Friday, May 11, 2018

Mad Norwegian Press

I am still continuing with my interest in Pop Culture and the publishers Mad Norwegian Press have been a great source. Their collections of essays on a variety of geeky topics have been winners thus far, in the month of March the topics were Dr Who and Joss Whedon for my choices. "Whedonistas" and "Chicks Dig Time Lords" provide a look into fans and fandom from a female perspective. I have always been more of a solo fan as meaning I don't go to MeetUps or belong to chat groups. In the last few years since moving to SeattleI have started going to more conventions and my daughter has become a fan, thus the topic of Fandom has been piqued.

One of the main focuses of Mad Norwegian Press is Dr Who and the women who love it. Dr Who was probably the first fandom my daughter and I have totally shared, the Tenth Doctor is our favourite followed by the Eleventh. As we discover more about each others interests we seem to be overlapping and sometimes veering away from each other. This may be largely due to the fact that she is getting older and is developing more of her own opinions. I have always exposed her to my interests but it is only more recently that she puts more of her own spin on them. Graphic novels or comics have long been an interest of mine, she seems to like Manga better which is fine. We are both being exposed to the others reading preferences in this area and we both occasionally will read the others book. Now if we could convince her father that they count as Literature we would both be happy.

"Chicks Dig Time Lords" edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O'Shea was a fun read. It is not something to read for academic purposes it is more of a primer to the reasons why it attracts female fans. It is one of those books that if you like a particular essay perhaps you will be inspired to pursue a topic mentioned or to find out more about the author. I will often research the author to see what else they have written or why they were selected for the compilation. This leads down the rabbit hole and sometimes the result is wonderful, sometimes not so much, but I am good with either tho the wonderful results are preferred. A couple of the essays made me think about how that particular author reacted in that manner to one specific episode or character. One introduced me to Big Finish. Big finish is a British company that produces audio books and plays based primarily on cult science fiction properties. Reading this book introduced me to a wide variety of offshoots to the world of Dr Who.

I also enjoyed "Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them" edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Deborah Stannish. Most of the essays are about Buffy or Angel though Firefly, Dollhouse and Dr. Horrible also make an appearance. They are all written by women who are part of the fandom created by these shows. This book was published in 2011 and presently there are a lot of mixed feelings in relation to Joss Whedon but I still think he created work worth viewing and it was nice to read all the different viewpoints.

Catherynne M Valente contributed to both of the previous books mentioned and so in April her book made it to my reading pile. "Indistinguishable From Magic" is a compilation of essays and blog posts, broken into 5 subgroups. Catherynne is an author who loves fairy tales so her name has come up before in my reading choices. I have a wide selection of fairy tale books both old and new and I enjoy reading authors like Catherynne's revamping of these tales. The topics covered in this collection include publishing, writing, editing. genre, pop culture and the list goes on. Anyone who is interested in writing fantasy or books for young adults would benefit from reading this book.

Mad Norwegian Press books have been a wonderful addition to my always growing collection of books :).

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