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Author Topic: PodCastle Miniature 010: The Desires of Houses  (Read 15692 times)

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Reply #20 on: September 16, 2008, 04:58:01 AM
This was a very strange piece of erotica. I didn't dislike it, but I don't know if I actually enjoyed it.

I'm pretty sure that I didn't. 

I think I'm going to go home and scrub my toilet...  oh the visions in my head on that one!  I hope my house doesn't uhh.... "spring an unexpected leak" from my vigorous scrubbing actions...

Bleh.

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Reply #21 on: September 17, 2008, 05:50:59 PM
I think it was actually too long. It was kind of interesting at the beginning, and then the house got really creepy.

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Reply #22 on: September 17, 2008, 06:44:35 PM
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It was kind of interesting at the beginning, and then the house got really creepy.

You said it. The idea of a house getting its jollies by the act of being used almost seems like a segue way into a horror tale.

The female kitchen stove, inflamed (pun intended  ;)) that it is the women and not the man fiddling with her knobs, hatches a plan to ignite all her burners when the man and woman next decide to shag it on top of her.

The garbage disposal of indeterminate sexual origin, tired being ignored decides the woman will be losing more than a spoon the next time she goes searching around with her hand.

Hell hath no fury as an erotic house ignored. 

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Reply #23 on: September 17, 2008, 11:16:28 PM
This was a very strange piece of erotica. I didn't dislike it, but I don't know if I actually enjoyed it.

I'm pretty sure that I didn't. 

I think I'm going to go home and scrub my toilet...  oh the visions in my head on that one!  I hope my house doesn't uhh.... "spring an unexpected leak" from my vigorous scrubbing actions...

The first time we spent a weekend away after buying our house, the water heater sprung a major leak and flooded our house. Was it really so starved for companionship that it fapped the whole time?

/just sayin'

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Reply #24 on: September 18, 2008, 11:40:50 PM
I absolutely hated this one. I stopped listening before the end - and with a story this short, that should give you some idea of the depth of my dislike.

Ok, so, everything's anthropomorphized, right? And it's all exquisitely turned on by everything either the man or the woman (but mostly the woman) does, which simultaneously disturbed and annoyed the heck out of me. I actually listened to 5 of the story's 7 minutes in hopes that there might be some point to it beyond that, but it didn't come before I just couldn't take the disturbannoyance anymore and had to turn it off.

I haven't reacted this negatively to an Escape Artists story since the last time Escape Pod ran a Silverberg story.



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Reply #25 on: September 19, 2008, 03:18:01 AM
I try to keep an open mind while listening to a story the first time.  I try to suspend my disbelief, and accept any surrealism.  Usually, while I am listening, I love every story I hear while I am hearing it.

That being said, while I was listening to The Desires of Houses, only one word was running through my head while I was listening to it : creeeeeeepy.



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Reply #26 on: September 27, 2008, 08:37:24 PM
I just listened to this while washing the walls of a room I'm getting ready to paint.  My house must really love me!



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Reply #27 on: October 02, 2008, 03:33:43 AM
Wow.  I'm surprised at how many people didn't like this.  It was short and a great story for being so short.  The reading was excellent too.

Why is everyone getting creeped out, can't anything happen in fantasy?  Did no one hear Mer's story on EscapePod about cities that were alive?

This was my second favorite Flash story after the little girls and the quarters story.



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Reply #28 on: November 22, 2008, 05:47:43 PM
I figured today--housework day--would be a great day to catch up on all the podcasts I'd missed because I just moved into a new house. Apparently so! I was loading up the laundry when I pushed play on this one. My next stop was going to be the cat box...but now I think I'll head for the bathtub.



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Reply #29 on: November 23, 2008, 01:43:34 AM
Wow.  I'm surprised at how many people didn't like this.  It was short and a great story for being so short.  The reading was excellent too.

Why is everyone getting creeped out, can't anything happen in fantasy?  Did no one hear Mer's story on EscapePod about cities that were alive?

I remember that one.  Unlike most of Mur Lafferty's stories, I had no great opinion of it.

The only thing I could say in this story's favor is that it was short.  Mercifully short.  It's the only thing most of these miniatures have in their favor -- I can count on one hand the ones that I liked, and still have a finger or three left over to give the rest a rude gesture  :P

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Reply #30 on: November 17, 2009, 10:18:25 PM
Well it was definitely unique.  I'm not a huge fan of stories told from the POV of inanimate objects, but of that subgenre, this wasn't a bad execution of it. 

I did find it very creepy, and a living house has lots of potential for stories, but in the end it turned out to be mostly a scenario description, a snapshot of a life, but didn't give the plot arc that I crave.