While reading Gareth Roberts’ Shada – the fantastic novelisation of Douglas Adams’ legendary lost Doctor Who serial – did you secretly wish that the pages were not bound by stitches between two slices of cloth-covered cardboard but were glued and mounted between paper and indeed paperboards?
Did you wish and hope that one day (say 31st January) someone would make that crazy idea a reality and fashion a ‘paperback’ version of the book SFX called a ‘delight’; and then colour that book the same shade of red as the unofficial novelisation (the shade of Shada?) and then release it for sale to the general public?
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to see the spine crease as you read on and on, to dog-ear the corners as you stow it away for the daily commute and to be able to bend the cover to make it conducive for bath time reading?
To be able to read a plot summary like this one on a flexible paper back cover:
Inside this book is another book – the strangest, most important and most dangerous book in the entire universe.
The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey is one of the Artefacts, dating from dark days of Rassilon. It wields enormous power, and it must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.
Skagra – who believes he should be God and permits himself only two smiles per day – most definitely has the wrong hands.
Beware Skagra. Beware the Sphere. Beware Shada.
These are the dreams of a madman I know but indulge me and perhaps one day you too will be able to pre-order a ‘paperback’ copy of Shada from Amazon for just £5.59.
What’s more, if you listen to the current podKast, you could be in with a chance of winning a copy!