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Classics 20 & 21 (EP 170 & 171) - Mongoose

Postby normsherman » Sun Jul 04, 2010 10:55 pm

Classics 20, Episode 170 – Mongoose, part 1

Update (Sunday, May 10th, 2015): Drabbleclassics 20 - Mongoose : Part I
Feature: Mongoose, part 1 by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear
Drabble: The Monkeys by Chris Monroe
Genres: Action Drabbleclassics Fantasy Sci-Fi
Original Episode: 170

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Saturday, July 3rd, 2010
Izrael Irizarry stepped through a bright-scarred airlock onto Kadath Station, lurching a little as he adjusted to station gravity. On his shoulder, Mongoose extended her neck, her barbels flaring, flicked her tongue out to taste the air, and colored a question. Another few steps, and he smelled what Mongoose smelled, the sharp stink of toves, ammoniac and bitter...

Read by: Abby Crayden as Station Master, Lauren Synger as Colonel Sanderson
Episode Art: Jerel Dye
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Originally published in Lovecraft Unbound, October 2009.

Twabble: “ The aliens solemnly spake unto me: "Take us to your leader.

Nah, just kidding, we're totally going to blow your shit up!" ” by PureChance



Classics 21, Episode 171 – Mongoose, part 2

Update (Sunday, May 10th, 2015): Drabbleclassics 21 - Mongoose : Part II
Feature: Mongoose, part 2 by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear
No drabble for this episode.
Genres: Action Drabbleclassics Fantasy Sci-Fi
Original Episode: 171

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Saturday, July 10th, 2010
You couldn't describe a rath. You couldn't even look at one for more than a few seconds before you started getting a migraine aura. Rovers were just blots of shadow. The breeder was massive, armored, and had no recognizable features, save for its hideous, drooling, ragged edged maw. Irizarry didn't know if it had eyes, or even needed them...

Read by: Abby Crayden as Station Master, Lauren Synger as Colonel Sanderson
Episode Art: Skeet Scienski
Additional credits: The Burning Zeppelin Experience
Originally published in Lovecraft Unbound, October 2009.

Twabble: “ Some folks say the ghosts of the Skeptics Society still haunt these back roads; eternally debunking the supernatural. ” by Nowicki1283
Last edited by Algernon Sydney is Dead on Tue May 12, 2015 9:34 am, edited 2 times in total.
Reason: It's now a classic!

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Re: Drabblecast 170-Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

Postby Talia » Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:40 am

Awesome story - everything I could hope for from a great pair of authors like these. I particularly enjoy the innocuous nicknames for something that is so clearly creepy. Can't wait to hear the second half of the story.

Oh, and super-rad cover art.

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Re: Drabblecast 170-Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

Postby Phenopath » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:34 pm

What Talia said. I can't wait for the conclusion.
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Re: Drabblecast 170-Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

Postby Travelin Corpse Feet » Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:08 am

Talia wrote:Awesome story - everything I could hope for from a great pair of authors like these. I particularly enjoy the innocuous nicknames for something that is so clearly creepy. Can't wait to hear the second half of the story.

Oh, and super-rad cover art.


Hey, we agree on something! :)

I like Jabberwocky, and there's a ton of potential to go dark with Lewis Carroll's nonsense. Looking forward to the next installment of this one.
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Re: Drabblecast 170-Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

Postby mrsmica » Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:32 pm

I can't believe you're making me wait a week for part 2!

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Re: Drabblecast 170-Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

Postby mrsmica » Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:42 pm

...or that my voice is on this episode, for that matter!

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Re: Drabblecast 170-Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

Postby Hugh Jabode » Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:13 am

I'm usually 2 or 3 episodes behind, and now I finally catch up just in time to be left hanging ... SHIT!

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Re: Drabblecast 170-Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

Postby tbaker2500 » Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:20 am

I'm waiting for #2 to know if they pulled off the story or not. It shows promise!
My only negative is that they used too many made-up words. It's hard to follow short fiction when you have to pick up a new lexicon through inference. That being said, by the time I listen to pt. 2, I'm sure I will have picked up the new lexicon.
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Re: Drabblecast 170-Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

Postby moonowl » Thu Jul 08, 2010 2:15 pm

<---wants a mongoose for my birthday.

(At least until we get to the part when it goes on a bloody rampage and kills the whole crew..)
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Re: Drabblecast 170-Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

Postby Etaan » Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:31 pm

mrsmica wrote:I can't believe you're making me wait a week for part 2!


My measure of the quality of any serialized entertainment is my level of disappointment at the prospect of the episode ending. When I watch tv shows or read books, I recognize the great ones as much by the severity of my "dammit, I have to wait until the next one?!!" reaction as anything else. And I definitely got a little bit sad when I saw the time ticking down on Part 1. Hopefully next week delivers the goods.

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Re: Drabblecast 170-Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

Postby Polecat » Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:09 pm

The Monkeys did cause me to giggle maniacally - my compliments Mr Munsi and Mrs Mica.
I now find myself in a veritable state of suspense - the Carrollian absurdity and dark, dark atmosphere of "Mongoose" is both skin-crawling and grin-making; only a few details bother me - if Mongoose is adapted to vacuum, why can she taste the air? that seems a little incongruous.
My main quibble, however, is why anyone is bothering to fight the infestation at all - don´t they realize, that the whole business is Devine Retribution for their mistreatment of the Christians?

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Re: Drabblecast 170-Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

Postby alhilton » Sun Jul 11, 2010 2:01 am

Wow. That was delicious! Loved the critters in this one; can't wait for the rest!

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Re: DC 170 & 171- Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

Postby Talia » Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:15 pm

Fantastic conclusion. Thanks for bringing us this tale, really good stuff. Excellent production as usual also.

I was psyched to learn these two authors have collaborated on books as well - I've completely loved their solo stuff. Now I'm itching to dash to the bookstore. :)

The twitfic this week was particularly amusing. Well done.

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Re: DC 170 & 171- Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

Postby jennybean » Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:25 pm

I enjoyed this one, but I have to say that throughout the whole thing I was waiting for the Jabberwock to show up. Something bigger, meaner, and worse than the bandersnatch.
But otherwise, great story.

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Re: DC 170 & 171- Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

Postby strawman » Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:34 pm

Yes, I had a hunch that twitfic was going to score a read. Exceptional.
The story was very satisfying, except.
It had a truncated feel to it. That works well with Scattercat's Drabbles, but is weird in this full-course 2 part extravaganza. "By becoming friends with them" puts the ending in the middle of a conversation between the two main characters, mid-scene. The action is resolved, but the Coda leaves me hungry for a final chord or two.
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Re: DC 170 & 171- Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

Postby bumdhar » Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:14 pm

Ok so I’m going to hunt down “Lovecraft Unbound,” and toss a ten spot into the hat. This was a great tale!

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Re: DC 170 & 171- Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

Postby Wolfshade » Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:27 pm

Yay for a full cast! Fun story.

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Re: DC 170 & 171- Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

Postby dreamrock » Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:16 pm

Very beautiful vision of a dark future. The possibility of humanity's response to the Big Dark being for some to befriend elements of the Big Dark really resonates with me. I love the combination of Lewis Carroll and H.P. Lovecraft's work. Now I'm rather tempted to re-read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland even though I'm more than neck deep in books I haven't finished reading.

I would have liked to see more on the christians and why they're so singled out. Also, like Strawman, I'd love to see a coda. Especially a coda questioning just how loyal to good our friend Mongoose really is.
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Re: DC 170 & 171- Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

Postby moonowl » Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:46 am

*considers knitting a Mongoose plushie*
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Re: DC 170 & 171- Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

Postby deflective » Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:03 am

awesome production. you exceeded the high expectations drabblecast creates for itself.

but still... explosive bullet sounds for an energy weapon‽ there was even shell casing sounds during the line that mentions her battery is running low. you're just tech-geek sniping, aren't you?


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