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Review of the audio version of Crossroads: Short Stories from Panamindorah, Volume 1 by Abbie Hilton.

“A Cat Prince Distinguishes Himself" - Dave Robison, the new narrator for this version has a great, smoky voice. The perfect tone for the topic. The story gives great insight into a popular and pivotal character in Hilton’s Panamindora story. Learning about the motives and backgrounds of protagonists is one of my favorite things in epics, and Abbie is great at doing that.

"On the Edge" - I enjoy listening to Abbie’s voice, she has a great tone, usually very calm, but she can convey tension and emotion very easily as well. This story has more Panamindora back story for some of the secondary characters, and gives great insight into the lives of the wolflings. Sevn’s struggle with how his life is changing is very interesting and engaging.

"Distraction" - Another great narrator, Ryan Stevenson, gives this Panamindora backstory perfect tension. Even if the listener doesn't like the main character, due to knowledge of the main trilogy, the story is written so that the listener can relate and sympathize with him.

"Hualien" - The rat shelt is one of the oddest characters in Panamindora, in my opinion. Getting more insight into him fills in a few gaps in understanding the larger Panamindora story. I did enjoy the voice modification that was done to achieve some of the voices, it’s a nice touch.

"Night in the Crystal City" - A coda for one of the more interesting characters from the Panimindora trilogy, this is the first non-backstory piece in this collection. It’s interesting, erotic and shows hope for a character most readers/listeners would have thought lost. I have always enjoyed how thought for the possible physiology of the shelts is taken into consideration in Abbie’s stories, even in sex.

"Professionals” - Silveo is one of the most popular characters from the Guild of the Cowry Catchers series, and one of my favorites as well. Seeing where this deep and complex character came from is a fan’s dream.

Rating: A+
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I took me a long time, but I finally finished the audio version of Dreaming of Deliverance by R.E. Chambliss. The delay was because I just don’t have the time to listen to podcasts anymore with this job, not because it was hard to get through.

I loved the story. The characters were well written and there was a lot of depth to them, very few one-dimensional ones. The world was really unique. Both worlds, actually. I’d term it as a world travel / low fantasy story.

I spent a lot of time worried about what was going to happen to the main character. Her situation and life really called out to me. And the ending is just gut wrenching.

I’m hoping to pick up the short stories based in the world soon, when I have funds. And I really hope that the sequel gets made. Oh, and Renee’s voice is still awesome. I first heard it on Abbie’s podcast.

Rating: A
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it only took two days to get though Catching Fire, the second book int eh Hunger games series. I was wrong thinking it was going to be all political. I couldn't figure out how they'd keep the same feel in the 2nd book, but they did it the easy way, break the world's laws. Well done. I did care about the characters more, probably because I was more invested in them. And I don't even mind the semi-three/four way relationship mess. Not a huge fan, but handled better than most YA.

Will have to grab the 3rd one soon.

Not much happening this weekend. Working at the mall, chores, walks/dog park trips with JP. Tomorrow we have plans to go and meet a pug that we might adopt. Give JP someone to play with and keep him company during the day. We will see, details are fuzzy, but the first step is seeing if the dogs get along.

The weather is beautiful, I don't care who says its too hot.

The last Drabblecast was really cool, made me think, in a good way. No link, sorry, their website isn't being updated. You have to find it on iTunes.
radlilim: (gay podcasts chest)
it only took two days to get though Catching Fire, the second book int eh Hunger games series. I was wrong thinking it was going to be all political. I couldn't figure out how they'd keep the same feel in the 2nd book, but they did it the easy way, break the world's laws. Well done. I did care about the characters more, probably because I was more invested in them. And I don't even mind the semi-three/four way relationship mess. Not a huge fan, but handled better than most YA.

Will have to grab the 3rd one soon.

Not much happening this weekend. Working at the mall, chores, walks/dog park trips with JP. Tomorrow we have plans to go and meet a pug that we might adopt. Give JP someone to play with and keep him company during the day. We will see, details are fuzzy, but the first step is seeing if the dogs get along.

The weather is beautiful, I don't care who says its too hot.

