Finally, after a month of waiting, Chapter 11, “With Dejah Thoris”, is now available for download!
Finding new quarters for Dejah Thoris and placing her directly under the care of Sola, John Carter reveals his origins to the red Martian princess.
I have completed editing Chapter 10, “Champion and Chief”, and uploaded it! (iTunes link here). After seeing the red Martian captive abused repeatedly at the hands of her captors, John Carter comes to her rescue, and asserts himself to the green Tharks in the only way he knows how.
This is the longest chapter I have recorded so far, and there will be more like this in the near future. This book is proving to be quite the effort! While I love this old tale, I must confess—I look forward to a return to shorter stories!
It’s been awhile, but I’ve finally completed and uploaded Chapter 9, “I Learn the Language” (iTunes link here). John Carter strengthens his resolve once he understands that everyone on Mars seems to speak a common language.
I would have recorded this much earlier, but I had attended the three-day PAX expo in Seattle, WA. The convention halls were quite noisy, and I pretty much fried my ability to read anything in a clear, commanding voice. So, I took some time to let that heal up and rest.
Anyway, without further ado, here’s John(ny)!
John Carter’s adventures get a bit more interesting as he witnesses the massacre of a fleet of airships at the hands of the green Martian warriors. They ransack the remains, and discover a sole survivor: a red Martian woman.
Captain Carter gets a taste of what parenthood is like among the savage green men of Mars; he also begins a proper Martian education.
(If it hasn’t yet shown up in the iTunes feed, it will soon.)
Here’s my first attempt at a video blog. I take the listener (viewer!) on a trip behind the scenes of a NetherWords production. If you listen really carefully, you’ll hear me accidentally refer to a bluetooth keyboard as a USB keyboard. *gasp!*
For the next NetherWords saga, I’ve taken on the exciting task of recording Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars.
This story was introduced to me by my grandmother, again when I was very young. We took turns reading chapters to each other, getting a kick out of the chivalry John Carter displays, and the long-winded paragraphs of text that Burroughs seemed to be fond of writing. We would crack up at some of the more absurd moments in the story (such as when John Carter describes his first attempts at walking on the Martian surface).
But we weren’t laughing at Edgar Rice Burroughs; we were laughing next to him! I’m pretty sure he got in a good chuckle or two whilst writing these words. John Carter got his own wry sense of humor from somewhere, after all …
Henry Kuttner was an author whose work I was introduced to at a very young age. I recall that the short stories from The Best of Henry Kuttner held my attention longer than any of my toys did at the time! I felt that a selection of these stories would be perfect for the launch of NetherWords, and I will give a brief synopsis of each one here:
“The Twonky” is the first story I recorded. Like many of Kuttner’s stories, it features a perfectly domestic 1940’s-era husband and wife, Kerry and Martha Westerfield. They have just purchased a brand-new state-of-the-art console radio. Martha remarks that it practically does everything but wash the dishes. However, when it starts to light Kerry’s cigarettes, things start to get interesting.
“A Gnome There Was” is the second in my Kuttner line-up. In this adventure, Tim Crocket, the entitled California son of a successful lawyer, decided to check up on labor conditions on the so-called “lower classes” in a mine in Pennsylvania. Only when he accidentally gets trapped in an abandoned shaft does he begin to see things … even though it’s pitch-black.
Finally, “Two-Handed Engine” takes us to 22nd-century Earth. Mankind has handed over the reigns of society to the iron grip of their former machine servants, in a last-ditch effort to save humanity. But Danner doesn’t want any part of it. He misses the golden years, where pleasure was handed out for free. So much so that he’s willing to risk the one crime left on the books: murder.