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L.M. Myles contributed to the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords. Deborah Stanish is the editor of Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them, and contributed to the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords. Amal El-Mohtar is a Nebula Award nominee and a two-time winner of the Rhysling Award for Best Short Poem, as well as the author of The Honey Month, a collection of poetry and prose written to the taste of twenty-eight different kinds of honey. Her fiction and poems have appeared in multiple venues online and in print, including Strange Horizons, Apex, The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, Welcome to Bordertown, Stone Telling and Mythic Delerium. Joan Frances Turner is the author of the novels Dust and Frail. Diana Gabaldon is a renowned author known for such works as the Outlander series and the Lord John series.
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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mad Norwegian Press; 1 edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935234129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935234128
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tehani Wessely on December 3, 2012
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I'm a fairly recent Doctor Who convert. Early last year I became hooked thanks to wanting to watch the Neil Gaiman authored episode "The Doctor's Wife", so started with the Eleventh Doctor, and was so enamoured I went immediately back to the beginning of New Who and devoured the lot. Of course I have memories of watching Classic Who when I was a kid, with the Fourth Doctor, K9 and the Daleks being the only real things that I remember. And despite the best efforts of good friends trying to encourage me to embrace a bit of Classic Who now, I've struggled. Well, after reading Chicks Unravel Time, I just want to go back in time myself and be able to watch the whole of Doctor Who from the very beginning!

The essays in this book are passionate, engaging and fascinating, encompassing, as the subtitle suggests, every season of Doctor Who. As we lead up to the 50th anniversary of the airing of the first episode, I can't think of a better way to garner an understanding of the show in its entirety! Some authors focussed on characters, some on story, some on companions, some on production, but all, even those finding fault with some show elements, betray the writer's love for Doctor Who, and this more than anything was a key factor in my own enjoyment.

To be completely honest though, I do have a complaint - I simply wanted more! Some of the essays I really wanted to be longer, and I would have loved to see further exploration of the tie-in media (Big Finish audio plays and the novelisations etc) in relation to the characters being discussed. But really, when the one complaint is that the reader loves the books so much she wishes it was longer? That's a pretty good recommendation I reckon!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Wagner on December 2, 2012
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The "Chicks Unravel Time" collection is the companion (see what I did there?) volume to the earlier "Chicks Dig Time Lords", and fills a similar purpose: Female writers and fans expressing their love for Doctor Who in all of its' forms. But "Unravel" takes it a step forward, focusing on each era of the nearly 50 year old series - even the TV movie - with each contributor celebrating the triumphs and willingly dissecting the flaws. Nothing is whitewashed, and the series' often problematic relationships with gender and the role of women in the show are given an honest discussion.

It's a fantastic piece for the Dr. Who fan, and a perfect Christmas gift.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Haugh VINE VOICE on January 13, 2013
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This book is a good one because it well obeys my cardinal rule of writing about any TV series: it comes from a place of love. I get that there will be people who will not like certain aspects of Doctor Who or certain episodes. The show's been on too long for every episode to be genius. But both praise and bashing should come from an underlying appreciation of the show or, at the very least, the genre and medium. Too often when I read books like this I end up wondering whether the writers--supposed "fans"--even like the Doctor Who at all. There is no wondering that here. It is clear that every one of these writers is a fan, even when there are criticisms to make.

Of course, the "hook" of this volume is that the essays are all written by women. This does not lead to as many unique insights as one might expect but I did enjoy the varying analysis of the different female companions which comes up quite often here, as one would expect. There seemed to be a recognition of the fact that, for all the series is criticized for weak women, many of the companions are quite strong--Barbara, Liz, Sarah Jane, and Romana, to name a few. It may be the loss of stronger female that hurt the series in the eighties as Jennifer Pelland's excellent essay "The Problem with Peri" makes one think. But it's not all female companions. I also found Kelly Hale's essay on the TV movie to be top notch. Her argument that the TV movie despite its weaknesses and lack of success eventually led to the reboot of the series because of the novels and audio stories it inspired is compelling.

What is less compelling is the non-sequential ordering of the essays. Despite the "timey-wimey" argument for randomness made in the introduction, I did not find the argument or the ordering useful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marie A. Parsons on December 4, 2012
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The essays in this book, all by female fans of Doctor Whok, is a "must-have-and-read" book for **every** Doctor Who fan.

I have been a long-time fan of Doctor Who, since before the re-boot. Amongst all the books that analyze Doctor Who philosophy, time travel science, Episode guides, lost episodes, etc, it is ever so refreshing to see heartfelt and well-thought out analyses of episodes and Doctors, their significance and relevance.

As a female fan who is not particularly adept at searching out need for more feminist themes anywhere in literature, I confess one of my favorite essays was by K. Tempest Bradford, regarding the lack of female characters throughout DW (other than companions.) I also highlight Diana Gabaldon, explaining that Jamie McCrimmon was her inspiration for her Outlander novels. But highlighting those two out of the 24 essays does the entire book and all its contributors a great disservice.

I am not saying that readers would agree with every opinion and insight in the book. But it is definitely a book that could be the center of many panel discussions, especially as Doctor Who moves further and farther into the television future, with hopefully new companions and eventually perhaps new Doctors.

Oh, just buy the book for yourself. Give it to your fandom friends. Think about what the ideas held within it. And go re-watch Classic Doctor Who and see if you maybe agree with some of the essays after all.

Marie P.
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