Author Topic: PC084: Restless In My Hand  (Read 14332 times)

SacredCaramel

  • Extern
  • *
  • Posts: 10
Re: PC084: Restless In My Hand
« Reply #40 on: January 21, 2010, 01:10:45 AM »
Just catching up on missed episodes.

I loved this one.   I'm still child-less myself (by choice), but I think those of my friends who do have children would love this one as well.


JOhnNWFS

  • Extern
  • *
  • Posts: 1
Re: PC084: Restless In My Hand
« Reply #41 on: January 21, 2010, 01:23:40 PM »
Finally got around to this story and am not afraid to say I loved it. What the main character got at the end was an awesome present - both the verbal stuff and the physical stuff. This story tapped into my sometimes subconscious desire to chuck my job and go do something more fun and more interesting than what I do, but not doing so because I have a wife and kids that rely on me to be an adult and not give in to irresponsible impulses. Ah to be free to slice the air and step into another world. But then I wouldn't change a thing about my life now, so like our main character, I'd still be bound to stick around our world!

schmetterling

  • Guest
Re: PC084: Restless In My Hand
« Reply #42 on: January 23, 2010, 05:51:35 AM »
I really liked this, which is not unexpected since it's by Tim Pratt, but I loved the reading, too!  Steve Anderson's voice has some quality about it that I can't really define, but I really enjoy hearing it.

ckastens

  • Extern
  • *
  • Posts: 16
Re: PC084: Restless In My Hand
« Reply #43 on: January 25, 2010, 08:59:37 AM »
Tim Pratt is one of my favorite authors and this story doesn't disappoint! A story which is humorous and serious at the same time, and always entertaining.

Urban Nightwear

  • Extern
  • *
  • Posts: 1
Re: PC084: Restless In My Hand
« Reply #44 on: January 26, 2010, 11:22:07 AM »
Just a great story. First one I listened to three days in a row. I am a father of two and can relate to that part of it but that's not that important, I just thought it was excellant. A parent is not a "hero" for putting the needs of their kids first. That is what parenting is all about. Doing what you should do doesn't make you a hero, just a decent person.

Gamercow

  • Hipparch
  • ******
  • Posts: 654
Re: PC084: Restless In My Hand
« Reply #45 on: January 28, 2010, 03:47:29 PM »
Definitely a good listen, and I didn't really expect what happened at the end.  Maybe I've been listening to too many downer EP episodes. :)  You could really see the madness setting in, and the real struggle that he went through.  I did wonder, however if the axe was responsible for his wife's cheating and then her death, seeing her as an obstacle to its own mission.  I tended to interpret it as such, but maybe I'm wrong. 
The cow says "Mooooooooo"

Listener

  • Hipparch
  • ******
  • Posts: 3187
  • I place things in locations which later elude me.
    • Various and Sundry Items of Interest
Re: PC084: Restless In My Hand
« Reply #46 on: February 01, 2010, 02:10:03 PM »
"...how are we going to keep him away from this thing?!"
"The same way we keep him from your porn and my vibrator. We *lock the door*."

Indeed. I really liked that part.

I echo everyone who had positive comments about the story.

I did feel the intro (Richard & weird dude on the front stoop) went on a TAD too long.

I didn't see what Scattercat et al did about the Axe possibly forcing the wife to have an affair; there was no historical evidence that female axe-holders were affected, and nothing related to that was mentioned anywhere in the story, so to me only the male heir could hear the axe.

I didn't realize that the Axe was going to talk to Tyler but in retrospect I should have because in the beginning they did say 15 years old = manhood, to the Axe. Good moment there. And I did like the ending.

I didn't like this particular choice of narrator; while he is a good narrator, his voice didn't work for me in this story. The voice he chose for the narration and Richard made the character seem wishy-washy.
"Farts are a hug you can smell." -Wil Wheaton

Blog || Quote Blog ||  Written and Audio Work || Twitter: @listener42

yicheng

  • Matross
  • ****
  • Posts: 221
Re: PC084: Restless In My Hand
« Reply #47 on: February 01, 2010, 06:19:17 PM »
I can't decide whether to like this story as a fun romp, or love it as an father-as-hero metaphor.  It reminds of my favorite Neil Stephenson quote that (paraphrasing) "Every man up until about 35 secretly thinks that if he just works at it hard enough, he can be the most awesome bad-ass in the world".  I do martial arts so I suppose that's my own way of venting my "be-a-bad-ass" tendencies. Part of that training is also to continually bring your martial arts training into everyday life, so it's not all just about punching, kicking and throwing other people in a dojo.  I have a daughter she's already starting to imitate the stuff she sees me doing.  There's no prouder feeling than seeing your 4 year old try to smack a heavy-bag with her little punches.  Having said that, I do think that the father was a bit on the wimpy or at least passive side.  It felt like when he wasn't thinking about going off into "magical world of warcraft" he was just pretty much letting life go by him.

