communi_kate: (monkey)
 I listen to a lot of SF&F podcasts, but it's been a while since a story grabbed me by the throat. So I was delighted when I found the Drabblecast two-parter Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear. It's a tall tale about an itinerant monster hunter and his space cat with strands of Cthulthu, Kipling and Lewis Carroll. Norm Sherman of the Drabblecast gives the story the summer movie treatment with a full cast and some truly gruesome alien sound effects.   Four stars.
communi_kate: (monkey)
Okay.
I don't post much about non-fandom-related stuff here, but I've been a fan of the three Escape Artists podcasts (Escape Pod, Podcastle and Pseudopod) for a long time now. I've also got more than a passing interest in the history and culture of the Middle East. Edward Morris's great story Jihad Over Innsmouth pushed all my buttons right at once. It's a dash of H.P Lovecraft wrapped up in an alarmingly topical package; a hybrid of Assassin' Creed, Supernatural and United 93. It even fits into a neat thirty-minute package. So if you've got a long car drive, a session at the gym or even just a half-hour walk to work planned, I recommend it.
'Jihad over Innsmouth' by Edward Morris

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