After a rather fraught weekend [don't even ask], I had a lovely surprise when I bought a copy of SFX magazine today. Reviewer Paul Kirkley has given the first two releases of my new Sarah Jane Smith audios four stars out of five. Here's what he had to say about them in his rather glowing review...
'Both Buried Secrets and Snow Blind play like Sarah Jane's greatest hits, with our heroine getting caught up in Italian death cults (a la "The Masque of Mandragora"), stranded in an Antarctic base ("Seeds of Doom") and being temporarily blinded ("The Brain of Morbius"). Hell, she's even paired up with Harry Sullivan's step-bother.
'Fortunately, both pieces work well in their own right as exciting, action-packed Girls' Own adventure tales, with an ongoing - but nicely unobtrusive - Alias-style story arc about Sarah being the subject of an ancient prophesy, which promises plenty of intrigue ahead.
'An endearing mix of Doctor Who, John Buchan and the adventures of Tintin, these would sound perfect hissing out of an old wireless on a cosy Sunday evening. But they're not bad played on your iPod, either.'
Not sure where the comparisons with Tintin come from, but it's a long time since I read any of the Jimmy Sommerville's lookalike's cartoon adventures. Also, I'd forgotten about Sarah being temporarily blinded in Morbius until reading this review! Still, the review makes some perceptive observations and who doesn't love a little praise?