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Reply #20 on: April 02, 2008, 08:36:00 PM
I just have to comment that after six months of waiting and finally seeing the story come up in the feed, I was very excited. And then, disaster struck! My stupid iPod Classic would. not. sync.  This happens sometimes.  No matter what I do, no matter what contortions I try, no matter how many times I disconnect, reboot, reconnect, beg, plead, threaten, and sacrifice virgins to the silicon gods of Apple, I cannot get it to sync.  And I had to leave for work!

I had to wait a whole day.

Torture! :)

Luckily (for my blood pressure), it sync'd instantly this morning and I'll get to listen to it on my commute home.  Yay!

If I were a suspicious person, I'd think maybe someone at iTunes was having a nice little April Fool's Joke on me. <shifty, narrow-eyed glances around the vicinity>

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Reply #21 on: April 02, 2008, 09:50:51 PM
Great way to start the podcast.  I suppose it's easy to get a good first story if you've got such a long time to choose one. ;)

Excellent reading, too: I've been a bit lukewarm on some of Paul S Jenkins's readings for EscapePod, but I thought he did a fantastic job with this.

For a 45-year-old story it's aged very well.  A lot of that can be attributed to the "timeless" fairy-tale style, but there's a playfulness to it that feels very fresh.  Speaking of fairy tales, I expected things to go much worse for the aristos when Death asked them if they were all really, really sure that they wanted her to stay around: when fairy-tale characters ask that kind of loaded question, I run a mile.



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Reply #22 on: April 02, 2008, 10:21:54 PM
Great story, great start. Paul's delivery was delicious to listen - so dry, and there was a sexy bass drop in his voice right at the start that made me go "ohhh".


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Reply #23 on: April 03, 2008, 03:58:52 AM
Wonderful way to end my day: listening to a good story on the way home from an annoying day at work.

And I hate to be the first one to bring this up, but bring it up I must!  I wonder which came first, this story or Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series? :)  Not that I'm saying either is derivative of the other. They're both fine stories with skin-deep similarities on the nature of Death as an office instead of an entity.

I also kept flashing back to Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death," and was sort of expecting things to take a turn into that sort of macabre.

Nice toe-wetting. I look forward to the plunge into the deep end. :)

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Reply #24 on: April 03, 2008, 08:34:46 AM
Wonderful way to end my day: listening to a good story on the way home from an annoying day at work.

And I hate to be the first one to bring this up, but bring it up I must!  I wonder which came first, this story or Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series? :) 

That's easy to answer. This story was first published in 1963. "On a pale horse" was first published in 1983.




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Reply #25 on: April 03, 2008, 09:07:15 AM
What everyone else says, basically - so glad you're up and running, and ohhhhhh what a lovely start. The story was amazing, as well as the delivery. It quite reminded me of Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, for obvious reasons like the setting, but also for the typically nonchalant treatment of the supernatural or higher powers as something just like us, that is expected to follow the same rules, laws and procedures as the rest of us. Lovely!



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Reply #26 on: April 03, 2008, 11:36:38 AM
Great start.  Perfect choice for narrator.  Looking forward to more good stuff. 

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Reply #27 on: April 03, 2008, 04:36:58 PM
Speaking of fairy tales, I expected things to go much worse for the aristos when Death asked them if they were all really, really sure that they wanted her to stay around: when fairy-tale characters ask that kind of loaded question, I run a mile.

Heh.  Me, too.  Having never read this before, I was totally expecting it to devolve into a Masque of the Red Death scenario, because they all seemed so cruel, especially with their attitude to the poor and sick.

I did also wonder if Gaiman took at least some inspiration for his Death from this story.  The two are very different of course, but they're both portrayed as young, beautiful girls -- not at all the perception of death we're used to imagining.

Great premiere episode.  I'm really excited to hear what's in store for us!


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Reply #28 on: April 03, 2008, 06:06:07 PM
Excellent first episode.

Solid story choice, and great narration.

One suggestion: perhaps the intro and outro could be delivered a little closer to the mic?  I see that it has been commented that the speech was too soft in comparison to the background music, and I wonder whether it was too soft, or didn't cut through the mix enough due to attenuation of mid frequencies.  I have no idea what equipment you are using, but this could be due to mic placement.



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Reply #29 on: April 03, 2008, 06:13:03 PM
I loved the story! Written so beautifully. And wonderfully read. I would have so totally danced with hot death. Thank you!
« Last Edit: April 03, 2008, 06:14:57 PM by Ramsey »



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Reply #30 on: April 03, 2008, 06:46:54 PM
I realized that I have not read much of Mr.Beagle's work and I went to Amazon to see what was available.  I found a couple of titles and linked to them for the rest of you.  If I am missing some must reads, let me know.