The last Drabblecast was really cool, made me think, in a good way. No link, sorry, their website isn't being updated. You have to find it on iTunes.
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Over the weekend I found a new podcast that I've fell in love with. I don't listen to any other techy podcasts, usually because the hosts are either annoying, uninformed, or condescending. And reports of technology generally bore me. But eBook Ninjas put on by the guys from eBook Architects, an eBook conversion and design firm in Austin, TX, has me going back episodes to find out all of the news and ideas they have presented. The guys seem smart, have a good rapport and a good grasp of the current topics. They do tend to talk over each other, which is minor, but my biggest complaint is they sometimes (not often) begin to discuss the details about a topic before the main point of the topic has been fully explained. Almost like they are picking up on a previous started debate, without cluing in the audience. But that issue is very minor. The Texan accents are amusing too. Over all a good podcast that is following the hot topics in an emerging field.

rating: A+
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Over the weekend I found a new podcast that I've fell in love with. I don't listen to any other techy podcasts, usually because the hosts are either annoying, uninformed, or condescending. And reports of technology generally bore me. But eBook Ninjas put on by the guys from eBook Architects, an eBook conversion and design firm in Austin, TX, has me going back episodes to find out all of the news and ideas they have presented. The guys seem smart, have a good rapport and a good grasp of the current topics. They do tend to talk over each other, which is minor, but my biggest complaint is they sometimes (not often) begin to discuss the details about a topic before the main point of the topic has been fully explained. Almost like they are picking up on a previous started debate, without cluing in the audience. But that issue is very minor. The Texan accents are amusing too. Over all a good podcast that is following the hot topics in an emerging field.

rating: A+
radlilim: (SN Dean approves)
Tattoo by Paul Cooley was a good listen. It's short, novella length I'd guess, only six episodes. But it did what it needed to do for a complete story. Some of the characters are a bit one dimensional and he seems kinda fixated on peeing one’s self and dicks. But it was a cool look into the tattoo culture—or at least a very dark take on it. It ended well, but kept the world open for more. I see that he also has a short fiction podcast, and it sounds like those stories will have a similar feel. I’m not subscribing to that yet, as I have plenty of short story podcasts right now that I can’t keep up with. But if I run out it’s on my list.

Rating: B
radlilim: (SN Dean approves)
Tattoo by Paul Cooley was a good listen. It's short, novella length I'd guess, only six episodes. But it did what it needed to do for a complete story. Some of the characters are a bit one dimensional and he seems kinda fixated on peeing one’s self and dicks. But it was a cool look into the tattoo culture—or at least a very dark take on it. It ended well, but kept the world open for more. I see that he also has a short fiction podcast, and it sounds like those stories will have a similar feel. I’m not subscribing to that yet, as I have plenty of short story podcasts right now that I can’t keep up with. But if I run out it’s on my list.

Rating: B
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I don't think I've actually reviewed The Dunesteef audio fiction magazine yet, even after years of listening to it. At first the lengthy talk after the story annoyed me and I didn't listen to it. But it grew on me and I enjoy it now. I like listening to them on other podcasts, of which they do many parts. Their stories are good, and I've been slush reading for them for a while now. The production is great, many times they use full cast recordings. All in all, a great mid-length fiction podcast with fun dialogue after.

Rating: A


I have also caught up on the Guru Showdown.I first listened to it after I heard that Big and Rish, the two hosts of the Dunesteef podcast, were on two different episodes. It was fun listening to them go at it against the gurus. It's a good format, a nice range of questions, of differing levels of difficulty. I felt I knew quite a few of the answers. I might just sign up as a contestant someday.

Rating: A
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I don't think I've actually reviewed The Dunesteef audio fiction magazine yet, even after years of listening to it. At first the lengthy talk after the story annoyed me and I didn't listen to it. But it grew on me and I enjoy it now. I like listening to them on other podcasts, of which they do many parts. Their stories are good, and I've been slush reading for them for a while now. The production is great, many times they use full cast recordings. All in all, a great mid-length fiction podcast with fun dialogue after.

Rating: A


I have also caught up on the Guru Showdown.I first listened to it after I heard that Big and Rish, the two hosts of the Dunesteef podcast, were on two different episodes. It was fun listening to them go at it against the gurus. It's a good format, a nice range of questions, of differing levels of difficulty. I felt I knew quite a few of the answers. I might just sign up as a contestant someday.

