Taste Test – Happy Village Gently Dried Strawberries

These dried strawberries from Happy Village are sourced from Turkey. Dried fruit was a staple on my canoe trips back in the day and my favorite was always the strawberries. This brand is sweetened with concentrated apple juice.

Dried strawberries are chewy with a slight gritty texture due to the seeds. The sweetness can vary from brand to brand with these being moderately sweet

8 out of 10

Doctor Who Extended Media Review – Placebo Effect by Gary Russell

Placebo Effect by Gary Russell was the thirteenth novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor novel series. It featured the Eighth Doctor and Sam Jones. It also featured Stacy Townsend and Ssard, a human and Ice Warrior respectively, who had travelled with the Doctor in the Radio Times comic stories and the 1997 Unofficial Annual (see review here). 

The Doctor and Sam go the the artificial planetoid Micawber’s World to attend the wedding of the Doctor’s former companions Stacy and Ssard. Unfortunately Stacy and Ssard fly off to their honeymoon shortly into the novel and are not a part of the narrative afterwards. The main flow of the story centers around a drug trade and some murders involving the Foamasi and the Wirrrn. There is an interesting use of time travel when the Doctor leaves to pick up Stacy’s parents for the wedding and takes several weeks giving them a tour of the universe while only being gone a few hours away from Sam. I also like when Sam challenges The Doctor for never mentioning Stacy and Ssard to her making her lie to them to spare her feelings. It is reminiscent of the scene in the series when The Doctor tells Rose why he never mentioned Sarah Jane to her. The book was a little slow and I wish there was more of Stacy and Ssard, 7 out of 10.

Doctor Who Extended Media Review – Dr Who’s Greatest Adventure

Dr Who’s Greatest Adventure is another of the continuing adventures of the Peter Cushing Doctor from the original Amicus movies. This is the twelfth novel/anthology from Obverse Books featuring the Cushing Doctor. This novel also features an appearance of The Fourth Doctor and Romana crossing over from the OG Doctor Who Unaverse.

I have been enjoying these Dr. Who books and this one was exceptionally satisfying. In addition to the continued adventures of the good Doctor and his family we have an appearance of the Fourth Doctor and Romana from the “real” Whoiverse and some of Guy N. Smith’s Killer Crabs thrown into the mix. We also have two new companions for Dr. Who; Mei Li and PC Blake. The villains of the piece are the Zygons and Silurians. The book rolls along with alternating narratives following Dr. Who and the Fourth Doctor until they eventually meet up towards the end of the novel. A rollicking good time 9 out of 10.