Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tales from the Archives Vol. 2 ~ #3

Tales from the Archives Vol. 2 - #3

By:  Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris

Written & Narrated by:  JR Blackwell

Format:  Podcast, 18:37 minutes

Genre:  Fantasy, Steampunk

Series:  3nd in Tales of the Archives Vol. 2 podcasts, part of A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series

Recommendation:  Yes. Nice way to meet new characters in this steampunk-ish world particularly if you enjoyed the book; A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, Phoenix Rising. We are introduced to another Agent of the Ministry, and her experiment in the name of women of the Empire. Really is a great fun listen!

Women of the Empire

Wellington Thornhill Books and Doctor Josepha Raven Blackwell share 'an encounter' after-hours at the Ministry, all part of Dr. Blackwell's research into hysteria.

Brief as the encounter, one of them will not come out quite the same from it.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Wellington shares a memorable...encounter with Doctor Blackwell.

Doctor Blackwell summons Wellington to her lab, after hours, by way of a note mentioning she needs him urgently.  Agent and Doctor Josepha Blackwell wants Wellington to help in an experiment on hysteria, a condition believed that more unmarried women suffer from.  Wellington is nervous from all the stories he has heard and from a few other interactions with the good Doctor, along with being after hours.  Wellington thinks he knows what body part Doctor Blackwell wants a mold of, in the name of science and for women of the Empire.

Oh this was fun!  Enjoyed the sense of humor in this episode.  This episode was just what the Doctor ordered for the end of the day.  Laughter, was on the order here.  I chuckled, and then laughed out, enjoying the insinuation and what Wellington thought, then what Wellington learns to be truth.

This is not your typical Archive tale.  We are not on a mission, but meeting other agents with Wellington's impressions of the lovely Doctor.

I loved Dr. Blackwell!  She is crazy, smart and makes Wellington uncomfortable, which makes me laugh!  Mix an independent woman with the reserved and proper Wellington Books, and well, Wellington is a might bit uncomfortable.  And it's funny.  A classic funny.

Tee Morris does a fabulous job as Wellington.  I enjoyed the strain in his voice.  And JR Blackwell, had so much fun with her character.  She gave the feel of Dr. Blackwell perfectly in her voice.

Would you like to listen to these? For a taste of the characters or in addition to the book... Visit The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

NEW!! The Tales from the Archives: Volume 1 can now be found on Kindle as The Ministry's 99-Penny Dreadfuls.  You can find these for your Reading pleasure in any eFormat you would like at Smashwords.

There are short stories always added to the listing. So keep checking back!

I listened to this short story for my own enjoyment.


  1. I am so glad you liked the story! When I wrote it, I had totally missed the boat on writing for Volume One, and I didn't know that there was going to be a Volume Two. I wrote it just to make Tee and Pip laugh and I suppose it worked, because they included it in Volume Two!

    I'm glad you liked it and that you got the joke. What a pleasure it is to know that I helped someone to laugh at the end of the day. Thanks for the review!

    1. JR Blackwell, Oh yes. I started with chuckling and ended up laughing out. I was glad my husband wasn't around, as he would have thought I was losing my mind (but if he thinks about it, it's already kinda gone!) LOL!

      I'm so glad they shared this one. It was just what I needed at the end of the day. To bad you missed Vol. 1, but so glad they added you in this time.

      It was really a wonderful surprise and so enjoyed. :)

      Oh!! I think I saw you are going to Balticon? I'll be there so hope to bump into you and Axelrod. I have to see what the talk is about Ashe. Tee is really singing the praise, so I have to look into it. :) Thank you!!

  2. Jared and I will be going to Balticon this year. We just got our schedules, and we'd love to say hello. If you like podcasts and want to know all about Ashe, you can always check out Jared's podcast:

    1. JR. Wonderful! I've fallen into the podcasting world, thanks to Tee and Pip. I'm trying to go slow, as there are so many I want to listen to and need time. lol. I'll definitely stop by to check out Jareds podcast! :D Thank you!!

  3. Worthy to note that Fables of the Flying City is similar to Tales from the Archives in that it is providing a terrific backstory to Jared's premiere in graphic novels, THE BATTLE OF BLOOD AND INK (with Steve Walker handling the illustrations). You should have a listen. It is a favorite podcast of mine.

    1. Tee, you are trouble for me! LOL! I feel like Alice falling down the rabbit hole into a whole new world (which I'm loving by the way) and chasing you around to your favorite party stops, and watching from the shadows to learn. LOL! I've already had my eye on Jared's stories. I'll definitely take a listen.

      By the way, Thank you Tee. Really enjoying what I'm hearing, seeing, and learning. :)

  4. Omg..I still have not checked these out! Ok i give up, I am horrid with audio

    1. Blodeuedd, Yes!! You do. :D And like Pip mentioned, they are all in eBook format now too. Nice thing is they are short stories. :) Hope you get to enjoy them. :)

  5. Actually Blodeudd, we have them available as ebooks too!

    1. Hi Pip! thank you for stopping by and sharing the link. I'm going to have to save that one to use in the post next time. :)

  6. I need to listen to these just to hear it in audio. I am going to make time for audio and these are on my list when I do that. Although... now that I also spy the ebooks addy... hm....

    1. Melissa (Books&Things) - I love the voices and the sounds that go with this, which is why I'm so hooked on the podcasts. But yes! Try out the ebooks. :) Hope you enjoy!

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    1. Cherry, any time! :) Hope you enjoy the stories, if you listen or read. :) Thank you for stopping by!


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