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« on: November 01, 2013, 06:09:28 AM »

EP420: The Shunned Trailer

by Esther Friesner

Read by Norm Sherman

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Listen to this week’s Escape Pod!
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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2013, 07:52:37 AM »

Oh. Em. Gee. This just skyrocketed past a lot of other stories to be one of my favorites. I loved this unabashedly. I have sat at my desk giggling insanely to myself for the last 30 minutes, garnering odd looks and, frankly, not caring. It inspired me to seek out Ms. Friesner's email and send her a gibbering-fanboy email of praise.

Love it, love it, love it, love it, love it.

[The less said about that . . . whatever-it-was at the very end after the dying notes of the theme music, the better, though.]
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2013, 09:59:01 AM »

A lot of things written that would probably inspire anger as opposed to intelligent discourse   

Although I can appreciate the whimsical play on old-school writing and couldn't possibly think of a better person to read said text, I just couldn't get into this one.  I've never been a big fan of Lovecraft and it just feels like I've heard this story before. 

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I've defended quite a few of the stories when some have complained about them not fitting into a particular genre, so I don't want to open that particular can of worms.  All I'd like to say is that an injection of some good ol' Arthur C. Clark or the like would feel mighty fine about now.

Peace out!
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2013, 01:57:52 PM »

I've been listening to Escape Pod for quite a long time, but I registered now just so I could comment on this one. Awesome, awesome, awesome. I've been reading a collection of Lovecraft short stories, so this was very timely. Did I mention that the story is awesome?
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2013, 03:08:05 PM »

I asked Norm to Narrate this one because of his work narrating the Lovecraft month of The Drabblecast. You should totally check that out too - http://www.drabblecast.org/tag/lovecraft-month/
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2013, 10:29:26 PM »

Before Cthulhu came about did I miss hear something or did the narrator shoot divine lighting from his hands?
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2013, 04:25:37 PM »

Fratboys and Cthulhu Fhtagn what's not to like.
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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2013, 04:27:18 PM »

Before Cthulhu came about did I miss hear something or did the narrator shoot divine lighting from his hands?

I think so. I even rewound it and listened twice to that part to make sure I heard what I heard. I think maybe I'll have to listen to it again.
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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2013, 05:17:18 PM »

I was hoping he'd be an even bigger monster than they were
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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2013, 08:06:48 AM »

Laughed my arse off. Out loud.

Great story. Great reading.
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« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2013, 07:10:17 PM »

This story was awesome and fun and hilarious.  I wish I was smart and educated enough to get half of the overly erudite references he makes.
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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2013, 08:36:38 PM »

This was so awesome - I registered in the forums.

I can't imagine anyone else reading this - The delivery was flawless.

The ending brought me back to my teenage years reading HP and those sleepless nights.  The story itself was funny and a great homage to HP Lovecraft and New England.

Wow!

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« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2013, 11:14:57 PM »


I thought this was hilarious.  Simultaneously skewering Lovecraft, Southern Evangelicals and the Ivy League is no mean feat, and it was done with panache.  And could anyone have possibly been a more perfect narrator for that than Norm Sherman?  No, definitely not…
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« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2013, 10:24:02 AM »

Awesome inclusion of The World's End in the parade. Probably the best film I've seen (and probably will see) this year. Yeah, I said it, PJ.

I'm happy to see the strong use of batrachian, as it's a significantly underloved word. However, I have to pedant a bit. Lovecraft only published that word once. Clark Ashton Smith, on the other hand, LOVED the word. I recommend The Mother of Toads and all the horrid batrachian flopping contained therein.

The truly unmentionable horror came at the very end after the closing music had faded out.
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« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2013, 10:27:13 PM »

"Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice."

But, in any event, however the world ends, I just want Norm narrating it.
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« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2013, 10:01:35 AM »

Very entertaining story, and no better person to read it.  I'm surprised it wasn't run on Drabblecast's Lovecraft month.  I was laughing consistently throughout.  I found the old-timey Lovecraftian language contrasted with the modern setting a nice touch--but what would you expect of a Harvard man in the sticks?  Lots of funny little details, the party hat, the "Stephen Hawking is a Mack Daddy" tat, lots of good stuff.

And, hey, if this story can get accepted at Escape Pod, then mayhaps I have been too self-restrictive on what I submit.  I should submit that bogeyman love story, that story with the Fey sword inheritance, the story about the undead grandma, and the one about the talking pig. 
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« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2013, 10:07:45 AM »

Loved the language of this. Loved the narration. Loved the little jibes at everything from tacky lawn ornaments to the nation's best and brightest.
I also loved that I think I got all the jokes and references, but I will never be sure.

As for the bit at the end...
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« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2013, 10:08:07 AM »

Also, minor note--Alasdair refers to Nate's Nightmare Lights of Mars feedback when it was actually the Big-Fisted Circuit feedback.  Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2013, 10:11:13 AM »

Also, minor note--Alasdair refers to Nate's Nightmare Lights of Mars feedback when it was actually the Big-Fisted Circuit feedback.  Smiley
Not the first time he's done that, I remember at least one other time when Alastair's schedule was different from the one in our universe.
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« Reply #19 on: November 05, 2013, 11:39:28 AM »

As for the bit at the end...
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
For the record, the movie was a spoof, but that bit of the movie was a pop-culture spoof of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJmqCKtJnxM

The question is, why was this scene from Scary Movie appended to the end of the episode? The answer lies in your ID3 tags.
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