CBS (ended 1990)
I have to say, I'm a little concerned about this book. The author made a big thing about the fact that she spelt Jo Anderson's character's name wrong (Dianna instead of Diana) and cites Diana as an "unusual" spelling. The main spelling of that name that I've encountered is Diana, so I don't know where she got the other one from. I'm sure it wouldn't have been that big a job to change it, using a search and replace function which I'm pretty sure is included in all word processing software. Still, if that's the only flaw, then maybe we're in for a great read, and not just some poorly written fanfic
I too have read the first chapter online, and I have to say that I'm glad I did, cos now I won't be blindly rushing to buy the book. It reads like an entire history of life in the Tunnels - and that's just one chapter! Lord knows how much other superfluous background information is in the rest of the book. I mean, for a book that's aimed at true fans of the show, it really wasn't necessary to include quite so much detail. That being said, the author has been extremely thorough in writing the history; I just wish she had divided her writing into 2 books, one being a companion book to the show, the other being the novel.
Can I just point out that I was not writing a review of the book, as one person seems to think? Having had my book reviews published for several years, I feel it would be unprofessional to review an entire book based on a single chapter. Yes, I was expressing an opinion, and I thought that this forum was here for that very purpose. I'm sure most readers would form an opinion of a book while reading the first chapter. I am not trying to put others off buying the book; I merely made the point that I personally thought there was far too much background material in it. I admire the author for the work and devotion she has put into the book, and I wish her well, but I would encourage others to read the first chapter (which is helpfully provided on the website) and form their own opinions.
Well, I've read the book now (it took me a day and a half!) but I have delayed writing because I wanted time to think about it. Overall, I enjoyed it. The author has been imaginative in how she has tied up some of the loose ends and has done it in a believable way. There were parts that I didn't like - I don't think I needed to know the intimate details of Vincent and Catherine's relationship but others might find it completes the story for them. Now, a week later, I find myself thinking of them with the happy ending we all wanted and that's a nice feeling. So, thank you to Laurel Cain Haws for writing this book. Long live Catherine and Vincent!!