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Re: PC225, Giant Episode: The Cage
« Reply #40 on: October 19, 2012, 03:21:04 PM »
Reading these last couple comments made me realize that I am totally confusing the titles of this story and "Fable from a Cage." Interesting given that both have horror-esque undertones, though the similarity stops there.

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Re: PC225, Giant Episode: The Cage
« Reply #41 on: October 20, 2012, 09:46:42 AM »
I think the thing with vanilla is, you know exactly what you're getting.

At PodCastle, one of our goals is to not be predictable, and present to our audience all different flavors of fantasy. Sure, longtime listeners might recognize an author's name, or the genre, but in general, we hope the stories themselves (and the variety they represent) are surprising. Even if you give it a taste and don't like them, you might make a face and say, "That was...interesting." Which is why you don't hear S&S every week, or adventure fantasy, or steampunk, or urban fantasy, or fungal fantastika, or whatever.

So, you might get a vanilla. But you might also get salted caramel or pomegranate or brown sugar with caramel swirl or honey lavender or toasted coconut. The options are plentiful! And when that vanilla story does drop (as they have, and will), it'll be unexpected, and - hopefully - delightful.

(ALSO: Bi-Rite Creamery FTW!)

Another thing about vanilla is that it's the best selling flavor. It doesn't accomplish this because people don't like vanilla. Pomegranate is good but you can't beat vanilla for accompaniment to apple pie.

My favorite weird flavor is feta, pine nuts, and honey. Sadly the local place that made it closed.
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Re: PC225, Giant Episode: The Cage
« Reply #42 on: October 21, 2012, 01:54:06 PM »
Another thing about vanilla is that it's the best selling flavor. It doesn't accomplish this because people don't like vanilla. Pomegranate is good but you can't beat vanilla for accompaniment to apple pie.

My favorite weird flavor is feta, pine nuts, and honey. Sadly the local place that made it closed.

It is a best selling flavor, and I don't mind it every once in a while. But the thing about best-selling is you can get it anywhere. Grocery stores, drug stores, fast food dives, restaurants, and, of course, ice cream parlors.

I'd rather go to the ice cream parlor, and have all the different options.

(Doing the feedback segment for this thread, and thinking: Somebody needs to do a fungus ice cream now!  ;D )

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Re: PC225, Giant Episode: The Cage
« Reply #43 on: October 21, 2012, 08:14:27 PM »
(ALSO: Bi-Rite Creamery FTW!)

Bi-Rite is pretty good I suppose. I'm more of a Humphry Slocombe guy.  Sorry, I don't have much to say about this story at this time (other than it is too long, and I still haven't managed to listen to it because I can't fit it on a CD, even after editing out the Intro and Outro), but I felt the need to jump in with my ice cream opinions. So  :P

I love fungus though, so I predict my rating for this story will be 4/5.

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Re: PC225, Giant Episode: The Cage
« Reply #44 on: October 22, 2012, 12:19:49 AM »

Bi-Rite is pretty good I suppose. I'm more of a Humphry Slocombe guy.

Oooooooh. Will have to check that place out next time I'm in SF. Thanks!

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Re: PC225, Giant Episode: The Cage
« Reply #45 on: October 22, 2012, 12:59:08 AM »
The pairing of "Humphrey" with "Slocombe" has caused me to enter a fugue in which all I can say is "Menswear" in my manly voice.
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Re: PC225, Giant Episode: The Cage
« Reply #46 on: October 22, 2012, 06:37:08 AM »
The pairing of "Humphrey" with "Slocombe" has caused me to enter a fugue in which all I can say is "Menswear" in my manly voice.

Nice. I had managed to completely purge memories of that show from my mind until this post freed them to run, barefoot, giggling, and making bad puns, through my memory.
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Re: PC225, Giant Episode: The Cage
« Reply #47 on: October 24, 2012, 12:15:04 PM »
So, you might get a vanilla. But you might also get salted caramel or pomegranate or brown sugar with caramel swirl or honey lavender or toasted coconut. The options are plentiful! And when that vanilla story does drop (as they have, and will), it'll be unexpected, and - hopefully - delightful.

Now THAT is a much better flavor description.  I like variety.  I like lots of different foods, some for textures, some for consistencies, some for sweet or salty or bitter flavors.  Vanilla sometimes, with many other flavors other times is much more appealing to me.  :)

It is a best selling flavor, and I don't mind it every once in a while. But the thing about best-selling is you can get it anywhere. Grocery stores, drug stores, fast food dives, restaurants, and, of course, ice cream parlors.

True enough.  I can't argue with that.  I like novelty, so if given the choice between something I can buy anywhere, and something new, I will generally pick the latter.  But I still don't get why vanilla is always the butt of the line.  Chocolate is more available than vanilla, but I never heard "chocolate" being used as synonymous for "commonplace" or "dull".  *shrug*.  The same for caramel.

When I was in Killarney, Ireland in June for vacation, there was an ice cream parlor that had awesome variety.  We ate there at least once a day.  I think the favorite that I found was a scoop of sea salt ice cream with a scoop of honeycomb ice cream.

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Re: PC225, Giant Episode: The Cage
« Reply #48 on: November 30, 2012, 12:22:56 PM »
It's too cold to talk about ice cream. Brrr...

Anyway I like this story. I love stories about weird cities. Found the fungus and mushrooms creepy, but I was more intrigued by the history of "The Silence", and the main character's need to recreate the dining room of his missing relatives and use that as an office. I would love to read it for a fuller effect, but this was nice and creepy.

It sort of reminded me of a Sailor Moon/Ranma 1/2 fanfic I read a long time ago called "The Shadow Chronicles", which has the Sailor Soldiers living in this dark, wild city that has a haunting history and all these artifacts. The fanfic was never finished...but the world the writer created was amazing. I would pay him to finish it, but it's a fanfic, so... ::shrug::
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Re: PC225, Giant Episode: The Cage
« Reply #49 on: November 30, 2012, 01:50:53 PM »
Sorry, I don't have much to say about this story at this time (other than it is too long, and I still haven't managed to listen to it because I can't fit it on a CD, even after editing out the Intro and Outro), but I felt the need to jump in with my ice cream opinions. So  :P

I love fungus though, so I predict my rating for this story will be 4/5.

Oh! LaShawn's post brought this up on my "new replies" and I remembered I wanted to comment on it after eventually listening to it.

I quite enjoyed the story, the fungusy fantasy world was really neat, and while I wouldn't want a sequel, I'd love to see another story exploring this world. And I'm usually the "eh, don't wear it out" guy.

I'm really glad the blindness of the wife came into play at the end, and it was used to great horror effect. Loved the mystery of the sounds from the cage, loved the fungus people that just appeared. I wonder if the cage was a trap, or just a pet left behind. I wonder if they're at war with humanity, or just good at what they do?  Anyway, this was my third favourite Podcastle for the four months or so around it. I'll be more specific when I organize my votes for the end of the year, but I really dug this one.

My too long comment is merely for the logistics of me listening to it, I did not think the story needed anything cut.   Unlike many modern fantasy stories.