The closest real-life analogy to what happens in this story is maybe father and son joining a military (or being a policeman).   But even then, most of the stuff you actually do 95% of the time is pretty boring (guarding trucks, doing paper work, talking to people, settling petty squabbles, etc), and the heroic stuff is probably the stuff that'll give you PTSD and send you to the psychiatrist for years afterwards.

madmatt

  • Extern
  • *
  • Posts: 6
Re: PC084: Restless In My Hand
« Reply #48 on: February 28, 2010, 09:58:26 PM »
This probably doesn't need to be said, since the "To Parent, or Not To Parent" conversation seems relatively civil. But I'd like to suggest that pointing at other commenters and calling their views "a bit sad" or whatever is territory I'd prefer we Not Go.

My apologies, it was not my intention to pass judgement on peoples life decisions, of course parenting is not for everyone - I just look at some of the people in my home country who are having kids who perhaps should not be (child abuse is a huge problem here in NZ, and it does seem to cause a cycle of abuse thats hard to break), and some of the people who chose not to have kids, as is their right, but who I believe would make fantastic parents and raise amazing kids, grandkids etc, and it just makes me feel a little sad.

Anyway as you stated, off topic, so I'll leave it at that.

Gamercow

  • Hipparch
  • ******
  • Posts: 654
Re: PC084: Restless In My Hand
« Reply #49 on: March 16, 2010, 10:45:21 AM »
This probably doesn't need to be said, since the "To Parent, or Not To Parent" conversation seems relatively civil. But I'd like to suggest that pointing at other commenters and calling their views "a bit sad" or whatever is territory I'd prefer we Not Go.

My apologies, it was not my intention to pass judgement on peoples life decisions, of course parenting is not for everyone - I just look at some of the people in my home country who are having kids who perhaps should not be (child abuse is a huge problem here in NZ, and it does seem to cause a cycle of abuse thats hard to break), and some of the people who chose not to have kids, as is their right, but who I believe would make fantastic parents and raise amazing kids, grandkids etc, and it just makes me feel a little sad.

Anyway as you stated, off topic, so I'll leave it at that.

As a "not a parent" person, I thank you for clarifying that it is a "that's too bad, you'd make a great parent" situation rather than a "people who don't breed live poor lives" situation.  And I'll leave it at that for my part.
The cow says "Mooooooooo"

lowky

  • Hipparch
  • ******
  • Posts: 2698
  • from http://lovecraftismissing.com/?page_id=3142
Re: PC084: Restless In My Hand
« Reply #50 on: March 21, 2010, 10:19:37 AM »
I have been catching up on PodCastle, after giving it a second (ok maybe a third) chance.  This is one of the best stories I have heard in a long time.  Since I am still single, kids of my own are not an issue but I feel the same about some of my friends children.  I plan on passing this episode on to some of them. I have tried unsuccessfully to interest them in Escape Artists before, mostly because they have so many other podcasts already they listen to than because they don't like the stories, but this episode seems almost like a must listen to for any father (or parent really not meaning to sound sexist just the father in the story so analog irl).

Hinzelmann

  • Extern
  • *
  • Posts: 9
Re: PC084: Restless In My Hand
« Reply #51 on: September 09, 2010, 05:01:33 PM »
So, this is my post for I <3 Escape Artists month. Probably won't be the last I make here (nor is it the first), but this one is special.

I loved this story. As an acne-scarred teenager who is incredibly stubborn and quick to anger, it made me rethink my relationship with my parents personally. It's amazing what you can begin to take for granted. I was able to calm down a bit, work to get them to stop hyperventilating and eventually we all were able to compromise.

Of course, it's also amazing taken on it's own. The story of man who sacrifices everything for his kid, even things beyond this world. It's brilliant, and reminds me of why I love Tim Pratt's work. Voice acting for this piece (by Steve Anderson) is also good - not the best narration on Escape Artists, but certainly very, very good.