Four original, unabridged, full-cast productions of Gail Carriger's most beloved fantasy short stories:
"The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar": A mummified cat, a secret agent, and an aristocrat entangle Alessandro Tarraboti (father of Alexia Tarraboti from the Parasol Protectorate series) in a rollicking, wry adventure into the supernatural secrets of ancient Egypt.
"Marine Biology": Inconveniently a werewolf, unexpectedly alive, and secretly gay, marine biologist Alex finds himself forcibly shackled to a flirty merman on the hunt for some sinister selkies. An unconventional romance between impossible partners told with the kind of wit and comedy that made Gail a household name.
"Fairy Debt": Despite being a fairy, Cups can't grow wings due to a death promise to a local king. Entering service in his castle as the Least Jester, she must find a way to earn her wings while navigating the hazards of cupcakes, tea demons, and the occasional Earth dragons.
"My Sister's Song": Fantasy, history, and subversive strategy collide in this Roman-era tale of a warrior, Mithra, who must repel an entire legion alone and armed only with a very peculiar weapon. Her sticky solution to this impossible problem must be heard to be believed.
Featuring performances by fellow fantasy writers Philippa Ballantine, Chris Lester, and Tee Morris as well as an original soundtrack by composer Danny Schade.
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- John Harp
Amazing full cast but mixed bag of stories.
Had no idea when I bought this that it was a full cast production -- complete with background music and sound effects! I was utterly delighted. Neither the effects or the music overwhelmed the larger story, and it was fascinating to hear the dialogue truly come alive with different actors.
Best by far was the twists & flirtation in the "Marine Biology" story. I don't think I've laughed so hard in AGES. Not only was it delightful to see Carriger write for a modern time (I've only ever read her Protectorate series, which is Victorian) but the full cast absolutely blew this one away. I was stuck in stop&go traffic at the time and I'm sure the nearby drivers must have thought me insane as I shrieked with laughter.
Sound effects and music were subtle and never distracted from the story -- things like laughter, a gunshot, or a closing door. The narrators did a fantastic job of conveying emotion with pace & tone.
"Marine Biology" and the Werewolf stories had me on the edge of my seat, definitely.
For me, this was a 2/4 set -- the Fae story was okay, more of a kid's story than anything. The Sister's Song story was kind of lackluster and to be honest pretty horrifying. The casual way in which the character describes how her tribe deals with the end result was a bit rough. The full cast remained amazing in both, but I could have done without those two stories and have been happy with the Werewolf & Marine Biology ones.
- Stacy Jean