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Author Topic: EP037: Craphound  (Read 3426 times)
Russell Nash
« on: October 12, 2008, 01:30:57 PM »

EP037: Craphound

By Cory Doctorow.
Read by Jesse Thorn (of The Sound of Young America).

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. That’s it, really.

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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2008, 06:16:10 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, 04:37:11 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, 06:54:10 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, 08:47:26 AM »

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, 12:48:15 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 14, 2008, 11:43:30 PM »

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, 11:04:23 AM »

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!
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2011, 12:55:43 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, 03:34:12 AM »

nice tale of fun and adventure
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« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2016, 06:08:09 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, 03:57:12 AM »

I really liked this one, too.
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