Crazy Hugo Project ’11: Chicks Dig Time Lords

TinyCat “helps” with posting.

Actually, the full title of the book is: Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women who Love it but that was too long for the blog title. So I just used the first part. I also had to return the book before I knew it was a Hugo nominee so thank you to The Literary Omnivore for having a nice pic for me to yoink.

So. “Related Works”. I wasn’t planning on doing this category but badmovie wanted to read the book and I have a thing about using my Book Minion perks for other people because that’s not really what they are for. On the other hand, if *I* read a book my minion has gotten for me and then lend it out to someone else, that seems a perfectly acceptable way to save money, time and pare down unnecessary steps. After all, badmovie’s just going to have to order the book up anyway so why not save everyone the trouble and have him borrow it while I have it? So I read it. Then it became a nominee and now I’m going to go get the rest of them.

There are 28 submissions by women all detailing some aspect of Dr. Who which sings to them. As one can imagine, some stories are awesome, some are good and some are stories that I read. None of them are bad but somewhere in the middle of the book I decided that I had heard enough from fan writers yet the book had a few more stories in it of that type. For me, it made things drag since I’m not really in to fan writing and I don’t know the big powerhouse fan writers so when “Jane Who” talks about who dot net (or whatever, I can’t remember who the fan writers were) it’s just not as gripping as the story by John Barrowman’s big sister, or the stories from Mary Robinette Kowal or Catherynne Valente, authors I do recognize. I was intrigued by the woman who ran a Dr. Who fanzene and the story about the one woman who became a Whovian con organizer (and also made fan movies) but that would have been enough for me.

All in all, there were more stories I really enjoyed (Torchwood Babies! Oh so cuuuuute!) than there were stories that were just sort of there (the two interviews didn’t grab me at all). If badmovie hadn’t asked me to set my book minion to work I don’t think I would have read the book at all. Am I glad I did? Mostly. Maybe about 80 to 85% glad. I’d even read certain stories again and I grabbed a couple reference materials on woman studies theory to look up later but I probably won’t get back to the book anytime soon if at all.

Still to read: Bearings: Reviews 1997-2001, The Business of Science Fiction: Two Insiders Discuss Writing and Publishing, Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, Volume 1: (1907–1948): Learning Curve, and Writing Excuses, Season 4,

1. Chicks Dig Time Lords

2010: TinyCat sitting on the keyboard…can’t type.

2009: She has a large butt.

2008: Do I even post here anymore?

2007: Apparently not.

2006: JSFR: Kinako Pocky (soybean)

2005: Damnit, I knew I should have put more points into “read mind”

2004: Ooo Ooo Ooo! News from the Seeds of the Damned!

2003: So here you go: The Tea report. No tea, still mold, wetter mold than last I updated.

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