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'As long as people have lived here, they've gone out of their way to avoid the woods...'Two teenage girls disappear into an ancient wood, a foreboding and malevolent presence both now and in the past. The modern motorway bends to avoid it, as did the old Roman road. In 1917 the Doctor and Amy are desperate to find out what's happened to Rory, who's vanished too.But somethi'As long as people have lived here, they've gone out of their way to avoid the woods...'Two teenage girls disappear into an ancient wood, a foreboding and malevolent presence both now and in the past. The modern motorway bends to avoid it, as did the old Roman road. In 1917 the Doctor and Amy are desperate to find out what's happened to Rory, who's vanished too.But something is waiting for them in the woods. Something that's been there for thousands of years. Something that is now waking up.A thrilling, all-new adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit Doctor Who series from BBC Television....

Title : Doctor Who: The Way Through the Woods
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ISBN : 9781849902373
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Number of Pages : 241 Pages
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Doctor Who: The Way Through the Woods Reviews

  • Lauren Stoolfire
    2019-01-28 14:56

    This Doctor Who tie-in novel, set during the sixth series, was a great way to kick off the readathon. It's a fun and fast-paced, creepy and mysterious, and the author does an excellent job of bringing the Doctor, Amy, and Rory to life. Definitely felt like I was watching an episode - I wouldn't say no if this were adapted to the screen either. Amy and Rory are one of my favorite fictional tv couples, and although they are apart for a good deal of this story they are spot on, especially good as Rory is remembering his two thousand year wait for Amy. If you're a fan of Doctor Who, you'll definitely want to give The Way Through The Woods by Una McCormack a try.

  • William
    2019-02-08 08:42

    If you judge by the spin-off novels, Rory Williams seems to be a more popular character these days than either Amy Pond or the program's namesake. The latter two are fairly well characterized in "The Way Through The Woods" (except for a couple jarring and completely out-of-character pop culture references about role-playing games and the like), but Rory's clueless everyman is so easy to imitate (and offers such a better vantage than does The Doctor or a TARDIS-savvy Amy), authors apparently all want to have a go with him. You also notice pretty soon that however well written, The Doctor as a character is hardly present here. What keeps the novel afloat then is it's use of the conventions of time-travel: jumping into segments of a non-sequential story midstream, keeping the reader just out of pace with events, etc. Despite the nitpicking, this was a simply plotted but well told tale that you could imagine working as a show, and it's better than many of the episodes from the early days (faint praise here!). If you're a fan, it's worth the cost of admission.

  • Melissa
    2019-01-28 15:49

    Delightful. Captured the show's characters perfectly. Great pacing. It felt like I was watching the show. I'm so glad to find these! I hope they're all written as well as Ms. McCormack. Don't bother with reviews stuck on the difficulties with the time travel bits. No story about time travel is ever tidy. Just go with it and you will enjoy yourself.

