Torchwood: Department X, an (audio) book review.

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks of course, another audio book review, and an old one. This is another one of those books I listened to and was behind on reviewing. But before I start, a more personal update.

Torchwood, Department X

I don’t know how many posts I’m able to do in the next couple of weeks. I’m extremely busy. My mum got a new house, so I’ll be helping her out with that. Work hours are still increasing, spending time with boyfriend (always important!) I’m also trying to manage a bit more sleep, seeing that I don’t function well on an average of 4-5 hours a night. I also need to do a lot in and around my own house besides the usual cleaning and stuff. As I am writing this, a handy man is fixing my bathroom. (Well seeing as I didn’t finish writing this post, the handyman was last week, this week they are refitting some gas pipes underneath my house, oh how I love spending my day’s off, waking up early and getting a work crew inside my house.) I’m really behind on my TV series and reading (which I do most now when I travel to and from work and at night, but then again, I need to sleep as well) and I promised you guys a transcript.

A transcript? Yep, I was interviewed for a Dutch geek site and did a lovely podcast, but seeing as it is all in Dutch and I have a lot of English speaking followers, I thought it would be nice to make an English transcript out of it. But I haven’t started yet and it will take some time to actually translate it.

If I have any free time left I’ll try to write a couple of posts and spread them across the week to be put on my blog. I hope I can manage at least two for today, maybe three, but that depends on how tired I am. (My bed is calling from upstairs to go sleep some more, but I’ll try to stay strong, hihi).

Oh and I’m also prepping for my visit to London at the end of March. It’s a sort of work related thing. My work provides outings and trips and workshops which you can attend for a nice reduced price. So that’s why I’m going to London. But since I’m also one of the staff members who helps organize these kinds of things, that means I can play one of the tour guides for my colleagues. Which I love to do. And since boyfriend is coming with me, and he never has been to London before, we are trying to plan what to see and what to visit. Since I want to update my Doctor Who merchandise (think forbidden planet and such) and he wants to go sightseeing all the touristy things.

But enough personal update, let’s start with the review and as always be beware of spoilers:

About the book:

Title: Torchwood, department X

Author: James gross

Narrator: Kai Owen

ISBN 13: 9781408466650

Version: Audio




Synopsis according to Goodreads:

G.R. Owen is the last of Cardiff’s old department stores. Times are hard and the ancient firm has gone into administration. But who are the Administrators? What goes on behind the shutters at night? And why are customers disappearing?

Torchwood are already investigating; G.R. Owen is the site of their oldest unsolved cases, and Jack is determined to solve it before the store closes forever – which is why Ianto is working undercover in gentlemen’s fashions and Gwen is in handbags.

Are the new managers really aliens? What connection do they have to the mysterious G.R. Owen himself? And is Jack the only one looking for the Department of Curiosities, last seen in 1905?

My thoughts:

Yeah! Another book narrated by Kai Owen. I love his voice, it has something soothing to listen to and he does have a nice play with words when he reads parts for different characters. That and the Welsh accent makes it for me fun to listen to. But I wonder, in the other audio books / drama’s I listened to. They tried to let the story be narrated by one of the actors playing a lead role in the particular book. They didn’t do it this time. Which makes me wonder if no one else was available? But I am really pleased with Kai!

So the story. Something fishy is going on in G.R. Owen (come on guys! I know Russel T. Davies had this thing with names where everyone is called Jones, but do the writers of the Torchwood novels also have to start? It’s getting really confusing!) And it’s invaded by the men in black, or a man and a woman in black. They are taking over the department store and need to interview all the staff and management. And because Jack is also looking for something he sends the two remaining members of his team under cover.

Ianto is working the clothes department. So be prepared for some cheeky jokes when he is getting Jack fitted into a new outfit. And what’s up with that? Does Jack still doesn’t know that Ianto told a lie about his dad being a tailor and thus he knows a lot about it?

And Gwen is deposited at the handbags section. How more stereotype can we get? Gay guy in men’s fashion and a woman in the handbags.

Seeing the department store doesn’t get that many customers, it leaves plenty of time to snoop around for the Torchwood team. And Jack playing dress-up as a sort of Mafioso in a terrible outfit. The two creepy (wo)men in black are up to no good and there are fridges involved with dead people. (The next Torchwood audio drama is linked to this one, remember the fridges?)

The department store is also trying to keep out Jack and I lost count at how many times the poor man is killed over and over again. But they eventually find the lost department of curiosities and make a surprising discovery.

This is a good Torchwood story, although not one of the best out there. I love that this takes place before children of earth so we still have half a Torchwood team. God I miss Ianto! I know we whovians are always complaining about Moffat, but I think Russel deserves a fist shake as well. Davies!!!

But the story is funny, entertaining, has a brilliant cast, is read by Kai, what’s not to love?

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This story gets 7 out of 10 from me!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek Mendy.


Torchwood: Ghost Train, an (audio) book review

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks. I hope you’re not tired of all the Torchwood books I’m reviewing. But I have this thing when reading book series I want to read all of them back to back instead of taking breaks in between, so that’s how you end up with all these reviews. As always, and I keep warning you, spoilers:

About the book:

Ghost TrainTitle: Torchwood: Ghost Train

Author: James Gross

Narrator: Kai Owen

ISBN 13: 9781408466667

Format: Audio book




Synopsis according to Goodreads:

It’s not easy being Rhys Williams. You’re married to the sexiest woman in Torchwood. She saves the world for a living, you move Lorries round in a timely fashion.

Suddenly, you’ve got a mystery of your own. Oh, it starts off being about missing fridges. But it leads to a midnight train pulling into an abandoned platform at Cardiff Station. What is the mysterious cargo that Rhys is unloading from the train? Where’s it going? And what can be behind it?

Rhys Williams is going to get to the bottom of it. All by him, thank you very much. Soon Captain Jack is missing, his wife’s dead, and it’s up to Rhys to try and put everything right. And find those fridges…Written specially for audio by James Goss, Ghost Train is set before the Children of Earth TV story and features Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones, as played by John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd in the hit series from BBC Television. It is read by Kai Owen, who plays Rhys.

My Thoughts:


This is one of the more fun books of the Torchwood series. It takes place somewhere between season 2 and 3 I think and its read by Kai Owen, who plays the lovely Rhys Williams in the Torchwood TV series. I’ve listened to more audio books by him and he does have a nice voice for narrating these kinds of things.

It’s funny to see the whole Torchwood experience through the eyes of Rhys and how he deals with all of it. Starting with missing fridges, calling in the help of Torchwood, not getting any. Trying to be Sherlock bloody Holmes (in his own words). And how he sort of fails to notice the whole of Cardiff burning around him, solely focused on solving the mystery. He follows up a lead to the train station and from there on out things go crazy. Bloody Torchwood.

It’s one big paradox time travel mess, or as the Doctor should say, wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff. And don’t I agree. He encounters Gwen as shape shifter, travels back in time, stays at Ianto’s flat, overhears some stuff he really wants to wipe from his memory, leaves his own clues in order to not mix up timelines. Saves Captain Jack Harkness and eventually everybody. Hurray for Rhys.

The story is so funny and amazingly well written and narrated; this one is one of my favorites. And again one I would have loved to see as an episode on TV. Can you imagine Rhys on the run from himself and… another version of himself?

And although this isn’t one of the darker Torchwood stories, it does somehow capture that distinctive Torchwood feeling rather good.  And I do like the fact that it’s written from Rhys his perspective. It makes him stronger as a character, while in the TV series and other stories, Rhys is just this faithful boyfriend/husband of Gwen Cooper. Doing everything she asks, no mind of his own, and (in the later stories) always buying nappies for Anwen.

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Again, high appraisal from me, I rate this story 7.5 out of 10

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

Torchwood: Long time dead, an (audio)book review

Hi my hot cute girly geeks, I’m still catching up on my book reviews. Next up is Torchwood: long time dead, another audio book I enjoyed while going to the gym. And remember as always, spoilers!

About the book:

Long time deadTitle: Torchwood: Long time dead

Author: Sarah Pinborough

Narrator: Indira Varma

ISBN 13: 978-1620647202

Format: Audio CD

Synopsis according to Goodreads:

Cardiff Bay. The government has ordered the excavation of the wreckage of a secret underground base. DCI Tom Cutler is watching from a distance, fascinated by the process. There are people in his dreams. People he feels he should know.

The disbanded Torchwood Institute spent a century accumulating non-terrestrial artefacts and catching aliens. Who knows what – or who – might still be intact down there. But by the time they find the first body, Suzie Costello is long gone.

My thoughts:

Wow, this is one of the better Torchwood books / audio books out there. Let me start with the fact that it is read by Indira Varma, who plays Suzie Costello in the Torchwood series. For you who don’t remember her. She was killed in the first episode as a member of Torchwood 3 going dark. Then had a brief return thanks to an unexpected side effect from the resurrection glove, tried to kill Gwen and her dad. After that she is mentioned a couple of times throughout the series, but nothing more. So I was really surprised to find a story solely based on Suzie Costello.

This story takes place post Children of Earth. The hub is destroyed; the Torchwood team doesn’t exist anymore. Tosh, Owen and pour Ianto dead. Jack missing in action and Gwen and Rhys on the run. Turns out psycho bitch Suzie had installed a special something something to insure her return. And boy is she back.

Ok, the beginning of the story is a bit confusing, different story lines being explained. How Suzie came back to life, again, with an alien devise sewed in her belly. The cleaning up of the hub, strange murders taking place and people disappearing in the shadows.

But throughout the story things become more clearer and clearer. And we get to see a whole different side of Suzie Costello. Her hopes, her fears, her dreams, her reasons for killing and loving, and the deep, deep hate for Captain Jack Harkness. I loved the fact that this story made her more human, and it captured the feel for Torchwood really good.

We also have a surprising guest role by Sergeant Andy Davidson, knowing more than he can tell his superiors and being a sneaky bastard by calling Jack.

This is one of the books I really would have likes to see as an extra episode in the TV series. Suzie is an amazing complex character that deserved this story.

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My ratings, sometimes I hate the fact that I can’t dish out half stars on Goodreads, but this story is a 7.5 out of 10 worth.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek.

Torchwood Fallout: an (audio) book review

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks of course.

My latest book I read, or listened to is again one in the Torchwood series, and this one is Fallout. It’s a short one, just over an hour long. Not as great as some I listened to, but it’s still Torchwood. Sit back for my review and remember, as always, spoilers!

Torchwood falloutAbout the Book:

Title: Torchwood: Fallout

Author: David Llewellyn

Narrator: Tom Price

ISBN 13: 9781445871943

Format: Audio CD

Synopsis according to Goodreads:

When Yasmin finds a jewelled egg in her grandfather’s shed, her first thought is to sell it. Unfortunately, the object is no valuable Faberge antique, but a dangerous weapon from another planet. Worse still, the buyer she finds online is a Russian secret agent working for the Committee for Extraterrestrial Research, who promptly swipes it, kills her brother Sayed and lands her in hospital.
When Sgt Andy Davidson realises that he’s not dealing with an ordinary double shooting, he calls Gwen Cooper, who breaks the bad news about the egg and its deadly contents. With no Torchwood to help, and Gwen in America, it’s up to Andy and Yasmin to follow the trail of the ‘Shiva virus’ – all the way from Cardiff to the British Museum…

My thoughts:

I do love the fact that these Torchwood audio books are mainly read by the cast itself. And seeing that this particular book is mainly about Sergeant Andy Davidson, it’s only fitting that Tom Price, the actor playing him in the series is reading this story.

And although this isn’t the best one in the series. It feels like, seeing this is another post Miracle day story, the authors are trying to get the whole torchwood world into words, but not really succeeding. In that regard I love the Exodus Code far more, that one is also post Miracle day, but seeing as John Barrowman wrote the book and he is more up to speed with the Torchwood and Doctor Who world. (Side note, John comes up with the story and his sister Caroline does the actual writing).

What I do like is the fact that fateful sergeant Andy now get’s a bigger part in this series and has the lead role. I feel we haven’t seen enough of him in the TV series, although it always kept me guessing that he did far more work then suggested. He seems like the guy cleaning up after Torchwood and keeping the whole alien thing secret, and not getting credit for it. But after all he did have a crush on Gwen Cooper, so that’s his motivation for it.

One of the other things I really like, is that is partially takes place in London and the British Museum. The fact that real-life stuff is used in fiction novels (or audio books) in this case and I actually visited the British museum a couple of months ago, makes it more realistic to listen to the story. I don’t know, it just gives it that extra something and you. And if you have an exceptionally good author and a great imagination you can depicture just about anything. But listening or reading about people going into the British museum and trying to save the world is still kind of cool in my opinion.

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I give this book 6.5 out of 10. It’s fun and lovely, but as I said, not as good as previous books about Torchwood I listened to.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

PS: Sorry about the strange placement of the buttons, I struggled with it for over an hour and whenever I see my post in the edit proces it looks good, but as soon as I update the post they go all wonky. I hope I can figure this out for the next post. Again sorry!

Torchwood: Army of One, an (audio)book review.

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks of course.

As promised, more book reviews. Although this doesn’t really count as a book, it’s an audio book, more an audio drama really. But if Goodreads counts it as I book, who am I to disagree on it?

Remember, as always, spoilers!


Synopsis according to Goodreads:

Washington D.C., post Miracle. The city has been hit by a spate of very unusual serial killings. The victims are different ages and genders and the locations vary, but each body has one thing in common, it has been reduced to a dried up, desiccated husk. Special Agent Lucas Avery has dealt with some tricky puzzles in his time, but this is stranger than anything he has ever encountered. His one lead is a pair of names: “Gwen” and “Rhys”… For Gwen Cooper and Rhys Williams, still recovering from the recent, traumatic events that shook the world, life is about to get difficult and dangerous again. For it’s not just Homeland Security on their trail, but something else, something alien, terrifying, and deadly…Written specially for AudioGO by Ian Edginton, Army of One is read by Kai Owen, who played Rhys Williams in the hit BBC America series.

My thoughts:

This one was really short, just a bit more than an hour, but still, loads of fun to listen to, while I did my exercises in the gym. (I hate going to the gym, listening to audiobooks makes it a bit more bearable).

The story is post Miracle day (season 4 Torchwood on TV) and Gwen, Rhys and Anwen are still in the US. It’s not really made clear if they are still on the run or that they are just enjoying a nice holiday.

Gwen is experiencing strange migraines that aren’t really migraines and she and Rhys just tapped into one of the Torchwood safety deposit boxes to get some money (a lot of money actually). Also, there are strange murders going on.

Special Agent Avery does have a lead, Jack, Gwen, Rhys, and then only Gwen and Rhys.

Meanwhile, when Rhys is out shopping. (How I love the fact that Gwen tricks him into buying nappies in just about every book/audio book post Children of Earth) When suddenly he is being picked up by men in black suits, tossed into a van and driven off to an unknown location.

Gwen sees all of this happening and she flees with Anwen. (Story of their lives really) while Rhys finds himself being questioned about the strange murders and put into a holding cell/camber with more men called Rhys Williams, all of them from the UK. (That was so funny)

Gwen finds out she is psychically linked with the murderer, a sort of alien cuckoo and she tries to find it using that link. She takes Anwen with her and she finds herself end up in hospital (and the award for not being parent of the year goes to…)

Meanhwile, Rhys is convincing the other men called Rhys that his Gwen is coming to save the day. Gwen wakes up in hospital, which turns out not to be a hospital and is actually being held in the same building as Rhys. The cuckoo finds her by impersonating, or rather body snatching another alien while Gwen is yelling at Avery to call Rex, in case you forgot, that annoying CIA agent from Miracle day.

Gwen escapes the cuckoo, saves the day, rescues Rhys one till thirteen and is reunited with Anwen.

I love the basic story idea and as far as I know it’s not done in book form. Which is too bad, because the plot is really thin and things aren’t explained. It’s more a happening of events, really short, the end. But is has humour in it and sometimes it’s just nice to listen to a short audio book instead of the 5 or 6 hours from the previous two I listened to.


I’m in a good mood; the shortness of the story came at the right time for me. SO I actually gonna rate this 7 out of 10. Compare it to a food. If you are looking for a really good hearty and filling dinner, skip this. I’ve you’re in the mood for instant satisfaction and going to your favorite fast-food restaurant, then listen to this story. That and I love the fact it was read by Kai Owen.

Love, your hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

Cabin pressure, an audio comedy sitcom review

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks.


I’ve been thinking about which review to post next. I completed two books (well audio books really) the last couple of days and I promised you to keep up with my reviews as well as reviewing the books I read last year (thank god for Goodreads) But I also started listening to Cabin Pressure and since the first episode of season four will be on the radio tonight I decided to do this post instead. And I find myself being really busy these last couple of days.

I’ve been increasing the hours at work since my recovery from surgery is going well, I’ve been reading like crazy, still going to the gym twice a week. And since I don’t have my housekeeper any more (I had one after my surgery) I now need to do everything myself again. I swear, when I grow up I’m gonna hire a housekeeper myself, as soon as I can afford one. I’ve also been really busy with social media and thinking of topics for my blog, helping out a friend, thinking of how to woo a nice guy, turning my mum into a geek, get distracted by YouTube video’s, editing my Torchwood story, writing on my other story, thinking on how to adapt yet another story of mine into something completely different, still fail at sleeping properly. I swear one of these days; people are going to mistake me for a vampire.

So I’m gonna cheat a bit on this review and copy a lot of text of the official BBC4 radio website ( and just let you guys know what my thoughts are on this particular show. Because it wouldn’t be fair to get credit for something I didn’t write myself and you know, I think the website did capture it perfectly.

Synopsis according to the official website (see link previously mentioned):

Cabin Pressure is a sitcom about the wing and a prayer world of a tiny, one plane, charter airline; staffed by two pilots: one on his way down, and one who was never up to start with. Whether they’re flying squaddies to Hamburg, metal sheets to Mozambique, or an oil exec’s cat to Abu Dhabi, no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

It’s written by John Finnemore, writer for The News Quiz, The Now Show, and Mitchell & Webb; and stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement, Starter for Ten), Roger Allam (The Thick of It, A Cock and Bull Story) and Stephanie Cole (Doc Martin, Housewife 49).

Character description according to the official website:

CarolyneCarolyn Knapp-Shappey (STEPHANIE COLE) is at last, at 64, free of her awful husband, pleasingly not free of his private jet, and ready to show the world what she’s made of, by running the slickest, most successful, most profitable charter air firm ever seen. And were it not for her crew, plane, and passengers, she would do. An ex-stewardess, and a woman of formidable energy, formidable competence, and formidable formidableness, she is continually frustrated by the incompetence or irresponsibility of the sort of pilots who are prepared to work for the money she’s prepared to pay.

Captain Martin Crieff, for instance. Martin (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH) has wanted to be an airline pilot since he was six, and before that he wanted to be an aeroplane. And naamloos2now, in his early thirties, he finally sort of is- although as Carolyn points out, MJN Air is not exactly an airline. You cannot put one aircraft in a line. If it’s anything, it’s an airdot. But nonetheless, Martin is at last a professional pilot, and a captain to boot, which is one in the eye for all those people who told him he’d never make it: parents, teachers, prospective employers… examiners. No doubt other things like spatial awareness, natural authority, and ability to make decisions under pressure will come in time. For now, the main thing is the desperate struggle to stop passengers mistaking him for a steward, a baggage handler, or the YTS lad.

DouglasThis is not something that troubles his trusty First Officer. Douglas Richardson (ROGER ALLAM) is an effortlessly charming, authoritative, dark-brown voiced smooth old sky god. He’s twenty years older than Martin, and spent most of those as a captain for the mighty Air England, before finding himself unexpectedly on the job market after a difference of opinion with Hong Kong customs about whether having seven silk kimonos stitched inside one’s jackets indicated one was a smuggler… or simply a lovable eccentric. Having to sit in the co-pilot’s seat, fly drunken city boys to Biarritz, and then hoover the plane afterwards is not how Douglas imagined the last ten years of his career, but with a wife to support, and two different flavours of alimony to pay, he’s not in a position to be choosy. And on the bright side, there’s Martin to tease, and… well, there’s Martin to tease.

Meanwhile, passenger service is provided by Carolyn’s excitable son, Arthur Shappey. Arthur (JOHN FINNEMORE), like Martin, always wanted to a pilot, and, like Martin, was Arthuralways told by everyone he’d never make it, and so, unlike Martin… he isn’t one. However, his Mum has let him be the steward, and his boundless enthusiasm for his new role is only matched by his boundless enthusiasm for pretty much everything else he ever sees or does. He’s particularly delighted to be allowed to serve Martin and Douglas- in his unshakeable opinion the two greatest aviators to take to the skies since Wilbur and Orville.

My Thoughts (this is actually something that is written by me and not copied of the official website):


A friend of mine from Italy pointed out this show to me on facebook. The fact that it has Benedict Cumberbatch in it and I am sort of in love with his voice made it into a no-brainer for me to get my hands on some copies and listen to all the seasons in just under 2 days. It is absolutely hilarious. I think my neighbours are a bit spooked my me, cause I listen to them on Cabin Pressure, recordingmy mp-3 player while I’m at home. So they only hear me laugh and not that I’m playing some music or watching TV. And my god did I laugh.

How could you not? MJN airlines, or My Jet Now, that is just brilliant. Stephanie is playing such a good role of the divorced former stewardess, trying to run this airline with her stupid Cabin Pressure, spot the Lemonson, a pilot who is insecure as hell and works for free and a first officer who is far too smart for his own good. She is constantly tired by keeping them all in check, working out schemes to get a profit and just being sarcastically as hell.

Benedict Cumberbatch, I swear, if the man was reciting his grocery list I would still listen to it. That voice… But he is so funny. I’ve seen him act in Sherlock and immediately loved his acting work, being al serious and playing an awkward Sherlock, caring for the people around him while maintaining his own claimed sociopathic status. In this role it’s completely different. He is actually funny! And I somehow wish they would make this into an actual series on TV. Just to see him act instead of listen to him. How he constantly must remind everyone he is indeed the captain of the airplane, never wins a game from his first officer, being torn between the threats that his boss makes and the constant not so serious advice from his first officer. And actually a soft sweet spot when you listen to the Christmas episode. And I find it funny that he plays a short character in this audio comedy sitcom, because in real life he is 6ft (1.83m) which is quite tall. I wonder what Sherlock would to say about Martin if they ever met…


Cabin Pressure Martin and DouglassRoger Allem in the role of faithful first officer, well, not exactly faithful. He looks like the captain, sounds like the captain, was a captain once before, knows everything a captain needs knowing and is really smart. He comes up with all these schemes, loves to tease Martin (Benedict) tries to fool everyone around him and not entirely sure he only does it for amusement or is actually kinda mean. But he does play it rather well.

John Finnemore playing Arthur. To keep on the Sherlock thing, he is like a 5 year old Watson. Has this huge admiration for everything Captain Martin says and does, thinks everything is brilliant. The only difference being he is dense as can be. He’s always cheerful, always sees the best in people, admires everyone that is smarter than he is (not that difficult really) believes everything you tell him and just has this thing that you don’t know whether to cuddle him for being so dense and cute or Cabin Pressure 2strangle him because he is always so damn cheerful and happy and annoying.

By the way, Anthony Steward Head has a small part in it as well, playing Herc, another Captain and a love interest for Carolyn.

But the series is really brilliant, funny, withy, well written and well played. The interaction between the characters is amazing and the trouble they get into and how they get out of it is something that just keeps you enthralled to listen to it more.


I actually rate this really high and I’m giving it 9 out of 10. And as you know me, I don’t grate that high that often. An absolute must hear, so catch it tonight on BBC4 radio at 18.30 UK time, if you go to the website you can listen to it on the BBC player, even outside of the UK (I checked) so once again the link:

Cabin Pressure

And until my next review, love your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy