Book Review: Forever Autumn by Mark Morris


“It is almost Halloween in the sleepy New England town of Blackwood Falls. Autumn leaves litter lawns and sidewalks, paper skeletons hang in windows, and carved pumpkins leer from stoops and front porches.

The Doctor and Martha soon discover that something long-dormant has awoken in the town, and this will be no ordinary Halloween. What is the secret of the ancient chestnut tree and the mysterious book discovered tangled in its roots? What rises from the local churchyard in the dead of night, sealing up the lips of the only witness? And why are the harmless trappings of Halloween suddenly taking on a creepy new life of their own?

As nightmarish creatures prowl the streets, the Doctor and Martha must battle to prevent both the townspeople and themselves from suffering a grisly fate…
Featuring the Tenth Doctor and Martha as played by David Tennant and Freema Agyeman in the hit sci-fi series from BBC Television.”
Read between: 27th October-1st November
Rating: 5/5
I picked this up over Halloween and it was perfect for the season. Having read a mix of genre’s in the month of October, I thought a bit of sci-fi wouldn’t hurt. As a Doctor Who fan I thought that this book was perfect for two reasons, one I have already mentioned (Halloween) and the other being that next Saturday marks the finale of Doctor Who series 8.
The story is based in America, Blackwood Falls to be more precise, and follows the Doctor and Martha as something weird starts to happen.
There is a very Buffy the Vampire Slayer element where the costumes turn into what they actually are, the only difference is that they’re all part of an alien scheme to use the humans as fuel for their spaceship. Creepy really.
What’s even creepier is that the aliens never speak. We never find out what they are actually thinking unless the Doctor is in the same chapter to translate.
I would ddefinitelyrecommend this book to someone who is a Doctor Who fan and is looking for something creepy to read, then pick this up. It keeps you going like any episode would, and you can really picture the character’s personalities. I read all of the Doctor’s lines in David Tennant’s voice, which for me, made it all the more part of the show.
It feels like you’re reading an episode. At the end of each chapter, you want to read on to find out what happens next.
It’s fantastic. It’s brilliant.
5/5 stars. 🙂

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