Rating: A
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The Crown Conspiracy, by Michael Sullivan was well done. It had Nathan Lowell reading it, who is always a pleasure to listen to. The story was well done, though he did use some tropes I'm overly familiar with. A few of the characters seemed thrown in just for plot points or info dumps, and then walked off screen. But I think they were set ups for future books. The short preview we got at the end for the forth coming second book was cool and seemed to have more depth. It was good writing, fun characters, and an interesting conspiracy plot. Solid fantasy writing, I recommend it.

rating: B+

We had dinner at K Pepper, a newish Korean restaurant on the west side. It was a bit over priced. The atmosphere was well done and the food was fine. We had a white guy with a blonde beard for a waiter, which we both thought was a little weird. It was a nice dinner, but not worth driving to the other side of town for.

Did I mention I joined a new RP game? It's run by Gwen, X-men universe, but set in the 1960s. Any character can be played, make your own cannon. I've got Bobby Drake and Alex Summers to start. Kinda slow going though. Seems like a good group of people, I'm hoping the slowness is from busy schedules and InsaneJounral being down a lot. If the game goes well it'd be nice to pick up a few more characters. Piotor as part of the Russian mafia and/or Warren as a high society millionaire might be fun.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow, no work anywhere. I think I get to relax, do what I want and get some exercise in.
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The Crown Conspiracy, by Michael Sullivan was well done. It had Nathan Lowell reading it, who is always a pleasure to listen to. The story was well done, though he did use some tropes I'm overly familiar with. A few of the characters seemed thrown in just for plot points or info dumps, and then walked off screen. But I think they were set ups for future books. The short preview we got at the end for the forth coming second book was cool and seemed to have more depth. It was good writing, fun characters, and an interesting conspiracy plot. Solid fantasy writing, I recommend it.

rating: B+

We had dinner at K Pepper, a newish Korean restaurant on the west side. It was a bit over priced. The atmosphere was well done and the food was fine. We had a white guy with a blonde beard for a waiter, which we both thought was a little weird. It was a nice dinner, but not worth driving to the other side of town for.

Did I mention I joined a new RP game? It's run by Gwen, X-men universe, but set in the 1960s. Any character can be played, make your own cannon. I've got Bobby Drake and Alex Summers to start. Kinda slow going though. Seems like a good group of people, I'm hoping the slowness is from busy schedules and InsaneJounral being down a lot. If the game goes well it'd be nice to pick up a few more characters. Piotor as part of the Russian mafia and/or Warren as a high society millionaire might be fun.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow, no work anywhere. I think I get to relax, do what I want and get some exercise in.
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I finished Cory Doctorow's free short story collection With a Little Help this week. In general I liked it. It was fun that each story was read by someone different, and that I recognized a lot of the readers. They were all techy and social focused. All well written. A few made me worry about the future. A few pissed me off (the topic--what it forced me to think about, not the writing). All in all I'd suggest it to all geeky types. Each story is in the 45 minute to hour and a half range, so it's a good amount of content.

rating: A
radlilim: (gay podcasts chest)
I finished Cory Doctorow's free short story collection With a Little Help this week. In general I liked it. It was fun that each story was read by someone different, and that I recognized a lot of the readers. They were all techy and social focused. All well written. A few made me worry about the future. A few pissed me off (the topic--what it forced me to think about, not the writing). All in all I'd suggest it to all geeky types. Each story is in the 45 minute to hour and a half range, so it's a good amount of content.

rating: A
radlilim: (FF Shiny)
It's been a good day. We stayed up late last night, watching the last disk of Firefly and then Serenity. Nice to be able to stay up with my boyfriend and watch movies together.

After a yummy breakfast of scrambled eggs, french toast and buffalo bacon and a long walk with JP this morning I headed off to the west side for some shopping (Paul had to work--a pity). I got two pairs of cute shoes as DSW (clearance area), one black and one brown (the brown ones are suede!). Then I swapped out a belt at Express and got some new underwear. I've been a boxers man since high school and getting tired of the white Hanes my mom was buying me. But with the flatter stomach, I wanted to try out some other styles to see if I like any of them. So I picked up a pair of boxer briefs, two pairs of sport trunks, and two pairs of high rise briefs--all in fun colors. So we will see if I like them and if I want to switch.

