April 4th, 2013


Links I found interesting for 04-04-2013


April Books 1) Chicks Dig Comics, ed. Lynne M. Thomas and Sigrid Ellis

But what fueled my fire, what bolstered my righteous rage, was the thought that Captain America, and all the other heroes of my comic book fantasies, would not let this stand. (Jennifer Margret Smith, "The Captain in the Capitol: Invoking the Superhero in Daily Life")
Mad Norwegian Press must be pretty pleased to have two books in the running for Best Related Work in this year's Hugos (the other being Chicks Unravel Time). It is less my cup of tea, to be honest; my knowledge of comics is rather inferior to my knowledge of Doctor Who, and this book is clearly for enthusiasts. (I was also a bit puzzled to find that the foreword is by a man, and there are two interviews with male creators, which seems to me to contaminate the "Chicks..." brand.)

However, there were some interesting pieces. Jennifer Margret Smith's very political chapter (see quote above) spoke to me, though, and I found the two chapters on cosplay.(by Erica McGillivray and Anika Milik) very informative (perhaps because the authors did not assume much familiarity with the subject from the readership). Other chapters recounting the authors' love for this or that character or author I generally skipped. There are also some interesting stories about being female in a social environment that is male and not free of misogyny - though perhaps fewer than I had expected. This is generally a feelgood book by and for those who have stayed the course.

I'm afraid this won't be at the top of my Hugo ballot, but it may not be at the bottom either.

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Clarke shortlist on GoodReads and LibraryThing

I'm going to look back on these posts after all the awards have been announced, and see whether the online ownership statistics have any use at all.

Goodreads Librarything
number average number average
The Dog Stars, Peter Heller 8399 3.95 600 4.06
Angelmaker, Nick Harkaway 2131 4.04 391 3.98
2312, Kim Stanley Robinson 1897 3.41 334 3.56
Dark Eden, Chris Beckett 215 4.09 56 4.12
Intrusion, Ken MacLeod 163 3.40 96 3.78
Nod by Adrian Barnes 23 4.61 7 5
NB that only one Librarything user has rated Nod, which is why that number is italicised.

Full shortlist is here.

I confess I had not heard of The Dog Stars, but it has way more readers than the others - getting on for twice as many GoodReads users as the other five combined.

Also interesting that the very few who have read Nod (or possibly NOD), which I also hadn't heard of, seem to rate it very highly.