Author Topic: EP669/EP037: Craphound [Flashback Friday]  (Read 7785 times)

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on: October 12, 2008, 06:30:57 PM
EP669: Craphound

EP037: Craphound

Author: Cory Doctorow
Narrator: Jesse Thorn
Host: Alasdair Stuart
Audio Producer: Adam Pracht

Craphound beat me out the door, as usual. His exoskeleton is programmable, so he can record little scripts for it like: move left arm to door handle, pop it, swing legs out to running-board, jump to ground, close door, move forward. Meanwhile, I’m still making sure I’ve switched off the headlights and that I’ve got my wallet.

Rated PG. Contains some profanity.

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Reply #1 on: October 13, 2008, 11:16:10 PM
This was my first exposure to a Cory Doctorow story (No, I don't live in a cave, why do you ask?). I loved how Cory developed the characters in the story and I remember enjoying the hell out of it.


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Reply #2 on: October 14, 2008, 09:37:11 AM
It's been a while since I heard this story, and while I don't really remember the sequence of events in it, the characters are still pretty strong and well defined in my head. So, well done.


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Reply #3 on: October 14, 2008, 11:54:10 AM
In case anyone's interested, Craphound was one of the Short stories that got converted to a comic for Cory Doctorow's Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now. It's worth checking out.

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Reply #4 on: October 14, 2008, 01:47:26 PM
I think this was the first Cory Doctorow story I heard also. Very fun and imaginative.

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Reply #5 on: October 14, 2008, 05:48:15 PM
In case anyone's interested, Craphound was one of the Short stories that got converted to a comic for Cory Doctorow's Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now. It's worth checking out.

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Oh, yeah. I serioulsy need to pick that up...


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Reply #6 on: October 15, 2008, 04:43:30 AM
great story and one that I have listened to multiple times when I have free time ie mowing or that time just before I fall asleep that I am listening to my Ipod

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Reply #7 on: February 12, 2010, 04:04:23 PM
I was surprised at how much I like this story, despite it being about garage sales.  The alien was cool, and the macros for movement were an interesting characterization, but above all I was actually most intrigued about the craphound culture, the code of honor, and how the alien blended itself into those. 

I think this was my first Doctorow story as well, and this makes me want to read more.  Good show!


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Reply #8 on: June 20, 2011, 05:55:43 AM
I have been going through the archives and found this story. Perhaps I could connect to it because I been a crap hound since 2004, spending my weekend going from sale to sale and uploading my find on Ebay (my feedback is over 800).

As  for code of honor, well a little respect but I never seen any. The worst are pants suit wearing ladies who run profession estate businesses  that feel because they are "professional" they get fits dibs.
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Reply #9 on: December 16, 2012, 08:34:12 AM
nice tale of fun and adventure


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Reply #10 on: January 17, 2016, 11:08:09 AM
This one is my new farourite. I loved the story, the descriptive detail, and thought Jesse Thorn's reading was absolutely superb. Everything about it was perfect. I loved the way they fell out over the cowboy stuff, the alien was so...human ! This is one of those tales I'll keep thinking about from time to time. A real gem.

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Reply #11 on: January 18, 2016, 08:57:12 AM
I really liked this one, too.


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Reply #12 on: March 28, 2019, 08:59:43 AM
I think the story was OK (this is my fourth Doctorow story, and they are all quite alike in style), but I wanted to comment on Alistair's outdo for the flashback version: that was excellent and very insightful. I really have to reevaluate my CD and DVD collections now. Seriously, what a great talk!


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Reply #13 on: May 15, 2019, 05:32:37 PM
Wow! First time I read this kind of short story and I´m amazed!


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Reply #14 on: December 06, 2019, 08:28:59 PM
Fun story, but I am not sure I got the same thing out of it that most people did. I've lived in Toronto, so I ended up focusing more on all the Toronto (and surround cottage country) locations and -isms peppered throughout. The mispronunciation of Yonge Street was off-putting (it's pronounced "Young", as in "not old"). Otherwise, the story was interesting, but I am not sure why, if the aliens came here to collect stories/story poems, they were suddenly ready to leave so unexpectedly. Humans never run out of stories and are constantly making more....