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Your very favorite Podcastle story so far is:

Come Lady Death
10 (23.3%)
For Fear of Dragons
3 (7%)
Run Of The Fiery Horse
7 (16.3%)
Goosegirl
0 (0%)
Fear Of Rain
0 (0%)
Hotel Astarte
3 (7%)
The Ant King: A California Fairy Tale
9 (20.9%)
The Osteomancer’s Son
10 (23.3%)
Wisteria
0 (0%)
Magic in a Certain Slant of Light
1 (2.3%)

Total Members Voted: 42

Author Topic: Your favorite of the first 10 Podcastle stories  (Read 13056 times)

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on: June 03, 2008, 07:49:15 PM
In the outro to PC 10 (Magic in a Certain Slant of Light) Rachel mentioned being fascinated by people mentioning what their favorite story so far was.  Okay Rachel - you want to know how diverse our taste is?  Let's find out...



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Reply #1 on: June 03, 2008, 08:51:08 PM
Come Lady Death.

Classic story.  Great narration.  Loved it.

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Reply #2 on: June 03, 2008, 09:21:18 PM
That was me, actually.  I do all the feedback outros, and the quotes.

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Reply #3 on: June 03, 2008, 09:58:16 PM
Can't do it.  How can I compare "Come Lady Death" to "The Ant King" to "The Osteomancer's Son?"  They all hit such different notes for me. 

Anyway, well done Podcastle.  You guys are doing a great job taking us on the fantasy tour.


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Reply #4 on: June 03, 2008, 10:57:04 PM
Toss-up between "Hotel Astarte" and "Osteomancer's Son" for me.  I ended up voting for the latter.

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Reply #5 on: June 04, 2008, 12:50:39 AM
Osteomancer's Son for me, too. This is the kind of story that would have me going out to get the unabridged novel. A lot of the others I enjoyed, certainly, but this one... this one hit all the right buttons for me.



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Reply #6 on: June 04, 2008, 04:00:18 AM
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you want to know how diverse our taste is?


Well, I'll note that the board isn't all the readers. ;-) We got a donation for Wisteria, for instance, with a note that Wisteria was the best episode yet. So it's at least someone's favorite. :)



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Reply #7 on: June 04, 2008, 07:25:40 AM
Well, I'll note that the board isn't all the readers. ;-) We got a donation for Wisteria, for instance, with a note that Wisteria was the best episode yet. So it's at least someone's favorite. :)

Awesome!  I thought Wisteria was pretty nice myself.  I know the poll is going to be far from definitive, and that even the episodes with no votes for "very favorite" get a lot of love from people.  I just thought it would be fun to run a poll, is all.

...and sorry about the mixup on who does the outros...



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Reply #8 on: June 04, 2008, 11:50:45 AM
I just thought it would be fun to run a poll, is all.

...and sorry about the mixup on who does the outros...

I agree, it is fun!

And no problem on the mixup.  It's a pretty easy mistake to make.  When you put my voice next to Rachel's, they don't really sound the same, but people haven't had very long to get used to either of us, and there's every reason to assume it would be Rachel at the end.  I should probably identify myself, in the next feedback thingy I record.



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Reply #9 on: June 04, 2008, 01:58:12 PM
And no problem on the mixup.  It's a pretty easy mistake to make.  When you put my voice next to Rachel's, they don't really sound the same, but people haven't had very long to get used to either of us, and there's every reason to assume it would be Rachel at the end.  I should probably identify myself, in the next feedback thingy I record.

I normally assume the outros are the same person who did the intro. Which means I mistakenly thought you were Rachel for most episodes, but not the last one...



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Reply #10 on: June 04, 2008, 03:55:38 PM
I just thought it would be fun to run a poll, is all.

...and sorry about the mixup on who does the outros...

I agree, it is fun!

And no problem on the mixup.  It's a pretty easy mistake to make.  When you put my voice next to Rachel's, they don't really sound the same, but people haven't had very long to get used to either of us, and there's every reason to assume it would be Rachel at the end.  I should probably identify myself, in the next feedback thingy I record.

It would probably be easier to tell them apart if we did hear them together in conversation at some point on the pod.

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Reply #11 on: June 04, 2008, 05:24:01 PM
I agree, it is fun!

And no problem on the mixup.  It's a pretty easy mistake to make.  When you put my voice next to Rachel's, they don't really sound the same, but people haven't had very long to get used to either of us, and there's every reason to assume it would be Rachel at the end.  I should probably identify myself, in the next feedback thingy I record.

It would probably be easier to tell them apart if we did hear them together in conversation at some point on the pod.

My wife has a sharp ear for voices, but it took me almost a year's worth of back podcasts before I could begin to recognize who was who in the PC Gamer Magazine podcast.  I'm still not there with the Maximum PC podcast, because I didn't bother to download the feed's backlog.

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Reply #12 on: June 05, 2008, 10:54:41 PM

While I ultimately chose "Run of the Fiery Horse," it was a very, very difficult choice. Many choices that were excellent for different reasons, and no real clunkers.  PodCastle is living up to Steve's claim that it will "Knock your socks off."  (Though I figure you'll have to throw a clunker sooner or later.  "But that day is not today...")

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Reply #13 on: June 11, 2008, 12:15:22 AM
I want a new poll!  :)  #11  ("Fourteen Experiments") blows these all away.

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Reply #14 on: June 11, 2008, 06:59:29 PM
Out of the first 10, the only ones i really thought were good were The Ant King & The Osteomancer’s Son. With The Ant King being the best



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Reply #15 on: June 18, 2008, 02:43:14 AM
The Ant King, easily. It's fun, and I can relate to the characters, and it's even listenable when I'm in the mood for a more serious story. It's even near the top in my favorite stories ever, not just in Podcast land.



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Reply #16 on: June 20, 2008, 12:21:15 PM
Wow I'm amazed that I am the first voter for Hotel Astarte. I felt that this was far and away the greatest story both structurally and by delivery. The slow unwinding of the story combined with a beautiful blend of mythology and history won me over completely.



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Reply #17 on: June 20, 2008, 01:48:19 PM
I voted for Hotel Astarte because, upon reflection, its the one that stayed with me the longest and gave me most to think about.

I would have voted for the Ant King if the criterion were "Most Enjoyable While Listening To It."



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Reply #18 on: July 02, 2008, 12:46:11 AM
I'd like to cast sympathy votes for "Goosegirl" and "...Certain Slant...", but "Fiery Horse" was just too powerful.

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Reply #19 on: July 16, 2008, 09:05:41 PM
This poll would have been easier (but only a little bit), if you'd asked for the least favourite story. :)



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Reply #20 on: July 16, 2008, 09:42:50 PM
My favorite story was Osteomancer's Son...It was fairly action packed and I liked the idea of the characters "powering up".  Although it was kinda gruesome the way they did it.  I would have liked to hear more about the characters abilities or more stories in this setting. 

My least favorite BY FAR was Wisteria.  It just didn't have enough of a fantasy element for me.



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Reply #21 on: July 16, 2008, 10:21:57 PM
Expanding on the limit of the first 10 to include all episodes so far, I would definately say "The Grand Cheat".

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