I tried to find a copy of the 2nd edition Werewolf book at the various used book store. No luck, even though the west side Frugle Muse had a HUGE selection of RPG books. I'll just have to wait until Wendy and Drew get back up here and I can get my copies. Unless I can find a friend to lend me one for a bit.

I had an awesome mushroom quiche and greens at a small local cafe called The Mermaid cafe for lunch. Delicious and served in a wooden trough, very fun. And the chef/server/register boy was kinda cute.

After I got home I put my clothes away, did some yoga, had a shower (it is so humid today, I love it), and then walked JP (who's currently an unmoving lump). Now to relax a bit, watch some Lord of the Rings and wait for Paul to come home and have dinner.

I had a good rejuvenation weekend and I'm ready to start the new job tomorrow.

On another note, I really enjoyed the into info dump on today's episode of the Starter by Scott Sigler. The ecology of the Quith was very cool. He has great ideas for his aliens and monsters.
radlilim: (FF Shiny)
It's been a good day. We stayed up late last night, watching the last disk of Firefly and then Serenity. Nice to be able to stay up with my boyfriend and watch movies together.

After a yummy breakfast of scrambled eggs, french toast and buffalo bacon and a long walk with JP this morning I headed off to the west side for some shopping (Paul had to work--a pity). I got two pairs of cute shoes as DSW (clearance area), one black and one brown (the brown ones are suede!). Then I swapped out a belt at Express and got some new underwear. I've been a boxers man since high school and getting tired of the white Hanes my mom was buying me. But with the flatter stomach, I wanted to try out some other styles to see if I like any of them. So I picked up a pair of boxer briefs, two pairs of sport trunks, and two pairs of high rise briefs--all in fun colors. So we will see if I like them and if I want to switch.

I tried to find a copy of the 2nd edition Werewolf book at the various used book store. No luck, even though the west side Frugle Muse had a HUGE selection of RPG books. I'll just have to wait until Wendy and Drew get back up here and I can get my copies. Unless I can find a friend to lend me one for a bit.

I had an awesome mushroom quiche and greens at a small local cafe called The Mermaid cafe for lunch. Delicious and served in a wooden trough, very fun. And the chef/server/register boy was kinda cute.

After I got home I put my clothes away, did some yoga, had a shower (it is so humid today, I love it), and then walked JP (who's currently an unmoving lump). Now to relax a bit, watch some Lord of the Rings and wait for Paul to come home and have dinner.

I had a good rejuvenation weekend and I'm ready to start the new job tomorrow.

On another note, I really enjoyed the into info dump on today's episode of the Starter by Scott Sigler. The ecology of the Quith was very cool. He has great ideas for his aliens and monsters.
radlilim: (FF Shiny)
I don't think I posted about my annoying customer from Thrusday at the mall. He came over from Macy's complaining that they didn't have the watch he wanted. He was looking for a "grandpa's watch". All gold, including the face, a bit tacky. We had a few options and he picked one out to try on. He puts it on, takes a step back and lets his arm hang down. His sleeve then slips over the watch, and with an annoyed sigh he says, "This is what you get from buying a suit from someone who can't tailor it. But since it was only a $100 in Bangkok, I guess I can't complain." Then while checking out the watch more he asks if the hands glow in the dark. I say yes and he replies, "Ha Ha Ha, perfect, cause what I need to be able to do is check the time in my limo with the lights off."

Really? Why is he trying to impress the watch store clerk? :eye roll:

I had a pretty good breakfast today, I recreated McDonald's oatmeal. I heard a commercial again yesterday and it sounded good. Nothing to exciting, just brown sugar and maple syrup in my oatmeal, topped with apple pieces, cranberries, and almonds. I'd have liked raisins too, but we are out. Of course my version wasn't undercooked and watery like McD's.

Today my goal is to learn JavaScript. There is a temp job with Robert Half Tech that I'm interested in, and knowing JavaScript would help me get the job, I think. I have one book from O'Reilly, hopefully it'll do the trick.

I've figured out why I don't really like Cast Macabre. The stories are good, like I said, and so is the production. I just don't really like the stories. They are horror, but there is barely and supernatural, fantasy or sci-fi aspect to them. They deal with human horror, just people being evil to each other, the darker side of human nature. Not my thing. Best of luck to them, but I think I'll take it off my list.

