Drabblecast 331 – Night of the Cooters

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Drabblecast 331 – Night of the Cooters

Post by Algernon Sydney is Dead » Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:27 am

Feature: Night of the Cooters by Howard Waldrop
Drabble: Bum's Rush by Nathan Lee
Genres: Comedy Strange

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Monday, July 14th, 2014
Sheriff Lindley was asleep on the toilet in the Pachuco County courthouse when someone started pounding on the door.

Episode Art: Raoul Izzard
This story was first published in: Omni Magazine, April 1987.

No twabble for this episode; see the Twabble censorship thread.

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Re: Drabblecast 331 – Night of the Cooters

Post by tobadzistsini » Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:02 am

I have the strangest feeling I've heard this story before, and it was read by Norm.

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Re: Drabblecast 331 – Night of the Cooters

Post by SpareInch » Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:13 pm

tobadzistsini wrote:I have the strangest feeling I've heard this story before, and it was read by Norm.
It was on The Clarkesworld Podcast. And I'm sure Ms Baker will be delighted to hear that you think she sounds like Norm.
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Re: Drabblecast 331 – Night of the Cooters

Post by Algernon Sydney is Dead » Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:18 pm

Welcome aboard, SpareInch!
Sorry about the delay in approving your first post.

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Re: Drabblecast 331 – Night of the Cooters

Post by tbaker2500 » Sun Jul 27, 2014 1:32 am

This was good stuff. Really weird, but good.
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Re: Drabblecast 331 – Night of the Cooters

Post by Algernon Sydney is Dead » Sun Jul 27, 2014 1:48 am

Yeah, good fun story. Loved the attitude of the characters -- just the right mix of mostly unflappable, proactive, and crazy reckless. It was often the proper way to be man, without acting overly "Macho".

I thought it was cheap and a little OOC for the sheriff to destroy all the evidence like that, but that was but a minor annoyance in otherwise great yarn.

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Re: Drabblecast 331 – Night of the Cooters

Post by SpareInch » Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:07 am

Not wanting to be pedantic, (Yeah, right... Who am I kidding?) but in the Wells original, HM Brit Army uses big field guns, 12 pounders and so on, and they just bounce off the Martian machines. These guys managed to manhandle their gun up into the clock tower, so it can't have been a very big gun, perhaps one of those lightweight mountain howitzers, and it was also at least 20 years older than any of the guns that would have been being used around London, and yet the ball went straight through the Martian!

Really!?

This is like Sicily again isn't it? Where the American troops took their half of the island quicker than the British because the Brits were fighting against German Veterans while you Yanks only had to deal with unenthusiastic Italians who had already been 'Spoken to' by Lucky Luciano's mates.

It's always easier when the enemy isn't all that tough!

Only kidding, guys. :wink:

Incidentally, was I the only one who spotted the reference to The War In The Air in there?

Putting the cannon on the upper story of a building?

Hmmm..?

That's how the New Yorkers shot down one of the German airships, remember?

DON'T tell me you haven't read it!

All that said, (And it's nice to have it off my chest, I can tell you!) It was a nice, engaging and entertaining story. I actually did like it.

Honest!

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Re: Drabblecast 331 – Night of the Cooters

Post by Algernon Sydney is Dead » Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:33 am

SpareInch wrote:Not wanting to be pedantic, (Yeah, right... Who am I kidding?) but in the Wells original, HM Brit Army uses big field guns, 12 pounders and so on, and they just bounce off the Martian machines. These guys managed to manhandle their gun up into the clock tower, so it can't have been a very big gun, perhaps one of those lightweight mountain howitzers, and it was also at least 20 years older than any of the guns that would have been being used around London, and yet the ball went straight through the Martian!
Hey, us Texicans know how to shoot straight. :wink: Also, they did use, what, 2 and half times the proper amount of powder.

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Re: Drabblecast 331 – Night of the Cooters

Post by Caustic Reverie » Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:25 pm

I loved the story and the narration was fantastic. Excellent job!

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Re: Drabblecast 331 – Night of the Cooters

Post by El Barto » Wed Aug 06, 2014 5:13 pm

That was a fun twist on a classic. I liked how the sheriff made the deputy listen to his whole dream.

The ending rubbed me the wrong way, though. This was about a band of underdogs coming together to destroy and existential threat. When something like this happens, people step up and do everything they can to save each other and their planet.

To have the sheriff destroy all of the forensic evidence because he was cranky seemed out of character and overly cartoonish.

I suppose it could have been general anti-intellectualism or not liking the professors but the author didn't really establish that.

Good story overall though, and great narration by Norm.

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Re: Drabblecast 331 – Night of the Cooters

Post by Spindaddy » Sun Aug 10, 2014 3:50 am

Haha! This story was awesome! I was laughing the entire time. I enjoyed the Sheriff's dreams the most.
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Re: Drabblecast 331 – Night of the Cooters

Post by bookwormcp8 » Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:52 pm

Loved the story! Good ol' 'Murican twist on the classic tale. Great over-sized characters and a good pace. Fantastic job on the narration.

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