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Reading Roundup: Sapphire and Steel by P. J. Hammond

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07 November 2011 | 10:09 pm

Sapphire and Steel by P. J. Hammond
London: Virgin, 1992 (1979). Mass market paperback, 135 pages.  Used bookstore purchase (online), October 2010.

The spookiness of Sapphire & Steel came from the visuals and mood more than anything else, and so Peter Hammond is at a disadvantage in this novelisation of the first television story, given that he's not exactly the world's greatest prose stylist.  It's still good, though-- the first story was always the best Sapphire & Steel tale-- and Hammond is able to make up for the lack of visual and auditory cues by entirely filtering the story through the perspective of Rob, the young boy whose parents have been swallowed up by Time.  Never since have Sapphire and Steel been so utterly unknowable.

Steve

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