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« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2009, 04:28:57 PM »

I did not intentionally insert the two C-notes joke.  I like it, though.  Cheesy

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« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2009, 09:15:21 PM »

Long time listener (to all escape artists pods), first time poster . . .

Someone already commented about this at, but I too wish to briefly address how comically annoying I found the mispronunciation of Xenia (the town in Ohio where Iris lives at the end of the story).  The wonderful Ann Leckie said "Zen-ee-uh" (3 syllables) when it's actually pronounced "Zeen-yuh" (2 syllables) . . . at no fault of her own however; for if I had not lived both in and around the city of Dayton, I too might be inclined to pronounce it the same as Ann Leckie.  Nevertheless, wonderful reading as always Ann.

Now, I must admit that I was so eager to finally sign up and post in this forum because of this little mishap, but was planning on doing so another day . . . that was until my ipod (set on shuffle mode) directly chose, out of 1,500 files, the song Rundgang Um Die Transzendentale Saule Der Singularitat by black-metal artist Burzum--which for any of you who are not familiar with was a song featured on the soundtrack for the movie Gummo, directed by Harmony Korine, which is (more or less) a not-so-accurate disturbing portrait of Xenia, Ohio and its residents.  And for being someone who reads far too much in rather inane coincidences, I finally decided to join the forums this very evening and comment on this particular story.  But enough jibber-jabber . . .

I for one found this story overall pleasing, but was rather taken aback by the ending, or lack thereof.  It seems to me that the story fell short of its own foreshadowing (if indeed there was supposed to be one), for I was waiting for the enigmatic conman to really pull one over on Iris.  Of course we all probably expected that he was going to con her in some way, but all he really did was punish her for her own sense of dishonesty . . . some punishment: reimbursing her for her own money lost.  Though I suppose one could argue that there exists the implication that the realization of her own dishonesty was in itself the punishment.  However, I was waiting for the conman to reveal a horrible fortune . . . for, as he (under the alias Joe Truman) had stated to Iris: "when a conman tells fortunes, he doesn't usually tell the good parts, he tells the bad in hints of dire fates that can be averted only by copius payments to the piper; but I do not cheat honest men."  Well the conman definately cheated Iris, yet he still revealed to her a good fortune in his note at the very end.  I was expecting the note to reveal a bad fortune which would call into question whether or not Iris could live with her dishonest act or try and avert the bad fortune by playing the conman's game even further. 

Nevertheless, I liked this story for many reasons: 1) I caught a mistake in pronunciation which led to a freaky musical coincidence that amused me for at least an hour at work today; 2) it finally motivated me to join the forums; 3) it was a similar tale told very well; 4) the characters were quite charming; 5) I enjoy stories that play on technique and style (the only time dialogue was shared amongst other characters was at the beginning and at the end of the story . . . makes me wonder if there's a deeper meaning behind this); 6) any story that gets me thinking (let alone criticize) is a good story me.

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« Reply #22 on: February 09, 2009, 02:18:18 PM »

Let me add late praise for this great little story.  It is also made better by knowing the background (based on Ms. Kritzer's grandmother and all).  Not much to add to what has been said, other than to say more of this type of fantasy is desireable.

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« Reply #23 on: February 11, 2009, 08:52:34 AM »

I only felt the story was too long in the first act because I recognized the violin con from American Gods. (Obviously Gaiman didn't invent it, but that was my first exposure to it.) Having almost been the subject of a con, I identified with Iris, but I didn't really identify with the story. I felt like it had a tendency to meander, to include too many extraneous details.

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« Reply #24 on: March 03, 2009, 04:26:16 PM »

What an utterly charming, not-so-little story. I really enjoyed listening to it.

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« Reply #25 on: March 18, 2009, 08:51:08 PM »

It's been a long time since this story aired, but I didn't want to let the opportunity to praise it slip by.  I really liked this story quite a lot.  It may have been, as others say, on the predictable side, but it had me smiling all the way through.  It delivered on what it promised and I really loved loved loved all the grounding details.

It reminds me of "Hotel Astarte" in that it was quite long and didn't get cranked up right off the bat and was deeply American.  I like this type of story and I'm glad Podcastle has run both this and "Hotel Astarte" which is still one of my very favorite PCs.

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« Reply #26 on: April 15, 2009, 02:48:46 PM »

I'm only just catching up with some older PCs, but I wanted to say that I did enjoy this charming piece. The opening threw me off a little, because of the American Gods parallel that others have mentioned, and I was surprised by the episodic structure. By the end I liked it, which is what matters, I guess.
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« Reply #27 on: June 07, 2009, 05:19:37 PM »

Naomi --

Thanks so much for giving the story behind this one.  I loved hearing the story, but it was made even better by your revelation of the story's genesis.


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« Reply #28 on: December 30, 2009, 02:38:05 PM »

A lovely story, made even better by the author's explanation about the origins.  Very cool, and I quite liked Iris, so what a nice tribute to your grandma.  Smiley

It was clear in the first scene that that was going to be a con, though I might've been more aware of it because of the cons performed in Zombieland (great movie, btw). 

The pace was a little slow for my usual tastes, but it fit the story, so I'm not really complaining.  The only thing that didn't really resonate with me was the fact that Iris didn't really get conned in the end.  He tells her time and time again that he only cons the dishonest (which is a cool premise) but then when she becomes dishonest he never really cons her, she comes out even in the whole ordeal.  So he didn't really live up to his promise, even though I would've been sad if he'd ripped her off.
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« Reply #29 on: February 25, 2012, 12:39:24 AM »

I don't think it's inconsistent for Coyote to leave Iris unpunished. He conned the dishonest (Mr. Lucky). When Iris developed guilt and decided to track down the other victims to redistribute the ill-gotten gains, she re-established her honesty and removed herself from punishment.

The input from the author in this thread is nice. I might have wound up sharing this story with my mom, but I'll do it for certain after reading that.

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