  • Ariana
    2019-01-24 08:49

    Originally posted on: The Quirky Book NerdI have been a Doctor Who fan for a long time now, but I have only discovered this series of novels that connect to the show within the last year or two. Suffice it to say, finding them made me quite excited, particularly because it was during a hiatus between seasons. A few of these stories come out along with each new season and star the current Doctor and companion at that time. Now that I have read through quite a few of these novels, I will say that they definitely tend to be quite hit or miss, most likely due to the multiplicity of authors writing them. However, I am very pleased to say that this one fell into the “hit” category.Though the Tenth Doctor is my favorite from the television series itself, the Eleventh Doctor novels tend to be my favorites, and this one was no exception. The Way Through the Woods was an incredibly fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I sped right through it; it is definitely one of my favorite Doctor Who books I have read so far. This is one of the few instances where, as a reader, you truly want a novel to be reminiscent of another work. Since it is based off an already established collection of characters and stories, you do not want it straying too far from what you know and love. I felt that the plot itself was very characteristic of Doctor Who with just enough of the author’s personal touch to make it very satisfying.I am always a bit wary when the authors of these stories split up the Doctor and his companion(s); this is something that is extremely easy to execute poorly. Not having a good balance between each character’s storyline and the contribution they make to the overall plot can completely ruin a novel. For the most part, I felt that McCormack did a fairly decent job of balancing each character’s time in the limelight, though I do wish that the Doctor himself had played a slightly bigger role.I liked the intrigue of the plot; it kept me guessing and wanting to know more. There was a very mysterious and sometimes eerie tone and atmosphere in the story that I found to be quite good. The fact that this took place in multiple time periods while retaining a closely connected set of characters was another interesting aspect of this story and added to the overall mystery. I also really enjoyed McCormack’s writing style and the imagery that she produced. I had a very clear picture of all the locations visited by the Doctor, Amy, and Rory, particularly the woods and the location that Amy ends up in near the end.The author did an excellent job of capturing the Eleventh Doctor, Amy, and Rory individually as well as the interplay between the threesome. McCormack also created a great supporting cast of characters to complement them, and her portrayals of their interactions with the main three were done very well. Of course, one of the most important parts of any Doctor Who story is the alien or aliens causing havoc, and in this novel, I personally thought that the alien was fantastic.This book was very well crafted, with solid writing and a concept that was very imaginative and creative. Apart from a few instances of awkward dialogue and interaction and an ending that didn’t particularly blow me away, it had a very strong plot. I would have absolutely loved to see this as an actual episode of the show.I must say, I do tend to rate and review the books in this series on a much different scale than I would with other books, primarily because I do not expect quite as much from them. While these novels are not the greatest works of literature, they are extraordinarily fun to read, and I would highly recommend giving them a try if you are a Doctor Who fan.

  • Daniel Kukwa
    2019-01-18 14:33

    It's "Doctor Who" comfort food -- the plot is pretty standard haunted/creepy woods, with a bit of a twist. It's not a patch on the other two McCormack novels I've read, but it continues her great success with capturing the voices of the regular cast. A very pleasant distraction.

  • Stewart
    2019-01-31 10:41

    Adequate Doctor Who tale. Bouncing between eras was fun, but all of the nonsense that happened towards the end was a bit silly.Also, the concept of waiting for someone stuck in the past to do something is silly.

  • Nessa [October Tune]
    2019-01-26 08:38

    Read this review, and many more on my blog October Tune!After finishing this book, I started to wonder whether there are any BAD Doctor Who books at all. Though I wasn’t really a fan of Hunter’s Moon, I did enjoy it, but other than that I really loved all the DW books that I’ve read until now. Sure, I haven’t read ALL the DW books in the world yet, there are about 51 New Series Adventures books, of which I have only read seven. And then there are the Classic Series still, which have about 156 books. I’ll just go and read as much DW books as I can, so I can find out if there really are bad Doctor Who books.But now onto this one. I haven’t made a lot of notes for this book, because I was really into it (I finished it within twenty-four hours). I really, really loved it, and I would love to have seen this one as an episode. I liked the way it was written, and like I’ve probably said earlier, I don’t mind the changing POV’s at all with the Doctor Who books; because in this way you find out more of the story through other people’s eyes.This story was mostly written from both Amy and Rory’s POV’s, seeing as the Doctor spend most of his time in a cell at the Police station. At first I suspected the Weeping Angels to be the reason why people disappeared, and I actually hoped they’d be (even though they weren’t on the cover of the book), but alas, it turned out to be a different alien (which sounded awesome to me as well).There is one part in the book, that I just really loved, and I am just going to quote it. It does have a tiny spoiler in it, but it’s not a very big part of the story.(view spoiler)[“And Rory knew he would – for Amy. His amazing, wonderful, alarming, smashing Amy, the memory of whom flooded back into his head now. Rory nearly cried to think he could ever have forgotten him.” (hide spoiler)]Rory was thinking about how he spend two-thousand years waiting and protecting the Pandorica (in the episode ‘The Big Bang’), because Amy was inside that box. And this quite is just wonderful, because Amy and Rory are my favourite fictional couple, and this sentence just reminds me why I love them so much, because they love each other so much they couldn’t bear to live without each other.I loved how in the end everyone got their happy end, and yeah I just really loved it, I haven’t got much more to say about it.

