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Title: EP042: Practical Villainy
Post by: Swamp on October 13, 2009, 03:13:05 PM
EP042: Practical Villainy (

By Janni Lee Simner (
Read by Stephen Eley.
Musical guest: Jonathan Coulton (

The first thing I want you to know is that I drowned those kittens for a reason. Villains rarely do anything without purpose, and I’m no exception, to that or any other rule. Irrational, passionate acts are for heroes, with their bright armor and their grand ideas, their conviction that with enough heart they can right any wrong, unravel any curse. My dragons were once well-fed on their kind, and their skulls still decorate the spikes above my gates.

Rated PG. Fictional animals were harmed in the making of this podcast. Also knights, damsels, dragons, and medieval economies.

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Title: Re: EP042: Practical Villainy
Post by: monkeystuff on October 15, 2009, 10:57:06 AM
I liked this story,  I think that no matter how many ways you look at something, there is another perspective that your not seeing...  In this case the story had a rather humorous perspective.   8)
Title: Re: EP042: Practical Villainy
Post by: Unblinking on January 20, 2010, 05:21:42 PM
This one was very fun!  I tend to like stories that take an overused setting and look at it from a different perspective.  I like how he insisted throughout that his every action was practical but my opinion was the same as the daughters--there were more practical concerns to getting rid of the nuisance of the kittens.  It'd be an interesting story to see his daughter return to attack his stronghold!  If Escape Pod is ever offered that story I hope they buy it!

Oh, and great title!  It set up the story very nicely.