Drabblecast 258 - Brown Dust

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Drabblecast 258 - Brown Dust

Post by StalinSays » Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:18 pm

Feature: Brown Dust by Esther Friesner
Drabble: You Can't Go Home Again by Bellcast

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Saturday, September 29th, 2012
“Adao, no.” Teo, the older boy’s second-in-command, lays a staying hand on his master’s arm. “The stories I told you about this one… they’re true.”
“True?” Adao casts a skeptic’s eye over Santos. Can those flimsy ribs cage anything as fugitive as truth


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Re: Drabblecast 258 - Brown Dust

Post by strawman » Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:48 pm

Crazy good intro. True dat, Norm.

Crazy good drabble by Belcast. They don't call 'em phantom limbs without reason.

Esther Friesner's Brown Dust... yeowza!
Obviously, the inspiration for the intro, which sure does the story justice.

The piece, (and the intro) is certainly beautifully written. A bit like a glass-bottom boat cruise of the Love Canal.

"To put an end to all this troublesome dust" ... a perfectly exquisite final image.

And yet...

For the hero to be Santos, and Christ the Redeemer the backdrop, it's a narrative version of Andres Serrano's blasphemy.

I wish the Muses would use their great powers for good.
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Re: Drabblecast 258 - Brown Dust

Post by ROU Killing Time » Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:58 pm

Great now I have to research your listener feedback to fully understand it. Don't you know I have a naval that needs cleaning?
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Re: Drabblecast 258 - Brown Dust

Post by ROU Killing Time » Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:00 pm

Oh, that guy. His blasphemies pale to insignificance to those I endured when I was an altar boy.
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Re: Drabblecast 258 - Brown Dust

Post by strawman » Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:59 pm

ROU, you know Christ endured torture to be with us in our own suffering. He is not to blame for it, but the only way out of being destroyed by it.
You know that. The priest is something else. And I think Serrano's point was the same as Friesner's. Not as offensively expressed... in fact, beautifully expressed. But with more darkness than light.
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Re: Drabblecast 258 - Brown Dust

Post by ROU Killing Time » Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:21 am

Edit: Moved to a more appropriate thread...
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=4236&p=37591#p37591
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Re: Drabblecast 258 - Brown Dust

Post by ROU Killing Time » Thu Oct 04, 2012 3:57 am

Apologies for quite probably inappropriately derailing this thread.
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Re: Drabblecast 258 - Brown Dust

Post by danthelawyer » Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:27 am

Really loved this story. Best Drabblecast in a while.

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Re: Drabblecast 258 - Brown Dust

Post by Richmazzer » Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:43 pm

Truly great writing. Brought me right there into the slums of Rio. Very cool premise and well paced into the mid-story twist. Would love to see more from Ms. Friesner.

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Re: Drabblecast 258 - Brown Dust

Post by Mildred » Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:17 pm

I loved this story. There were several ways I thought it was going to play out, but the author went to a different and awesome place.
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Re: Drabblecast 258 - Brown Dust

Post by Unblinking » Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:44 pm

I... didn't get into this one much. I'm not sure why. If I hadn't fallen woefully behind on my forum activity due to the Escape Pod flash fiction contest, I'd probably be able to say. </unhelpful feedback>

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Re: Drabblecast 258 - Brown Dust

Post by tbaker2500 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:02 am

I didn't get into it much because I tend not to like heavily depressing stories. :D
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Re: Drabblecast 258 - Brown Dust

Post by Kibitzer » Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:46 am

God-DAMN that was a great story (that's Brown Dust I'm referring to). It led expertly from little kid with big gift using for small gain, to wow, evil bastard, to geez didn't quite see that coming, to can't see the resolution for this, to wow... what a way to end!! That ending was real sad but so hopeful! (in a revengeful kinda way)

Fabulous. Loved every moment of it.
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Re: Drabblecast 258 - Brown Dust

Post by TheBigBadG » Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:04 pm

I'm pretty new to Drabblecast so apologies if I'm missing some stone-cold classic but this is the best story I've heard to date. And that's not to discredit any of the others, because there have been some real corkers. It's the flicks of imagery and metaphor that make it sing. Santos and Adeo 'stink to stink' leapt out at me first time through. The whole of the opening scene in fact, I had to go back and listen again before I could even finish the story. As I'm guessing Norm might say, pretty sweet.

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Re: Drabblecast 258 - Brown Dust

Post by Algernon Sydney is Dead » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:41 pm

Glad you liked the story, you can remember it, come time for the People's Choice Awards (usually March-ish). (Although, this particular story was not one of my favorites and I insist -- Insist I say -- that you vote for my favorites when the time comes. ;) )
TheBigBadG wrote:As I'm guessing Norm might say, pretty sweet.
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Re: Drabblecast 258 - Brown Dust

Post by TheBigBadG » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:54 am

Algernon Sydney is Dead wrote:Glad you liked the story, you can remember it, come time for the People's Choice Awards (usually March-ish). (Although, this particular story was not one of my favorites and I insist -- Insist I say -- that you vote for my favorites when the time comes. ;) )
I've actually gone right back to the start so I'm currently at episode 10. I'll try and get through it all by March... That said I can't guarantee obedience (i get that from my mother's side) but how about the finest and most elegant evasion of an actual apology this side of the House of Commons / Capitol Hill / insert local political cypher here?

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Re: Drabblecast 258 - Brown Dust

Post by tbaker2500 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:39 pm

Pah! Don't listen to ASID. It's much more important to recognize the value of the ROU/Tbaker voting bloc.
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Re: Drabblecast 258 - Brown Dust

Post by Beth Peters » Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:06 am

Catching up. Have to say, this story is one of those that, to me, is in a class of its own. Stephen King wishes he could write a story like this. This is an author who clearly knows what she's doing and wow did she do it well here. very powerful, thank you Drabblecast and Esther Friesner for blowing me away this week.
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Re: Drabblecast 258 - Brown Dust

Post by Sphinx » Thu Oct 02, 2014 6:37 am

I'm glad this wasn't the first DC episode I listened to. Out of all (and that is nearly all by this point) the ones I've been through —the dystopia, the post-apocalyptical and the dead babies— this was the most depressing of them all. It was ridiculously well-written, though, and last night it was just the something I needed to cleanse the palate from the taste of self-pity.

I would almost call the prose of the main story flowery if it didn't manage to make me hang one every word of it. Which is the opposite effect verbosity usually has on me. On closer inspection, I found the author to have been almost economical in their use of words — just enough to paint a vivid picture before my mind's eye, but not one word in excess in doing so.

I appreciate the cold reality of the setting, as well. This episode really quite stuck out, and I'm glad Norm (or whoever) decided to include it in the podcast.

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