  • James Barnard
    2019-01-31 09:51

    The rules of fiction apply everywhere, even in a franchise where your hero travels through all of time and space in a spaceship disguised as a police box. I’m thinking particularly of the theories of Levi-Strauss and others, which suggest there are a relatively small number of tales available to tell, and every story you experience is either a variation or combination of those. Logically, then, a writer’s success depends not so much on originality as the ability to present old ideas in a refreshingly new way. In which case, Una McCormack’s novel deserves considerable praise for being as good as it could possibly be.It may sound like I’m being a bit disingenuous. I don’t mean to be. Perhaps it’s because, with its trappings of folklore, time travel and the inevitable explanation involving alien visitors, there’s something so very familiar about all this. There really isn’t anything wrong with that, especially not when it’s all woven together so very well.And, of course, the interplay between the regular characters feels absolutely right, and – the true mark of a successful spin-off book like this – all three ‘sound’ like the TV characters they’re based on. The Doctor is the right blend of eccentricity and firmness of purpose, Amy is both forthright and compassionate, and Rory is allowed to be the self-doubting but immensely courageous hero he was conceived as.Strong, solid stuff and well worth a read. It’s a lot weightier than some of its stable mates – it’s aimed squarely at a readership of young adults rather than teenagers, and is none the worse for that. This is a winner.

  • Megan
    2019-02-02 09:37

    This was the second full-length novel Una McCormack had written for Doctor Who, the first being The King's Dragon (also 11+Amy/Rory). I was slightly worried when I picked up this one because The King's Dragon was incredibly similar to the story of Beowulf. I thought The Way Through The Woods with a wolf on the cover would be her version of Little Red Riding Hood or something. But it was not. By the way, there were no wolves in the novel. Bad deceiving cover!McCormack's latest Who novel was a lot better than her first one, even though I've gave both of them same grade. They are receiving the same grade for different reasons. The Way Through The Woods had an excellent story. I was really intrigued by the mystery of Swallow Woods and the hundreds who disappeared into it every fifty years. I read this novel much faster than my usual reading time. However, around a little over half way through the novel when the mystery starts to become unraveled and you find out what's really going on, the book started to go downhill. It became less interesting and you were left with a feeling of 'that's it'? Although someone for a change takes the Doctor up on his offer on taking them to another planet.The characterization in my opinion was rubbish in this novel. I thought it was great in The King's Dragon but McCormack missed the mark on this one. None of them really seemed like themselves; they all seemed generic. Find more reviews at Books A to Z

  • Paul
    2019-02-09 10:45

    J'ai hésité à ne mettre que 2 étoiles car le fil de l'histoire est assez décousu. En effet, il se sépare entre les péripéties que vit chaque membre du trio pérsent sur la couverture et j'ai eu du mal à garder le fil des tous les personnages secondaires féminins. "Alors, celle-là qui accompagne tel héros, c'est laquelle déjà? La policière ou la journaliste? La baby-sitter ou la vielle femme?" Peu importe finalement car ce sont les évènements et décisions de nos personnages préférés qui vont faire avancer l'intrigue.Une fois la lecture achevée, on ressent bien ce qui est décrit au début du livre à propos de l'auteur: elle a écrit des histoires sur Star Trek auparavant. Et on en a de nombreux rappels tout-au-long de l'histoire: (view spoiler)[les décors de vaisseaux spatiaux, les voyages dans le temps et la toute fin du livre, en vision éloignée des évènements, exactement comme le ferait un film, (hide spoiler)] montrent que le style d'écriture est fortement influencé par le septième art.Quelques détails encore m'ont gêné, comme l'image de la créature sur la couverture du livre, ne correspondant pas du tout à l'idée d'un homme-renard ayant les cordes vocales pour parler le langage humain, ou le fait que la femme enfermée de nombreuses années dans le vaisseau avec lui est décrite par Amy comme ne faisant pas son âge, pour ensuite être désignée par l'expression "la vielle femme" dans tout le reste du livre.A part cela, j'ai aimé ce livre. Les paysages décrits semblent féériques et tout-le-monde a ce qu'il veut à la fin.

