I’ve just listened to the last installment of PodCastle, it was a nice story, as these things go, but as I was listening, a realization swept over me, the protagonist of this story was a woman as were the protagonists of all the other stories that were released so far.
Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad thing, a female protagonist, commonly coupled with a feminist theme, add a certain spicy flavor to the story, one that is not very common to science fiction and fantasy stories.
However, too much of a good thing makes it stale, there are other flavors to fantasy, I wish the PodCastle staff would include them in future stories released, to create a richer stew.
I’ve been meaning to write about this for quite a while now, and have mentioned it in a recent post, but laziness and lack of time have prevented me from giving this matter the proper attention so far.
A kind comment to my above mentioned post implied that there wasn’t much written so far about proposition 892 in English, if that is the situation, then I’m more then willing to do what I can to rectify the situation.
Disclaimer: I am biased. Most of my information comes from web sites that are officially against law proposition 892. Having said that, I am going to make an effort to provide as complete view of the situation as possible.
Justen seems to be attempting to answer my post however, I can’t see what his discussion of the Finnish political system has do do with my critique.
It is striking to notice though how similar is the Finnish system to the Israeli one, albeit, the tones are quite different, he claims that important public policy issues that are out of the general consensus aren’t throughly discussed, and blames it on the structure of the political system, in similarly-structured Israel, however, issues are argued upon quite violently.
I have no choice but to conclude that the tone of the political argument seems to have more to do with the character of the general population then the structure of the political systems.
This shouldn’t go unmentioned, The very first story from PodCastle the long awaited Fantasy podcast by Escape Artists Inc. (The guys that bring you EscapePod), had landed in my RSS reader today.
And what a great way to start a podcast indeed, the very first story, Come Lady Death, is as enchanting and striking as it could be, well done!