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The Metamor City Podcast

By Chris Lester

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Author Chris Lester brings you serialized fiction in a futuristic fantasy world. Enter a gritty urban landscape of mages and vampires, faeries and telepaths, where street-level spies steal arcane artifacts from power-hungry sorcerers and holy warriors stalk demons through the shadowy depths of thousand-foot-high towers. This feed contains two related podcast series. The Metamor City Podcast (2007-2011) features a full voice cast, sound effects and music, while The Raven and the Writing Desk (2015-present) is a more streamlined solo podcast with stories in the same universe. New episodes of The Raven and the Writing Desk are released weekly. The Metamor City Podcast won the 2008 Podcast Peer Award for outstanding audio production, and was a two-time Parsec Award winner for excellence in speculative fiction: in 2009 for the novel Making the Cut and in 2010 for the novella Whispers in the Wood.

Customer Reviews

A great d#@n start!

So far Chris Lester has delivered on all counts. His podcast began with several short stories which have allowed him to build a solid framework for his setting (Metamor City, of course). He has developed a great magic system, political and mystical power struggles, creatures galore, and his listeners are comfortable with the setting. And now he has moved to his first full length podcast novel, and Chris has introduced us to some great characters, and to a plot that has unlimitied potential. Fans of fantasy and science-fiction both should give this podcast novel a try.

Most interesting fantasy world in ages...

It's obvious to me that Chris spent a lot of time working on building his world. It's equally obvious that he had a great deal of fun doing it. The voice talent he brought on board is awesome. The production values are great. Most important though the stories are fantastic. The short stories are the gateway drug that will totally hook you and then he'll reel you in with Making the Cut.

A Rich World with a Little Bit for Everyone

Metamor City is a rich world where Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy come together and some how marry each other. There is a mix of several parts of this world. Chris Lester has a rich world to work off of. The stories are engaging and have a lot of content. There are also different flavors. He's pulled together a lot of the people who have done Podcasts before him into one place and one world. This is what makes this podcast unique. He has a large voice cast working for him. His stories up to Making the Cut explore various aspects of this world as he leads into the larger novel and story. This podcast is unique since he considers it a shared world that others can contribute to as well. Making the Cut itself explores the world of the telepaths in this city. The background is very much like a Role Playing Game and he admits that he used the backdrop of one role playing game and Modernized it for this podcast. He does have a minor weakness in his podcast for using the Mirror trick too much. Which is non-POV character info dump on their appearance. In laymen's terms that is dumping info about the character in a way that the character from that point of view wouldn't see themselves as. I would love to see these scenes either put into character point of view, such as, "I think I look fat. Gods, what has happened to my butt. Is that cellulite?" A person in every day looks in the mirror and looks at the things they want to *change* or things that have *changed* not what was and always will be. He does a fantastic job of integration later on of physical features, so these can be really shortened or dumped off--he should trust himself more! He usually covers that ground later. It does show trust between author and reader when you don't immediately try to control what the reader thinks the people look like. Plus how many sparkling mirrors are there in this world? However I just skip over those parts and the rest of the story runs smoothly. (He really doesn't need those sections. He's a good enough writer to begin with to not need to put all the physical descriptions in one place in the story.) Beyond that he has a rich world I appreciate. I would love to see something about the backstabbing politics and less than stellar look at the upper class and the political structure of the higher ups. (Such as a mayor, or whatever). But he's been hanging that over us for the entire podcast, so I'm sure he'll deliver!

The Metamor City Podcast
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  • Category: Literature
  • Language: English

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