  • Jacey
    2019-02-10 12:56

    Una McCormac: The Way Through the WoodsA Doctor Who novelI'm always wary of tie in novels. However well written they are never going to deliver surprises because the writers are not allowed to change canon. Having said that I'm always willing to read tie-ins by people I know and whose writing I admire and Una McCormack is one of those people. Already well known for her Star Trek DS9 tie-ins this is her first Doctor Who novel, though not her last. It’s a story featuring Eleven, Amy and Rory, set some time after Rory and Amy have tied the knot, and delivers a stand-alone story involving creepy goings on in a bit of ancient English woodland. Once every fifty years someone disappears. The locals know all about it, but there's a conspiracy of silence. Things are about to come to a head when a new policeman comes to town determined to get to the bottom of the latest disappearance. If only the Doctor wasn't locked in the cells he might be able to help, but Amy's on the case, only a hundred years behind Rory.At around 50,000 – maybe 55,000 words, this could be read and enjoyed by anyone of 9 and upwards but adult Whovians won't find it beneath them. It achieves an excellent balance. The story is intriguing, slightly surreal, a bit scary and some nice tension, but not gory and with a nice satisfactory ending.

  • Meagan
    2019-02-15 07:39

    I really enjoyed this one. All of the characters (Amy, Rory and The Doctor) had good characterizations and actions that were believable. Amy at some points though when she was talking to the reporter seemed a little off but that could be explained by other ways. But the story was good. The constant describing of the time loops got a bit excessive and a bit confusing but it all sorted out in the end. It's like as the reader you had to learn along with everyone else, and be a little confused in the process. I liked Rory in this book, he seemed like his normal self even when he didn't have his memories. Though not really sure how that happened, I must've missed something in the book but I was so confused when Rory suddenly woke up and his memories were gone. Una McCormack did a fantastic job putting the Doctor into words with his jumpy actions and his awkward moments. This would've been a good story to ploy out on TV. The descriptions were beautiful although a bit confusing at times too. That was the only problem with the book with me, though it doesn't bother me anymore with Dr. Who, is that you could get very easily confused.

  • Bailey
    2019-01-22 13:45

    I just want to say that the cover is very misleading. It has nothing to do with wolves. I went into the book thinking it would be kind of like Little Red Riding Hood. That is because it is about girls going missing in a forest and there is a wolf on the cover. It is nothing like that.These are my 2 updates when I was reading the book. "I do like it so far, but the conflict seems to be resolving already. I am worried about the rest of the story. There is either a plot twist or it just draws out." "The last 60 pages has felt like the end. Like just as the story feels like it is naturally ending something else happens or is said to make the ending go on longer. I feel like this story could have been finished in like 150 pages."This is the reason why I rated the book 3 because it really seemed to drag out. The book was right around 250 pages, I think it could have been around 150 pages. The last 10 pages were great. I think the ending was really cute for the story, it's just the middle part of the story went on for too long. Overall I would read another Doctor Who book because I do like them. The 2 I have read do read like an episode of Doctor Who.

  • Kevin Giebens
    2019-01-28 08:55

    Is that a werewolf on the cover? You mean this will be a story about missing girls involving a werewolf? Alrighty then! Count me in!Until you start reading...I was a bit dissapointed with the fact that the story didn't feature the threat of a werewolf. Instead, it featured a 'werefox' called 'Reyn' who isn't even a real antagonist. He is just an alien who tries to get home, and doesn't know about the bad things happening around him.It's a fun story that reminds me of a good old-fashioned murder mystery, with the exception of time-travel and it being a 'missing' mystery instead of murder.And of course, how could it be a Doctor Who story without Rory getting in the most trouble?I love how Una McCormack managed to develop the companions, sometimes even more than the Doctor himself.But I still think this story would be so awesome with a werewolf in it!

  • Jules Jones
    2019-01-23 08:30

    I bought this one because I've known the writer for years and have admired her writing since back when she was writing fanfic in My One True Fandom. It should be assumed that I am not capable of giving an unbiased opinion, but this book is full of squee for me. The characterisations for Eleven, Any and Rory feel right, and there are some nice secondary characters in this tale of a town where ever since Roman times, if you go into the woods today, you're not only sure of a big surprise, you'll never come out again. The Tardis crew have a good idea of what's going on, but in order to fix the problem before the woods eat more than just the odd stray, they're going to have to find the physical source. And the only way to do that is to take the Tardis to just before a disappearance and have someone with a beacon follow a disappearee. What could possibly go wrong?

