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Author Topic: EP214: Sinner, Baker, Fablist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast  (Read 17108 times)
Russell Nash
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« on: September 03, 2009, 10:20:14 AM »

EP214: Sinner, Baker, Fablist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast

Nebula Award Winner for Novelette
Hugo Award Nominee


By Eugie Foster.
Read by Lawrence Santoro.

Each morning is a decision. Should I put on the brown mask or the blue? Should I be a tradesman or an assassin today?

Whatever the queen demands, of course, I am. But so often she ignores me, and I am left to figure out for myself who to be.

Dozens upon dozens of faces to choose from.

1. Marigold is for murder.


Rated R for sex, masks, and violence.



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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2009, 03:26:11 PM »

Apparently, I've been an idiot.  I must have given Jeremy the wrong website.  The one linked on the page for the story takes you to a site I haven't touched for about two years, there's some enjoyable stuff there but it's not current.  Foolish Larry.  Stop by here.... http://blufftoninthedriftless.blogspot.com/

And I hope you enjoy Ms. Foster's story as much as I did recording it...

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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2009, 03:50:04 PM »

Larry, sorry about that.  I'm updating the link now.
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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2009, 05:52:38 PM »

I thought I knew where this story was going... about four different times.  Cheesy  The surprise ending really was a surprise too. Gives new meaning to the term "psychological thriller", eh? I enjoyed listening  very much.
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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2009, 05:54:01 PM »

Jeremy, thanks.  I must have had a brain freeze or something.  Hope all is well...missed you at last week's Sofanaut gathering.

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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2009, 07:29:34 PM »

I was draw into the story, but almost unwillingly. Pulled along by a promise of an unknown alien world. I never felt the story had a firm grip on my attention, it set a slow wondering pace, like following a old dog, or slow child (not mentally slow, just not a fast walker, slow). As the story unfolded I could easily predict the outcome.  Wow! that ending came out of nowhere! I didn't see that coming. I love that. The slow pace and lose grip of the story made the ending even more dramatic, more shocking and more worth the effort to follow where this story leads. 

I give it two monkey thumbs up.

(spoiler)
There are no monkeys in this story!
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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2009, 09:15:15 PM »

I joined the forums just to comment on this story.  I've enjoyed other work by Eugie Foster before, but this was definitely my favourite.  The baroque feel to the world, the different identities and descriptions of the masks, and the format were all wonderful.  Also, the reading was just divine.  I listened to this story twice in one day, I loved it so much.  It satisfied a need for a story I've been feeling for a long time.  Thank you for that.
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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2009, 09:52:00 PM »

Since last summer when a new friend turned me on to EP, I usually love it and look forward to it.  I am grateful for all of the excellent work by EA, the authors, and the readers.  Y'all have truly given us some awesome stuff, and you rock.

However, as someone who had a violent parent, I found EP213 difficult, and finally shut off EP214 somewhere in the saffron mask.  Stronger, more serious warnings about violence, especially in up-close, point-blank circumstances would be appreciated.


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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2009, 10:46:13 PM »

This story probably should have had an audio warning in the opening. I forget that not everyone sees the ratings I post on the Escape Pod site.  I'll try to have warnings recorded by the hosts when dealing with extreme subjects in the future. Thanks for the feedback, foo.
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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2009, 08:50:31 AM »

Excellent story, and one of my favorite from Eugie Foster.  That's high praise. 

I hope this comment doesn't mark me as an idiot who missed or misunderstood something significant, but I admire how it's made pretty clear these characters aren't human (or if they were once human, they'd been so hugely tampered with by the royal mad scientists that they might as well not have been) even though there's no dramatic and explicit reveal of their alien-ness.
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« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2009, 09:44:17 AM »

Boggled,

I had a similar reaction when I first got the story from Jeremy.  Some kind of buggy, nasty, insecty-things, I thought.  I do believe, however, that they are human and that the world in which they exist is one somewhere aside our own, a place not so much in the future, but somewhere in the heart of the possible...
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« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2009, 09:58:55 AM »

This is definitely one of my favorite tories to ever "air" on escape pod.

Larry, your reading was wonderful and very passionate.

one of the Best. Stories. Ever.
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« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2009, 11:23:36 AM »

Thanks, Godot.  It is a good story, and for an aloud-reader, SINNER, BAKER, ET AL is lots of fun to play with and i'm not even going to make any jokes about the two guys waiting for you over by that tree.  So there!
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« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2009, 12:26:26 PM »

I'm a new guy here but I don't think so, allie.  They seem to be under the same umbrella but pseudopod seems to have its own presence.
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« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2009, 01:59:56 PM »

I've just gotten past part '4' and think this should really have had a 'this episode contains graphic scenes of violence' maybe.

Could the intro on the feed be edited?
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« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2009, 02:18:21 PM »

I'm a new guy here but I don't think so, allie.  They seem to be under the same umbrella but pseudopod seems to have its own presence.

Umm, Larry?  Are you talking to those voices in your head again? 

This is probably an example of when you want to use the quote button.
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« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2009, 03:14:46 PM »

Russell...no, no.  I was speaking to my imaginary playmate, allie.  Not only is allie imaginary, allie isn't even imaginary on THIS board.  Allie is a resident of another place, another time.

Actually, allie WAS there but then, alas, allie wasn't.  Self-emmolation I suspect...the which is immolations of self in the e-world, sometimes called "delete?"

And here we have it.  Another case where the use of the quote option would have been the thing to do...
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« Reply #17 on: September 04, 2009, 06:28:50 PM »

I found this one to be very enjoyable, but I have a question (which expands into many others). If each mask is a different personality and has different relationships, how do they coordinate them? If, let's say, I have a purple mask that is the wife of some other mask, what do I do if I wear it one day but my husband's oversoul isn't being worn? What if my green and silver mask goes out to have lunch with friends only to find that most of them aren't being worn that day? How do the oversouls establish relationships if each citizen has so many masks that it is unlikely that any two will be worn in combination more than a few times a year? Does each oversoul have a general personality and then just makes up something new every day? ""My mask's oversoul has decided that it hates your mask's oversoul and I'm going to kill you today"? "My mask has decided that I work at this shop today, but only for today"?
I think that I might be thinking about this too hard.
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« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2009, 06:27:29 AM »

Great story and brilliant reading. Fascinating, engrossing, disturbing, though-provoking, imaginative - this is what keeps me coming back to EP week after week. A huge THANK YOU to everyone involved.
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« Reply #19 on: September 05, 2009, 11:15:10 AM »

Beautifully read!  Interesting story too -- all the colours in the mask descriptions made it very visual for me.
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