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Posted February 26, 2005
This story - the better for being true - moves quickly from revelation to revelation of astounding yet small-time duplicity, and of the gullibility all too common among those who wish to do good. Getting to know the anti- heroines (without being burned by them) is alone worth the price of admission. There is something pricelessly absurd about a self-proclaimed Warrior whose ultimate weapon is the fake suicide attempt. ____________ Unusual among true crime stories, this one concerns major players - both con artists and dupes/avengers - who are women. The action takes place in a fandom centering around a group of men, the LoTR actors, of whom only one plays more than an elusive background role in the book. There is much food here for thought about sexual and gender politics. ____________ While the story is dramatic even on a quick read, more of it would be accessible to a wider variety of readers if more background information were given; for instance about the organization of an international on-line fandom, the typical requirements for the success of a fan convention, or the IRS regulations concerning non-profit status. A great deal can however be gleaned from the text, with attentive reading. ____________ A serious discussion of transsexuality and whether that is a relevant issue would have strengthened the book's focus. It is currently an unexplored subtext that has distracted some readers from the primary story. ____________ The second part of Appendix A could, with a a bit of narrative added to the chat transcript, stand on its own as a very funny short story about clashing agendas. (Too bad that would probably not be quite legal.)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 26, 2004
Posted December 20, 2004
This book is amazing. The twist and turns and the lies and deciet. What a hell of a swindle. Fans ripping off fans. I should say psycho fans ripping other fans. Celebrities fooled (Sean Astin will be red faced over this for quite sometime) Hello, HBO, Showtime, have we got a premise for a movie for you!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.