  • Mark
    2019-01-19 08:34

    A lot better than some of the Doctor Who novels I've read, but also not as good as some others. The charcaterizations of the Doctor, Amy and Rory charcters were a lot closer to the mark of their TV counterparts than the last Doctor Who book I'd read (The Dead Of Winter). The plot was decent enough but was very similar in places to The Glamour Chase (another fairly recent addition to the Doctor Who novel library). It also held a lot of similar scenarios to the TV series and has obviously looked to that for inspiration (The Curse Of The Black Spot inparticular). Not that that's a bad thing but it did give the whole novel a sense of familiarity and therfore didn't seem to venture into anything drastically new and daring in the Whoniverse. The text was quite easy going that overall made this a nice quick enjoyable read if not a massively in depth one.

  • Derek Brown
    2019-02-14 11:41

    Fans of the show know that time can be rewritten. Now if only endings could also be.Put simply, this was just not good enough to be a Doctor Who story. The title character is barely in this, and when he is, he's hardly a part of the narrative at all. Amy and Rory independently solve basically everything, and the part that the Doctor does play is just to tie things up at the end. He's a tertiary character at best. My biggest gripe though is the resolution. Yes, the show has established that time can be rewritten, but the resolution rewrites time such that it creates paradoxes within the narrative of the story itself. Which the show would never do. Ahem, Ruby Porter, for example. If the BBC are looking for other low quality Doctor Who stories that don't represent the characters or follow the rules as laid down by canon, I'd be happy to write for them. I could hardly do worse.

  • Kathy
    2019-02-09 12:49

    Mostly I read these books because, in addition to being a Doctor Who fan, they are light, compact, and sturdy for carrying to the gym, with type that's easy to read on the treadmill or ellipses. That said, I still enjoy reading them. "Way Through the Woods" has terrific characterization (great voices for Amy, Rory, and the Doctor, as well as all the original characters), a great alien menace and backstory, and a really, really, REALLY upbeat (as in "The Doctor Dances" happy) ending (not really a spoiler).It's really nice to see in these Doctor 11 books that the authors have taken to Rory the way a lot of us fans did -- he's a marvelous presence here, delightfully befuddled and still a hero.

  • Meg
    2019-02-06 09:40

    You've read/seen/heard this Who plotline more than enough times before. There's a mystery, a source, and a hand waving resolution based on someone talking a lot of piffle. The Doctor carries on smugly.This book offers little except making me hate Amy and even Rory. As acted they at least have charisma, but in text they're just rude and have a relationship based on everybody beating up on Rory. Rory's eleven's Martha. A decent guy with an education and useful career who disappears into the role of making someone else look desirable and clever.Full disclosure: I've disliked most of Eleven's run and Amy and Rory have never been favorites. If you like them, you may like this. It has some of the tics that serve them in lieu of personalities.

  • Beth
    2019-02-05 09:45

    A beautiful book that truly understands time travel and how time in the past/present and the future ripples out and affects the whole of reality. This book perfectly captures it, with many different perspectives to view from; it shows how time has changed. This is very powerful as it allows the reader to notice the eeriness of the woods. This book is definitely one of my favourites as it is one of a few books that has Rory in where he isn't kidnapped. Many of the books portray him as a damsel-in-distress but in this book it shows him as an important character that isn't just Amy's wife (which is what he is focused on throughout many portrayals).A great book which I highly enjoyed; I definitely enjoyed the twists and turns that kept me page turning.

  • Hannah
    2019-01-24 11:27

    Fun, with some interesting themes - war, desertion, AI - and the original characters mostly hit the mark. Rory has some great stuff, and gets to explore a range of emotions - I particularly liked his anger at the ship when he realizes it's been draining his memories - but the same can't be said for Amy and the Doctor. The Doctor's presence is minimal, and Amy's role could be given to anyone. There's nothing uniquely "Amy" about it. She doesn't really grow or learn anything, and she doesn't contribute to the story's resolution with any particular skill or character trait. Really this ends up feeling like Rory's story, with Amy and the Doctor surplus to requirements.

  • Nicholas Whyte
    2019-01-26 07:47 good, spooky Who story, one that you could easily imagine being an episode from the current series - indeed, it has a number of plot similarities with The Girl Who Waited which I suppose is coincidental. The actual plot, concerning a mysterious woodland in which people vanish without trace every sixty years, is allowed unusual primacy over the regular characters, with most of the viewpoints coming from inhabitants of the village near the woods. Very nice characterisation of the Doctor. I must say that in general this year's crop of Who novels have felt more assured than last year's.

