The Crooked World

The Crooked World
Quite possibly the worst cover for any book, ever. I mean it. What were they thinking?
Quite possibly the worst cover for any book, ever. I mean it. What were they thinking?
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Author Steve Lyons
Doctor Eighth Doctor
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The Crooked World is an Eighth Doctor Adventure, written by Steve Lyons, with possibly the worst cover in the history of Who books.

Plot

The Eighth Doctor and his forgettable companions (they may be good in other books, but I haven't read any others, and they're fucking boring here) land on a planet were reality is determinated by collective consensus. Because [BACKSTORY REVEALED IN FINAL CHAPTER], it is entirely populated by ersatz cartoon stars (and ersatz anime stars, but we don't see any of them). They accidentally introduce free will and consequences to the planet, and all hell breaks loose.

Reception

Pretty good. Feels somewhat like Terry Pratchett in its story and themes (serious ruminations interspersed with comedy, skewering present-day pop culture), though not its writing style. Manages to not be edgy despite being about cartoon characters living with the consquences of their actions, i. e. Ersatz Jerry gets his head ripped off, and then Ersatz Tom gets PTSD. The ending is shite though; a character is revealed by the Ersatz Scooby Gang to have been pretending to be God for no real reason, we get a two-paragraph (though still satisfying) explanation of why Ersatz Toontown exists, and then the story retcons one of its most important and emotionally significant moments.