going on in my life recently, I really needed that I felt Ten was very much in character even if I felt tempted, especially towards the beginning, to replace him with Skulduggery Pleasant in my head they do share some similar traits, except that Skul is hot and awesome and Ten is, well, Ten and Martha struck me as just right, too And most importantly, the one thing I ve been complaining about with almost every other short story in this series, the pacing felt right There was no drawn out introduction the Doctor and Martha jumped right into the story The ending was, perhaps, a little hurried the resolution a little too simple but not by much, if at all, truly.All in all, as I said, my favourite of the lot Whoever writes Eleven s story will have to work really hard to change that Tell me, Doctor, what does every story require of its reader The willing suspension of disbelief Exactly You have no idea the power generated each time somebody is told a story When a conscious, sentient mind willingly ignores what is real, what is facr, and instead chooses to invest in people and places that never existed It is magnificent It amounts to nothing less than a rejection of reality And when reality is pushed away, no matter how briefly, it leaves a gap, crackling Tell me, Doctor, what does every story require of its reader The willing suspension of disbelief Exactly You have no idea the power generated each time somebody is told a story When a conscious, sentient mind willingly ignores what is real, what is facr, and instead chooses to invest in people and places that never existed It is magnificent It amounts to nothing less than a rejection of reality And when reality is pushed away, no matter how briefly, it leaves a gap, crackling with potential, with what might be Of the three I ve read of this set, this one has to be my absolute favorite, and not just because it s with 10 My son and I read this at bedtime over several days weeks It was very enjoyable for both of us Many laugh out loud moments and the tenth Doctor came back to life for us on the pages with his witty and often hilarious dialogue and actions Even Martha Jones my personal least favourite companion didn t ruin the fun story, and actually even made it a bit funnier because the Doctor here seemed to feel much the same about her as we do, often good humouredly mocking her Ha.I ve boughtfrom My son and I read this at bedtime over several days weeks It was very enjoyable for both of us Many laugh out loud moments and the tenth Doctor came back to life for us on the pages with his witty and often hilarious dialogue and actions Even Martha Jones my personal least favourite companion didn t ruin the fun story, and actually even made it a bit funnier because the Doctor here seemed to feel much the same about her as we do, often good humouredly mocking her Ha.I ve boughtfrom this author since, and look forward to reading it In 1969 the classic Patrick Troughton story The Mind Robber s was broadcast For those of you who haven t pored over DVDs of old black white episodes, it sees The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe trapped in The Land of Fiction, where they meet Gulliver, Rapunzel, D Artagnan, Blackbeard and Cyrano D Bergerac It s a classic adventure, a welcome change from the many base under siege stories of the Troughton era And it clearly made a great impression on Derek Landy as here we are not quite revisiting to t In 1969 the classic Patrick Troughton story The Mind Robber s was broadcast For those of you who haven t pored over DVDs of old black white episodes, it sees The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe trapped in The Land of Fiction, where they meet Gulliver, Rapunzel, D Artagnan, Blackbeard and Cyrano D Bergerac It s a classic adventure, a welcome change from the many base under siege stories of the Troughton era And it clearly made a great impression on Derek Landy as here we are not quite revisiting to the land of fiction to itself, but instead visiting the concept cleaning it up and taking it around the park to stretch its legs The Doctor and Martha end up in a set of Blyton eque children s books called The Troubleseekers It s a famous five secret seven knock off and The Doctor s view is that they re rubbish, but they were big favourites with Martha as a child I m going to take a wild stab in the dark and say that copyright issues probably stopped this being a visit to the actual secret seven famous five The jolly hockey sticks nature of that kind of English children s fiction is well captured, with The Doctor and Martha making their way through the world and solving the skulduggerish mystery at the heart of it However resolution in this made up world force the walls of the reality start collapsing and suddenly Hogwarts, Dracula, Miss Haversham and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with a reference to Stephen King s Christine to boot are breaking through into this reality As you may have guessed it s a romp, but it fun while it lasts and amusing in an utterly inconsequential way And okay, the bad guy may turn out to be the kind of entity that 1960 s Star Trek is sometimes mocked for using again and again, but that s almost a link to the Troughton s times too When The TARDIS Lands On A Planet That Looks Identical To Earth, The Tenth Doctor And Martha Are Amazed To Find It Packed With Fictional Characters From Her Childhood But Who Has The Power To Create An Entire World Out Of Books And Why The Doctor And Martha Must Solve The Mystery Before Their Story Ends Eleven Doctors, Eleven Months, Eleven Stories A Year Long Celebration Of Doctor Who The Most Exciting Names In Children S Fiction Each Create Their Own Unique Adventure About The Time Travelling Time Lord


About the Author: Derek Landy

Derek Landy is an Irish writer and screenwriter In addition to the bestselling children s YA series of Skulduggery Pleasant books, a supernatural mystery series starring Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton detective, and Valkyrie Cain, a young female magician, he has written two screenplays that have been made into films the IFTA award winning Dead Bodies and the IFTA nominated Boy Eats Girl Landy himself was nominated for an IFTA for Best Script He doesn t like to brag about all the awards he s won, such as the Irish Book of the Decade, or the Red House in the UK, or all the other awards that he humbly displays on his mantelpiece He is also far too modest to mention things like the first book being a Publisher s Weekly Best Book of the Year, but would like to extend an invitation to Oprah to pop around one day for tea, in thanks for selecting his book for the Oprah s Book Club Kids Reading List Derek plays too many video games, reads too many comics, and watches too many movies He lives in Ireland with too many cats Occasionally he talks to real people, but only when he absolutely has to.


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