Bored of Review

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Title: Bored of Review
Creator: Paula Smith
Date(s): March 1981-late 1983
Medium: print
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Bored of Review was a regular feature by Paula Smith in five issues of the print zine Warped Space.

Smith also wrote several related essays in the letterzine S and H. See Why Review, How to Review, and What and Whom to Review in 1982.

"Bored of Review" is a loose continuation of the zine review column by Sharon Ferraro called Notes from Captain Dunsel in Menagerie between 1973 and 1976 [1], something Smith explains up front: In the column's debut in 1981, Smith wrote:
Here you are, folks, a brand-spang new feature exclusively for you readers of WARPED SPACE. (And if this looks suspiciously like an old feature from some other fanzine ... shh.)

At least two of the reviews were reprints from the letterzine S and H, something that is not noted in Warped Space.

Comments by Smith: 1981

We started the first review column (first 'Notes from Cap'n Dunsel,' later 'Bored of Review') because we wanted to publish our reactions to the zines we'd read. Our only positive crusade, good writing, we carried out in part by refusing what we considered poor stories, and critiquing in depth the ones we too on. [2]

Format and Philosophy

From the column's debut:

Most of the 'zines are getting to be non-Trek these days, which presents a special challenge to the reviewer to check her prejudices. But it's still fandom, and still a Way of Life, and a good 'zine is still a joy forever.

After each review there are three numbered ratings, my opinion about the Content (writing quality or originality), Graphics (standard of artwork and lay out), and $ Worth (value for money paid). More precisely:

Content

1) Badly written or totally illiterate
2) Generally poor, nothing outstanding
5) Average, all mediocre or both good and had
4) Generally good, nothing really bad
6) Well-written and intelligent

Graphics

1) Rotten art or blotched printing, lost pages, etc.
2) Occasionally faded printing
5) Readable thruout; art mostly resembles subjects
4) Competent artwork
5) Superb art and layout

$ Worth

1) Borrow it
2) Caveat emptor; buy it only if you're a completist
3) Up to you
4) Recommended, esp. if you can get it without postage
5) Gold. Buy it

Warped Space 45

Legends of the Lost Weyr #1, Gryffon's Star, Games of Love and Duty, One Way Mirror, Echerni: The Lightfleet Letters, Paladin #1 (reprinted from S and H), Zebra Three #5 (reprinted from S and H)

Warped Space 46

Dagger of the Mind, The Price and the Prize, Sun and Shadow, Cheap Thrills #1, Future Wings Flypast, Sol Plus #8

Warped Space 47

unknown

Warped Space 48

Trinary #1 and #2, Skywalker #6, Passage to Arms, Imperial Entanglements, Fesarius #5, Half You, Half Me #1, Strange Justice, Syndizine #3

Warped Space 49

Irish Fool Special, April Fool Special, and The Sentimental Fool Special, Timberlake Sendings, Pegasus #6, Galactic Discourse #4, Vault of Tomorrow #4, Pushin' the Odds, The Faces of Time #3, The U.N.C.L.E. Special #1

Fan Comments

I don't know if I'm looking forward to Paula Smith's 'zine review columns ... she seems to hate everything. I like Jane Aumerle's reviews better ... even when she's criticizing something, she does it in a constructive manner. [3]
A new feature made its debut in WS #45, the 'Bored of Review' column. Paula's reviews are concise, witty, and she does not mince words -- a good guide for the cautious zine buyer. [4]

References

  1. While this column ran between 1973 and 1976, formal reviews only appeared in three issues in 1976.
  2. from the editorial in the final issue of Menagerie, by Paula Smith
  3. from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  4. from Jundland Wastes #4