Today will also be a Lord of the Rings marathon, as back ground noise.
radlilim: (FF Shiny)
I don't think I posted about my annoying customer from Thrusday at the mall. He came over from Macy's complaining that they didn't have the watch he wanted. He was looking for a "grandpa's watch". All gold, including the face, a bit tacky. We had a few options and he picked one out to try on. He puts it on, takes a step back and lets his arm hang down. His sleeve then slips over the watch, and with an annoyed sigh he says, "This is what you get from buying a suit from someone who can't tailor it. But since it was only a $100 in Bangkok, I guess I can't complain." Then while checking out the watch more he asks if the hands glow in the dark. I say yes and he replies, "Ha Ha Ha, perfect, cause what I need to be able to do is check the time in my limo with the lights off."

Really? Why is he trying to impress the watch store clerk? :eye roll:

I had a pretty good breakfast today, I recreated McDonald's oatmeal. I heard a commercial again yesterday and it sounded good. Nothing to exciting, just brown sugar and maple syrup in my oatmeal, topped with apple pieces, cranberries, and almonds. I'd have liked raisins too, but we are out. Of course my version wasn't undercooked and watery like McD's.

Today my goal is to learn JavaScript. There is a temp job with Robert Half Tech that I'm interested in, and knowing JavaScript would help me get the job, I think. I have one book from O'Reilly, hopefully it'll do the trick.

I've figured out why I don't really like Cast Macabre. The stories are good, like I said, and so is the production. I just don't really like the stories. They are horror, but there is barely and supernatural, fantasy or sci-fi aspect to them. They deal with human horror, just people being evil to each other, the darker side of human nature. Not my thing. Best of luck to them, but I think I'll take it off my list.

Today will also be a Lord of the Rings marathon, as back ground noise.
radlilim: (FF Shiny)
Some random thoughts from this week's episode of Cowry Catchers, the podcast by [livejournal.com profile] faunus. If you don't listen (and why is that, BTW?), you probably won't understand.

1. When voicing to Gerard list off the things he and Dakar need for survival, it sounded just like Ishmael Wong get ready for some obstacle in one of the Solat Clipper stories. But Nathan Lowell still adds so much more emotion to Gerard that was the first time I was reminded of the other character.

2. Big Ancklvich (form the Dunesteef podacst) did such an awesome job as that Hunti slaver. I was cracking up from the accent and I never thought that hyaena-esk giggle could come from him.

3. I'm wondering if Abbie went to some audio editing class between books, cause she has had nothing but cliffhangers for every episode this book. If I didn't know what was going to happen I'd be just as crazy as everyone else on her forums. She's doing great.


In non-podcast news, I'm hovering just under 160 lbs these days. I don't think I've been this thin since college (before the freshmen 15). The diet/lifestyle change Paul has us on is helping, I'm sure. Plus the fact that I'm still pretty active at the post office. When I do get a new job I have to figure out how to keep off the cubical weight. I wish I had more time for yoga.

Nothing from Quad yet... and the applications keep going out.
radlilim: (FF Shiny)
Some random thoughts from this week's episode of Cowry Catchers, the podcast by [livejournal.com profile] faunus. If you don't listen (and why is that, BTW?), you probably won't understand.

1. When voicing to Gerard list off the things he and Dakar need for survival, it sounded just like Ishmael Wong get ready for some obstacle in one of the Solat Clipper stories. But Nathan Lowell still adds so much more emotion to Gerard that was the first time I was reminded of the other character.

2. Big Ancklvich (form the Dunesteef podacst) did such an awesome job as that Hunti slaver. I was cracking up from the accent and I never thought that hyaena-esk giggle could come from him.

3. I'm wondering if Abbie went to some audio editing class between books, cause she has had nothing but cliffhangers for every episode this book. If I didn't know what was going to happen I'd be just as crazy as everyone else on her forums. She's doing great.


In non-podcast news, I'm hovering just under 160 lbs these days. I don't think I've been this thin since college (before the freshmen 15). The diet/lifestyle change Paul has us on is helping, I'm sure. Plus the fact that I'm still pretty active at the post office. When I do get a new job I have to figure out how to keep off the cubical weight. I wish I had more time for yoga.

Nothing from Quad yet... and the applications keep going out.

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