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Author Topic: Pseudopod 84: The Sons of Carbon County  (Read 18240 times)

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Reply #25 on: April 14, 2008, 09:22:04 PM
Most Zombie stories these days start like a horse out of the gate, but I really liked how this one has a slow burn, developed character, and then revealed itself. 

And another good reading by Cheyenne Wright.


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Reply #26 on: April 15, 2008, 01:38:50 AM
I liked this story the most for the setting. It was different, and that made it enjoyable.

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Reply #27 on: April 23, 2008, 06:30:48 PM
based on the replies for this story it sounds like it was very well written and it was a zombie story to boot.  i wish that i could have finished listening to it.

sadly having a Scot for a wife and hearing someone try to sound Scottish, and doing it very poorly, ruined this story for me.  i was only able to get 4 minutes in before i had to stop playing.

sorry that i wasn't able to listen to it :(



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Reply #28 on: April 26, 2008, 01:36:04 PM
based on the replies for this story it sounds like it was very well written and it was a zombie story to boot.  i wish that i could have finished listening to it.

sadly having a Scot for a wife and hearing someone try to sound Scottish, and doing it very poorly, ruined this story for me.  i was only able to get 4 minutes in before i had to stop playing.

sorry that i wasn't able to listen to it :(

See, I thought they were going for Welsh and Scouser... the "Scot" was obviously Sean Connery (in his SNL Celebrity Jeopardy role) doing a cameo. ;)

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Reply #29 on: May 03, 2008, 07:05:54 AM
First off, let me say that I loved the story.

It had a very unique style and an incredibly interesting setting. It took me a little while to figure out where it was going, which I always like in a story.

Now... on to the criticism. The reading was effectively dark, but the accents (particularly the Connery one) really threw me off. It was an unfortunate sticking point for me, along with my general dislike of the reader's style (it almost comes across as excessively dark, and it makes it seem like he's trying too hard to be creepy. If it's a good story, just read it, and the content, not the presentation, will win us over.)

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Reply #30 on: May 04, 2008, 06:18:27 AM
upon another listen...
it does not ruin the story at all, but Mr. Wright switches between Hardfall and Hardfell... :P  unless that is how it is written... i wouldnt know.

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Reply #31 on: May 15, 2008, 10:05:28 AM
Amazing story! Well done Amanda, and I just have to say that Cheyenne Wright has the coolest horror story voice on the planet. I bet he would scare the pajama-bottoms off predator toddlers if he read them bed time stories - even a predalien child would go screaming for its mummy.

I had chills down my spine picturing them down in a mine, dark, claustrophobic, smelly. Worse: what hope was there once they got out? Their life as described in the first half was just as depressing as getting eaten by zombies..

My one and only qualm about the story was the main character fighting his way through a crowd of zombies with bare hands (he lost his weapon some way into the fight). That sounds more than rage/terror/adrenalin-fueled strength: that's Superman territory!

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Reply #32 on: July 05, 2008, 10:19:12 PM
This was a good solid pulp story.  Well-written, well-paced, well-read (although occasionally, when not doing an accent, the narrator had, perhaps, just a bit too much of a theatrical delivery to the lines, usually a deadpan, gravelly inflection at the end that implied "I'm reading in scary voice").  Special kudos for the "crawling through pitch darkness in a mine, followed by zombies" moment and the nicely handled ending.

If Pseudopod continued to 'cast stories of this quality, I wouldn't find myself so endlessly frustrated with the story choices and quality and wondering whether I should keep donating.  More steps in the direction of "Carbon County" would help.

Minor criticism - in the end, the story is a typical zombie story (Romero style) that gains its interest from the setting and not the content.  Nothing happens in it that is anything more than what you get in any average Romero-derived Zombie story.  More should have been made of the grinding, hopeless lives of the miners, the slave-level existence they lived and how that resonates with the zombies later.  That would also have been the opportunity to actually bring in the Molly Maquire aspect and not just use it as a story trinket, a throwaway of interesting historical detail that provides flash and variation but little substance (still it was appreciated, as my Irish family roots in the US start in that exact area of Pennsylvania and possibly have ties to the Molly Maquires).

