Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Book Review: The Torchwood Official Magazine Yearbook by Titan Books

Torchwood: The Official Magazine Yearbook
Publisher: Titan Books (Sept. 23, 2008)
Hardcover $14.95
ISBN-10: 1845769368
ISBN-13: 978-1845769369

The Torchwood Official Magazine Yearbook is the ultimate guide to the second season of the BBC's hit series, Torchwood. One of two immensely successful Doctor Who spin-offs, Torchwood really came into its own during its second season.

Included in the book are brief character biographies of each team member, a Season 2 episode guide, interviews with John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) and James Marsters (Captain John Hart), a set report from the filming of the episode "Something Borrowed", a tour of the Hub set, and five original short stories by Steven Savile, David Llewellyn, Andy Lane, Trevor Baxendale and Joseph Lidster. The short stories alone are worth the price of the book, but there are lots of other great features.

The yearbook is filled with full-color photos and behind-the-scenes information. If you've read the Torchwood Magazine, much of the content of the yearbook may be familiar to you. However, the magazine can be hard to track down in the United States. The yearbook is a great way to make the content of the (excellent) Torchwood Magazine more accessible to American fans, and it's truly a treat for any Torchwood fan.

Rating: 8/10.

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  1. I'm a huge Doctor Who fan and this review reminds me that I'd like to catch up on Torchwood. Captain Jack's Doctor Who appearances are always enjoyable. :-)

  2. Mari, it's one of my favorites as well. (By the way, have I ever told you how much I love your profile picture? I need a pair of knitting needles that size. They could double for vampire stakes at Halloween!)

    Ruth, another book reviewer with an awesome name! I adore Doctor Who as well. I think I watch more BBC television than American TV. (By the way, I've been reading your site, and we have some freakishly similar taste. I adore the Amelia Peabody series.)

  3. Ruth, is it all possible we're related? I KNOW I watch more BBC television than American TV. LOL! I've really enjoyed reading your blog and am glad I discovered it through the Favorite Pastimes blog (even though you won the Michelle Moran book contest! *g*).

  4. I left you something here: