Hardback: 166 pages
Publisher: Gollancz (21 Sep 2006)
One guess as to what this is parodying. Yes, it's another Roberts instant pisstake. The author does write thoughtful stuff under the Adam Roberts name, but ever since he did a Tolkein takeoff under this name, he's become a bit of a specialist in the art of taking the fashion du jour, giving it a light twist and removing the serial numbers, and pumping out a nearly instantly forgettable parody. Which is not to say this is bad - unlike what some writers could have produced - just that it's not really good either. He does poke at the obviously silly inconsistencies, such as the Doctor's unremarked paternalistic tendencies (most obviously shown in the Christmas episode of a year back, when the Doctor effectively destroys a PM who has made her own decision to defend her people), and there are some amusing bits, but in the end, it's a piece of fluff.
Not exactly challenging, but then, it's not expected to be.