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Drabblecast 042 - 40 Quarters

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:02 pm
by Mr. Tweedy
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40 Quarters by Tom Williams

"I've been in this country for a long time. I know all about the American way, Mr. Morley. You said it yourself: There's no such thing as a free lunch."

Art by Jonathan Wilson

Posted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 1:45 am
by Mr. Tweedy
Guess I'll be the first to comment.

This story didn't do much for me. I liked the moral about generosity and the karmatic nature of society, but the story was very predictable and not very fun. My main problem with it is actually a logistical one: If Mega Man doesn't make any money being a hero, then how can worries about income keep him from retiring?

On the other hand, I got to hear about a bullet bouncing off the sagging gut of a geriatric man in tights...

Posted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:06 am
by tbaker2500
Seems like a reworked Mr. Scrooge.

The story was awfully... ordinary... for a Drabblecast.

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 8:07 am
by AynSavoy
The story wasn't doing much for me, until the payoff. I thought the twist worked really well, and I thought the clues (the comic book, the comment about "even if you're from another planet") were just subtle enough not give anything away until it all started to come together. The earlier parts of the story could be tightened up, but the ending was good.

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 4:21 pm
by Dustin
tbaker2500 wrote:Seems like a reworked Mr. Scrooge.
It reminded me of that too! How very Christmas like.

I liked the story. I think the many voices of Norm added a lot to this.

Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:08 pm
by Philippa
I agree with Ayn, nice and subtle. I liked the dialogue and found the pay-off very satisfying. I liked that the story had humour, poignancy and retribution, and that by the end I had been made to really abhor the parsimonious Mr Morley. This story also made me a bit sad :(

Re: Drabblecast 042 - 40 Quarters

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:18 pm
by sandrilde
Little too predictable for me, too -