The Line Between (Paperback)
The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche and Other Odd Acquaintances (Paperback)
The Fantasy Worlds of Peter S. Beagle (Paperback)
The Last Unicorn: (40th Anniversary Edition) (Paperback)



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Reply #31 on: April 03, 2008, 07:40:40 PM
I realized that I have not read much of Mr.Beagle's work and I went to Amazon to see what was available.  I found a couple of titles and linked to them for the rest of you.  If I am missing some must reads, let me know.

If you enjoy low-key, very human fantasy, "A fine & private place" is well worth checking out.
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Reply #32 on: April 03, 2008, 11:51:40 PM
I did also wonder if Gaiman took at least some inspiration for his Death from this story.  The two are very different of course, but they're both portrayed as young, beautiful girls -- not at all the perception of death we're used to imagining.

Neil,Thanks for the heads up about the Peter S. Beagle book. I too stumbled onto him as a child, wandering around Lake Tahoe on a vacation with my parents. In a small, quaint, they-don't-make-em'-like-that-anymore bookstore I came across "The Fantasy Worlds of Peter S. Beagle. It not only turned me into a serious reader for life, it made me want to be a writer as well.Beagle is one of those writers who escapes your memory when asked "who are your influences?", but immediatly brings a smile to your face when someone else brings him up. Thanks again for the info, and the smile.-Steve Gomez

That was exactly my thought. I almost never mention Beagle in a list of influences, but I know that Matthew the Raven was a descendant of the raven in A Fine and Private Place, and that the Death in "Come, Lady Death" was definitely somewhere in the back of my mind when I decided that Death had to be a girl...


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Reply #33 on: April 04, 2008, 03:53:59 AM
hmmm, i feel so out of place and isolated, but i didnt like the theme music....
the story was great though and i enjoyed the perspective, and the story that came from it



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Reply #34 on: April 04, 2008, 03:55:05 AM
I did also wonder if Gaiman took at least some inspiration for his Death from this story.  The two are very different of course, but they're both portrayed as young, beautiful girls -- not at all the perception of death we're used to imagining.

Neil,Thanks for the heads up about the Peter S. Beagle book. I too stumbled onto him as a child, wandering around Lake Tahoe on a vacation with my parents. In a small, quaint, they-don't-make-em'-like-that-anymore bookstore I came across "The Fantasy Worlds of Peter S. Beagle. It not only turned me into a serious reader for life, it made me want to be a writer as well.Beagle is one of those writers who escapes your memory when asked "who are your influences?", but immediatly brings a smile to your face when someone else brings him up. Thanks again for the info, and the smile.-Steve Gomez

That was exactly my thought. I almost never mention Beagle in a list of influences, but I know that Matthew the Raven was a descendant of the raven in A Fine and Private Place, and that the Death in "Come, Lady Death" was definitely somewhere in the back of my mind when I decided that Death had to be a girl...



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Reply #35 on: April 04, 2008, 06:58:58 PM
What a great story to start with!  The narration was phenomenal as well.  I hope to hear much more of him!

I liked the story in general and it was the elitist attitudes that kept me engaged.  I was waiting for them to receive their "just dues," which sadly, never came.  Maybe on pseudopod they would have.

The death premise seemed reminiscent of 'On a Pale Horse' but that could just be me.

Can't wait for more!

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Reply #36 on: April 05, 2008, 08:52:18 AM
The death premise seemed reminiscent of 'On a Pale Horse' but that could just be me.

Probably not, since someone else mentioned it above. I think it's pretty likely that "On a pale horse" was influenced directly by this story.



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Reply #37 on: April 05, 2008, 02:23:17 PM
I was going to come and add to the "hooray/great story/glad you've launched" sentiment.

Then I thought I'd be waggish and cobble together a big fake "I hated this story/it's not real fantasy", just to be funny.

Then I thought, no... that would be mean.  And you guys did too good a job for even fake snark.  So I'm settling for a "thanks for the hard work that obviously went into this" and looking forward to the next few weeks!

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Reply #38 on: April 05, 2008, 03:35:52 PM
What an amazing story. Great choice for the PC debut, and wonderfully read!
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Reply #39 on: April 05, 2008, 05:24:17 PM
Once I stopped having the mental picture of the Death of the Discworld out of my mind when the story got to the point where death showed up, I was able to get into it better. Having listened to at least 5 Discworld books in just a few days, I had it imprinted in my mind.

I think I will quite enjoy PodCastle. I've never been a huge fantasy fan, though Tolkien has always been enjoyed, I am glad to be able to hear more. I listen to podcasts all day at work, so variety is great! I'll soon catch up in the archives, so I'll need more sources to keep a full plate of ear food.

Going back to my first point, I think listening to other possibilities can really expand the way we think, because we can easilly get set in a way, and even something that is not reality can change how we view reality.

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