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Toasted Cake Podcast

By Tina Connolly

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Toasted Cake is: * 1 crispy-gooey fantasy & science fiction flash story podcast every Monday * dark, twisted, frosting-covered stories hand-picked & read by me * THE best way to prepare cake, in case you hadn't guessed * an idiosyncratic 2012 podcasting venture from Tina Connolly.

Customer Reviews

Love it

If you enjoy short stories then this is for you, Tina does an awesome job choosing great stories and then bring them to life she has a kind voice that you could listen to for hours even though almost all the stories are shorts. Keep up the great work I'm looking forward to hearing the stories to come

Good Stories - Format Could Be Better

I like the stories, even though some are very short. But, since they are so short, and each episode contains lots of intro/outro, maybe you could combine a few into one podcast and shorten the intro. Violin at beginning/end detracts from the stories.

Great Voice, Great Short Stories, Great Short Podcast

Toasted Cake with Tina Connolly features science fiction and fantasy flash fiction. These podcasts are really short, usually running approximately 9 minutes (ranging from about 7 minutes to around 15 minutes), so you aren’t going to be able to fill your commute with them, but they’re definitely worth adding to your list.

I first heard Tina Connolly on one of the Escape Artists, Inc. podcasts (Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and PodCastle, which do sci-fi, horror, and fantasy short fiction, respectively), and I really loved her voice. She quickly became one of my favorite narrators. In addition to hosting the show, Tina narrates most of the stories herself, although she does have guest narrators from time to time. I have been meaning to listen to Tina’s podcast for years, but I have only recently started to do so, and I already have some favorites. I have listened to episodes 94-110. That’s up-to-date and as far back as iTunes will go. My top three are:

95: Through the Cooking Glass by Vylar Kaftan
In this flash fantasy, there is something really odd going on inside of Mrs. Wallace’s oven.

101: A Primary Function, by C. L. Holland
Oh, the perils of space travel. Will robots ever understand humankind?

107: Join Our Team of Time Travel Professionals by Sarah Pinsker
This was the first story I listened to, so that might be why it’s still my favorite. I will almost always be really into a piece about time travel. I would write a witty blurb, but the title pretty much sums it up.

In addition to the stories, Tina usually ends the podcast with a recipe or book or movie review. The stories themselves are short, so the extra content is welcome. The reviews are of things I certainly might check out, and although I don’t think any of her recipes have necessarily been vegan, most could easily be made vegan.

It’s good to see a woman producing and hosting a sci-fi/fantasy podcast, and roughly half of the stories featured appear to be written by women. Between the authors and the guest narrators, there is an international bent, although the stories are still primarily Ameri- and Eurocentric. There ha

The content of the stories is pretty varied, and there is some constructive social commentary. Episode 107 can easily be read as containing a critique of capitalism, and Episode 100, Thirty-Six Interrogatories Propounded by the Human-Powered Plasma Bomb in the Moments Before Her Imminent Detonation, by Erica L. Satifka, by the title alone is a pretty obvious comment on the tragedy of war.

On the whole, I would highly recommend listening to this podcast if you enjoy science fiction, fantasy, or audio fiction. Try an episode or two. They’re short and sweet. The brevity makes it worth the risk that you won’t like it, but I wouldn’t worry. You’ll like it.

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  • Category: Literature
  • Language: English

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