Compare and contrast to something like Mort Castle's "The Old Man And The Dead" which uses a historical setting and zombies as well, but unfolds it into an examination of Ernest Hemingway and the destructive aspects of machismo.  Not that I wanted a zombie version of a John O'Hara (born in Pottsville, PA - a location tied to the Molly Maquires) but the responsibility of the writer is to give the reader something more than what they're used to, and that means more than finding a different setting.

But, as I was reminded in an email from the editor, this is intended as pulp.  And as pulp, this was quite good.

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Reply #33 on: November 03, 2009, 07:40:06 PM
Much too slow in the beginning, and the reading was too exaggerated.  I usually have a pretty good knack for understanding accents, but I couldn't follow half what they were saying.  I gave it about 10 minutes before I gave up.



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Reply #34 on: November 03, 2009, 07:49:25 PM
This, by the way, marks my completion of the entire Pseudopod backlog.  Which I'm rather sad about.  Now I can only listen to one new Pseudopod per week like the rest of the world...

On the bright side, I have yet to plumb the depths of Podcastle and Escape Pod so I've still got lots of Podcasting goodness to go!




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Reply #35 on: July 22, 2010, 09:26:56 PM
I did not like this one, which is unusual since I typically enjoy more "pulpy" outings.  That being said, I felt like the story just plodded along.  I'm not sure if it was the reading or the language or the utter lack of originality (except that the zombies were in a mine - but aren't zombies always in an enclosed area?  I mean, I've played Half Life: Episode 2 - thats all that damn game IS!).

I think the lengthy beginning, the monotonous setting, tone, lifestyle of the miners and really lackluster language kept me from enjoying this.  Such well trodden turf should be told with a little more force or originality if the plot alone is not going to carry the story.

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Reply #36 on: July 23, 2010, 04:19:23 PM
I mean, I've played Half Life: Episode 2 - thats all that damn game IS!).



Digression:  how do you like the episode 2 extensions?  I haven't played any of them.



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Reply #37 on: July 23, 2010, 04:58:22 PM
I was mistaken: Half Life 2: Episode 1 is the one with all the tunnels and zombies.

Well, Episode 1 is okay.  It's interesting plot wise, but doesn't add very much gameplay wise.

Episode 2 is pretty good.  The new enemies are good, but I disliked the beginning (more crawling around in tunnels, but with ant lions instead of zombies).  And you really cannot get any better than running over aliens with a circa 1969 Dodge Charger.

Episode 3 is not out yet.

(Another digression: If you're looking for a game that really rocks, it's all about Mass Effect 2.)

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Reply #38 on: July 23, 2010, 08:26:22 PM
So is Episode 1, the actual game Half Life 2, or is that the first add-on?

I haven't played any of the add-ons, just the game itself.



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Reply #39 on: July 23, 2010, 09:07:46 PM
So is Episode 1, the actual game Half Life 2, or is that the first add-on?

I haven't played any of the add-ons, just the game itself.

Half Life 2 Episode 1 is the sequel for Half Life 2. It's not an add-on, in that it is does not require the original game.

It's a really odd naming convention; IIRC, Valve has stated in interviews that they should have called it "Half Life 3 Episode 1" but didn't because of marketting reasons.



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Reply #40 on: December 09, 2019, 05:17:22 PM
The best thing about being able to do a Sean Connery accent? It means you're instantly qualified to also do the voice of a Soviet submarine captain, a Spanish  swordman, and a Moroccan rebel chieftain.

The only problem is if Cheyenne Wright is a method actor and insists on wandering around the Pseudopod studio dressed as Connery in Zardoz in order to "stay in character."