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 on: August 14, 2018, 08:52:48 PM 
Started by Ocicat - Last post by Ocicat
PodCastle 535-536: The Threadbare Magician

Rated R, for cursing wizards and magical desires.

Originally published in Genius Loci: Tales of the Spirit of Place.

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 on: August 14, 2018, 02:49:47 PM 
Started by divs - Last post by divs
Escape Pod 640: Paradise Regained

AUTHOR : Edward M. Lerner
NARRATOR : Roderick Aust
HOST: Tina Connolly


My head hurts. I expect it: this is winter. I want it to be spring.

Paradise does not ask what I want.

The winter is young, and I think the dogs are not yet so hungry as to attack me. Still, I hold tight to my spear. Dogs or no dogs, the spear helps me walk through the knee-deep snow.

Only trees show above the snow, and I do not know what is under. In winter, asleep, the plants cannot scream when I step on them.

Because they are asleep, Father told me. Long ago. Before Mother died. Before I left home. I did not understand what he meant. I do not now.

I think Father is gone, too. “Watch the flag,” Father told me, long ago, pointing at the tall pole that stood near Ship. “I will change the flag every day. Unless … I can’t. Then you must come. You must.”

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 on: August 13, 2018, 10:56:41 PM 
Started by divs - Last post by acpracht
Anticipating here...
I have a couple suggestions for anyone struggling with the unique syntax and lexicon of this story (trust me, the whole staff knows this one has a larger "ask" than usual from listeners).
First, if you have the time, give this one a second (or more) listen. When on audio production, I often listen to episodes multiple times, and found that this one sunk in more with each listen. It was sort of like immersion with a foreign language.
Second, I'd encourage you not to stress out too much about comprehending every word... Or even every sentence. That way lies madness.
Consider it like you would a Shakespeare play. When I see Shakespeare performed, I'm not picking up every word, but I still get what's happening because of the performance - the tone and the way certain bits are stressed (which, if I can brag, I think Tren nails. His reading really aids comprehension).
Let it wash over you like Shakespeare... Or an abstract or impressionist painting. I think it will take on more meaning if you take a step back and squint a little.
And if it's not your bag... Well, that's ok, too. Smiley

 on: August 13, 2018, 02:49:08 PM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by harrietpodder
This might be a spoiler but I don't know how to hide spoilers so hopefully somebody else could help. The static place in the story  made me think of the sunken place in get out

 on: August 13, 2018, 07:07:04 AM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by Scuba Man
The post-story commentary helped me enjoy this episode. As I listened to it, I wondered if the protagonist was suffering from dementia (and we were experiencing life from her point of view).

 on: August 13, 2018, 06:00:47 AM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by Moritz
This story worked for me. I almost thought it went more into Podcastle territory (not that that would have been bad), but then it didn't.

I have a Ukrainian friend who played the fainting game as a teenager and he still claims it was the most normal thing to do...

 on: August 12, 2018, 08:14:52 PM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by Scuba Man
 This might be my first negative response to an Escape Pod story. Angry

It came across as a remake of a 1960s Twilight Zone episode. If I try to be charitable, I'll assume the story was about...
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Ah, well. Fast forward to the next episode.  Undecided Undecided Undecided

 on: August 11, 2018, 07:48:39 PM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by HalloweenB
It had a very “Get Out” feel for me. Somebody taking over your mind/shared consciousness. But I loved how the author created an almost schizophrenic feel to the beginning rather than just setup a bland slowly spinning out of control world. There was tension from the start. And referencing the MC in the first period son gave it a jagged creepy vibe. And the ending left questions

The narrator lent herself to a slightly unstable stepford wife kinda vibe. I could hear the glass getting ready to shatter in her reality but with a sense of danger to what was underneath. Not quite full on insanity but a sense of “I’m about to slit a throat if I don’t find out what the hell is going on” as opposed to”somebody hold me”

And both of them together left the question and creepy notion’s okay to forget yourself for peace...? That thought of losing ones identity is terrifying to me. A great story.

 on: August 11, 2018, 03:12:55 PM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by countblackula
The narrator did a terrific job, but the story's tone and topic wasn't for me.

I mean "Think of it like the best macaroni and cheese you’ve ever had." - I've never had macaroni and cheese...


 on: August 10, 2018, 09:39:10 PM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by Bdoomed
PseudoPod 607: Take A Walk In The Night, My Love

by Damien Angelica Walters
Narrated by Justine Eyre
Hosted by Tonia Thompson

Take A Walk In The Night, My Love” was first published in The Madness of Dr. Caligari in 2016.

He is a good man. Remember that. He is a good man.

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