  • Angela
    2019-01-18 08:45

    This was a good stand alone Doctor Who story featuring the 11th Doctor and Amy and Rory. The author accurately portrayed the idiosyncrasies of the Doctor and Rory, I felt that Amy was a bit lacking. Overall this was an interesting story-a little own near a wood that no one will go near because something evil lurks there and you may never come out. Don't let the cover scare you, while there was a were-beast it wasn't scary or trying to hurt anyone. I enjoyed that the book allowed for more time to develop the supporting characters and at the end we got to know how their lives were changed after meeting the Doctor and his companions. Over all a light, pleasant beach read.

  • Mel
    2019-02-04 13:44

    I did enjoy this. I think it was let down a bit by having so little of the Doctor in it. He only had a few scenes in prison for the first two thirds if the book. But there were some interesting new characters and there was a nice time travel element. I liked the spooky wood and the way it had become part of the culture. The mixture of present and past was done really well. I particularly liked the world war 1 setting. Rory sitting in the pub by himself and drinking just had such a strong feeling of reality to it. The book was a nice mystery and had a really nice plot and resolution. Definitely one of the better Who novels.

  • Mr. Goldberg
    2019-01-24 10:30

    This would have made an excellent episode. I hope that if they ever make another episode out of a novel this would be high up on their list. The story begins with a mystery that stretches back to at least the Bronze Age. In England there is a town with a road that curves away from the woods. The road has always curved from the woods. Even the Roman road curved away from the trees and Roman roads are always straight. People are disappearing into the woods and it is up to the doctor to save the town because sometime in the next week the town is flooded leaving only a small lake behind.

  • raja Jbara
    2019-01-18 12:30

    This was the first Doctor who novel I've read , and I am disappointed , the blurb made the story sound really awesome (they tend to do that sometimes) , but the story was just a disappointment , the Doctor plays no part in the novel until the last chapter where he comes in and swoops the victory , I didn't even recognize amy and Rory's characters ! , these 200 pages can easily be made as a quick read , This was more like a fantasy book than a scifi , and with Doctor who that would be alright if done properly , but in this case it was just so underdeveloped !

  • Thetravelingpanda
    2019-02-12 13:32

    An interesting Doctor Who novel (finally a "good" 11th Doctor novel). The plot is mysterious and is not like any episode from the series. The characterization is overall similar to the show especially for Rory. It is set in 1917 although it does not seems to be very important, it could have been set in any period actually it would not have changed anything. That's what I did not liked in this novel, one of the point of Doctor Who IS time travelling so if there is no important time changes compared to our period there is no real point in setting it in another time period....

  • Elise
    2019-01-29 11:35

    This is the first Doctor Who book I've picked up and read. I suppose I was assuming that they would be book interpretations of previous episodes, but I was wrong, and I couldn't be more thrilled. McCormack does a lovely job of capturing each character's personality on a page, something I previously wondered possible. 10/10 recommend. I will be reading more of the Doctor Who books in the future. I leave one star open with the hope that the stories will only become even more exciting than this one already was.

  • Stephen Osborne
    2019-02-17 10:55

    This was a Rory book with a bit of Amy and just a tiny bit of the Doctor thrown in mainly at the end. That's not necessarily a bad thing, because Rory is such a great character, but this story seemed too slight and tame for my liking. We get fairy tale imagery and spaceships that warp reality and time shifts and... Eh. I really liked the way the story unfolded in the first few chapters, and maybe that was the trouble. That creativity didn't follow through. Still, an enjoyable adventure if you don't worry about it too much.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-12 10:28

    This was definitely an OK story - some elements were good entertainment: the doctor in custody in particular and the scenario of the seriously creepy woods that the motorway goes round and the local bobbies wriggle out of searches in but somehow the whole thing didn't quite hang together. Emily Bostock, the grieving young woman from 1917 is a delight and works well with dependable Rory (we know he is, she doesn't) I love the idea of the werefox. But fundamentally I got to the end and didn't quite understand what had happened.