Drabblecast 183 - Angel of the Ordinary

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Re: Drabblecast 183- Angel of the Ordinary by Tim Pratt

Post by dreamrock » Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:33 pm

Unblinking wrote:Is commenting on lots of old story threads acceptable here?
Yep. Seems to happen on a fairly regular basis around these here parts. But have you really listened to all 183 episodes plus B-Sides? You have my admiration. I'm still a little light around the middle. :lol:
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Re: Drabblecast 183- Angel of the Ordinary by Tim Pratt

Post by tbaker2500 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:34 am

dreamrock wrote:
Unblinking wrote:Is commenting on lots of old story threads acceptable here?
Yep. Seems to happen on a fairly regular basis around these here parts. But have you really listened to all 183 episodes plus B-Sides? You have my admiration. I'm still a little light around the middle. :lol:
Am I supposed to make a joke about belly fat here?

Dreamrock, you disappoint me. The middle has some of the best episodes! Along with the beginning and end.

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Re: Drabblecast 183- Angel of the Ordinary by Tim Pratt

Post by Unblinking » Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:24 pm

Actually, I haven't gotten around to the B-Sides yet. I'm not sure why, really! So I guess I haven't listened to all of Drabblecast, but all of the Drabblecast A-Sides. :P

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Re: Drabblecast 183- Angel of the Ordinary by Tim Pratt

Post by moonowl » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:07 pm

I warn you, if you binge listen to all the past episodes in like 3 weeks like I did last year, your life will be changed forever. Don't worry about the tentacles that may start to appear though...
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Re: Drabblecast 183- Angel of the Ordinary by Tim Pratt

Post by moonowl » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:23 pm

Oh! I'm catching up, and just...oh!

This my nomination for the year so far. It was sweet, bizarre, multilayered and delightful. I think I love Hearty White, I can't imagine anyone else (no offense Norm) reading this and doing it justice. I am trying to figure out how I can work phrases like "human organ bumpershute" into daily conversation.

The way I see the chronology of the story happening:

1) Man watches too much TV and doesn't pay enough attention to his lady
2) Unsatisfied woman gets seduced away by jerkwad
3) Man slowly goes nutty (or, gets visited by God in his despair, who knows right?)
4) Neighbors get concerned and call up the woman who leaves the jerkwad
5) Man has revelation (represented by god, crazy hallucination, who knows) on how wonderful his woman was and decides to try harder this time

This COULD be a very mundane story of something that happens all the time to couples. However, layered in there is an appropriation for uniqueness and individuality, the beauty of changing oneself by choice (Clockwork Orange, anyone?) and forgiveness. Using 'god' as the way I see it, a metaphor for revelation/realization. Oh, and the whole little cake is covered in gloriously wacko frosting.

This one little story pays me back tenfold for my little monthly donation. Dang. I'm gonna go listen again, it makes me so happy. THANK YOU.
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Re: Drabblecast 183- Angel of the Ordinary by Tim Pratt

Post by tbaker2500 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:27 pm

A good one, wasn't it?
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Re: Drabblecast 183- Angel of the Ordinary by Tim Pratt

Post by moonowl » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:33 pm

I can't even put it into words adequately. I'm saving it around for those dreary workday Mondays when I feel a little cog-like.
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Re: Drabblecast 183- Angel of the Ordinary by Tim Pratt

Post by moonowl » Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:04 am

Hey! On 5th listening the 'things she said' to him and was sorry about? She must of called Ham boring. He sat around and watched TV and didn't want to go out or do anything. It set him over the edge on the uniqueness thing!
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Re: Drabblecast 183- Angel of the Ordinary by Tim Pratt

Post by Etaan » Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:11 pm

tbaker2500 wrote:This is Drabblecast.
Fun, seemingly lighthearted, actually rather dark Drabble? Check.
Tim Pratt story? Check.
Fantastic soundtrack & production quality? Check.
Oddball narrator who nails the character? Check.
Outro that blew me away? Check.

Yep, this is Drabblecast.
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Re: Drabblecast 183- Angel of the Ordinary by Tim Pratt

Post by Etaan » Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:42 pm

Plus the cover art. Can't forget the cover art.

I really enjoyed this story. I actually liked the fact that Hamm didn't go off the deep end and was able to be reeled back in rather easily. He wasn't crazy, really, his world just got rocked and he was grasping at straws in order to explain what happened and figure out how to fix it. Even after God appeared to him (which he doesn't associate with his wife leaving in any way until much later in the story), Hamm's idea of being unique has nothing to do with his personality or his achievements. His limited imagination dismisses the idea that the angels will base their decision off of anything other than appearance. Once she comes back, his subconscious finally realizes what actually needs to change in order to keep her. I found Hamm to be an incredibly endearing and sympathetic character.
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Re: Drabblecast 183- Angel of the Ordinary by Tim Pratt

Post by themorg » Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:26 am

Etaan wrote:
tbaker2500 wrote:This is Drabblecast.
Fun, seemingly lighthearted, actually rather dark Drabble? Check.
Tim Pratt story? Check.
Fantastic soundtrack & production quality? Check.
Oddball narrator who nails the character? Check.
Outro that blew me away? Check.

Yep, this is Drabblecast.
and 4min 18 seconds of extra features at the end that were as strange as can be.
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Re: Drabblecast 183- Angel of the Ordinary by Tim Pratt

Post by Lucid » Sat Oct 30, 2010 2:23 am

I'd like to trade the traditional Western religions for the gelatinous ooze monster that talks through the evening news, wears cellophane wings and demands that its followers paint their fingernails purple and spend evenings in an inflatable kiddy pool full of peeps ... or something similar.
I enjoyed this story quite a bit, though it seemed simpler and less embellished than others I've heard by Tim Pratt. But simple and less embellished is often good. I also enjoyed the Youtube clips at the end.

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Re: Drabblecast 183- Angel of the Ordinary by Tim Pratt

Post by ROU Killing Time » Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:15 am

Mikes wrote:reading Tim's blog he says this was only the second story he sold back before the turn of the century (man i love saying that), so perhaps he was still finding his voice.

Yeah, but I still liked it.
Why underplay it. say "before the turn of the millenium."

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Re: Drabblecast 183- Angel of the Ordinary by Tim Pratt

Post by Richmazzer » Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:35 pm

I LOVED this story. Maybe my favorite Tim Pratt story so far. And I agree that the reading phenomenal.

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Re: Drabblecast 183- Angel of the Ordinary by Tim Pratt

Post by ZuSquared » Fri Nov 12, 2010 8:42 pm

Donuts taste of .... hat? :lol:

I have to listen to this again just for the outro. Very entertaining.

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Re: Drabblecast 183- Angel of the Ordinary by Tim Pratt

Post by Etaan » Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:28 pm

ZuSquared wrote:Donuts taste of .... hat? :lol:

I have to listen to this again just for the outro. Very entertaining.
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Re: Drabblecast 183 - Angel of the Ordinary

Post by SeanT » Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:10 pm

Best Drabblecast episode ever.
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