AD 030 – The Necromouser   February 25th, 2011

Shreddy may be a common house cat, be he discovers a quite uncommon ability, by unlocking the arcane magic in a piece of broken consumer electronics.

“The Necromouser” by Mary E. Lowd

Read by Christopher Williams

Music cues by Infinity Squared

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March 7th, 2011 at 9:59 pm
Vaperfox Says:

“The Necromouser” by Mary E. Lowd is an excellent tale of greed through the eyes of a persistent house cat. The use of an All-in-One for resurrection is simple and quite effective in this story, since the plot is more focused on the cat’s tenacious attempts to acquire the orchards of its obsession.

The use of the orchards as a focus point is a great way of simplifying desire into something which readers may see as inane, but which brings out a very important perspective to show how even the smallest thing can become a huge obsession.

The examples of trial-and-error make the fantastic parts of this tale more believable as Shreddy must experiment with its captives to find out how best to control them. The cruel and uncaring nature of Orchard Bane’s triple death and resurrection is enough to see how the cat thinks nothing more of its prey than tools for use. The uncompromising nature of Shreddy’s determination brings a lot of character to the cat.

The cat’s attitude is excellently rendered with enough pride and determination to drive the reader along with Shreddy’s plan. Christopher Williams does an excellent job of portraying the cat’s narcissistic attitude through dynamic inflection and emphasis of key phrases and moments. It’s easy to see that Williams had a lot of fun narrating through the mindset of Shreddy and the listener benefits from this enthusiasm.

In all, both Lowd and Williams did an incredible job on this tale about the persistence of obsession over and over again.

-Vaperfox

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