Torchwood: The House That Jack Built

Torchwood: The House That Jack Built

by Guy Adams
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Torchwood: The House That Jack Built 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MotherDragon More than 1 year ago
This is the most recent book published in the Torchwood book line, to complement the Television Series on BBC. I have read all of the books in these Series (smaller groups are published with the same release dates), as well as those for the most recent iterations of Doctor Who (with Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant's versions of The Doctor). In addition, I have viewed all episodes of all three seasons of Torchwood and four seasons (and independent episodes) of the most recent iterations of The Doctor. I consider myself a dedicated fan of both. Every book is an excellent read, a quick read, and very engaging. The group of authors BBC has chosen have all won my admiration and respect for their understanding of the characters as they have been portrayed by the actors. Their writing of the characters, universally, reflects that intuition. Most of the Torchwood Books, as well as the Doctor Who Books, can stand alone as singular stories. The Torchwood books, especially this last three in the series, have made references to occurences in earlier books or the TV shows that are very satisfying for aficionados of the shows, yet don't leave casual readers in the dark. Those generalizations being said, "The House that Jack Built" gave more than average references and nods to past events and to the general nature of Jack Harkness's meaning in and influence on the Earth in the last two centuries. While he understands the enigmatic nature of the existence he leads, the story here gives him more understanding of the temporal and spatial influences and alterations he has knowingly or unknowingly perpetrated on the world and the universe...some which is greatly painful to him. And even with knowing the pain he has wrought, he struggles through trying to do the right thing, as far as his unique perspective on EVERYTHING can dictate "right" and "wrong" to him. No spoilers here, though. He tries and succeeds, he tries and fails, and he tries and achieves unexpected results with questionable implications...the given is he never stops trying. With all he's seen, done, loved, hurt, failed, and succeeded at he never stops trying because he loves this 21st Century when everything changes. I recommend that avid readers, especially Torchwood and Doctor Who fans, invest in these books...all of them. They are perfect short, interesting reads...fantastic for lunch hours, bus rides, and airplane flights...while giving us more of characters we love as we wait in agony for the next seasons of the television series to be provided for us. And even with that dedication, please remember, these are works of fiction, never meant to cause social change, they are for pure entertainment, so enjoy with a light heart and tongue firmly in cheek.
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NCKuroNeko More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd Torchwood book I read and it was enjoyable.  The characters - Jack, Gwen and Ianto were well-written, and the original character Alexander was a nice addition.  Although I still miss Tosh and Owen...  The jumping around in time and viewpoint took a little getting used to.  You read about event A from one person's point of view then instead of finding out what happens next, it goes back and retells the event from another person's point of view.   It was a little frustrating, especially when the previous chapter ends on a cliff hanger.   Overall, I recommend and look forward to reading more Torchwood novels.
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