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Shada : the Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams

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From the unique mind of Douglas Adams, legendary author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , comes Shada , a Doctor Who story scripted for the television series Doctor Who , but never produced--and now, transformed into an original novel...

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
Imagine how dangerous a LOT of knowledge is...

The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University, where among the other doddering old professors nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. He took with him a few little souvenirs--harmless things really. But among them, carelessly, he took The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey. Even more carelessly, he has loaned this immensely powerful book to clueless graduate student Chris Parsons, who intends to use it to impress girls. The Worshipful and Ancient Law is among the most dangerous artifacts in the universe; it cannot be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.

The hands of the sinister Time Lord Skagra are unquestionably the wrongest ones possible. Skagra is a sadist and an egomaniac, bent on universal domination. Having misguessed the state of fashion on Earth, he also wears terrible platform shoes. He is on his way to Cambridge. He wants the book. And he wants the Doctor...
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780425259986
Branch Call Number: SF ROB
Characteristics: 385 p. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Adams, Douglas 1952-2001


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Daniel M Dragony Jul 24, 2015

book by douglas adams

Jun 23, 2014

Can't resist anything by the incomparable Douglas Adams. Some bits are wonderfully Adams-esque funny, but overall it suffers from being written from a TV script. All dialogue, no thought, so it comes over as startlingly juvenile.

Veepea Nov 22, 2012

Douglas Adams originally wrote Shada for TV and once the show was scrapped, he made it into the “Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency” novel. At first, I thought that the stories of the two novels would mirror each other quite closely, but after the introductory chapters, it becomes its own story. I have read other books by author’s trying to imitate Adams’ style, and though they were good authors when writing their own books in their own way, they were rotten facsimiles. I felt that Gareth Roberts got as close to Douglas Adams’ style as possible, he understood his humour and knew how to balance it so it never went overboard. I enjoy the newer incarnations of the Doctor, so I was not very familiar with Number 4, but it didn’t really make it any harder to get into the book. I rather enjoyed this read.


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Jun 30, 2013

"Terribly funny, terribly thoughtful, wish I could remember the name of it, something about thumbing a lift, and there were towels in it, I remember that, yes, let me think - oh yes, of course, it's called The Hitch-"

He was interruped -

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