Monday, January 26, 2009

Do you know what cheapies are?

"getting your cheapies": def. being overly pleased with yourself, often as a result of some outside agency

The lovely, tasteful Damon (who I don't even know!) has been reviewing the entirety of the Craig Hinton fanthology, Shelf Life, and got to my own little contribution today.

And he liked it! I am so totally getting my cheapies!

No Place Like Home by Stuart A Douglas
We are on the very edge of Whoniverse here. This is an Iris Wildthyme story although Iris herself is little more than a framing character. This really belongs to a pacifist Cyberman, a pair of individualist Sontarans (who rebel against the clone world by wearing a hat with a feather in it or a leather jacket), and a loner Auton who doesn't want to be part of the pack. In case you hadn't guessed - this is a comic piece that vaults the highest bar by actually being funny. And it gets better on a second or third reading when you can go back and enjoy the little throwaway lines instead of powering ahead to find out what is going on.

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Blogger Scott Liddell said...

Think "Chesire Cat on a promise"

2:22 pm  
Blogger Ross Douglas said...

Think: Can't read the damn thing without signing up for the site. FFS.

12:04 am  
Blogger Stuart Douglas said...

I quoted the most important bit!

9:04 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad to see someone else is still getting their cheapies.

However - "big cheapies" was a very dismissive term. I remember once gleefully exclaiming (age 10 or 11) "Hey everybody, they've got subbuteo in the other room!" for my enthusiasm to be deflated with a retort of "Big cheapies."

1:28 pm  
Blogger Stuart Douglas said...

That's certainly true - 'big cheapies' was the more scathing, Scottish version of 'big deal' or 'big whoops' (which I also remember from the same period).

1:46 pm  

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